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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."

Pay particular 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 as well.

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
adoption fee (CLICK HERE) is 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 records particularly).

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.


Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of New York, LLC.
P.O. Box 5782
Albany, NY 12205

Adoption Clinics:
Saturdays, 10:00-1:00

202 Front St.

(our entrance is really on John St.)
Schenectady, NY 12105

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