We are looking for adopters over the age of 23 who are local to the Atlanta area. We do, on occasion, allow out-of-state adoptions, but we don't have the ability to transport dogs. Additionally, any vetting that remains to be completed on dogs adopted out of state becomes the financial responsibility of the adopter, as our spay/neuter certificates are only valid with our veterinary providers in the greater-Atlanta area.
The Adoption Process:
Potential adopters who have existing animals in their homes must have up-to-date vetting completed on their pet(s). For dogs, this includes DHPP and Rabies vaccines, HW testing, and use of heart worm preventative.
We require that potential adopters be committed to regular veterinary care of their future pet, including heart worm preventative. Additionally, their current animals must be properly spayed/neutered, and adopters must be willing to verify that their pet will be an indoor dog! Adopters who plan to tie or tether their animal will not be considered.
Lastly, please do not complete an application for one or our dogs with the intention of gifting it to someone. The gesture is nice, but we believe it’s best that the dog’s potential parent meet the dog in person to ensure a special connection is made. We consider adopting a pet to be a lifetime commitment and want to make sure our adopters feel the same way!
Lastly, if you aren't ready for an immediate adoption, please wait until you are. We are not able to "hold" dogs. Because we are such a small, all-volunteer group, we can't accommodate "shoppers" who aren't ready to move forward with an adoption.
Please complete our adoption application using the link on our web site.
RMG volunteers will screen all incoming applications. We will call a veterinary reference (if applicable) and two personal references (no family members, please). A phone interview and a home visit will complete the process.
An adoption fee is required and covers the cost of complete intake vetting for that dog. The donation is tax-deductible and will include, at the very least, vaccines, and spay/neuter. Dogs who are ill or require surgery will have that performed prior to adoption. All dogs over the eight months of age are also heart-worm tested and treated, as needed.
Once references have been checked (and our team has completed a preliminary screening to assess the compatibility between the applicant and an individual dog), an RMG volunteer will contact the applicant to schedule a meet and greet. (Depending on the individual dog and the family situation, the meet and greet may be scheduled to occur at the applicant's home, or possibly a mutually convenient location).
At the meet and greet, a final determination will be made by the foster and the potential adopter as to whether or not the applicant and the individual dog are a good fit for one other. If it is determined to be a good fit, the adoption will be finalized at that time and the dog can go to their new home.
In rare cases, the applicant may be advised that a particular dog they are interested in may not be the best fit. It is always our goal to place our rescues in loving and forever homes so that the dog will not be returned. This is for your safety and the well-being of the dog.
We do allow for trial adoptions on a case-by-case basis. In these situations, the parameters of the trial adoption will be specified at the time of the meet and greet.
Finding Your Forever Dog
To begin the process of adopting a RMG dog, please check out our "Available Dogs" tab. You will find a link to the adoption application within each dog’s bio. Once you have submitted the application, you can expect to receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.
Our adoption fees vary and are based upon age and breed. For detailed information about the adoption fee for a dog you are considering, please review their individual profile under our "Available Dogs" tab.
In addition to the adoption fee, we also charge $15 per adoption for microchip registration. This registration is good for the lifetime of your pet and helps to insure that your dog has a greater chance of being returned home safely to you in the unfortunate event that they ever become lost.
False information on applications will result in the forfeiture of adoption fees and repossession of the dog.
After submitting your application, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure it has been received. Thank you for your interest in Rescue Me Georgia!