How To Adopt a Rescued Dog

Adopting from our rescue requires that you complete ALL of the steps in our adoption process outlined below. After you are approved to adopt a dog it will be your responsibility to arrange for transport of adopted dog.


Fill out an Adoption Application


Review of your application

Someone from the A Tail To Tell Applications Committee will review your application to determine if it should be escalated to the next step. Since our goal is to find a safe and happy forever home for every dog, we appreciate your understanding should you be eliminated as an adoption candidate.


Veterinary Reference Check

A volunteer at A Tail To Tell will verify your veterinarian as listed on your application to ensure that your current pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered (we will not place one of our dogs in a home where there is another intact animal). If you do not have a pet, we will verify that the vet you have selected exists.


Phone or Email Interview

A foster parent will contact you directly to conduct a phone interview consisting of questions about you, your family, your home and other scenarios to determine a suitable match, if any, for your home. This typically occurs within a two to three week period of time but can happen sooner or later.


Home Visit

The final step of the approval process is a home visit. A home visit is when a volunteer comes to your home to determine if it is safe and acceptable for a small dog. Home visits will be set up by A Tail To Tell. A Tail To Tell will attempt to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit. This could take days or weeks. Please be patient with us. We are all volunteers.



Once you have completed and passed the home visit, you are ready to adopt one of our dogs.

Adoption Donations

A Tail to Tell adoption donations help us pay for the best care for our dogs, including:

  • Spaying and neutering
  • Full bloodwork
  • Testing for tick-borne diseases
  • Dental examination and treatment
  • Microchip implantation and registration
  • Rabies vaccine
  • DHLPP vaccine
  • Bordatella vaccine
  • Any other issues addressed before adoption

A Tail to Tell adoption donations are based on the age of the dog being adopted, as shown below:

16 Weeks To 3 Years


4 Years To 7 Years


8 Years or Older


Adoption Application