The Adoption Process
So you’d like to find your new best friend?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Our dogs are waiting to find their forever home – could you be the long-lost family they’ve been waiting for?
Here’s how the adoption process works at SOS (click on each step to expand):
Step 1: Find Fido
Review our online dog bios, mingle with our dogs at adoption events, talk with our foster homes caring for our dogs. At SOS, we want to make the RIGHT right match, and that means helping you and Fido start a relationship – sometimes from a long distance. Take your time, explore your options, consider your home and what kind of companion will fit in your lifestyle.
Step 2: Complete Application
Once you think you have found the right dog for you, please complete our online application.
At SOS, we don’t just want to make A match, we want to make A GOOD match. To do this, we need your help; we know our dogs, but we don’t know you yet – our application helps us get to know you!
Note: If you live in Massachusetts, click here to learn more about your state’s quarantine requirement.
If you are interested in more than one dog, please DO NOT submit multiple applications; rather, select your first choice when prompted and list your other choices in the “Additional Comments” field on the application.
Step 3: Let's Talk!
We will review the application and if it appears to be a good match for the selected dog, we will arrange for a time to talk with you over the phone.
Step 4: Application Screening
Your Adoption Counselor will check your landlord, vet, and personal references, as relevant. We may also require a home visit or adopter meeting. Sometimes this step is completed before the Meet-n-Greet with the dog, and sometimes it is completed after.
If you are traveling a long distance to meet the dog, please let us know and we will try to get you pre-screened prior to the meeting so that if the Meet-n-Greet goes well, you can go home with your dog.
Step 5: Meet Your Match
After the phone interview, if the dog is local and it looks like a good match, we will put you in touch with the current caregiver to learn more and set up a meet-n-greet. We also have regular adoption events when most of our local dogs can be met; see HERE.
If the dog is not local, s/he will not be available for a meet-n-greet prior to adoption but we will put you in touch with the current caregiver to learn more. We understand that there is something reassuring about touching and interacting with the animal prior to making a commitment, but we believe that speaking with an experienced caretaker who has been caring for the dog day-in and day-out for weeks/months can sometimes be just as telling about the match, if not more so.
A meet-n-greet is a very small snapshot of the dog – the caretaker has a good idea about how the dog is in general, over long periods of time in many different situations.
Step 6: Finalize the Adoption
Step 7: Pick Up Your New Best Friend
Once the adoption is finalized, congratulations! We will contact you to make arrangements to pick up your new family member! Please note that additional vetting, quarantine and/or waiting periods may be required depending upon your state of residence. We’ll let you know if that’s the case, but please don’t hesitate to ask!
IMPORTANT: If you live in Massachusetts, click here to learn more about your state’s quarantine requirement.
SOS Adoption Donations help offset the expenses we routinely incur, such as transport, vetting (spay/neuter, worming, vaccinations, other special needs), boarding, and behavioral modification. Click on the icon above for a breakdown of our Adoption Donations, and to read more about Adoption Donations for SOS.
If you’d like to pay an adoption donation for one of our dogs, please click the button below.
We know you are excited to welcome a new companion into your life, but please be patient as we process your application, as we are all volunteers with jobs and families of our own. Please feel free to check in on the application process at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for wanting to adopt a rescue dog into your heart and home!
By adopting a dog from us, you will be opening a spot in our group to save another at-risk dog.
We couldn’t do what we do without people like you! We look forward to working with you to find your new best friend!