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Barktown Rescue

Adoption Process

  • The adoption process starts by filling out the online adoption application. All meet and greets are scheduled once we have an approved application. Submitting an application is in no way a commitment on your part or ours. 

  • Our standard adoption fee is $150 and includes spay/neuter, heart-worm and fecal testing, up to date vaccinations, and all other initial vet care required to insure health of the dog.

  • Dogs listed on our site may currently be going through the process of adoption and we therefore cannot guarantee the availability of any listings.

  • You will be contacted by an adoption coordinator from Barktown Rescue within one to two business days to go over your application and schedule your meet and greet. (Please be patient as all our volunteers also have regular day jobs.)

  • A HOME VISIT may be mandatory prior to adoption. The goal of the home visit is not only to see where our adoptees will live, but also to give our adopters a chance to know us better! We hope to develop a good relationship with you and to provide pet education before placing your potential new family member. Meeting with everyone in the family facilitates this exchange. Our home checks are not intrusive. The most important thing for us to know is that our animals are going to safe and caring homes and that all members of the family are well informed and prepared for a lifelong commitment with their new companion.

  • Veterinarian references will be checked for previous and current pets to confirm they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinations are up to date.

  • Confirmation of pet policies with landlords are required.

  • Fence requirements may be set for specific dogs because of their temperament, flight risk, and behaviors. Other considerations would be location of home and the risk of environment where a fence would be an asset.

  • Please note that Barktown Rescue does NOT have outdoor dogs for adoption. Our dogs have been acclimated to live in homes with families. The rare exception where we believe a particular dog would be happiest outdoors does occur. Our mission is always for the best welfare of the dog.

Barktown Rescue retains the right to refuse any potential adopters for any reason.

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