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Thank you for considering adopting a rescue dog from Paws In Your Hands Rescue! We are thrilled that you are considering adopting one of our rescue dogs. Our aim is to match each of our dogs with a loving and permanent home. Below, you will find detailed steps and requirements for our adoption process.

Eligibility Requirements:

To ensure a successful adoption and the long-term well-being of our dogs, please review the following eligibility criteria:

  • Rental Approval: Tenants must obtain and provide written approval from landlords or property management. This documentation is crucial and required without exceptions to proceed with the adoption.​

  • Workday Consideration: We seek families or individuals where a dog would not be left alone for more than 8 hours. Applicants must present a plan for dog care during extended absences, such as doggy daycare or a pet sitter.​

  • Student Policy: We do not accept applications from full-time students or individuals residing in college dormitories or student-specific housing due to the often transient and restrictive nature of such living situations.​

  • Pet Health Requirements: Prospective adopters with current pets must ensure all dogs and cats in the home are spayed or neutered and maintain up-to-date vaccinations (rabies and core vaccines).​

  • Application Completeness: Every section of the adoption application must be thoroughly and honestly completed. Incomplete applications may lead to a denial of adoption.​

  • Age Consent: Applicants under 21 years old must provide written consent from a parent or guardian.


Step 1: Complete the Online Adoption Application

  • Begin by completing our detailed adoption application available on our website. The application is designed to collect comprehensive information about your living situation, past pet ownership, and your expectations for adopting a dog. This initial step is crucial for pre-approval before you fall in love with a specific dog.

Step 2: Submission of Additional Documents

  • Following your application submission, you will need to provide additional supporting documents such as proof of residence, landlord approval (if renting), and records of current pet vaccinations. These documents can be uploaded through our secure portal or sent via email. Your application will not proceed until all required documents are received.

Step 3: Review and Background Check

  • Our dedicated team will conduct a detailed review of your application and perform a background check. This is essential to verify the suitability and safety of the potential home. 

Step 4: Interview Process

  • Should your application and initial documents meet our criteria, we will schedule a comprehensive interview via phone or Zoom. During this interview, we will discuss any queries you might have, delve deeper into our adoption policies, and gauge the compatibility between you and your potential new dog.

Step 5: Approval and Final Steps

  • If the interview is successful and all checks are satisfactory, we will notify you about the status of your application. Upon approval, we will coordinate the final steps including the signing of the adoption contract, processing the adoption fee, and arranging for the transportation of your new dog. You will also receive a complete medical packet and a detailed history of the dog.

Arranging for Your Dog's Arrival

  • Once everything is approved and finalized, we will organize the transportation of your new companion to your home. The transition period typically lasts 1-2 weeks, during which your dog will be cared for in one of our dedicated foster homes. This foster period helps the dog adjust from the shelter environment to a home setting, ensuring a smoother transition to your home.

Ready to Begin?

If you are prepared to adopt and provide a forever home to one of our dogs, please start by filling out the adoption application on our website. Allow us a few days to review your application and respond. It is important to carefully review all the requirements to ensure you fulfill the conditions necessary for adoption.

We look forward to partnering with you in this rewarding journey of rescuing and adopting a loyal and loving dog!

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