Adoption Process - Adoptable Dogs

Adoption Process

Please note that House of Hope Animal Rescue is foster-based. We are not a shelter and do not own a kennel where our dogs are kept. All of our dogs are in foster homes. Once your application is approved, an adoption coordinator will assist you in scheduling a date and time to meet dogs you are interested in their foster home. You must be willing to travel to the foster’s home to meet potential dogs. Thanks for your understanding.


All potential adopters are required to complete an adoption application, this can be done online. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that will be applied to your adoption fee. Once your application is received, we’ll call your references, including your Veterinarian. All of your pets must be current on vaccines and on preventatives.

Once all references are checked, we will get in touch with you to schedule a phone interview to go over your application and our adoption procedures. You may be contacted via email, so please keep an eye on your inbox, junk, and spam folders. Please know that we will reach out to you as soon as possible, but it can take up to 14 days depending on the volume of applications we are receiving. Please be patient with us.

After the phone interview, we will set up a time for one of our volunteers to conduct a home visit. This is to ensure that your home is a safe environment for a dog and is the final step in the approval process.

Once your application is approved, you are ready to meet your new fur baby! Because we want each dog to go to the right forever home, it is not guaranteed that you will be approved for the dog for which you applied. In this case, we will work with you so that the right match is made for everyone involved. House of Hope spends a lot of time getting to know each dog so they can be placed with a family they are appropriate for as well as a family that is appropriate for them.

At times there will be a waiting list for a new furry family members. While this is a great thing for rescues we do understand it can be frustrating for adopters. Please be patient and keep in mind we work very hard to save the lives of these precious babies and with your help we can give so many a second chance at life.

Please Note: Our dogs are meant to be inside pets and members of the family. They are not ever to be kept outside or in a garage, especially when no one is home. No exceptions! We rescue these dogs from situations like this and will ensure they never have to live this way again.


All our animals have been fully vetted. This includes microchipped, deworming and all core vaccines for all ages. Dogs more than 6 months old will also be spayed/neutered. They will also currently be on heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative.

Age 2 months to 6 months: $400 adoption fee with a $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due at the time of final application approval. Deposits should be made via PayPal and will be applied to total adoption fee.

  • Age 7 months to 2 years: $400 adoption fee
  • Age 3 years to 5 years: $350 adoption fee
  • Age 6 years to 8 years: $300 adoption fee
  • More than 9 years old: Adoption fee is decided on a case-by-case basis


Puppies less than 6 months old may not be spayed/neutered. That will be the responsibility of the adopter. We require that a copy of the spay/neuter certificate be emailed or mailed to us.

Some ask why our adoption fee is so high. Actually, the adoption fee rarely covers the amount we spend on each dog. To give you an idea of what the rescue pays for, here is what we do for each dog we rescue.

Their first Veterinarian visit, which includes a physical exam, spay/neuter, vaccinations, fecal test, worming, heartworm test, and any other treatment the dog may require. This usually runs between $350 and $600.
There are sometimes additional costs and Veterinarian visits required if the dog has any injuries or medical issues. When dogs test positive for heartworms, which are not uncommon, we also have the cost of heartworm treatment, which varies depending on the severity of the heartworms and where they are treated.

Then there is the cost of transport which runs around $150.

The cost of dog food, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative, etc.
Not to mention the time we invest in each dog so that they will make great additions to each adoptive family. Each dog is evaluated to determine the personality they have and whether or not they would be good around children, cats, and other dogs. We do not give any guarantee, as any animal may act differently in a given situation, but we will give you our most honest assessment of each dog’s personality observed while in our care.

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