Thank you for considering getting involved in rescue! Clicking on any of the applications below will initiate download. You can send us your completed application by uploading and submitting it below, or you attach it in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adoption donation for adult dogs is $300 and for puppies (less than one year old) is $450.
Before you complete the application:
- Read our Mission to confirm that we adopt to your area.
- Get to know our available dogs.
- Read our Nutrition and Training resources.
Please be patient with our adoption process. We are committed to finding the perfect home for each dog that comes through DCSIR. We also ask that, if you did not get a particular dog, please understand that this does not mean you are not a qualified adopter. 99% of applicants won’t get the first dog they apply for. Most of our adopters end up with their perfect dog down the road and are overjoyed that they waited.
Please be aware that our adoption donation for adult dogs is $300, for puppies (less than one year old) is $450, and for seniors over 10 years old is $200.
This is what to expect when applying to adopt a dog from DC SIR:
Complete the DCSIR Adoption Application
You can download the DCSIR Adoption Application and follow the instructions to submit the application by e-mail. Please be honest and detailed. Make sure that the Adoption Application is submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx extension) only or in pdf.
Once we receive a completed Adoption Application, a DC SIR volunteer will e-mail you to schedule a phone interview. We ask that prior to the call you:
1. Have researched the breed
2. Researched our training philosophy and
3. Read our nutritional information.
The call will include questions about your current pets and their temperament, if any. The interview will focus on your personal experience with dogs and your current lifestyle, to match the best fit with your experience.
If we move forward following the phone interview, DC SIR will contact the references/veterinarians listed on your Adoption Application to obtain additional information. This is mandatory and please do not list relatives.
Two DCSIR volunteers will coordinate this with you. All parties living in the home must be present for the entire home visit. We may bring a ‘test’ dog, and not the specific dog you are interested in adopting, as this may not be an ideal meeting time or convenient location.
Meet and Greet
This involves meeting the particular dog (if any) that you are interested in. This step may be interchanged or combined with a Home Visit, based on timing and location.
All formal notifications regarding approved, finalized adoptions are conducted by DC SIR officers. The individual(s) who conduct the phone interview and/or reference checks may not be the same individual(s) who make the final decisions/notifications regarding adoptions.
Please be patient with us, as DC SIR is a group of volunteers who have full-time jobs, families and other responsibilities. It is our goal to dedicate as much of our free time as possible to caring for and placing these wonderful dogs!
Out of Area Adoptions
At times, for special needs rescues we expand our applicant pool to out of state adoptions. Anyone who wishes to adopt from out of the DC metropolitan area must be willing to come to the foster home to meet the rescue and understand that this is still no guarantee that the adoption will be approved. If the rescue does not appear to be comfortable with the applicant the adoption will not proceed. We have often seen the rescue dog select their adopters and because of this it is mandatory to meet the rescue prior to finalizing adoption. We will NOT ship dogs out of state. You are required to pick up your rescue dog.
If you are selected by the Board of Directors to adopt a rescue
- You will receive an emailing stating you are approved to adopt that rescue and you must respond with your interest to move forward in a timely manner.
- You must be able to drive to the foster/office home at adoption. DC SIR volunteers drive incredible number of hours for foster supplies, home checks, intakes, transports and assessments on a daily basis. We are unpaid volunteers and expect that when you adopt a rescue you can take time/effort to pick up your rescue. No exceptions.
- From official notice of approval from the Board of Directors you are expected to be able to pick up your rescue within a 10 day period. If you are traveling, you may adopt the rescue (sign contract pay adoption fee) and board back through DC SIR for $25/night fee. This new policy is in place due to us ‘holding’ rescues for weeks and having adopters change their mind or putting off adoptions because of travel. Each rescue that remains in foster potentially takes a life from a shelter dog who needs rescue. We may have to board the other dogs who can’t come in the rescue because we are holding, feeding, caring for, and taking applications for a rescue who could be adopted out but is being held for adopters convenience. There is no ‘Shiba Layaway’
- Again, no rescue is considered adopted until all papers are signed. Both parties may change their mind
We are not a shopping service. DC SIR will not ‘keep you updated’ on rescues that fit your home. Please understand we can have up to 100 active applicants at any given time. We are not a shopping service for you. It is your responsibility to notify DC SIR of interest in any new rescues. If you do not resend in an application we have no way of knowing you are interested in another rescue. Just because you did not get the rescue you applied for does not mean you are not qualified for a Shiba. Please be very aware of what DC SIR does: We find the best fit home for our rescues. We DO NOT find the best rescue for your home.
No dog is EVER promised to anyone. Adoptions are not guaranteed until contract is signed.
Essentially, the foster process is similar to the adoption process. However, you are being notified about dogs in DCSIR’s custody and care prior to the general public. You will also have the opportunity to ‘try out’ the breed without making a full commitment. Maybe you are looking for the perfect companion for your current dog. While all dogs take time and effort no matter how perfect they seem, this process allows you to ensure that you have found the perfect friend for Fido, Kitty or the kids in your home! Most importantly, you are saving a life. Sometimes we have a matter of hours to determine whether we can place a dog in a foster home before he/she gets put to sleep. Without foster homes, we could not operate.
Complete the DCSIR Foster Application: You can download the Foster Application and follow the instructions to submit the application by e-mail.
Phone Interview: Once we receive a completed Foster Application, a DC SIR volunteer will e-mail you to schedule a phone interview. We ask that prior to the call you: 1. Have researched the breed 2. Researched our training philosophy and 3. Read our nutritional information. The call will include questions about your current pets and their temperament. The interview will focus on your personal experience with dogs and your current lifestyle, to match the best fit with your experience.
Reference Checks: If we move forward, DC SIR will contact the references/veterinarians listed on your Foster Application to obtain additional information.
Home Visit: Two DCSIR volunteers will coordinate this with you. All parties living in the home must be present for the entire home visit. All pets residing in the home must also be present during the home visit. We may bring a ‘test’ dog to see how they interact with your current pets and family members.
Welcome Documents and Forms: You will be required to read our policies and Foster Guide and complete forms to join the DCSIR Foster group.
DCSIR Foster Listserv: You will be officially added to our active foster mailing list. E-mails are sent out with pictures (when available) of rescued dogs. Sometimes we have mere hours, other times we have several days to pull a dog before s/he gets PTS (put to sleep). Please provide an e-mail address that will be viewed often. We don’t send many e-mails. Please volunteer only if you plan to commit to helping the dog. Most dogs are in a foster home from 2 weeks to 2 months.