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Adoption Process & FAQ

How We Process Applications


We try to process applications as quickly as possible, but all of our volunteers work full-time jobs, have families, and dogs of their own. If there is a high volume of applications, it will take several days to check the applications. If there are many applications for the same dog, you may not hear back about your application for a week or more.


If there is a problem with any information on your application (missing/incorrect phone numbers for landlord/vet, unclear info), we try to contact you by email to obtain this information, so make sure you enter your email address correctly and check your email daily. If we do not get a response to an email we send within 2 days, we will assume you are not interested any longer and move on to the next applicant.

If you have other pets, please contact your vet and let them know we will be calling to obtain information. Many vets have adopted a policy of requiring a release to speak to anyone about your pets. If we have to get a release it takes more time to process your application.

If your current dog is not up to date on vaccinations or heartworm prevention, but you have an appointment scheduled, please put that on the application. We will not perform the adoption prior to confirming that everything is up to date, but it saves us time.​

Adoption Process

Once your application is approved, one of our volunteer adoption representatives will contact you to setup a home visit/meet & greet. If you have not already met the dog during one of our public events, this will be your chance to to see if the dog's personality is a good fit for you. The adoption rep will bring the dog to your home and introduce them to you, your family, and any other pets. If the visit goes well, our expectation is that you sign the contract and complete the adoption the same day. This is because it is less travel stress on the dog, and also less time for our volunteers. 

The adoption fee is due at the time of adoption/contract signing. We accept cash & Venmo. The fee is non-refundable.

If you have any questions after your adoption, we are here to help! See our Contact Page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Wonder Dogs' Adoption Fees?​
  • Adult>1 year ~$125-$250

  • Puppy<1 year ~ $200-$250

  • Specialty Breeds~ $300-$350

Why do puppies cost more than adults?

We rely on adoption fees and donations to support our rescue. Puppies typically require more vetting due to additional vaccines being required. This increases our cost to care for them, so their adoption fees are higher. However, compared to the cost of buying a puppy and paying to have it spayed/neutered and vaccinated, we feel our adoption fees are beyond reasonable.

Are all Wonder Dogs' adoptable dogs vaccinated?

All dogs are spayed or neutered, have received all age-appropriate vaccinations, are microchipped, & heartworm tested prior to being adopted, as well as on heartworm preventative in their foster home.

*Please note that puppies do not receive rabies shots or heartworm testing until usually around 6 months of age.

I applied for the dog I saw on Facebook but then saw that it was adopted to someone else. Why wasn't I contacted?

We process eligible applications in the order they are received. The first good application we receive for a dog is the one that will be offered a meet & greet first. It is very important that the information you provide on your application is accurate and truthful, because if we cannot reach your vet or landlord to verify, we may move on to the next applicant.

Can I come visit a dog I saw online?

Not unless we are having a public event. We are a foster home based rescue, which means all of our adoptable dogs live in foster homes with families until they are adopted. We do not have a shelter or kennel like some rescues because we don't feel a shelter or kennel environment is the best environment for our dogs. This also means that in order to meet an adoptable dog, you must fill out an application and be approved to adopt before we can arrange a meet & greet. Once approved, one of our adoption team members will contact you to arrange a home visit and we will bring the dog to meet you and your family.

I have a dog that I cannot keep anymore/I found a dog. Can you take it?

We focus on rescuing dogs from kill shelters before their time is up. 99.9% of the time our foster homes are full and we cannot take in owner surrenders or strays.