Adoption Process

Step 1: Adoption Application
Before meeting one of our animals, you will be asked to fill out an application.   Completely fill out the application and Email it to us at:
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 2: Application Review
We will initially screen your application (This process can take several days.)
  1. If you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have an animal in your home. We also ask about any breed or size limitations.
  2. Your veterinary reference(s) will be verified to determine if all your current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
  3. Personal references will be contacted and asked questions regarding your ability to be a responsible pet owner.
At this point our volunteer will determine if your application should move on to the next step. Since our goal is to find the perfect, safe and happy forever home for our animals, we appreciate your understanding should you be eliminated as an adoption candidate.  We do our best to notify all applicants of their application status, however, due to the number of applications we process, and our limited volunteer manpower, this is not always possible. If you are not contacted, we are most likely pursing other applications.
Step 3: Phone Interview
If your application is chosen, a volunteer will contact you to conduct a phone interview consisting of questions about you, your family, your home and other scenarios.  This interview will help us determine if you and the animal selected are a suitable match.
Step 4: Home Visit
If at the end of the interview process both parties agree to proceed, we will schedule a home visit, if required.  During the home visit, we will observe the interaction with the animal, with your other animals, children, and adults. We ask that everyone in the household be present for the home visit.
Step 5: Adopt
Once the previous steps are completed and all requirements are met, the adoption can proceed. If you and the animal you would like to adopt seem to be well matched, we will  make arrangements for you proceed with the Two-Week Trial. You will be required to sign an adoption contract and to provide payment of the adoption fee.

Step 6: Post Adoption Follow-up
To ensure a successful adoption, a volunteer will contact you after the two-week trial.  We will be interested in learning how your new pet is transitioning into your home and how the relationship between you and your forever friend is growing! We are committed to each and every animal we rescue for the rest of his/her life, so please stay in touch with us as we love getting updates!
PLEASE NOTE: Dog Days Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption. If your application for the adoption of an animal is not approved, we will do our best to explain the reason(s). Please bear in mind that denial is not a rejection of you, as a person; it is a refusal to place a particular animal in a particular situation. There will be no refunds after 5 days of the adoption date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does your adoption process work? 
A. PLEASE take a few moments to read
our Adoption Process which explains the steps required to adopt a dog from Dog Days Rescue.  You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. Please know that the process is the same for everyone.  Rather, everything we do is for the best interests of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home

Q: Can I adopt if my current pets are not spayed/neutered?
A: Dog Days Rescue believes that spaying/neutering is a basic responsibility of all conscientious pet owners, so that is one thing we look for in considering a prospective adopter. In addition to preventing more pet animal births, altering your pet improves health, longevity, and behavior for your pets. If, however, your pet has a medical reason for not being altered, and your vet can verify this, or if it is a show dog that must be intact for competition purposes, this requirement may be waived.

Q: How do I verify that a particular dog is available?
A: Dogs profiled on our website are indeed still available for adoption. However, a particular dog could have applications in process. Since we don't know whether an in-hand application will make it through to approval, we don't want to discourage you unnecessarily. If you apply for a dog that already has previous applications, your application can still be accepted for processing. If the dog IS approved for adoption by a previous applicant, an Adoption Coordinator would work with you to find another dog (perhaps one that isn't even profiled on our website yet) that is a great match for your household and the characteristics you're seeking.

Q: I want a young puppy, because someone told me that older dogs do not bond to people very fast. Is that true?
A: Adult dogs come to Dog Days Rescue from a wide range of backgrounds and sometimes it does take them a while to settle in and learn to trust their humans. In almost all cases, however, an adopted dog that is shown patience, consistency, and tender loving care will come to bond tightly with you. In fact, many rescued dogs who knew hardships in their former lives will demonstrate a particularly strong appreciation and gratitude for their new home. It could take a few days or perhaps a few weeks to develop that bond-- or sometimes it's a matter of just a few hours -- but whatever the length of time, it will be worth it.

Q: Can I adopt two dogs at the same time?
A: Experts advise against getting two dogs at the same time because the dogs will often bond tightly to one another at the expense of the relationship with the humans in the family. The two dogs need their own time with humans and separate training, socialization, and playtime. There is always a period of transition after bringing in a new dog, and even the most prepared, experienced adopters can find it's quite an adjustment. A newly adopted dog deserves as much of your time and one-on-one attention as possible during this transition period. This gives the best opportunity to establish the rules, routines, and expectations, and to grow to trust each other and bond tightly with each other. Such a firm foundation greatly increases the chances of the adoption being a perfect forever fit. By waiting until your new dog really settles in, you'll be in a better position to evaluate whether you'd truly be better off with a second dog and, if so, you'll also be also better able to determine what personality would be most compatible.

Q: What other vetting do my current pets need in order for me to qualify to adopt?
A: We need to verify that all current pets are kept up-to-date on required vaccinations and annual testing. This includes rabies vaccinations for all pets; distemper/parvo vaccinations for all dogs; FRCP for all cats; and feline leukemia test for all cats.

