Adoption Procedures

  • First, please note that the entire rescue is volunteer run. Everyone from our director down to our amazing fosters have full time jobs and families. Meaning, it may take us a day or two to get back to you, but don’t worry, we will!
  • With that in mind, we would appreciate applications only being submitted by serious adopters. It takes us several days to process applications and we want to use that time to work with families who are committed to bringing a new family member home.
  • You MUST be 21 years old to apply, must have never been convicted of animal cruelty, must be able to provide two, non-family references, and must be able to financially afford the cost of owning a dog.
  • If you rent your home or live with a relative, please have their permission for the particular dog you are applying for in hand when you apply. We will check with relatives and/or leasing agents during the adoption process. Additionally, many leasing agencies have restrictions on breeds/sizes/weights, so please check any restrictions prior to applying.
  • Please be sure to read the biographic information on the dog you are interested in. We spend a lot of time providing information about the dogs’ behaviors, personality, potential challenges, and health. We want every family+dog combination to be the best possible fit!
  • We ask that adoptive families be ready to bring their dog home within TWO weeks of the application. We cannot hold dogs beyond that. The longer the dogs are with us, the more they miss out on time with their family and the fewer dogs we are able to rescue. If you are not ready to bring a dog home within a 2-3 week time period, please check back and see what dogs we have available closer when you will be ready to welcome your dog home!
  • If we get multiple applications for any dog our policy is that we process any and all applications equally and work with the foster parent in order to find the best possible scenario for both the pup and the family.
  • Many of our dogs are fostered in Houston and travel to their families via pet safe transport options (either flights or ground transport) to their adoptive families following the completion of the adoption process.
  • However, we do actively work with fosters in the Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Boston areas. So, if you are interested in a specific dog, please send us an email and we will gladly give you location details!
  • For distance-adoptions where you are not able to meet the dog in person, we set up meetings via a video chats (Facetime, Duo, Skype) so you can see the dogs and meet their fosters. We totally understand that this method is not for everyone and respect that! 
  • Canadian Adoptions – unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to adopt into Canada at the time.
  • The adoption fees must be paid in full within three days of the application being finalized and prior to pet parents taking custody of the dog. We cannot accept partial fees or set up payment plans.
  • Once the adoption fee is paid, it is non-refundable.
  • We accept payment via PayPal, Apple Pay, Chase Pay, and Venmo. We do not accept checks as a form of payment.
  • For dogs adopted via distance placement, we do our best to transport to the closest major airport or ground transportation drop off point. We use various airlines and ground transportation companies and work with adopters to find the best pick up locations.
  • We try to work with our adopters as much as possible to make pickup of their pet, but sometimes the designated pick up locations are as close as we are able to get to certain areas for a number of reasons requiring some flexibility.
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