We know our dogs, and we will take the time to get to know you and your adoption goals for a successful match. Please keep in mind we place dogs based on a BEST FIT model, rather than first-come-first-served.

APPLY - Fill out a paper application at one of our events or an online application on our website.

MATCH REVIEWED -Our experienced adoption counselors will review your application and ask any follow-up questions.

MEET AND GREET - All family members meet the dog including a supervised intro with any current pets. A home check will be completed to help ensure the match.

ADOPTION CONTRACT AND PAYMENT - If the match is approved by 2 adoption coordinators then final paperwork will be completed, and we will collect the adoption fee of $350.


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Adoption guidelines & criteria

  • All adopters must be a minimum of 21 years of age.

  • Must live in the greater Bay Area—no out-of-state adoptions.

  • Renters must provide approval from landlord that dogs are allowed. Homeowners must provide proof of home ownership.

  • A home visit may be required.

  • Some dogs will require training as part of the adoption, and continued support.

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 Pit bull & strong breed adoption criteria

  • Must be over 25 years of age to adopt a Pit Bull, Pit Bull mix, or strong breed dog.

  • Written landlord permission or a pet policy allowing the specific breed is required for adoption approval.

  • A home visit is mandatory.

  • Training or breed experience is required as part of the adoption.