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Adoption Process


So You Want To Adopt Your New Best Friend

Compact Canine Rescue accepts adoption applications from families in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Our goal is to make the best rescue match based on the dog's background and your family's needs. Every dog is different: personality, temperament, energy, comfort with children and other animals, medical needs and more. We carefully take all of these factors into consideration when interviewing potential adopters to ensure our dogs’ new families are truly “forever”.

If you are willing to wait for the right animal to be matched to you,
you are an ideal candidate for Compact Canine Rescue. In our experience, these precious dogs are well worth the wait.




We appreciate you wanting to bring a dog into your home. In order for us to find the right pet for you, we need you to submit an application to adopt, foster or volunteer.



After reviewing your application, you will receive an email with information about the next step.


Veterinarian or
Personal Reference Check

We will contact your veterinarian to verify the information you shared with us.  Please call your vets office and give them permission to release information concerning your pets record. If you have never owned a pet in your own name as an adult, we will contact your personal references


Personal Interview

A Compact Canine Rescue volunteer will contact you to discuss your families interest in adding a dog to your family.  All adults living in the home full time must be present for the interview.


Home Visit

Once your application review is complete, a Compact Canine Rescue volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit to meet in person and discuss all-things pet. During the home visit, we look for potential hazards for the dog that the adopter may not have considered. All household members must be present during the home visit. This includes all pets.


Finding Your Pet

Once approved to adopt, the search for your dog begins. New dogs come into our care on a regular basis. Keep watching the available dogs on the website and when you see one you are interested in, contact the foster family. Introductions will be scheduled when both parties are in agreement the dog may be  the right fit for your family.

Additional Information

  • We will not discuss adoption details regarding any particular dog if you have not yet applied to adopt.
  • Compact Canine Rescue is a 100% volunteer-based, nonprofit organization. We will make every effort to process applications in a timely manner.
  • Please check your spam and junk folders regularly. Please be patient with us…the dogs need our time too.