The first step in the adoption process is to find a dog who might be a good match for your family and complete a NON-BINDING application, either online or at an adoption event. If you see a dog listed on Petfinders or our website who appeals to you, we encourage you to apply online as we always make it a priority to bring the dogs who have interest in them to events.
Once your application is received, it will be promptly reviewed and you will be contacted within 48 hours. The next step is to visit with the dog at an adoption event. Please bring a hard copy of your completed application with you to the event. If you decide to pursue your interest in a particular dog after meeting him/her/them, you will be interviewed at the event. It is important for all family members to be present for the interview/s unless prior arrangements have been made.
After the interview process, home visits are done for the applicants selected. The process generally takes about a week from start to finish. Please note: Applications are not approved on a first come first serve basis; rather, the home that seems to be the best fit for the dog is chosen.
The purpose of the application process is to find the best fit for dog and person/family. You may submit one application for multiple dogs.
You must be over the age of 21 years for your application to be considered. Please submit your application by email or fax to the address or number above.
Our adoption fee for all dogs and puppies is $250.00. For dogs
that are microchipped prior to adoption, there will be an additional
$35.00 fee to cover the cost.
Our adoption area covers the VA/DC/MD Metropolitan area.