Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Canine Lifeline! Our dogs are strays that were saved from euthanasia at dog shelters due to shelter overcrowding or treatable medical conditions. We have no history on these dogs and can’t guarantee how they will behave in an adopter’s home with respect to housetraining, separation anxiety, and interaction with children or cats. Because of this unknown history, and the fact that our foster homes do not have young children in them, we do not feel comfortable placing any of our dogs in a home with children younger than 7 years old.

We seek to find the best possible match for each dog based on the dog’s needs and the adopter’s requirements. To that end, an application must be submitted and approved before you can adopt a dog from Canine Lifeline. We don’t do same day adoptions at our adoption events unless the prospective adopter has an approved application on file with us. The adoption application is online and can be accessed by clicking the button below.

Once your application is approved, we will then schedule a meet and greet at one of our upcoming adoption events. At that time, you will have a chance to visit with the dog to see if you think he/she is what you are looking for in a canine companion. If both the prospective adopter and Canine Lifeline feel that the dog is a good match, we will then move forward with the adoption paperwork.

As part of the adoption process, you must commit to a two-week adjustment period. This period is intended to give you and the dog time to acclimate to the new routine. Going into a new environment can be intimidating for a dog and it takes time for them to feel comfortable in showing their true personality. All adopters must be able to give the dog time to adjust and commit to the full two-week period before adopting a dog. Adopters must also be willing to work through basic obedience issues such as housetraining, leash walking, chewing, etc. At the end of the two-week adjustment period, if the dog is not a good match, the dog may be returned to Canine Lifeline for a refund of 1/2 of the adoption fee. No refunds are given if the dog is returned during the adjustment period or once the adoption has been finalized.

All Canine Lifeline dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations including, distemper/parvo, bordetella and rabies, wormed, heartworm tested and current on monthly heartworm preventative, and on flea preventative. We are in the process of getting all of our dogs current on the bivalent canine influenza vaccine.

Heartworms are spread by mosquitos, so all dogs are at risk of contracting this potentially fatal disease. All of our dogs are on monthly heartworm preventative year-round and all of our adopters must sign a contract agreeing to continue this practice along with regular testing. In addition to the adoption fee, first time dog owners will be required to submit a $100 heartworm deposit. The $100 deposit is fully refundable after the adopter has taken the dog to a qualified veterinary clinic for a general health check and purchased at least a 6-month supply of heartworm preventative. This must be done within two weeks after the adoption is finalized. A refund check will be mailed to the adopter after confirmation of the vet visit and heartworm preventative purchase.

Canine Lifeline is an all-volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to all inquiries within 48 hours of receiving them. Please note that our response to you may not come from a Canine Lifeline email account. Often times replies are made directly by the person fostering the dog from their personal email account. If you don’t see a reply within the 48- hour time frame, please double check your spam folder first. If you find nothing there, then please send an email inquiry to:

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