Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Each of our adoption applications are scrutinized to determine whether or not we currently have a dog in foster that matches with a given application. If we do not have a match, we will NOT contact you. Each time we have a dog that is ready for adoption, we again screen all applicants and search for a match. When we do hit upon a match, you will either get a phone call or an email from one of our volunteers. Please be patient if you do not hear from us for a while! We do not forget about any of our applicants and you will remain in the queue until such time that we contact you to ask if you still want to remain on record, or we find you a match.
Once we have matched a dog with an applicant, we ask the applicant to review said dog on our website. If the interest is there, we would give the applicant the foster family's phone number to call and ask more questions about the dog. At this point, we set up a home visit and begin contacting references.
If everything works out, we then set up a time for the adopter to come to the foster's home for the adoption to take place. We frown upon allowing potential adopters 'visit' with a dog prior to making up their mind if they want to adopt it or not. An adopter should be able to gather enough information to know whether or not they are interested without actually meeting the dog. IF upon going to the foster family's home for the adoption, the adopter does not feel comfortable with the dog, the adoption will be cancelled at that time and the potential adopter will be dropped from our pending adoptions listings.
You may be asking yourself why we do not allow visits prior to adoptions, but the reason is quite simply because we are all volunteers and we do not have the ability to show a dog as if we were selling a car or other usable item. Our adoptions work very much like the adopting of a child and we appreciate your ability and patience for recognizing that.
Rochester Adoption Center
226 West Commercial, East Rochester
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.