*Please note, due to current stay-at-home orders, we are receiving an overwhelming number of applications. We are reviewing each app on a first-come, first-served basis but please understand that response times may take longer than usual.  If you are not chosen for the dog you have applied for, there is no need to apply again. We will keep your app on file for 1 year and continue to be in touch as new dogs come into our rescue. We appreciate your patience as we work to make the best match for each dog and family!

Our Adoption Goals

The purpose of our adoption program is to place an animal in a responsible home where it will:

  • Receive veterinary care when needed
  • Not add to the pet overpopulation problem
  • Be controlled so it will not roam free in the neighborhood
  • Be happy with its owner and the owner happy with the pet

A non-refundable, tax-deductible donation is required at the time of adoption to enable us to continue our efforts in helping other animals.

We reserve the right to refuse the adoption of an animal to a home that does not meet listed standards. This includes the right to inspect homes and remove the animal if it is not receiving proper care or has been mistreated.

STEP 1: Submit a Non-Binding Adoption Application

Non-Binding Adoption Application (Online Form)

Non-Binding Adoption Application (PDF) If you fill out the PDF version, please email your complete non-binding adoption application to:

KRI reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Since we are a small scale rescue, our goal is to complete all adoption steps, concluding with adopted dog going to its new home, within 7 to 14 days. If you’re not ready to take “ownership” within 7-14 days of the receipt of your application, please wait until you are absolutely ready to adopt from us.

Unless attending a public adoption event, no individual dog introductions will be made without an initial application submitted in advance. We value the privacy and safety of our foster volunteers, and an application can help us determine if the dog you are applying for may be a good fit.

STEP 2: Home Visit (*virtual visits until stay-at-home orders are lifted)

All family members (including other dogs) MUST be present during the home visit. Visits take approximately 20-30 minutes. At this time, we only have the capacity for home visits within the DC, MD, northern VA areas.

We reserve the right to refuse the adoption of an animal to a home that does not meet listed standards, provides false statements on their application, does not pass a home visit or is not the best fit for a particular dog. This includes the right to inspect homes and remove the animal if it is not receiving proper care or has been mistreated.

STEP 3: Adoption

1-Week Foster to Adopt Contract (PDF)

When you are APPROVED to adopt – at time of adoption, you will receive a folder with all of your new pet’s information. Knine Rescue Inc. uses a one week foster-to-adopt contract. There is an initial seven day period to adjust to life with your newest family member and ensure a proper and lasting fit. If at any time during the life of the pet there is an issue warranting the return of the pet, Knine Rescue will take it back into our program. We will hold your adoption check during the one week trial period. On the seventh day, we will contact you to check in and finalize the adoption.

You will receive a tax receipt for your adoption donation.

Check out Veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Wooten’s free eBook “Adopting a Shelter Dog, The Official Guidebook, 2015 Edition.” In this free guide, she offers professional advice on things like selecting a shelter dog, preparing your home, making them feel welcome and so on.

adoption fees

Other Standards For Adoption:

    • Adopters will allow for a minimum of 30 days adjustment period for the animal to adjust to its new environment and family. YOU CANNOT RETURN THIS PET TO KRI UNTIL AT LEAST THE 30 DAYS ARE UP. YOUR ADOPTION DONATION WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. THEREFORE, MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THIS PET IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU BEFORE AGREEING TO ADOPT.
    • Animals will be placed with adults to be kept as companion animals. They are to be accepted as family members, receiving proper nourishment, medical care and attention. Continuous outdoor confinement is not acceptable.
    • All mature male and female animals must be neutered prior to adoption. Those who adopt a puppy can be reimbursed $100 upon submitting proof of the spay/neuter procedure.
    • We will not place puppies into homes if no one is home most of the day or all day because these animals need special attention and care. It is cruel and inhumane to leave puppies home for long periods of time unattended. Special exceptions will be taken into consideration.
    • A fenced yard is ideal for all dogs. This protects the dog from roaming and owners from liability their loose animal may cause. Dogs should never be left unattended in a yard. Chaining is not acceptable. Dogs will not be placed in homes where they will be allowed to run at large. A Knine Rescue representative may visit your residence to confirm proper confinement requirements.
    • Adopters must be at least 21 years of age. Identification is required to adopt any pet. All adults in the household must agree to the selection of the chosen pet. Live-in parents, relatives, roommates, etc. must visit with the pet.
    • ANIMALS CANNOT BE ADOPTED AS GIFTS. Animals shall not be given away or sold to another individual or organization. They must be returned to Knine Rescue if the adopter can no longer keep and properly care for the animal.
    • Permission from the landlord is required of persons living on rental property. The landlord or rental agency will be notified personally. You must provide the name and number of your landlord or agency within 24 hours or we will move on to the next applicant.
    • All animals must have collars with owner identification tags, rabies and license tags. If your animal is lost, a tag may be the only way to have your animal returned to you.
    • Currently owned animals should be up-to-date on vaccinations. Mature animals should be neutered, unless there is a medical reason for intactness, or your pet is in conformation. Your
    • Veterinarian will be contacted to verify your pet’s health record and proof of conformation is required.
  • An appointment to visit a veterinarian to examine the animal must be scheduled within the first week of adoption. We do not knowingly adopt out sick animals but in the event an animal is sick at the time of time adoption, you will be required to see a veterinarian immediately. If the veterinarian’s exam indicates that the animal has a serious illness, Knine Rescue should be notified immediately. Regular veterinary exams should be given throughout the animal’s lifetime.