Adopting a rescue dog is a serious commitment, and we take the job of matching a TRU dog with an adopter equally seriously. Due to the impact of Covid-19, processing an application may take 2 weeks or longer. Processing time is dependent on the availability of TRU Rescue volunteers, the completeness of your application, and the availability of your references.
Applications are processed in the order received and it is possible the dog you are interested in will be adopted by the time your application is processed.
We primarily adopt dogs to applicants who live in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Sometimes we are asked whether we adopt dogs outside this area. We occasionally adopt dogs to applicants outside of our immediate area in some exceptional circumstances for some special dogs. As with most rescues, we are heavily dependent on our network of support professionals. We work closely with these individuals (veterinarians, behaviorists, trainers, groomers, kennels, etc.) to ensure our dogs end up in the right home. Our goal is to find great homes AND to support those great homes. We cannot offer a high level of support to folks who live very far away from us. If you decide to apply and live outside our normal service area, understand that chances are, we may not be able to place an animal with you.
Our approval process includes the following:
Submit Adoption Application
There is a $10 Application Fee that is collected as part of the application submission process. The fee is collected through a PayPal link. You do not need to have a PayPal account to submit the fee; you can use a credit card. The Application Fee will be directed to TRU Rescue’s Emergency Medical Fund. Once TRU Rescue has committed to a dog, we are completely invested in making sure the dog receives any care required including, but not limited to, Heartworm Disease treatment, lifesaving surgery, and other medical procedures to allow a dog to live its best life.
The Application Fee is non-refundable for all applicants. This includes those applicants who choose not to adopt or who are not approved to adopt through TRU Rescue. It is not necessary to submit a new application for each dog you are interested in adopting. If you answer “Yes” to the application question of whether or not you would consider other dogs if the one you have applied for has already been placed in a home, you are automatically considered for other dogs. All applications stay on file with TRU Rescue for 6 months. Submit Adoption Application here. TRU Rescue will send an email acknowledging receipt of your application to the email address you provide on the application. If you don’t see the email, please be sure to check your SPAM folder.
Thank you for considering adopting with TRU RESCUE and for helping to save a dog’s life.