Dogs Needing Forever Homes

We’d like to get to know you and what you’re looking for in a dog. Having experience with German Shepherds or other large breed dogs is a plus. We prefer to adopt within the Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, and surrounding areas. Renters must obtain written permission from their landlord for application to be considered.

2. Interview

You will receive an introductory email indicating your application status. An adoption counselor will call and have a conversation with the primary contact of the home.

3. Home Visit

You and your adoption counselor will schedule a home visit at which your household members and resident dogs must be present.

4. Meet the Pup

(this is the best part)

Once approved, you will begin meeting potential matches! All household members and resident dogs must attend this important meeting(s).

5. Adoption Agreement

Once the perfect match has been chosen, the adoption agreement will be reviewed with you, and you will be asked to sign!

6. Pay Fee

Adoption fees are: $400 for dogs under 12 months, $350 for dogs 1-6 years old, and $200 for dogs 7-years and older.*

*Special consideration may be given to individuals willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical or health related challenges.

7. Buy the biscuits and the dog bed!!

You’re ready to take your new pup home!

Adoption Q & A

On average, the costs incurred to feed and care for a dog once accepted into our rescue organization is $500-600. Of course, this figure is dependent upon the physical condition and treatment required for each animal. All of our dogs are examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, given vaccinations appropriate to age, monthly preventives, and microchipped.

We will make every attempt to complete the approval process as quickly as possible. However, the time frame for doing so is dependent upon the adopter’s availability and our volunteer availability.  We ask for your patience, as we are an all-volunteer organization.

Once an animal has been accepted into our rescue, the dog is placed into one of our available foster homes. During this time, we are able to learn more about the dog’s behaviors and traits. Foster homes provide the dog an opportunity to decompress and receive necessary care in a loving home environment.

Most of our dogs come from local animal shelters (those who are at risk of euthanasia), owners who must make the difficult decision to surrender their dog due to personal circumstances, or other rescue partners (i.e. veterinarians or trainers).