Applying to Adopt
Thank you for considering adoption from City Dogs Rescue! If you would like to meet a dog that you are considering adopting, we REQUIRE you to first fill out an application. We adopt to the Washington, DC metro area to include Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. You only need to fill out one application and it will apply to any of our dogs.
If you haven't selected a dog yet but would like to get pre-approved, please write "pre-approval" under "dog's name" on the application.
City Dogs Rescue has a thorough adoption process in order to find the best possible fit for each of our dogs. We do not operate under a first-come, first-served model. As a volunteer organization, it may take a few weeks before everything is finalized should we find an appropriate match. Please know we do our best to process adoption applications as quickly as possible. This requires checking references, arranging home visits, and coordinating visits with potential dogs. We appreciate your patience in the process!
City Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is not a "shelter." We are a network of volunteers (most will full-time jobs) who foster dogs with volunteer families and donated boarding facilities. Please remember that most of our dogs are living in the homes of our volunteers and therefore cannot be visited without an adoption application and appointment with the foster family.
Unless otherwise noted, CDR charges an adoption fee of $350 for dogs (including puppies). The adoption fee for senior dogs is reduced to $175. This fee typically includes health care provided before adoption: Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations (age appropriate), flea and heartworm prevention prior to adoption, spay/neuter procedure (depending upon the age of the dog — not included for puppies), SNAP test for parasites, initial health check vet visit when going from the municipal shelter to City Dogs Rescue. We expect all adopters to make their own vet appointment within 3 weeks of adoption.
How to adopt a City Dogs Rescue dog