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Steps to Adopt from Devil Dog Ranch

First, I want to thank you for considering adoption! So many homeless animals need homes, and adoption is one of the best ways to help alleviate pet over-population.

The steps in this process allow me to insure that the adopter and desired dog are a good match. I do not adopt on a " first-come, first-served" basis. Each dog is considered as an individual, and I strive to find the best and most appropriate home for each and every dog.

Please read this article I wrote: Selecting the Right Dog for Your Household

Before beginning this process, you should know that I am a very hands-on rescuer, conducting home visits and delivering dogs to their new homes myself. I am more inclined to give preference to a local family that meets my adoption criteria, than one residing more than an hour outside of L.A.
I will not adopt out-of-state, so please don't ask.

1. Complete and submit an Adoption Questionnaire
This allows me to learn a bit about a potential adopter and their household. The dogs I rescue come to live with me, so I get to know them quite well. To request a questionnaire, please email me at:

Please take your time to complete the questionnaire fully and thoughtfully - the more detailed, the better! The information you furnish gives me an important first impression about your expectations, lifestyle, and any previous dog experience.
Incomplete questionnaires will receive no response and will end the process.

2. Phone Interview
Upon review and approval of your completed questionnaire, I will call you to discuss the adoption in more detail, answer any questions you may have, and schedule a meeting. Applicants not meeting criteria for adoption will be notified by email.

3. Meet the Dog
ALL members of the household must be involved in this important step. Additionally, any resident dog(s) must be present at this meeting to eliminate any unforeseen conflicts. Please do not apply for one of my dogs if your family is unable - whether due to distance or schedule conflicts - to come to Los Angeles to participate in this interaction.
I never adopt animals to be given as gifts or surprises, so please don't ask.

4. Home visit
I will personally visit your home to insure that the dog you are adopting has a safe, escape-proof and comfortable environment. Any and all repairs or alterations to fencing or other aspects of the environment must be completed prior to adoption.

5. Completion of adoption
I deliver all dogs in-person. At this time, you will receive medical records and sign a binding adoption agreement.

A minimum donation of $200 is requested, although you may give more if you are able. This donation should not be viewed as payment for an individual dog, as the money goes directly towards the needs of other dogs in my care awaiting adoption. The cost to rescue, vet, board, feed and rehabilitate each dog prior to placement far exceeds the minimum adoption donation.

Devil Dog Ranch receives no corporate or government funding and is supported entirely by individual donations. Your support is what allows me to continue my life-saving mission.

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