Q: Can I adopt if I don't have a fenced yard?
A: Many dogs do fine without a fenced yard as long as they receive adequate exercise and potty opportunities through leashed walks/jogs. Some individual dogs, though, are more high energy and do require being able to run freely on a regular basis. Restricting a young, high-energy dog from being able to burn off energy often leads to behavior problems. If you do not have a fenced yard, you may want to consider an older dog or one whose profile indicates that it has a relatively low energy level.

Q: What if I live in an apartment?
A: If you live in an apartment, you will need (1) a letter from your landlord or apartment manager to state that pets are permitted; (2) to be sure that a dog's barking would not cause problems with your neighbors; (3) to be prepared to take the dog out for leashed walks and potty time multiple times a day; and (4) a plan for taking the dog with you if/when you need to move.

Q: How old do I have to be to adopt?
A: Since our adoption contracts are legally binding documents, you must be at least 21 years old. While we believe that children and teens may be truly wonderful and loving companions for a dog, they are usually not prepared for the life-long commitment that we expect of our adopters. If you are 18 - 21 you may apply, but a parent or guardian will need to participate in the applications process and sign the adoption contract.

Q: Can I adopt a dog as a surprise gift for someone else?
A: No. Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, and it is crucially important for the person who will end up being the dog's owner to be integrally involved in the adoption process so that she or he can understand the dog's needs, agree to work with the dog on obedience and training issues, consent to the financial obligation (particularly of regular vet care), and have a home visit to ensure that the environment is safe and suitable for a dog. Those things require the future owner's explicit advance agreement. Dogs that are given to other people as gifts are more likely to be returned or given away within a few months, and we are not willing to take that risk.

Q: I want to adopt but am going out of town in the next month or so; can you hold the dog for me?
A: No. That isn't fair to the dog, the foster home, or other interested applicants. If you know that you'll be going on a vacation where you can't take your new dog with you, please wait until you return before applying to adopt. We will not "hold" dogs for anyone not ready to take receipt immediately upon being approved.

Q: What is the adoption fee?
A: The adoption fee for a Puppy is between $250-$300. The adoption fee for an Adult or Senior Dog is between $200-$250.

Q: What does the adoption fee cover?
A: All animals are up-to-date on vaccinations, spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Q: Is the adoption fee negotiable?
A: No. We do set the adoption fee as low as we can to stay operational and help cover our costs of caring for the dogs we save. On average, it costs us significantly MORE than the amount of the adoption fee to provide each dog complete medical and other needed care. We do recognize that many loving applicants have financial hardships. Nevertheless, we have to recognize that folks who are not financially able (or willing) to cover our modest adoption fee are likely not able (or willing) to provide the on-going vet care that we consider essential for responsible pet ownership.

Q: We want a pet, but not indoors.
A: If you are intending to keep the pet as a yard pet, we will typically deny the application. Our pets are raised as indoor animals, and our foster homes spend a tremendous amount of time socializing them as such.

Q: What if my pet gets sick after the adoption?
A: You are responsible for all medical care after the adoption agreement is signed, unless other arrangements have been made. Each adopter has their own option to purchase a pet insurance policy which covers various illnesses due to parasites, worms or even eating objects they shouldn’t. You will receive copies of all veterinary records with your adoption contract so that your vet will know your pet’s medical history.

If there are any health concerns with the pet you are adopting, the pet will remain in our care until our vet has given a clean bill of health. This may include kennel cough, skin issues, and parasites. Additionally, no pet will be released for adoption until after the spay and neuter has been completed.

Q: Why is my pet microchipped?
A: All pets that are rescued through Dog Days Rescue are microchipped. This is a special program for shelter pets that provides information for your pet to be returned to you if he gets lost and ends up at animal control, a veterinary office or another rescue.

Q: What is a home visit and why is it required?
A: A home visit is an in-home pre-adoption interview. You will be visited by a Dog Days Rescue volunteer and usually the pet you are wanting to adopt. This is to verify the information provided on the adoption application as well as explain our adoption policies. This also allows you to see how the pet may behave in the new environment.

Q: Why do I have to fill out an adoption application?
A: Dog Days Rescue puts much more than just money into our pets. They are treated as a member of their foster family. We want to ensure that the pet you want to adopt is the right fit for your family as well. We use the applications, vet reference check and in-home interview to ensure this.

Q. Where do your animals come from? Have they been abused?
A: Our rescue animals come from several different sources; some are rescued from area animal shelters just before their time in the shelter has run out.  Others are strays found by individuals who were not able to locate the owner. Occasionally, we accept owner relinquishment's from individuals who have no options for their animals but to surrender them to a rescue group.

The majority of animals in rescue have not been abused in the conventional sense, however, many have suffered from a lack of responsible pet guardianship.

Q: If the adoption isn’t working out, can I give the dog back?
A: Not only CAN you……our contract (which you sign at the time of the adoption) states that if for ANY reason you EVER can no longer keep the dog, the dog MUST be returned to our rescue. We work very hard to make the perfect match but sometimes, even with the best intentions, things happen in life that are unforeseen. NO MATTER WHAT ELSE HAPPENS, A DOG ADOPTED FROM OUR RESCUE MUST BE RETURNED TO US IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF UNABLE TO KEEP OR PROPERLY CARE FOR THEM. Our rescue dogs are like our own dogs, and if they are ever in need of a home, we are here for them for the rest of their lives - that is our promise to them.