How to Adopt!

Are You Ready? 

Do you know that adopting is a LIFELONG commitment?

How Long is a Lifetime?
With proper care, most dogs can live 12 to 15 years and most cats can live 15 to 20 years, so it is critical that you consider what is likely to be happening in your own life over the next 15 to 20 years before you adopt a pet.

So ask yourself these questions: What major changes might happen to you during a pet's lifetime? Marriage? Children? A new job? A long-distance move? Keeping all this in mind, are you willing to continue spending the time, energy and money to care for your pet when taking on new responsibilities that come up in life? Are you willing to make decisions that will involve your pet in your future as far as your living arrangements, traveling, etc.?

Why Adopt?
With the overpopulation in shelters around the country and the high numbers of animals euthanized (estimated 1.5 million pets a year), adopting a dog is one of the best things you can do!

But, before you go out and adopt a dog, there are some questions to ask yourself to make sure you are ready.

Questions to Ask Yourself...

  • Why do you want to adopt a pet? Are you looking for the loyal and steady companionship that an animal can offer? Are you hoping to fill the empty place left after a pet has passed? Maybe you want a companion for your child. Knowing why you're preparing to bring a pet home will help you to determine the right dog that will fit your lifestyle.
  • Will you be able to spend quality time together? Dogs thrive on several hours of exercise and companionship every day. Some dogs who are constantly left alone can develop behavioral problems. If your work demands that you travel often, or if you're out of the house most days and evenings, this may not be the right time to adopt.
  • Are you willing to train your animal companion? Lack of training is one of the most common reasons that adopters return pets to shelters. Are you willing to solve behavior problems? Basic training helps dogs and their owners communicate better, strengthening the relationship overall.

So if you are ready, how do you adopt from Canine Cupids?
All Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and currently employed.
  • Complete an Adoption Application(above). Yes, we know it is long, but answering all questions fully and honestly will help us find the right Cupid match for you!
  • Check the box to accept the liability release which indicates that you fully understand the risk of visiting and interacting with a foster home or other agreed meeting location. You will be agreeing that you and others accompanying you, WILL NOT hold Canine Cupids, its volunteers, affiliates, trainers, or veterinarians and staff liable, should injury or injuries occur, personal property is damaged, or any other health situation arise as a result of a visit to the foster home or meeting location.
  • Bring all household members, including current dog(s), to a designated "first date."


So you have submitted an Adoption Application, what happens now?

  1. One of our adoption counselors will review your information, check your references, and contact your landlord (if you rent). We will reply as soon as possible, most often within 3 to 5 days. Please keep in mind that we are a 100% volunteer based organization and we try to respond as quickly as we can. NOTE: We may have additional questions or require a home visit.
  2. Once (and if) you are approved, you will be put in contact with the foster parent and they will contact you direct to schedule a "first date" with the dog you are interested in.  We will select a time when the entire family, including current dogs, can visit. We make every effort to be fair to all applicants, but people often select a different puppy than applied for once they meet and bond. This is as it should be.
  3. If the dog still has outstanding medical procedures to be performed, we will inform you at the time we schedule the visit with the dog. All dogs over 6 months if adopted through our licensed rescue organizations must be spayed or neutered per law. Dogs under 6 months require a "Snip Contract" as well.
  4. An adoption can be completed at the time of the visit if a match has been made between a dog and you but every adoption is unique. Maybe you need to go home and think about it, that's totally OK! Also, we cannot guarantee the dog/puppy you applied for will be a match. The relationship counselor will observe the interaction and has the right to further review the match.

All Adoption Fees Include:

  • Veterinarian Examination and Health Report
  • Certificate of Veterinarian Inspection
  • Heartworm Test (if age appropriate)
  • Distemper Combo Vaccination
  • Bordetella Intranasal Vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccination (3 months and older)
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • De-Worming
  • Microchip
  • Complimentary Collar
  • Lifetime of Support from Canine Cupids
  • The love and companionship of a new best friend!


We will always be there to ensure that you have the support that you need.