Adoption FAQ

Adoption Process

We are so excited you are considering adding a furry friend to your family! We can’t wait to work with you and find the perfect match!

All our adoptions follow the same process. First, please complete an adoption application. If you already have your eye on a specific baby, you can write their name in on the form, if not, don’t worry we will help make the perfect match for you. Please remember that just because you write a dog’s name in, that it is not a guarantee that dog will be available. If we have multiple applicants on a dog we will be looking for the best fit for that dog, but don’t worry we will help you!

After you complete the adoption application we will email you to let you know it has been received. A volunteer will begin processing the application which consists of: verifying information, completing a vet reference, and lastly a home visit to be approved.

About Applying With Us:

We have just a few things we’d like to share with you before you put in your application.

First, we are a very small rescue. That means, we only have a few dogs at a time. Second, we often take on special needs dogs. That means, that of the dogs in our care, many of them are not what’s considered “desirable” by most adopters. These dogs also tend to stay in rescue longer (or even forever, like our Senior Sweethearts).

We are called to help senior dogs, dogs with medical trauma, dogs with anxiety & fear, and many other special needs including hospice care.

That is not to say that we don’t have highly adoptable dogs, because we do! We get dogs that need nothing more than a little time for us to get to know them so we can place them in the right fit family!

Lastly, we are very lucky to have a large social media presence, really truly lucky because without the support of so many we wouldn’t be able to help those dogs that need it the most. However, it does mean that we often have many more GREAT applications than desirable adoptable dogs at any given time. Many applicants will be on a waiting list once they are approved.

Our primary goal is to help dogs find their humans, even if they don’t pass through our doors. In light of that, we encourage to check out our friends at the Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue ( which covers the same geographical locations and often has a larger list of ready and adoptable dogs available. Also, please contact your local rescues, Humane Societies, & Animal Control facilities.

Thanks for listening & for your support!

Adoption Fees:

Adoption fees follow the schedule below.

Purebred Dogs-

  • Under 1 Year = $375
  • 1-3 years = $350
  • 4-7 years = $275
  • 8+ years = $150

Mixed Breed Dogs –

  • Under 1 Year = $250
  •  1-3 years = $225
  •  4-7 years = $175
  •  8+ years = $100

Common Questions:

How long does it take?

Applications take on average 1-2 weeks to complete. Please remember we are all volunteers. A great way to speed this up is to let your vet know we are calling as some won’t release information without your consent. Also, double check the phone numbers. addresses, and emails you provide. Most approved applicants are placed on a waiting list before a match is made. The more specific your requests, the longer the wait may be. Applications specific to a puppy should be aware that puppies are uncommon in rescue and typically our adopters are approved for a minimum of 8 months before a puppy becomes available.

Why do you ask so many questions?

Dogs coming from our rescue have ended up with us because someone along the way failed them. Our commitment is to the dogs, and we want to make sure to get the right match. Maybe you have your heart set on Fluffy, but Fluffy is terrified of elevators and you live on the 12th floor of a condo building. Fluffy might not be the right dog for you, but with all the information we have we can show you some other matches that might be just what you are looking for!

What happens if the dog I want is adopted?

Don’t worry! The right match is out there for you and we will help you consider other possibilities that meet your needs.

Why should I apply if I don’t see the right dog yet?

If you are looking to adopt a “highly desirable” dog we suggest getting pre-approved. Dogs that are young (under 3, and especially puppies), female, very small (under 15 lbs), etc usually have a lot of interest. If the dog you are looking for fits any of those characteristics, we recommend getting on the approved list now. When the dog you are looking for pops up you can let us know immediately to be first to be considered.

What vaccines and vetting are included?

Every dog that is adopted through The Rescue Ranch Pups is fully vaccinated with a rabies vaccine & DHPPC vaccine, and spayed or neutered. They are also microchipped. The microchip will be transferred to you when you adopt. The Rescue Ranch will remain an emergency contact giving you an extra layer of protection. Our dogs have seen a vet to ensure they are healthy and ready for adoption, however we cannot guarantee their health after adoption.

What do you require of adopters?

There are some things we ask of you. First, please be patient as we are a completely run organization with no paid staff. We work very hard to answer your questions, comments, emails, and applications as quickly as possible. Next, some of the common things we are asked are if we require a fence, or if we require all the adopters dogs to be altered, current on vaccinations, or on heartworm prevention. While we approach every application on a case by case basis, here are our guidelines:

Fence: No, we do not require a fence for every dog. Some dogs will require a fenced in yard and will only be adopted into a home that meets that requirement. Other dogs are completely happy with on leash walks only. We WILL NOT adopt to a home that plans to allow dogs to be off leash in non-fenced locations. While we’re talking about fencing, let’s touch on electric fencing. First we DO NOT recommend the use of electric fencing or underground fencing. This type of fencing does not restrict animals or people coming into your yard. We have simply heard too many horror stories to recommend their use and we suggest you thoroughly investigate other solutions.

Altered Animals: We require all pets in the home to be spayed or neutered prior to adopting a new pet. There are many proven health benefits to altering your pet including reduced risk of mammary or prostate cancers and the elimination of the risk of ovarian or testicular cancers. Part of our commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership is our commitment to this spay/neuter policy. There are a limited number of scenarios in which we will waive this requirement. If there is a medical reason that your vet does not recommend altering your pet we can waive the requirement with a letter from your veterinarian. In addition if your pet is currently seeking AKC Championship titles or actively involved in showing or competition sports we can waive the requirement with records.

Vaccinations: We ask that all pets in the home be up to date on recommended vaccinations as dictated by your veterinarian, have current titer results, or a letter from your vet stating that they do not recommend your pet receive vaccination. Remember, rabies vaccinations are required annually (or every 3 years with the 3-year vaccine in specific states & counties) and must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm prevention is the only absolute “deal breaker” for us. We do require your pet be receiving heartworm prevention and have proof of a negative heartworm test performed within the last calendar year. Heartworm disease is a painful way for a pet to die and treatment once contracted is expensive, long, painful, and dangerous.

What happens if I can’t keep the dog I’ve adopted from the Rescue Ranch?

All dogs who pass through the Rescue Ranch Pups receive a “Lifetime Membership” to rescue. That means that EVER in the life of that dog something happens and the adoptive family can no longer care for the dog; the Rescue Ranch will accept the dog back into the Rescue. Our commitment is always to the dog, for the life of the dog.

Can I visit the Rescue Ranch?

The Rescue Ranch is located at a private residence and is not open to the public. We are open during a few public events through out the year (Annual Bostons, BBQ, Blues, & Boo’s Festival & the Egg Hunt). We also are open by appointment to those that are approved to adopt and coming out to adopt their new dog or for a scheduled meet and greet.