How to Adopt

  • Age: You must be at least 21 years old to adopt from our rescue.
  • Distance: Currently, we adopt our animals to applicants in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey. If for some reason the animal needed to be returned to us, we want to make sure we have a volunteer within reasonable distance to receive the animal back.
  • Good vet history: All pets must be up to date on vaccinations (or have titers), spayed & neutered (unless there is a medical reason) & be on monthly heart-worm prevention. If you currently do not have a pet but had one in the past, we will want to check their vet history as well. Please call your veterinarian and give them permission to release records to The Humane Way Animal Rescue.
  • Homeownership: We will complete a property check to confirm you own your home. If you rent your home, please provide your landlord’s name and phone number. If you can send us a copy of your pet agreement, that is appreciated and will help expedite the process.
  • Fence: This is case by case. We do not require a fenced in yard for every dog. In some cases, a dog might need a fenced yard and that will be indicated in their profile. We do not adopt to homes with invisible fences.
  • Home visit: A home visit will be conducted to ensure the home is the right fit for the pet. We will check where the pet will be staying, we would like to see the yard and confirm the fence is secure (if applicable) and we would like to see how busy the area is. This is case by case as well. For example, not every dog will flourish in a busy environment and this will be indicated in their profile. The home visit sets both you and the dog up for success.
  • Background check: We will conduct a background check on all applicants in the home. We want to ensure no one in the home has animal cruelty violations. Therefore you must provide full names and ages in the application.

If you meet the above requirements, please complete the Dog Adoption Application, or the Cat Adoption Application.

*THWAR reserves the right to deny any adoption at any time in the process based on answers to our questionnaire by utilizing publicly-accessible databases; by contacting the references you provide; and/or based on interviews prior to adoption.

  1. Complete either the Dog Adoption Application, or the Cat Adoption Application.
  2. After clicking “Submit” you will be directed to a “Thank You” page which confirms that we have received your application.
  3. We review applications in the order in which they were received. We verify the information entered and contact relevant references (including, if applicable, veterinarian and/or landlord).
  4. If we feel there is a good match, we will contact you to schedule an interview over the phone and discuss next steps. *Please note, while we try our best, we cannot respond to every application. If you’d like to inquire about your application status, please ask us.
  5. If approved, we will connect you with the foster family to meet the animal at the foster’s home. You should bring: all household family members (including any existing dogs, if adopting a dog) to the meet and greet. (When children interact with the animal, we expect that all children will be respectful, gentle and kind to the animals. Children must also be supervised by the adult in the family).
  6. When you meet the animal and it is a match, you are welcome to adopt the animal at that time! You are not obligated to adopt the animal if it is not a match.
  7. An adoption contract must be completed and the adoption fee must be paid prior to taking the animal home with you.
  8. If you adopt, you will be expected to let us know how your new family member settles in and to follow up once your puppy is spayed/neutered, if applicable. Of course, we hope that you will always maintain communication with us! We are always available to help and we’d love to hear the stories of your furry family members.
  9. If for some reason you can no longer care for your animal, you are REQUIRED to Contact Us. We make a lifetime commitment to all of our animals. We expect to have the animals returned to us. If you need to re-home your animal and you know of someone who is interested, we ask you to still contact us so that we may be part of the process. You may never turn your animal over to a shelter.

*THWAR reserves the right to deny any adoption at any time in the process based on answers to our questionnaire by utilizing publicly-accessible databases; by contacting the references you provide; and/or based on interviews prior to adoption.

  • Puppies- $250
  • Adult dogs- $300
  • Senior dogs- $200
  • Cats/kittens- $200

Please note, the adoption fee rarely covers the amount THWAR spends on each animal…

  • An animal’s very first intake veterinary visit includes a physical exam, vaccinations, fecal test, deworming, and heartworm test, along with any other treatments/medications– this usually costs between $350-$600 per animal. 
  • Most animals also need to be spayed/neutered– this usually costs between $70-$250 per animal.
  • If our dog tests positive for heartworms– this usually costs up to $1500 per dog. 
  • Most animals travel from shelters in the south to their foster homes— this usually costs $115 per animal. 
  • Once the animals are in foster care, not only do our volunteers give so much of their time and effort, but the rescue continues to pay for food, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, crates, leashes, cat litter, cat carriers, etc.

If at all possible, please consider donating to help us offset these costs. We rely solely on donations. THWAR is completely funded through fundraising efforts and public donations. We do not receive any government funding. 100% of all money donated goes straight to the animal for anything they may need (not a single cent goes to any human).