Adoption Process

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The first step is to complete an adoption application.

Please give us 1 week to review and process the application. Emailing will only delay your application. You should contact your veterinary reference and give them permission to release information about your pets’ health history/records to our rescue representative.

Applications will not be processed if all the information is not completed.

Once your application and vet check have been approved, you will be contacted to schedule your home check. An AAP volunteer will contact you to discuss a date and time that is mutually agreeable. We prefer that all members of the household be present for the home check. The volunteer must have access to all rooms of the home including the garage, basement, and any out buildings. If access to any of these areas is denied, the application will be automatically denied. We DO NOT adopt without a home visit.

Please be aware that the volunteer may also bring one of their own dogs with them to see how any current dogs in the home interact with them.

Once the application and home check have been approved, you will receive a call from an AAP Representative for a phone interview to talk about any additional question and concerns and potentially discuss a dog.

Note: Our rescue dogs are our number one priority; therefore, we do not make exceptions to our policies. We reserve the right to refuse an applicant at any phase in the adoption application process.   


We strive to match each dog to the home that will best suit its unique personality and needs.  For instance, not all dogs do well with children. The ones that don’t would therefore not be  placed in a home with kids. By carefully screening not only the applicants but the dogs as  well, we hope to achieve the best possible match so that both the dog and the family will  enjoy a happy future together. The dog you are interested in may not be a good match for  your situation. Also understand that many times, we receive multiple applications for each  dog. We then place the dog in the home that best matches its personality and preferences.  Before applying to adopt, please be sure that you agree to all of the following:

Hairy Hairless Male-You must be 25 years of age or older to adopt. We encourage seniors to adopt older dogs.
-All About Paws does not ship dogs. It is the adopter’s responsibility to arrange to pick up the dog. -You agree to provide all necessary veterinary care and keep the dog up-to-date on  recommended vaccinations. You also agree to keep the dog on heartworm preventative all year round.
-Dogs adopted through All About Paws may never be tied out or left outside unattended.
-Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times when not in a securely fenced area.
-In the event that you ever become unable to keep the dog, the dog MUST be returned to All About Paws Rescue. It shall never be brought to a shelter or otherwise given away or sold.
-All About Paws Rescue does not adopt dogs to homes with unaltered pets unless there is a  medical reason why altering is not advisable.
-You agree that you release All About Paws from all liability and/or future claims of any kind. You are solely responsible for any veterinary or other bills related to the dog that you adopt. You hold All About Paws Rescue blameless in any and all future events related to the adoption and ownership of the dog that you adopt.
-Please be aware that we are all volunteers with full times jobs and families, the application process can take up to one week to process
-All About Paws Rescue reserves the right to deny any application without explanation. A home  visit is required prior to being approved to adopt.


-If you do not agree to the above terms, please do not submit an application. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you!