Adoption Policies

If you are considering adopting one of our dogs or puppies, please carefully read and consider our policies regarding placement.  Each animal we serve has come to us seeking a permanent home, and C.A.R.E. takes its responsibility for each dog’s well-being very seriously.  In many cases, the dogs have been affected by a lack of safety, security, consistency, training, and basic proper care.  Our responsibility is to ensure that each dog finds a loving forever home, and our interactions with the dog, our veterinarians, and our policies govern the decisions that we make about a potential adoption.

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.
  • A home visit is required for all adoptions.
  • We ask for, and strongly consider, a veterinary reference. We specifically look for the following:
    • You maintain a safe and healthy environment for your pets.
    • You keep your animals' vaccines and heartworm prevention up-to-date.
    • You spay or neuter your animals.
    • You otherwise maintain your animals' health as recommended.
  • We do not place dogs in homes with larger dogs or preschool-aged children for the safety of the dog and the child.

Fences and Homes

  • We always prefer homes with constructed fenced yards, and in fact we will require constructed fenced yards for most of our dogs and puppies.  If you are interested in applying to adopt one of our dogs, please consult with an adoption advisor at our adoption stands or other events to discuss our fencing requirements for particular dogs.  Our responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of each of our dogs, and any decision to require a constructed fenced yard for any particular dog or puppy is in C.A.R.E.'s sole discretion.
  • We do not adopt to homes with electric fences. Please read the following articles for more insight into this decision:
  • We require that our dogs be placed in non-smoking homes.


  • We consider our puppies to be dogs of less than 12 months of age.
  • Puppies are adopted only to homes with adults who are home most of each day for socialization and training.
  • We do not place puppies in homes with larger dogs or preschool-aged children for the safety of the puppy and the child.