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Our Adoption Process

If you happen to see an adoptable animal you are interested in meeting or would like to come to our facility to see what we have, please read the following regarding our adoption process.

Please read the following before applying to adopt:

  • An approved adoption application is required before visiting our facility to adopt.

  • Applicants must live within 5 hours driving distance of Virginia beach and have their own transportation.

  • Home ownership is required for certain breed mixes, such as pit bull, husky, and shepherd mixes.​

  • We do age appropriate adoptions and do not typically adopt puppies or kittens to applicants over the age of 65. This is done for the benefit of both the adopter and the animal.

  • Please do not apply on a whim! Out of consideration for the time and energy of our small adoption team, we ask that you apply only when you are certain that you are ready to adopt now or in the near future.

  • If you are military, we may require additional information.

  • Kittens 6 months of age or younger must be adopted in pairs unless you already have a cat at home.

  • Applicants must be 21+ to adopt.


First Step: 
Fill Out An
Adoption Application

The first step to adopt from Hope For Life Rescue is to fill out an adoption application. You can do this in two ways; first is to apply directly for the animal you are interested in adopting by clicking the adopt button on their public profile. Second, is to fill out a general adoption application:

General Dog Application: CLICK HERE

General Cat Application: CLICK HERE

Please keep in mind that submitting an application for a specific animal does not guarantee adoption of that animal; even if your application is approved. We often receive multiple applications on the same animal, so they may not be available by the time your application is approved.


However, all adoption applications are kept on file for 6 months, and can be used toward the adoption of another animal.

Second Step: 
Come Meet Our Adoptable Animals

Once your application is approved, you can come by during our hours of operation to meet our adoptable animals. We encourage all members of the family to come by if you are planning to adopt on the same day.

We have a small adoption team, so we ask for your patience when coming to our facility as we are not currently requiring appointments. If a specific animal you would like to meet is in a foster home, feel free to send us a message and we can coordinate a meet and greet.

Third Step: 
Adoption or Home Visit

One of the best things about adopting from us, is that we give all of our adopters time to decide if the animal they want to make a part of their family is the right fit! We do this by allowing approved applicants to do what is called a home visit, which means they can take an animal home for up to 2 weeks (extensions may be given) to ensure that the adoption is a good fit for both the family and the pet.


This allows meeting our adoptable animals to be stress-free experience as a decision does not need to be made that day.​

However, if you meet a dog or cat and have absolutely fallen in love, you are more than welcome to complete the adoption and take your new family member home that same day!

Once you have decided to adopt, we can then move on to the next step!

Final Step: 
Finalize The Adoption

Once you have made the decision to adopt, we will provide you with all of the animal's original paperwork, as well as have you sign the adoption contract and go over any pertinent medical information.


Our adoption fees are as follows:


Adult Dogs: $325

Puppies: $375

Adult Cats: $100

Kittens: $160 for one & $200 for two 


Our adoption fees include: Spay/neuter, first year vaccinations, up-to-date flea/tick prevention & deworming, and a microchip with lifetime registration.

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