Adoption Process

things to keep in mind before beginning the adoption process, filling out the adoption application, Adopting your dog,  adopting a puppy

Things to keep in mind before beginning the adoption process

  • Wish Bone is run predominantly by volunteers.  We do have a small facility, but many of our dogs are in foster homes.  Puppies are nearly always in foster care.  The best way to view our dogs is to fill out the online adoption application, so that we can make you an appointment to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.  You are under no obligation to adopt by filling out an application.

  • Animals and prospective adopters meet by appointment after an adoption application has been approved.  Approval usually takes 24-72 hours.  

  • Please do not call us on the phone since we have a very small staff.  If you have any questions before filling out the application, please contact us at  Handling everything online cuts costs, allowing us to use funds to benefit the rescued animals, instead of for excess overhead.

Filling out the adoption application

Prior to completing the adoption application, we ask that you read the following:

In order for your application to be speedily processed, all information, especially your veterinary and/or personal references, must be complete.

Once your application has been submitted, one of our volunteer application processors will contact your veterinarian and at least one of your personal references - all processing is done from volunteers' homes.  Application processing generally takes less than 48 hours.  You will be contacted immediately once processing of your application has been completed.  Once approved, you are expected to be ready to meet the dog within three days (with the exception of puppies too young to be adopted and their mama's).  

Adopting your dog

If all goes well at the adoption meeting, you will be expected to take your new pet home that same day. You will be allowed to keep the pet's collar, but you must provide your own leash, so please bring one on adoption day.  Also, please bring your checkbook or cash to make your donation fee. We can also accept credit card payments.  

Please be aware, due to time constraints of our volunteers and foster parents, we do not meet adopters for a second time. Therefore, please do not apply for this animal if you are going on vacation or a business trip, or if you are otherwise unable to take the animal home within three days of approval.  It is against our policy to "hold" dogs, and we do not deliver or ship dogs. If you are unable to meet the pet within 3 days of your application being approved, we must move immediately to the next applicant.  We never want a dog to miss out on the opportunity to be adopted into a wonderful forever home!

In order for your application to be processed quickly, all information - especially your veterinary and personal references, must be complete.  Please let your personal references know that we will be calling.

      Things we consider in the adoption process

Wish Bone Canine Rescue prides itself on facilitating a good match between our foster pets and prospective adopters. We consider the personality traits, habits, and needs of the animal, and carefully evaluate how it might fit into the lifestyle of the prospective adopter.

Again, please be sure you have read and understand our Adoption Policy and prior to applying to adopt a pet from Wish Bone Canine Rescue.

Other Helpful Information - Bringing Home your New Dog


Many people ask if they can see or play with our puppies when they are tiny

babies.  Until the puppies have had at least two sets of puppy vaccinations,

the answer is NO.  There are several reasons why we do not let anyone

around the puppies between birth and 6 weeks, when they've had their

two sets of immunizations...and all those reasons are to protect the puppies.

Like a new baby, the opportunity for young pups to pick up infectious diseases

is increased with all new contacts. Their immune systems are building, so at this

time, the moms and pups live in whelping nests which are separate from all outside

 traffic. Most illnesses and diseases are innocently carried on people’s shoes and

clothing. Entire litters of puppies can be wiped out within 48 hours by the puppy

killer parvovirus. This disease could be picked up unknowingly by people in a

school yard, a park, or on a sidewalk - and this is only one disease. We cannot risk exposing our dogs and your puppy to diseases that could destroy them.

It is extremely stressful for the mama dog to have strangers visit as she is caring for her litter. This in turn will put stress on the new born pups. Remember, you are only one of many people who want to adopt a puppy, not including everyone else who “just wants to peek at the new babies.” If we allow everyone to see, touch, or spend time with the new pups, the mom’s routine would be disrupted: her eating and caring for pups and even her ability to produce enough healthy milk for them could be at risk.

Your puppy is not the only puppy. By protecting all of our puppies from stress and disease that could be brought in by visitors, we are protecting your puppy. Just think about how you would feel if someone who just wanted to see his or her pup happened to bring in illness that would cause us to lose a puppy, or even the entire litter. We have heard from many people that pet stores and some breeders allow people to visit puppies early. If that is the case, the reality is most likely that their number one objective is selling a puppy and concern for the puppy’s well-being is secondary.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We take great care and much time caring for all of our dogs and puppies. It is time and energy consuming. We understand your excitement, and we are happy that you are enthusiastic about getting your pup. However, until you take your puppy home, we are responsible and the puppy’s health and safety is our number one priority. We guarantee, waiting a few weeks will be worth it.  

When you notice we have available puppies, you need to apply to adopt and when you are approved to adopt, you will be required to put a deposit down.   When the puppies are ready to be seen, you will be contacted.  

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