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. If you have
questions prior to completing an application, feel free to write us at
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 or a privately arranged meeting. Please bring a hard copy of
your completed application with you. If you decide to pursue your interest
in a particular dog after meeting him/her/them, you will be interviewed at
the meeting. 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.
Our adoption fee for all dogs and puppies is $275.00. Dogs will be fully
vetted prior to adoption, which includes: basic shots, spay/neuter and
microchip. If a dog is not spayed or neutered prior to adoption (due to
medical reason or age), a refund of $100 will be made upon proof of
Our adoption area covers the VA/DC/MD Metropolitan area.
Click here to print a standard PDF application
form. If you download and complete, applications can be returned via
email or fax. The address and fax number are on the application.