rescue a dog?
Dogs who have not gotten off to the best possible start in life – who have been neglected or even abused – tend to be very loyal and affectionate. Remember that dogs are pack animals, and they take their treatment by the “pack” – their owners and families – very much to heart. A dog that has been neglected or abandoned once is usually eager to become part of a loving pack, where she feels safe and secure, and is likely to act accordingly.
Find out how to adopt a pet quick & easy
How do I adopt a pet?
Please note that our adoption process is very strict and that it can take a few weeks to complete.
Click here to fill out the online Adoption Application. For your current pets protection, please provide vaccination records for the animals in your home. If you are a renter, please check with your landlord to make sure you are allowed to have pets.
Please Note: Incomplete applications may not be processed.
Are there any adoption requirements?
We require verifiable veterinary references.
If renting your home, we require written permission from your landlord or a copy of your lease, stating that pets are allowed.
A visit to your home prior to adoption is always a requirement.
We require a minimum of two references (other than your vet).
The application must be filled out completely.
All animals will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption, unless medical needs prohibit. If an animal needs to be spayed/neutered after adoption, a spay/neuter contract (with a refundable deposit) must be completed.
We reserve the right to deny an adoption to any home for any reason.
You must be at least 25 years old.
Special considerations will be made for families experienced with special needs and abused animals.
Rhode Home Rescue (RHR) does everything in its power to discover and treat any pre-existing medical conditions or illnesses, but cannot guarantee the health of an individual animal, post adoption.
We do not make “deals,” adopt dogs to the highest bidders, or give discounts just because you are a great person. We pay for medical treatment, spaying, neutering, vaccinations, physicals, medications, and emergency surgeries and procedures. Sometimes we have to pay fees just to get the dogs released to our care. We do not make a profit, our funds are always tight, and we are usually in the “red” with vet bills that need to be paid. However, in some cases (dogs with special needs, seniors, etc.) we may lower adoption fees.
If you have any questions, please use the form below to contact us for more information.
How to avoid picking the wrong pet?
Pets add fun, companionship, and love to our lives, but they’re also a big responsibility. Choosing to add a pet to your family is a very important decision. Is it the right time for you?
Take this quiz to help you decide if this is the best time to adopt a pet. Check the following events that have either occurred in your life in the past six months, or that you think may occur in the coming six months:
- Divorce or end of a relationship
- Getting Married
- Change in living arrangements (new roommates or moving in with significant other)
- Move to a new residence
- Pregnancy or new baby
- Longer hours or increased responsibility at work
- Financial concerns
- Children leaving home or moving back home
- Care-taking responsibilities for elderly or ill family member
- Significant changes in family routine
- Death of a family member
- Death or disappearance of a family pet
- Relinquishment of a pet (given away or brought to an animal shelter)
- Significant health problems of a family member
- Change in working status of a family member (begins work, changes jobs or retires)
- Frequent travel, either for business or pleasure
- Limited leisure or free time
- Graduation from high school or college
- Disagreement among family members about adopting a pet
Add one point for every pet you currently have (one aquarium counts as one pet)
0-3: Your life seems fairly stable. Now is probably a reasonable time to acquire a pet.
4-6: You have a lot of responsibilities right now. Although adopting a pet may still work for you, a small mammal, an adult cat, or well-trained, adult dog would probably be more appropriate than a kitten, a puppy or an active breed of dog.
7-10: Let’s think twice about this. With all the changes and responsibilities in your life right now, you may not have time to care for a new pet. It would probably be better for both you and the pet if you wait until your life settles down a bit.
10+: STOP! DON’T PASS GO! Acquiring a pet now is not a wise decision. Why not consider a pet rock or a “computer-pet” instead?
Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
All dogs adopted by Rhode Home Rescue receive full veterinary care prior to adoption. This includes:
- Getting spayed/neutered
- Being up to date on age-appropriate vaccines
- Heartworm testing
- Deworming and treating for fleas and ticks