Person adopting dogs and application process

Our mission is to find the best possible homes for the animals in our care. Many dogs have been through severe hardship, mistreatment, or neglect, making ensuring the best for them even more critical.

We enforce solid requirements for potential adopters because only some people are suitable for a particular animal or vice versa.  We try to do right by every person who comes our way looking for a new family pet. But sometimes, we must say “no” to potential adopters. We are the animal’s voice, and since we speak for them and guide their futures, we must take our time and make the best decisions for them.


(Please note a dog listed as “preview” will be available for adoption, and the application process will open once the dog is medically cleared and evaluated, which is critical in determining the dog’s specific needs. Please check our social media pages for notification of when a dog is available.)

Step one of the adoption process is our application. So that you know – meet and greets will only be arranged once an application is completed and submitted.  We do not operate on a first-come, first-served basis, as our goal is to find the best fit for our dogs and adoptive families.

We can take up to TWO WEEKS to process your application and respond. We are a volunteer-run organization that does our best to respond to every application. However, if you are still waiting to hear from us within two weeks of applying, please note your application is not being considered.

We will contact you for an interview and home check if your application is selected. You will be scheduled for a meet and greet if your application is approved. We only set up meet and greets with approved applicants, and it must be set up within 72 hours of approval of your application. We will continue to accept applications for our dogs, and they will stay in rotation until they are officially adopted.  We don’t hold dogs.  If you’re approved to adopt and meet a dog but do not commit at the meet and greet, we will contact the next approved family.  Approved adopters must pick up their dog within 48 hours of executed contract submission.  

You are welcome to take your time in making your decision, but there is no guarantee that the dog of your choice will still be available.  Our dogs cannot afford to miss out on potential homes while we wait to hear back from you.  

Please understand we make the best decisions for our dogs- they have been neglected and exploited enough in their previous lives, and we have made a pact with them not to repeat that mistreatment.  When we rescue a dog, we promise to find them the best match for a forever home.

**Please note that we do not adopt animals to anyone under 21.


A meet and greet is the next step, and we only finalize adoptions when we believe it is a good fit. Please arrange a meet and greet within 72 hours of your application.

Meet & greets are integral to the adoption process because we want to ensure your existing pet and prospective newly adopted dog can peacefully coexist in the home; therefore, meeting on neutral territory will make the selection and introduction process much more manageable. If you have cats at home, we will do our best to do a cat test, but it is not always possible.

As you may know, dogs in a new environment often will not display a prey drive toward cats during the first couple of weeks of acclimation; this test is only meant to indicate an immediate failure if the dog shows aggression.

All family members and roommates must meet the animal. Some small children are allergic to cats or dogs, but their parents are not aware of it yet. Some elderly family members can’t handle some dogs’ size or activity level, and some dogs get along ideally with one person yet may act aggressively toward another.  

Bringing everyone who will be a part of the family or the household is critical to the success of the adoption, and ALL family members must attend the meet and greet.

Meet and greets need to be scheduled for a timeframe within 72 hours of your home check unless you have previously discussed things. 


If you rent your home, we require a copy of your lease or a letter from your landlord stating you are allowed to have the animal you are interested in.  This letter must be on your landlord’s letterhead and with appropriate contact information to verify the pets-allowed policy.  If you own a home, we will verify ownership via county tax records in your state.


Training Requirements

Newly rescued, fostered, or adopted dogs must start their new lives with stability and safety. Our shelter partners are euthanizing dogs at record rates, and we can only help if we set the dogs up for success from the beginning of their rescue.

Training is not optional; it is a requirement and essential for the well-being of your dog.

A training deposit of $150 is required for all adopters. This requirement could be waived based on your experience at the Adoption Team’s discretion. If this happens to be the case with your adoption, you will be notified of the decision.

Adopters must complete one of the following with a dog trainer or group class:

1. Puppy Kindergarten
2. Basic Obedience
3. At least six one-on-one training class

Training must be completed within three months of the contract date. Proof of completion must be submitted to us to receive your refund. If evidence is not offered by the deadline, your refund is forfeited. Training is done on your own with a qualified trainer of your choice.

Heartworm Prevention Requirement 

Veterinarians across the United States widely recommend heartworm prevention, given the severity of its occurrence, as illustrated in this map.

We require a deposit of $150.00 for heartworm prevention from every adopter. 

Adopters must validate their purchase through proof of a minimum six-month heartworm prevention or a Proheart 12 injection bought or given at their respective veterinary clinic. In addition, purchases made from authorized retailers such as Chewy or Pet Meds are also valid proof of purchase.

This proof must coincide with our training requirement and both must be submitted within three months from the signed contract.

To secure your refund, submission of both proofs is mandatory. Please note, that the refund becomes null and void if the documents above are not presented within the stipulated time frame.

You may access a more in-depth understanding of this lethal disease through this link

Please note, that we will only accept proof of purchase from retailers within the United States. Unfortunately, we do not accept proof acquired from foreign retailers.

Below is an actual image of heartworms in a dog. 


We are a hands-on rescue, and once you adopt from us, you are part of the family. We keep our dogs close and have committed to them for the rest of their lives.

Our adoption areas include the Atlanta, GA area, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, and New Hampshire.

Once you are approved, we require all adopters to travel to NJ for the meet and greet to ensure the dog and prospective adopter are a good match.

The reason we don’t adopt to to other states not listed is because of resources. If a dog is adopted and injured and a family can’t afford or won’t treat it, or a dog is lost and finds itself in a shelter or a good samaritan, we must be able to quickly and effectively treat and get our dog back to us. Our dogs and their safety are our priority.

(Please note that we do not fly dogs).

Each adoption process varies due to the needs of the particular animal and the applicant’s background. Please be patient- we are working hard to ensure our dogs are placed in the best home possible.


We do not give discounts or run “specials” on adoption fees. No exceptions. Owning a dog, or any pet, is a big financial commitment. The adoption fee is just a small example of this. Applicants who cannot afford the adoption fee may not be financially ready to adopt a dog. While some dogs only need standard care, others require more extensive veterinary or behavioral care.

As a non-profit organization, we rely entirely on adoption fees, donations, and fundraising to enable us to continue rescuing dogs. Though the adoption fee does not cover our expenses for each dog, it does help recoup some of the cost and helps us keep the rescue running. Adopters are responsible for a $15.00 microchip registration fee. Adoption fees are NOT refundable.

Our dogs are spayed/neutered before adoption, up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, dewormed (multiple times), deflead, and microchipped.  If a dog has special medical needs, the Adoption Team will review this with you. 

We also include a martingale collar, leash, and a Hounds in Pounds ID tag.

Our adoption fees are as follows:

  • Puppies 8 weeks to 6 months: $595.00
  • Puppies 7 months to 1 year: $555.00
  • Dogs 13 months to 6 years: $520.00
  • Dogs 7-9 years: $485.00
  • Georgia Residents-$225.00
  • Seniors: $325.00 (Seniors for Seniors pay a reduced fee for our senior dogs.)
  • Purebreds or “Designer Breed” Dogs (any age): $750.00

*Adoption fees are payable via Paypal, Venmo, Cash, or Certified Check ONLY. 

We are a volunteer-run organization that tries our best to respond to every application. However, if you do not hear from us within two weeks of applying, please note your application is not being considered.