ADOPT. DON'T SHOP
Congratulations on making the exciting decision to expand your pack, and thank you for considering adoption!
We look forward to helping you find the perfect match for your family, home, and lifestyle. Before Applying to Adopt, please review our adoption policies, learn more about our process, and explore frequently asked questions.
We know the prospect of adopting is exciting, especially if your heart is already set on one of our adoptables, but we'd hate to let you down. Please read the following requirements carefully before proceeding to our Adoption Application. Rest assured, we place each pet with the best match, not the quickest.
Adopters must be ready to adopt at the time their application is submitted
Out of state adoptions are considered on a case-by-case basis
Review our policies to ensure you are eligible to adopt and that you meet the requirements for your desired pet (if applicable). Such requirements may include fenced yards, breed experience, a feline-free home, or other provisions that may apply to a specific pet.
Submit our online adoption application, taking the time to read & answer each question carefully, as incomplete apps will be automatically rejected. If you're ready to adopt, but don't see what you're looking for, that's OK - let us know the type of pet you're interested in and we'd be happy to help you find the perfect match!
Our screening team will review your application, performing checks & collecting references along the way (veterinary reference, public records searches, and landlord/HOA confirmation). This process may take up to 2 weeks depending on the pet's availability status, volume of applications received, and responsiveness of references.
If approved, you'll be notified via the phone number provided in your application. Up to 3 of a pet's most-suitable matches will be invited to attend a Meet & Greet, with the decision largely based on the pet's connection to a prospective adopter. All approved applicants not selected for a specific pet will be pre-approved to adopt another pet for 1 year, if desired.
Congratulations - it's a match! Review the terms of the Adoption Agreement with your Adoption Coordinator, make the Adoption Donation, and bring your new pet home!
Explore some frequently asked questions about our adoption policies, process, and more.
What type of pets do you adopt out?
What is the adoption fee and what does it include?
Adoption fees for fully vetted adults is $350 (fig. 2023). The adoption fee for bonded pairs is discounted by 25%. Pets come spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm negative, fecal clear, current on monthly preventatives, as well as with a starter pack of supplies and 1 complimentary training session with State of Mind Canine.
How do you select an adoptive family?
Sometimes a pet struggles to find their perfect home and other times they have a long line of wonderful families hoping to adopt. After an applicant has been approved to adopt, the pet’s adoption coordinator and foster family review the application and invite the most suitable candidates to a Meet & Greet. In the interest of everyone’s time, meets are currently limited to 3 per pet. From there, it’s largely determined by the pet’s connection with prospective adopters.
When and how will I receive a response to my application?
I’ve been approved to adopt – now what?
Definitely! If there are multiple pets who would be suitable for your family, home, and lifestyle, we’d be happy to introduce you to each of them.
Due to the high wash rate of Service Dog (SD) prospects in general, combined with the fact that a dog’s complete history or breed makeup is often unknown, we do not permit adoptions for SD purposes. For similar and other reasons, we do not allow adoptions for Emotional Support (ESA), Guard/Personal Protection/Security, Livestock, or any purpose other than companion animal.
A member of my family is allergic to dogs, can I request a hypoallergenic pet?
While "hypoallergenic" breeds may elicit less symptoms from allergy sufferers due to their reduced or non-shedding nature, pet allergens are also found in dander and saliva, which are unavoidable. For these reasons, we do not adopt to families with significant allergies as there is no way of eliminating the sources entirely.
Can I adopt if I live in an apartment?
Can I adopt if I rent my home?
While we encourage the adoption of feline littermates, we do not allow the adoption of canine littermates due to the prevalence of littermate syndrome in dogs (with the exception of bonded pairs).
A “bonded pair” are two pets who have entered rescue together and are only eligible for adoption together. All bonded pairs have undergone an evaluation by our trainer to determine that no symptoms of littermate syndrome are present, and that it’s in their best interest to remain together. A 25% discount is applied to the adoption fee for bonded pairs.
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