1) Fill out an On-Line Adoption application after reading this entire
page: This should be completed with little or no omissions
or incorrect data. Please understand that we cannot
process your application if you do not take the time to fill one
out properly. Please note that until we review your application
and tell you that you are approved to adopt, you cannot adopt one
of our dogs - the process does take a little while so it is good
start early. For various reasons, we are no longer acepting "hand-apps."
attention to your references and Veterinarian, including
phone numbers. It is best if you submit the application online,
but print it before submitting. If you need to however, you can
mail the completed application to us, or bring it to an adoption
clinic. Filling out an on-line application will speed up the process,
and will go directly to the HB volunteers who manage applications.
Please remember to click the "SUBMIT APPLICATION"
button when completed.
If you are not within
40 miles of the Albany Airport, please do not apply.
This a distance we decided upon and if you disagree with
our definition for out-of-the-area, please feel free to look for
a dog in your community.
2) Interview: Qualified
volunteer (we are all volunteers) interviews you, for numerous reasons.
First, we want to find our dogs the best possible homes. Second,
we want to match personalities as much as possible. (We really hate
to see adoptions fail). Third, we get a kick out of helping to complete
families, and who knows, you might get convinced to become a volunteer
3) Reference Check: See the first reason for the interview……
4) Home Visit: See Reference Check … Also, we want to see
how our dogs feel about things. We may bring one of our dogs with
us to check out your house. Sometimes, personalities clash, and
somebody does not like someone else.
5) Contract: (Link to contract)
Once you are approved we will meet to handle the paperwork, generally
at our Saturday clinic. Once the contract is completed, your
paid, your new family member is turned over. We then hand over or
mail you copies of everything we have about your new dog (medical
6) Follow Ups: You may hear from us!! We will try to make follow
up calls to check out how things are going.
7) Also, please send us pictures of your new family member whenever
possible. We love to see success stories, so please keep in touch.
You are very welcome to come to a later clinic with your new family
member and show him (her) off. We also love to get Alumni pictures
and stories from the new family to post.
For the ADOPTION APPLICATION, (Click