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Good Karma has an adoption process in place to ensure the best match between pet and family. Before you apply to adopt a Good Karma dog, please familiarize yourself with our adoption process!  

adoption process/ faq's

How can I apply for a Good Karma dog? 

Simple! Once you've found a dog you're interested in, hop over and submit an adoption application

What can I expect when I apply to adopt a Good Karma dog? 

  • When we receive your application, the first thing we will do is screen your answers to make sure the dog you are applying for will be a good potential match. We check veterinary references if applicable, and we check property records and/or landlord references.
  • Once the initial screening has been passed, we request a $25 deposit. This deposit is COMPLETELY refundable if the dog isn’t a good fit, or it will be applied to your adoption fee if you do adopt!
  • After the deposit is received, we will put you in touch with our foster parent to set up a time to meet the dog you are applying for! This meet & greet must include all members of the household as well as any resident dogs.
  • After the meet & greet, if you’d like to move ahead with the adoption, we will schedule a home visit! Once the home visit is approved, you will need to complete an adoption agreement, pay the adoption fee, and take your new pet home!​
  • All of this sounds very time-consuming, but we can usually get all of these things completed within a few days to one week, and we will be in touch with you throughout the entire process!  

Why do you ask for a deposit?

At Good Karma, the only thing we value as much as our dogs, are our volunteers. They give so much of themselves in caring for their foster dogs, and their time is valuable. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that applicants are indeed serious about adopting a dog. We believe that applicants who are serious about adoption shouldn’t have an issue with this policy, as the deposit is completely refundable if they decide the dog they are applying for is not a good fit for them. This deposit is applied to the adoption fee if the adoption is finalized, so it’s really not a risk for applicants. 

What are your adoption fees?

Our adoption fees vary, depending on the dog you're adopting. As a non-profit organization, we are supported only by generous donations and adoption fees.  Each dog's adoption fee is listed on their Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet listings as well as on our website, and we will also advise you of each adoption fee once you know which animal you'd like to adopt. Our average fee is in the range of $495 - $525 (which includes spay/neuter,  any medically needed veterinary treatments, all age-appropriate distemper vaccines, rabies vaccine, deworming, heartworm test in dogs over 8 months of age, year-round heartworm preventative & flea-tick treatment, microchip INCLUDING lifetime registration,  and state-required sales tax), and there are some exceptions for senior dogs, bonded pairs, or dogs with medical issues. It's important to remember that we are not selling dogs. Adoption fees help us offset our costs in saving these precious lives, so that we can continue this important work.

Do you have a foster-to-adopt option or trial period?

Good Karma does NOT offer a foster-to-adopt option. We take adoption commitments very seriously, and we do not offer a “try-before-you-adopt” program. Adopting an animal, much like adopting a child, is a commitment to care for that animal for the rest of its life. Dogs are living beings with feelings and souls, and it’s important to enter adoption with nothing but a lifetime commitment in your heart. 

Why do you have to do a home visit?

When we rescue dogs, we make a promise to them that we will provide them with a great life. While we’d all love to believe that everyone will be great pet parents, the sad reality is that if that were true, most of these dogs wouldn’t have needed rescue. The home visit helps us ensure that your home is going to be safe and sound, and it’s also a chance for you to ask us any questions and receive last-minute pointers before you bring your new pet home!  

I was already approved by another rescue. Do I really have to go through all of this screening/ another home visit?

Yes, you do. Good Karma has a very specific protocol, and we provide specific training to our Home Visit Volunteers. Every rescue operates differently, and standards and requirements may vary from rescue to rescue. Additionally, our Home Visit Volunteers know our dogs, which helps them when they come to your home.

Why do you have an adoption area/radius?

There are several reasons for this. First, because we require a home visit, we are limited by where our trained home visit volunteers are located.  Secondly, every adoption requires two separate interactions: the meet and greet, and picking up the dog when approved. Long-distance applicants are rarely willing to make two separate trips to the cities. Finally, Good Karma is always here to take our dogs back into rescue if for any reason the adoption doesn't work out. Long distances make this logistically impractical and difficult to execute. We may make exceptions in some cases.