Save a Life

About Adopting

When you adopt from a reputable foster-based rescue organization, you are gaining a family member, and also saving the life of another animal in a shelter who will be able to be rescued into foster care. Adoption is not for everyone — some people with very specific needs may choose to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking at puppies online or searching for dogs on Craigslist, adopting through a foster-based rescue is going to get you a much better match for your family. We believe that foster families are the cornerstone of success for the dogs in our care. Not only do they learn basic training, but we get to know what their specific needs are, which allows us to match them with appropriate families. 

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Here are answers to some common questions about adopting a dog from Dog Gone Seattle.

Why adopt from Dog Gone Seattle?

It’s hard to tell what a dog is really like from an online profile or at a shelter. We get to know a dog’s true temperament and personality in foster care.

We’re committed to finding the right home for every dog. We are selective with the placement of dogs in our care, but if you adopt from Dog Gone Seattle and it is not a good fit, we will refund the adoption fee within 30 days and, of course, welcome the dog back to our care.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

The adoption fee varies from dog to dog and is listed on each profile. For most young and healthy dogs the current fee is $550. This includes spay/neuter, all core vaccinations, microchipping with lifetime registration, and a recent health check with a veterinarian. The adoption fee helps to cover the costs for all dogs in the rescue. Some dogs have extensive medical or other costs of care. Your adoption fee may be tax deductible as DGS is a 501c3 rescue organization. 

How do I find out more about a certain dog?

If you’re interested in one of our available dogs, fill out an adoption application.  A case manger will review your application and get in touch with you, typically within 72 hours.

Where are you located?

All of our dogs are in foster care with volunteers throughout the greater Seattle area.  We do not have a central physical location where dogs reside.

What if I have questions after I adopt?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions! The case manager who handled your adoption is a great resource, as is our blog.