interested in adopting?

1. please complete HFP’s simple adoption form

2. if it sounds like a potential match for you & a dog of interest, we’ll promptly Contact you to schedule a meet & greet


  • How & where do I meet the dog I’m interested in?

WHERE: Depending on scheduling + the dog’s location, a meet & greet will be held at: the rescue, the foster home, or at your home. In some cases, a neutral/public location like a park setting might work best for a first meet when introducing dogs to one another. Due to the nature of our foster-based rescue, meet & greets are usually with only one dog at a time.

How: You must first complete the adoption form linked above. Tell us about yourself, your lifestyle, & which dog - or what type of dog - you are interested in. The more detail the better! Help us get to know you as dog owners! Why? Your adoption application helps us pair you with potential matches. It is our job to make sure our animals go to the best homes possible. Please be sure to include pictures of your home, backyard & current pets in a separate email.

Pro Tip: Puppy Adoptions are often more competitive, so be extra thorough in your answers to help us distinguish your home from other interested homes.

  • What are your adoption fees & why are they priced this way?

WHAT: Hearts for Paws kindly asks for a $250 adoption donation, (Puppies 2-5 months: $375). However, some dogs may have lower or higher suggested donations. Each dog’s individual adoption donation is listed in their bio at: Meet the Dogs.

WHY: Your generous donation helps cover the costs of wellness checks, spay/neuter surgeries, emergency services, major surgeries for medical needs dogs, medications, monthly preventatives, grooming, transport, training, equipment & food.  The costs to treat a HEALTHY adult dog in our program may include, but is not limited to: spay/neuter ($125-200), vaccinations ($12-25 per vaccine), microchip ($15-50), flea/tick treat/deworm/monthly medicines ($15-75). Our Puppy Adoptions generate most of the funding to pay it forward to longer term residents, special-needs & medical-needs cases. For these cases, we have routinely spent between $2,000-$5,000 to save individual dogs by providing life-saving surgeries and operations.

We are a small (but mighty!) force run completely by caring volunteers. We pay out of pocket expenses everyday to do what needs to be done for the animals that need us most. By adopting, you not only save the life of your animal, but you also create space in our program for another deserving soul to be saved!

  • Do I have to complete a separate adoption form for future dogs?

    Once you have completed an adoption form, we are happy to keep your form on file for future matches! Only if significant time has passed, major circumstances change, or other relevant/applicable info changes (moves, household members, current pets, work schedules), you may be asked to complete another form.

  • What are your Adoption Requirements?

We aim to find homes with the time, dedication and commitment to fully incorporate a new animal into the family. Our adopters must agree to use kindness, positive/balanced reinforcement, as well provide necessary vetting & diligent care throughout the animals lives. For first-time owners, or specific dogs, we may require new adopters enroll in training classes with their new pet to help ensure a long-term successful adoption. We also ask adopters to stay in touch with pictures/updates periodically. We try our best to address each dog’s and adopter’s needs. Should an adoption not work out, we require adopters offer the animal back to HFP before any other steps are taken.

  • What are some things to expect when adopting a new dog?

Some families come in with an unrealistic expectation that the dog will be able to assimilate to their family without any transition time at all. Very few dogs can do this. For the majority, it requires time, patience, structure, and bonding time for the animal to feel comfortable.

For the sake of the dog, you must respect this transition time (decompression), and the vital need to take the first few weeks SLOW. Even if your dog is coming from a loving foster home, there’s a lot of stress associated with so much change. As the new pet parent, you should be prepared to help make the transition as comfortable and soothing as possible. Dogs need a this period of time to get back to a calm state of mind. Treat the dog with respect while giving gentle guidance, exercise (walking — lots of walking is a great way to build bond, trust, familiarize your dog to your neighborhood, and get exercise). Use quiet times to bond together!

  • LAst Thoughts:

We hope you have already put lots of time & thought into adopting a dog before contacting us. Moves, finances, time constraints, and other life changes are only some of the common reasons dogs are surrendered shelters. As a dog owner, how will you face these changes should they occur unexpectedly?

If adoption is further down the road…. a great place to start is at your local shelter! Volunteering to walk and care for the dogs who desperately need it will increase your skills/abilities, allow you to interact with many types of dogs, and give you a greater understanding of a shelter dog’s journey to a forever home!

If you are on the fence, or not quite sure if now is the right time, what kind of dog fits best for your lifestyle, or have other reservations, we strongly encourage you to foster or foster-to-adopt (like a trial of sorts) first, before diving in. Please contact us to discuss fostering or our foster-to-adopt option.



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