Adoption Information
Check our Available Dogs to see if there’s anyone who catches your attention.

Then submit an Adoption Application and include the names of the dogs you are interested in. When we feel like a good match, our Adoption Counselor will be in touch with you. If you don't hear back, it may be because you are not considered a match or there is another potential adopter ahead of you.

Mobile adoption events are back!
Meet adoptable dogs at an upcoming Mobile Adoption Event, held on Saturdays in San Francisco (Location varies. Check our Events page for locations and dates.)


As part of every adoption, there is a two week trial period.

If you find the match is not a match after all, the dog is welcome back and your adoption fee is refunded.

Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Newly rescued dogs will not be readily available for adoption until AFTER a 7 day period to allow us time to evaluate the dog and his/her needs, both medical and emotional. Once a dog's profile appears on our website under "Available Dogs" you are welcome to submit an adoption application. The foster home will also have first option to adopt the dog after the 7 day period has passed.  

We adopt dogs to homes in the Northern California Bay Area. Very few exceptions are made and we never ship dogs. We receive many wonderful applications from people in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Southern California. The issue with long-distance placements is this: we have no reliable way of getting the dog back to us if the adoption falls through. For this reason we must refer these applicants to rescues in their respective areas.

If you are considering a “trial run” before adopting, please consider becoming a foster home with us! People who foster a dog have the first option to adopt him or her. It’s a win-win situation!

Please email with any questions or suggestions!

Adoption Fees





Please speak with us if you have special financial needs.

If you are a Veteran please contact us about the Pets for Vets program.

Adoption fees cover medical needs which always include vaccinations and neutering.

Some of the other costs associated with rescue include:

  • Food, toys, treats, leashes, collars, sweaters, cleaning supplies

  • Grooming of dogs who are badly matted

  • Vet visits and medicine

  • Exceptional medical fees of certain dogs

  • Utilities – it costs a LOT to keep them warm in winter!

  • Telephone and Internet access

  • Insurance (auto and liability)

  • Bookkeeping (essential for a non-profit)

  • Laundry – we wash a lot of dog beds and blankets!

  • Transportation costs: gas, van maintenance, etc.

To this we must acknowledge the care of our hospice dogs. These sweet animals will probably never be adopted because of their age or physical condition. But they, too, have medical needs. Please know that your adoption fee goes to support the costs directly associated with your own dog as well as keeping our doors open to the many dogs we’ve helped. We cannot do it without your support, and we are so grateful to you for saving a life. In exchange, we offer you lifelong support. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about your dog’s medical, nutritional, or behavioral needs. We’re here to support the adoption in any way possible.