Frequently asked questions

Adoption Process

What is the adoption process?

Our adoption process is easy, but takes some time since we are a volunteer based organization. Step 1: Fill out an application. Even if you don't see a dog that catches your eye, getting an application approved is the best way to get on the short list for any new dogs that are posted. The application process takes 1-2 weeks depending on how many we have to process, so getting approved is important. (Please note that having your references know we'll be contacting them, and having your dogs up to date on all vaccinations will help speed along the approval process) Step 2: Once approved, you will be notified by one of our coordinators. At that time, we can set up a meet and greet with any dogs you are interested in. If you don't find the correct fit, you can keep an eye out for any new dogs we've posted and contact us as soon as you see one you want to meet. Your application is good for any dog in our system, and is valid for 6 months. Step 3: Once you meet a dog and are sure you want to adopt, with only a few exceptions (Puppies under 8 weeks, dogs newly arrived and on observation hold), you can take the dog home that day. You will need to sign an adoption contract, a spay/neuter agreement form (if applicable), and pay the adoption fee. Step 4: Pamper and love your new dog!

How can I speed up my application approval?

Getting approved quickly can be tough, especially if a lot of applications are received at the same time. We are volunteer based and unfortunately sometimes get overwhelmed by the number of applications that come in. We try to turn around all approvals within 1-2 weeks, but this is not always possible. The best way to speed up all approvals is to come to an adoption event. Even if the dog you want to see isn't there, we can try to process your application immediately since many of our coordinators are on site. It's easier to reach references if you are available to help contact them. Coming to an event also helps in the case when you are already approved, but we haven't been able to notify you yet. Another way to speed up approval is to volunteer or foster. We always need more volunteers to help process applications, and while you can't approve your own application, additional help will make the process faster for others. Foster apps can also be approved more quickly as there's often need to quickly house incoming dogs so we sometimes prioritize those first.