Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue! Adoption literally saves lives. When you adopt from our rescue, you enable us to pull another dog from a shelter, which saves the life of another dog and creates more space at the shelter so that new dogs can be kept longer.
The first step is to submit our online application. Please make sure it’s complete : )
If the application is approved, we will make arrangements for you to meet any dogs in your area that you may be interested in and that fit your requirements.
Once you have decided to adopt a dog, you will need to complete the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee of $450. The adoption fee helps us to recover a portion of the expenses we routinely incur in rescue (boarding, vaccinations, worming, spay/neuter if age appropriate, and transport) so that we can continue to save other dogs. Please note that the adoption fee is nonrefundable.
After the adoption is finalized, you will receive copies of your dog’s medical records. All adopters are required to take their new dog to their veterinarian within 14 days of the adoption.
All of our dogs are thoroughly vetted prior to adoption. However, we do require that you schedule a vet visit for your new family member to have them examined by your own veterinarian. This visit should include a fecal test and all dogs should have a follow-up heartworm test in six months. Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations such as Lyme and Leptospirosis, depending on where you live. Puppies may require additional booster vaccines depending on when they are adopted.
Occasionally we have had applicants ask to adopt a heartworm positive dog and assume the cost of their treatment. If we do agree to such an adoption, the normal fee will be waived to offset the cost of the treatment. However, a $200 deposit will be required at the time of the adoption. This deposit will be fully refunded once we have received documentation that the heartworm treatment has been completed.
If for any reason you are unable to keep your adopted dog, you must contact us so that we can make arrangements for the dog to be returned to us. Please be patient during this process as it can take up to a week depending on the availability of fosters and volunteer transporters in your area. We will make every effort to retrieve the dog as quickly as possible.
We are here to help you at any time before, during and after the adoption process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@NewEnglandHumaneSociety.com and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you as soon as possible.