Adoption Process

Thank you for choosing to ADOPT a rescued dog, they truly are the best breed! Our mission is to place homeless and abandoned dogs into suitable, permanent, and loving homes.  As a non-profit rescue, we do our best to provide healthy, well-socialized and nurtured pets. We evaluate with temperament testing and every dog receives a medical exam by one of our partner rescue vets to determine overall health and needs for vetting and care. We also quarantine dogs to ensure that they are healthy prior to placement in a foster or permanent home. Before placement, every dog is spayed/neutered, up-to-date with age appropriate vaccinations, de-wormed and given a health exam by a veterinarian.



The first step in the adoption process is completing the online application. Once we receive your application, we will begin reviewing and verifying your information. A home visit will be conducted as part of the review. If a 'meet and greet' is needed it will be scheduled during the application review process. We work diligently to find the best homes for our dogs. The process can take anywhere from a few days to weeks – depending on several factors. Puppy adoptions can take longer depending on age, we don't like to let puppies leave the rescue until they are a least 10 weeks old and fully vaccinated.


The adoption application alone DOES NOT secure your selection of pet. We often receive multiple applicants on a specific dog, especially puppies. Payment of a deposit fee of $200 will secure the animal in your name while your application is being processed. You may pay the deposit fee by hitting the Donate button below for the appropriate pet category and make note of which dog the deposit is for on the appropriate section.



Puppies 2-5 Months $450
Puppies 6-12 Months $400
Medium to Large Dogs over 1 Year Old $275
Small Dogs $450

Large Breed Special Needs: $200
Small Breed Special Needs $100

Adoption donations help RDRNE to help other dogs in need.  The adoption donation includes vet examination, spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccines (3 boosters for puppies), Rabies, Bordetella, deworming, heartworm test (and treatment if necessary) and a lifetime registered Microchip. Adoption donations may be securely paid online via PayPal (you can use as a guest with a credit card). To hold any particular dog a $200 non-refundable donation deposit is required. If for any reason your application is denied, the deposit will be refunded.

Adopting a dog is a big responsibility, so please think long and hard about the time and expense of pet ownership and be certain the whole family is onboard.

Ruff Dog Rescue North East is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization.

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Thompson, PA 

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