The Adoption Process

Steps of the adoption process:

  • adoption application
  • phone interview with the adoption coordinator
  • phone interview with the foster mom
  • home visit
  • veterinary reference & personal references
  • adoption contract
  • adoption fee.

Adoption fee:

The adoption fee varies depending on the dog’s age and location. The adoption fee includes all vetting (altering, vaccines, fecal parasite testing, heartworm testing, flea/tick and heartworm prevention, veterinarian exams and certified veterinary health certificate) as well as the transport fee to the Northeast.

How long does it take:

The entire adoption and transport process takes 1-2 weeks. You should begin the adoption process when you’re ready to adopt your dog.

Healthy dogs:

Good Dog Rescue’s first priority is the well-being of the dogs. Good Dogs that were rescued from the shelter have been in a private foster home for at least 3 weeks prior to adoption, and much care is given to insure that any health related issues are diagnosed and treated prior to adoption and transport. During their stay in Southern foster homes, Good Dogs are seen by our veterinarian on several occasions for the purpose of vaccines, spay/neuter, followup exams and final examination and health certificate just prior to transport to their new homes. Your Good Dog’s vet records will come with him to the Northeast.


Good Dogs travel every week from the South to the Northeast aboard a USDA-certified professional transport carrier. Prior to travel, each dog receives a veterinary health certificate, certifying that the dog is in good health with no transmissible diseases. During the adoption process, complete information about your Good Dog’s transport will be provided for you. The transport cost is included in the adoption fee.