Adoption Application

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. Our goal is to find the perfect furever home for each dog based on their individual needs. We believe that every dog deserves a safe and loving home, companionship, proper medical care, nutrition, exercise and training. We thoroughly screen each applicant for the safety of our animals and to ensure the best possible home for each dog. The screening process includes approval of this application, followed by a phone interview and a home visit. We do not place dogs in the order the application is received. We choose homes that best fit the needs of each dog. We do our best to move through the review process as quickly as possible but depending on the volume of applications at the time you apply it may take up to 7 days before you hear from us. We try to contact every qualified applicant but this is not always possible given the volume of applications we get daily. In the event you do not hear from us within 14 days please assume that you were not a match for the dog you applied for or feel free to follow up with us at that time. We know it's exciting to submit an application to adopt but please do not contact us to inquire on the status of your application if it's been less than 7 days. We are a very busy rescue and that only adds to our work load which increases the time it takes to do our job of reviewing apps and responding to applicants in a timely manner. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO COMPLETING AN APPLICATION. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS PLEASE DO NOT APPLY. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS AND STILL CHOOSE TO APPLY PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE CONTACTED. 1. WE REQUIRE ADOPTERS TO HAVE A FULLY FENCED PROPERTY FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR DOGS ( INVISIBLE FENCE DOES NOT QUALIFY) 2. ANY CURRENT ANIMALS MUST BE SPAYED/NEUTERED AND UP TO DATE ON VACCINES. YOU MUST PROVIDE THE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER OF A VET WHO CAN CONFIRM THIS INFO. IF YOUR DOG GOES TO A CLINIC FOR VACCINES PLEASE PROVIDE THOSE RECORDS ALONG WITH YOUR APP. ONCE YOU APPLY PLEASE CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY TO AUTHORIZE THEM TO SPEAK WITH US ABOUT YOUR ANIMALS. IF WE CALL AND THEY WONT SPEAK TO US WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE REVIEWING YOUR APP. 3. YOU MUST BE OVER THE AGE OF 25 TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION 4. WE CALL ALL REFERENCES SO PLEASE NOTIFY THEM THAT YOU APPLIED AND TO RETURN OUR CALL IN A TIMELY MANNER. WE DO NOT HAVE RESOURCES TO CALL YOUR REFERENCES REPEATEDLY. IF YOUR REFERENCES DO NOT CALL US BACK YOUR APP CAN NOT BE APPROVED. 5. IF YOU DO NOT ANSWER EVERY QUESTION AND PROVIDE ALL THE INFO REQUESTED IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE CERTAIN YOU PROVIDE ALL THE INFORMATION WE ASK FOR OR WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REVIEW YOUR APP.

Make sure to fill out every field or the application will not submit. A confirmation page and follow up email means that your submission was successful. If you got the auto email from us then please know we received your application. Please do not contact us prior to 7 days. We are a very busy rescue and having to reply to multiple emails slows down the review process


Contact Info


Personal References

Please provide DAYTIME phone numbers for 2 references who are NOT RELATED TO YOU. Please notify them that we will be calling and to return our call quickly. WE DO NOT HAVE TIME OR RESOURCES TO MAKE REPEATED CALLS TO REFERENCES AND YOUR APP CAN NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL WE SPEAK WITH BOTH OF YOUR REFERENCES.

If you don't currently have any animals, please provide Vet for any previous pets.

Home Environment

If renting, please provide a letter from your landlord giving permission to own a pet.

Name, Age, Gender, and Relationship to the Applicant

Name, Breed, Age, Gender, Year Acquired and from Where

If NO, Please explain


Adoption Fees

Under 6 months: $500 | 6 mos – 5 years: $375 | Over 5 years: $275



Medical records are provided upon adoption documenting all the vetting the animal has received.

I have read the above information carefully and filled out this application honestly. I understand that omission of information and/or failure to tell the truth or answer all questions fully and honestly will result in this application not being processed and/or being denied. Also, if an omission or untruth is discovered after an adoption takes place, I understand that GIMME SHELTER Animal Rescue (GSAR) reserves the right to annul the adoption and reclaim the animal. I give GSAR permission to fully investigate the information provided as well as to contact veterinarians, landlords, references, and other relevant parties disclosed on this application. If this application is submitted to GSAR from the Applicant’s email address then the application will be deemed to be signed.

If this application passes review, GSAR reserves the right to also conduct a home visit as part of the approval process and before any adoption is confirmed. I understand the approval is dependent on many factors, including but not limited to, the compatibility of the family and home to the individual animal, as well as other applications received on this animal. I understand it is GSAR’s sole prerogative to decide which home is most appropriate and that their decision is final; therefore I will not argue with the decision.


You will be required to provide a copy of this license upon signing the adoption contract.