Requirements to Adopt

Sorry, but we’re picky. Our dogs have all been abandoned at least once—some several times—and many have been physically beaten or worse. Our hearts’ desire is that each of the dogs coming out of RWOB will never be abandoned, forgotten or abused again, and will live lives full of fun, affection, engagement, and great health.

To this end, we check our adopters carefully.

We look for compassionate, stable, ‘present’ homes, where the dog will be cherished, adored, and not left alone for long periods of time. Most of our dogs could be hurt by small children, (Chis are much more fragile than they think they are) so many are not available to homes with kids younger than 11.

Adopters must have the financial means to care for a dog, including quality food, a home where a dog is welcomed, and access to great veterinary care.

Adoption Requirements

To adopt a pet from RWOB, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or state ID
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet
  • Bring along all family members (including children) to meet your new cat or dog. Be sure to bring any resident dogs if you are adopting a dog. 
All of our dogs receive the following before going into a new home:


  • Age appropriate vaccinations
  • Worming
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Heartworm test and treatment if necessary.
  • We keep our dogs on monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventive while in our care.
  • Treatment of any known illness
  • Microchip
  • All pets have been evaluated for health and behavior
Adopters receive the following:
  • Adoption counseling to help the adopter select the dog or cat best suited to the family and home environment.
  • Microchip ID and lifetime registration
  • Rabies Tag for animals over three months of age
  • Medical records documenting the pet's vaccinations/date of testing & spay/neuter

Adoption Fees help us to cover the costs of all the animals in our care, including: tests, vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, medications, surgeries, rehabilitation and boarding.  Any donations over the stated adoption fees are greatly appreciated. On average, we spend more than the adoption donation fee for each animal in our care. Typical adoption fees are as follows:

  • $100-175 for our senior dogs (8+ years old)
  • $250 for adult dogs (1-7 years old)
  • $300 for puppies (under 1 years old)
Fees listed are subject to change depending on various circumstances. A few examples include unusual circumstances involving the care or treatment of the dog, or special programs such as our Seniors for Seniors program.