So You Want To Adopt?

Please Think Before You Leap

There are various situations to consider before adopting a life long friend. It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, brindle puppy with white paws and green eyes, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous ebony black momma dog whose tail seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're shopping for new collars.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a dog is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work. 

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and especially puppies, require lots of time, money, and commitment-over 15 years worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.




  • What does my Adoption Donation cover? Your Adoption Donation covers transport from Texas, food vaccines and medical care while in our program. It also cover for the spay/neuter surgery.
  • What can I do to move my adoption process along quicker? Call your current vet if you have animals and give them consent to talk to us. Email your landlord letters, fence checks, and apartment location checks to
  • I rent, is that okay? Absolutely! But we will need a letter from your landlord, specifically stating that you can have a ‘puppy’ along with any restrictions and their contact information.
  • Will you adopt to me if I don't have a fence? Possibly! We do not have a blanket fence policy. We consider every application uniquely. However, if you live in the city or urban area, we will most likely require a fence. We are much more lenient for rural properties. If you'd like us to complete a 'fence check' prior to applying, please send an email to
  • Do you adopt to people in apartments? Yes! Although we take into account the dog you are applying for and your lifestyle.  
  • Why won't you adopt to me if I have a puppy under 1 year? Puppies are hard! We want you to spend your first year with your pup bonding, training, and helping them grow into good doggos! 
  • Can I adopt two puppies? We know it's hard thinking about separating siblings, but one puppy at a time is our policy.  Believe us, once that puppy starts eating your baseboards, you will be grateful you only have one to deal with!
  • Is spaying and neutering a puppy safe at 8 weeks old? It certainly is.  Like any surgery, there are risks, but our Vet has the best reputation in the PNW for her pediatric surgeries.  If you have additional questions about pediatric spay and neuter, feel free to email



We know the application process is long. The application and the matchmaking process we've developed help us get to know you and your family so that you end up with your PERFECT match!

If you're ready to adopt a companion for life, please click the links above at the top of the page to see who is waiting for their fur-ever home at Path of Hope Rescue.

If someone tugs at your heart and you would like to meet him or her, please fill out an Adoption Application.