How to Adopt

To help our dogs find the right homes, and to help you find the right dog, we ask that you follow these steps to begin the adoption process.

  • Review our site and our Frequently Asked Questions to ensure that you understand what we are about, and how adopting a new pet will impact your life.
  • Fill out the adoption form below. Please take your time and fill out the request as completely as you can.
  • We will review your application as quickly as we can, but please allow at least a week for this process.
  • After we review your application, we will work out a time for you to come visit our animals.
  • Come to one of our events so you can see for yourself what Saving Grace is all about. (see calendar)
  • We look forward to hearing from you!

PS. If you don’t hear back from one of our volunteers within 5 business days – please reach out to us again!!

In most cases, Saving Grace dogs come from the most rural, underserved, and impoverished areas, across North Carolina. Nearly all of our dogs come to us from animal control facilities without health or behavior history information. There is often exposure to infectious diseases in these facilities. Few have received prior veterinary care or monthly parasite preventatives prior to entering the Saving Grace program. Our care includes vaccinations,, spay/neuter, parasite prevention/treatment and more. We do our best to identify any abnormalities or behavior concerns and address and treat those concerns prior to adoption to help ensure that dogs adopted from Saving Grace have the potential to become great family companions. Despite rigorous screening, we are unable to guarantee that an individual dog is completely healthy or has no behavioral concerns at the time of adoption. Unfortunately, some conditions or behaviors may not be evident prior to adoption, or may be easier to identify when in a home setting with a routine caretaker rather than in a shelter environment with multiple volunteers caring for different animals. 

The adoption fee pays for a portion of treatment and screening but it’s important to understand that veterinary care beyond wellness visits may be required after the adoption takes place.  All veterinary care, training, or behavioral  following adoption is the responsibility of the adopter/owner.   Because of their background, it is possible for adopted dogs to be diagnosed with infectious diseases including parasites, or less commonly with more severe underlying medical conditions, congenital/developmental puppy problems, or behavioral concerns after adoption. , It is the decision of the adopter/owner if they want to take on the time and expense required to provide follow-up veterinary care or behavior modification.  If an adopter/owner is unable or unwilling to provide this care, they may  return the dog to Saving Grace. We will do our best to provide care and training for returned dogs with the resources we have available.   

All dogs should be taken in to a local veterinarian within 72 hours of adoption for a wellness exam and to establish a relationship with a veterinarian. If the adopter does not feel satisfied with the health of the dog, Saving Grace will take that animal back. We want our adopters to be happy with their new companion and this includes their ability to provide care for the needs of the animal.

Saving Grace is committed to bringing dogs from underserved communities together with families willing to help  these puppies and adult dogs  to reach their full potential to enjoy healthy, happy lives and provide loving companionship. Thank you for helping us to continue to serve dogs in need.

Your new dog was crate trained and socialized at Saving Grace. But that does not guarantee a seamless transition into your life, your house, and your routine. Your dog needs your time and effort to generalize his manners to your life. Set your dog up to succeed by planning ahead of time and sticking to your routine right off the bat.

With this in mind, you should assume that your new dog:

  • Is not housetrained and needs to be taught this in your home, by you.
  • Needs your help to feel at ease when confined, both when you are at home and when you are away.
  • If not properly exercised, confined, supervised and given outlets for normal dog behavior, will chew on your things, counter surf, get into the trash, bark out the window, or be a nuisance in the yard. It is your job to prevent these annoying behaviors so that your dog will rehearse only behaviors that you like.
Do not wait more than three days to get help with a problem behavior; bad habits form quickly and can be hard to undo.

Daily essentials for a well-behaved dog:

  • Provide daily aerobic exercise (use an EZ Walk harness to prevent pulling on leash).
  • Teach “sit” and use it before feeding, putting the leash on, and leaving the house and car.
  • Feed on schedule and take uneaten food away after 15 minutes.
  • Use the crate or a dog-proofed, baby-gated room every time you need to take your eyes off your dog.
  • Always use the enclosed crate training tips so that your dog will be mellow and quiet when confined.
  • Be generous in providing edible chew toys to keep your dog’s mouth and brain busy. Hollow toys like Kong or the Busy Buddy line of toys are great way to keep your dog occupied and happy, but will hold his interest only if they are filled with his meal or special goodies.

Your adoption packet will contain the details on how to create a smooth transition so you and your dog will enjoy each other right from the beginning. Thank you for your interest in adopting your dog from Saving Grace!

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