Adoption Policies

Considering adoption?  Please carefully read and consider our policies regarding placement.  We work to ensure that each dog we serve is placed in the best adoptive home for its age, size, physical and emotional needs.  Policies regarding placement have been developed through consultation with veterinarians, behaviorists, trainers and the legal community.  We reserve the right to decline any adoption that we feel is not the best placement for the dog being considered.

Our adoption policies are summarized below, and our full policies are available here.


  • We adopt to persons over 21 years of age who own or rent their home, apartment, or condominium, and who are financially capable of handling a veterinary emergency.  We do not place dogs in dormitory situations.
  • A home visit by a CARE volunteer is a required component of the application process.
  • We ask for, and strongly consider, a veterinary reference. Speaking with your veterinarian, we must be told that:
    • You maintain a safe and healthy environment for your pets.
    • You keep your animals' vaccines and veterinary-prescribed heartworm prevention up-to-date.
    • You spay or neuter your animals.
    • You otherwise maintain your animals' health as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • For the safety of our dogs, we do not place our dogs in homes with animals more than twice their size, and we do not place our dogs in homes with preschool aged children (under 5 years of age).

Fences and Homes


  • We consider our puppies to be dogs of less than 12 months of age.
  • The emotional well being of puppies is best developed when people are consistently able to socialize and train them. We do not place our puppies in homes to be left alone 8+ hours each day.
  • We do not place puppies in homes with larger dogs or preschool-aged children for the safety of the puppy and the child.