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Before You Adopt

First and foremost thank you for thinking about adopting a street rescue dog! Here are some items to consider and steps to take if you are considering adopting a dog with us. 

  • Before coming in to look for a four legged friend take some time to consider what type of dog would work with you, your family, and the level of activity you want in your home. 

  • Next think about how much time you will have to dedicate to your new family member day to day. Puppies and younger dogs are fun, but require much more one on one time. And many of our street dogs may never have had any experience living in homes. 

  • A final thing to take into consideration is the commitment you are taking by adopting one of our street dogs. Our goal is to pair you and our dogs with the perfect family and depending on the age of the dog this commitment can last from 10 to 15 years or more.

Step One: Come in and Meet Your Dog

  • You must come in and spend at least 30 minutes or more with the dog you would like to adopt.

  • You must talk with our adoption volunteers and completely fill out an application form.

  • You must be 18 years or older with proof of permanent residence. 

  • You must be able to financially support your dog. Some of our street dogs come in with permanent health issues, along with general veterinary costs, grooming, and feeding you can expect to spend upwards of $500-$1000 a year depending.

  • If you already have a dog(s) try to bring them in with you to meet each other in neutral territory. While introducing your dog Never let them run up to another dog face to face. This is very threatening behavior and can cause problems right from the start. Dogs greet each other by sniffing rear ends first and this is how an appropriate meeting should go.

  • You must live in San Antonio or the surrounding area. Occasionally exceptions can be made within a certain driving distance of the city, but it is completely dependent upon the volunteer/fosters ability to bring the dog to your home. We are an entirely volunteer based rescue and do not have the resources to do extensive travel.

​Our adoption fees is $250 and covers:

  • Microchip

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Heartworm testing and one months worth of medicine

  • Vaccines

  • Worming

  • Flea and Tick treatment

Step Two: Prepare to have a Home Visit
  • We do not do same day adoptions. Once you have submitted your application in person or via email we will review the applications at the beginning of the week then call and arrange a home visit with the dog.

  • Usually the foster or a volunteer that has spent time with the dog will do the home visit. We do this to make sure both you and the dog are comfortable with the adoption and so we can answer any questions you may have about the dogs behavior/likes/dislikes/etc. Some of our dogs are ecstatic to go to their new homes, while other dogs may take more than one visit or need a series of visits before being comfortable enough to stay.

  • On rare occasion we find that the dog may not fit in at the new home. If this is the case we will do our best to help you find a dog that does work or we will assist in whatever other way we can.

  • If the home visit does go wonderfully we will leave you with your new family member! We will bring the dogs folder with all their veterinary paperwork, microchip form, and adoption agreement which we will have you sign as well as taking payment by check or cash.

  • Please be aware that we do not hold dogs, do trial runs, or foster to adopt. We are looking for permanent homes and are not able to accommodate such requests.

Our Promise: We Always Take Our Dogs Back
  • If for whatever reason the adoption does happen, but does not work or you need to rehome the dog we will always take our dogs back no questions asked. If you do need to bring your dog back please contact us as soon as possible and give us at least two weeks notice so that we can arrange a placement for the dog. When you bring the dog in please be sure to also include their veterinary records and folder.