Our Adoption Process
**PLEASE NOTE the application process takes up to 4-6 weeks. During the process, we get to know more about you, what you're looking for in a furry companion, and your level of experience and comfort with dogs. Meanwhile, we are also learning all about our foster dogs. This allows us to find the perfect match for EVERYONE involved. Please be patient with the process and know that it is in place for everyone's benefit.**
Step 1: Complete an Adoption Application
Download our adoption application, located at the top of this page. Send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be as thorough as possible when filling out the application so we can make sure we find the best possible match for you! If you are interested in a specific dog, please indicate the dog on the application; that being said, all applications are considered 'general' and you only need to fill out ONE application with our organization.
Step 2: Application Review
We will screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. We will contact you to provide additional information if needed. If you have listed any 'Reasons to Return' we will ask you to elaborate so that we know what you are and are not willing to work with.
Step 3: Reference Checks
There are up to three different reference checks required. Please make sure you have notified ALL APPLICABLE REFERENCES that they may receive a call from a TLC volunteer.
(i) LANDLORD: If you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have a dog in your home. We understand that a landlord is not allowed to stop a tenant from owning a pet except under specific situations, but we want to ensure that the dog is going to a welcoming environment.
(ii) VET: If applicable, A TLC volunteer will contact the veterinary reference you provided. We do this to ensure all your current animals are up-to-date on vaccinations, as well as neutered or spayed. If you currently do not have any pets, we will ask about the veterinary care that your previous pets received. You NEED to call your vet and give them permission to discuss your file with a TLC volunteer.
(iii) PERSONAL: A TLC volunteer will contact your personal references and ask them questions about you and your interactions with current or previous animals. If there are any concerns or questions after speaking to your references, we will contact you.
Step 4: Home Visit
TLC requires a home visit to determine that the dog will be living in a safe environment. This is also gives us a chance to get to know you, your home and lifestyle. It is the first time we get to meet and talk to you directly.
The home visit is very informal. We do a virtual walk-through of your home to see all of the places the dog would have access to, as well as check out the back yard. All members of the household must be present for the home visit. If we have any concerns or suggestions, we will discuss it with you or we will follow up further via email. Confirmation of becoming an approved adopter will not come during the home visit.
Step 5: Approved Adopter
Once TLC's Core Team have had a chance to review all of the pieces of your application, we will send you an email letting you know if you are an approved adopter. From there, you can request to meet with a current dog in care, or wait until a good fit comes along.
Please note that we do not guarantee a specific dog once you are an approved adopter. Some dogs receive many applications and we may allow multiple applicants to have a meet and greet with the dog in order to choose the home that we feel will be the best fit.
Once you have become an approved adopter, you don't need to restart the application process for every dog you're interested in. You simply need to send us an email and we will let you know if we feel the dog is a fit or not.
Step 6: Meet & Greet
We are a foster-home based rescue so all of our dogs are located in foster homes. We will connect you with the foster home to set up a time to meet the dog or dogs that you are interested in. All applicants are required to meet the dogs at their foster homes.
Step 7: Follow Up & Finalization
After an approved adopter is certain they would like to proceed with adoption, a phone call with our Director, Melissa, will be completed to go over final steps of bringing your rescue pup home. After this, we will email you the adoption contract to be signed and sent back, along with the adoption fee. We will then arrange with the foster home for you to pick up your new addition!