Are You Ready? Adopting a pet is a LIFELONG commitment!

How Long is a Lifetime?

With good care, most dogs can live 12 to 15 years and most cats can live 15 to 20 years, so it is critical that you consider what is likely to be happening in your own life over the next 15 to 20 years — before you adopt a pet.

  • What major changes might happen to you during a pet’s lifetime? Marriage? Children? New job? Long-distance move? Are you willing to continue spending the time, energy and money to care for your pet when taking on new responsibilities like those?
  • What will you do if your spouse or child is allergic to or cannot get along with your pet?
  • If you’re getting a pet for children you have now, are you willing to take on the responsibility of caring for this pet when your children grow up, lose interest or move away?
  • Have you previously owned a pet that died prematurely due to a preventable accident or illness, such as being hit by a car or suffering from heartworm disease? If so, what will you do differently with a new pet to prevent the same thing from happening again?

Instructions for Adopting:

All Applicants must:

    • Be at least 23 years of age.
    • Complete an adoption application to submit your adoption application. All applications MUST be answered fully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. When you press SEND, the form will be automatically emailed to Castaway Pet Rescue, Inc.
    • Check the box to accept the liability release which indicates that you fully understand the risk of visiting and interacting with a foster home or other agreed meeting location. You will be agreeing that you and others accompanying you, WILL NOT  hold Castaway Pet Rescue, Inc., its volunteers, affiliates, trainers, or veterinarians and staff liable, should injury or injuries occur, personal property is damaged, or any other health situation arise as a result of a visit to the foster home or meeting location.
    • Bring all household members, including current dog(s), to an in-person adoption interview.
    • Provide a copy of the most current veterinary records with proof of vaccinations, heartworm prevention (for dogs) and proof of spay/neuter (if there are currently pets in the household).

I have submitted my application. What happens now?

    • One of our adoption counselors will review the application, check your vet reference, and contact your landlord (if you rent) and reply back to you.  We may have additional questions or require a home visit.
    • Once your application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a visit with the dog you are interested in.   Please select a time when the entire family including current dogs can visit. NOTE: In the interest of saving dogs in short term shelters quickly, we operate on a first available, matching applicant basis.  If another matching applicant is available for an earlier appointment than yours, we cannot hold the dog for the latter appointment.  If the dog is adopted by an earlier applicant, effort will be made to notify any applicants with open appointments for that dog.   In the case of litters of puppies, multiple applicants may be visiting and selecting the right puppy for their family. If you would consider only one particular puppy out of the litter, please make a note on your application and we will notify you if that puppy is selected prior to your appointment.  Appointments are offered in the order in which matching applications are received.  We make every effort to be fair to applicants, but people often select a different puppy than applied for once they meet and bond. This is as it should be.
    • If the dog still has outstanding medical procedures to be performed, we will inform you at the time we schedule the visit with the dog.  All dogs adopted through licensed rescue organizations must be spayed or neutered per law.
    • We prefer the adoption be completed at the time of the visit if a match has been made between a dog and you.  Please come prepared to take your new family member home with you. We cannot guarantee the family and dog/puppy will be a match. The adoption counselor will observe the interaction and has the right to further review the match.