How to Adopt


The Adoption Process:

Easier than it looks and harder than buying from a pet store (AHR Doesn’t support puppy mills!), adoption through a shelter or rescue is infinitely more responsible and rewarding. You are saving a life!

What is the Adoption Process?

  • APPLICATION: WE DO NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR UNDECIDED APPLICANTS  Click Here to to fill out our online Adoption Application This is actually the hardest part! Pre-screening is an important step in finding the best match for you and your lifestyle. Please fill out the application thoroughly.  If you would like an application emailed to you, please email
  • VET REFERENCE: Please call your veterinarian to authorize  them to release information to Almost Home Rescue. See below for what we look for.
  • HOME VISIT: After steps 1 and 2 are complete, you will be contacted directly by a volunteer to conduct a brief (45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your questions) home visit. Don’t clean up! Easy and comfortable, we promise!
  • APPROVAL: After steps 1-3 have been completed, you will receive an email approval letter outlining particulars about payment and pick up, as well as tips on homecoming, socialization and training.
    Our adoption fees are:
  • Through 6 months of age $450
    7 months to through 5 years: $400
    6 years and under 9 years: $325 bonded pairs are $500
    9 years and older: $250 bonded pairs are $300
  • The adoption fee is due at the time of approval. We accept Paypal or money orders for payment, no cash or personal checks please.  On occasion if an animal requires extensive vet care, extra fees will be noted in the dog’s listing.
  • PICK UP: It’s time to pick up your new dog! You are all done and can pick up your new dog. Pick up instructions will be included with your approval letter. Congratulations on your new family member!
  • UPDATES and PICTURES!: If we could make this a requirement, we would! Updates keep us all motivated to keep doing what we are doing. Rescue is a heartbreaking venture as we see cruelty that most people don’t know exists. Please update us (3 days post adoption, 6 months post-adoption, then annually. Think of it as a birthday present to your dog!). We want to hear how wonderfully your dogs are doing and how much you love them!

Vet References:

Your application should contain the name your account is in. If you have multiple animals or multiple vets, please include all the names of your vets and account names, all pets in the home, all pets cared for in the past, their breeds and the dates they lived with you. If they passed away, please put the year.

  • All current dogs (& historically) should be up to date with Rabies, Parvo, Distemper and Heartworm Preventative (Lyme is now always recommended by AHR).
  • Cats should have rabies and distemper vaccinations. Feline leukemia tests are recommended. Rabies is required by Maine State Law.
  • Vet references should also show a history of up to date vaccinations and, if applicable,  a history and ability to care for sick or injured pets.

Out of State or Long Distance Adoptions

We do adopt out of state and longer distances in Maine, however, home visits are impossible for us to do in certain areas. We can reach most areas south of Bangor, some areas from Bar Harbor north on the coast, most areas in NH, MA, and CT. We can only do a few select areas of VT. Most of VT and other areas in far Northern or remote areas of ME may require a home visit reference. Many areas have a local rescue or shelter that can assist with this, or your vet may have someone that will do a home visit for you.  If we are unable to find a representative to do your home visit, the adopter will be responsible for finding a representative in the animal welfare community who can do this, please email for more information and instructions.

We do accept application from renters. Renters must provide a record of a positive stable rental history, landlord phone number and approval, as well as your plan to keep this dog for its lifetime if your rental unit becomes unavailable in the future.

What does My Adoption Fee Pay for?

Included in your fees are the following:

  • Vaccinations: Rabies (3 months and older)  DHLPP, Bordatella, if imported, and de-worming
  •  Spay/neuter
  •  Frontline/Advantage (flea and tick preventative) or Capstar
  •  Heartworm preventative — current at time of adoption
  •  Microchip
  •  Interstate health certificate (if imported)
  •  Transport fee included in the adoption fee

If (and there usually isn’t) there are any funds left over from your fee after paying all the bills associated with your dog, the funds will go toward extra vet bills incurred or other organizational expenses and help to sponsor a foster dog that must go into foster care.  We are an all volunteer rescue, with no employees, so none of the excess funds are used to pay salaries.

All Arkansas and Mississippi veterinarian bills, as well as any vetting incurred while in foster care are submitted to Almost Home Rescue. The cost of vetting and transporting some dogs is often more than the adoption fee.