Adoption Process at Rural Animal Rescue Effort (RARE)

Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a RARE animal!

We do our very best to find the right fit for the adoptable and your family. The more detailed information we receive from you in your application will help in this process.


All of our Adoptable Dogs and Cats are:


*up to date on vaccines

*microchipped prior to adoption

*Cats are tested for FELV and FIV

*Dogs heartworm tested if six months or older (and kept on heartworm preventative and treated for heartworms if positive when entering our program)


Step 1.  Interest Form

Please complete the Adoption Interest Form. It only takes a few minutes and allows us to know exactly what you are looking to adopt and the time, training, etc. you are willing to dedicate.

Some animals need more time than others. *Please note adopters need to be at least 21 years of age.

Step 2.  Let's Talk

Once we receive your interest form, we will call you to you about the specific needs / wants of your family.

We will discuss if the animal you are interested in adopting would be the best fit, or if there are any other adoptable animals in our program that may be a better fit.

Couple having a home introduction

Step 3.  Let's Meet

Set up Home Introduction:

We will call you to set up a day and time that works with your schedule for us to bring the adoptable animal or animals that you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting to your home. 

For cats and kittens, we do allow potential adopters to visit our cattery after they have submitted a Cat Adoption Interest Form and are approved to adopt.

We will call you to set up a day and time that works with your schedule (Mon - Sun).

This gives us and your family the opportunity to introduce the adoptable to the people and any current animals in your family. Some introductions take only 30 minutes to an hour; others may take up to two hours, depending on how many other animals are currently living in the home.


A proper introduction is key to avoiding altercations and provides safety for your family and our volunteers.

Adoption Resource Guide:

Prior to any home introduction appointment, we will provide you with an Adoption Resource Guide via email. This guide provides you with important information regarding what you should have prepared, what we will bring with us, food, crate size, training, and more!

Step 4.  30 Day Trial

A 30 day trial can start on the day of the home introduction, if your family and RARE agree that the adoptable would be a good potential fit.


We will bring the following to the home introduction:

*Folder containing medical records

*Any necessary medication (including heartworm prevention for that month),

*Food - at least 4 to 5 days of food that can be used to mix in with new food to avoid stomach upset.

Dog Food:

Nature's Select

Cat Food:

A combination of Purina Pro Plan, Nature's Select and Blue Buffalo, depending on our food donations and resources at the time


***The Adoption Contract with the trial clause must be signed and any fees collected to start.***

Adoption Fee:

Your adoption fee is fully transferable to another adopter or refundable,  less a donation for incidental ($50 for dogs; $30 for cats), if the 30 day trial is not a success.

We believe that it is important for you to be comfortable with the decision you are making to bring a pet into your home and that you are matched with the right adoptable.


Forever Return Policy:

If the adoption is a success, then we will consider the adoption final.

However, as part of our contract, if for any reason throughout the adoptee’s lifetime that you are unable to keep or care for them, they must be returned to RARE.


They cannot be sold, taken to a shelter or another rescue, or given away, even to a friend or a family member without contacting RARE.

Couple having a 30 day adoption trial

What the Fee?!

Q: Why is there a fee to adopt an animal?

A: Not all animals that enter our program are in perfect health. Medical costs vary depending on the condition in which we find them. These ailments can include but are not limited to, heart-worm disease, broken limbs, urinary tract infections, luxating patellas, or any other injury that may require medical intervention. In addition to medical expenses, each animal receives spay/neuter, vaccines, de-worming, and is placed on heart-worm and flea and tick prevention if applicable.  These adoption fees help ALL the animals in our program and aren't specific to each animal. 


Q: Why are the adoption fees different for some animals?

A: Adoption fees vary depending on the animal's age, size, temperament, etc. The adoption fees make it possible for our organization continue to save more lives while providing care for ALL of the animals in our current programs. 


Q: Why are shelter fees often lower than rescue fees?

A: We rescue from the most rural areas. This can include hoarding cases, animal neglect and cruelty, abandonment, rural municipal shelters with lack of space, and puppy mills. Often times these animals not only need medical care, but socialization and behavioral training which takes time and resources. 

Q: Is my adoption fee refundable?

A: If within the 30 day trial period, the adoptable is returned, you have the option of meeting and starting a trial with a different adoptable OR receiving a refund of your adoption fee, less a nominal fee for incidentals.

Scotty, dog rescued by Rural Animal Resc

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