Bark at the Moon Animal Rescue prides ourselves on pairing our general applicants with the perfect dog or cat to match their family and lifestyle.
Here at Bark at the Moon, there are 3 ways to adopt an animal:
An animal is currently in one of our foster homes or training facilities. This animal has received a clean bill of health and has gone through a behavioral assessment while in our care and is ready for their forever family. After going through the application process, you take the animal home.
An animal is not yet in our care or otherwise needs an additional foster period. This is a 2 week period with counselor support, where we make sure everything is going smoothly before finalizing adoption. FTA includes a 50% adoption fee at the start of the 2 weeks and the remaining 50% at the end.
If you're not exactly sure of which animal is a best fit for you, or there is no one catching your eye right now, you can apply as a General Application and provide your ideal pet and our coordinator will get the interviewing and processes out of the way so you're ready to rock and roll when the right dog or cat is available! You'll receive emails of potential matches for you to review.
Adoption Application Process
Before Applying - Check out these resources:
Are you ready for a pet?
Step 1: Complete Adoption Application
Please read each question carefully and complete it with lots of detail! The more information we have in step 1, the smoother the remainder of the process will go!
Step 2: Virtual Interview
You will be invited to have a 45-minute screening interview with one of our counselors, to discuss the animal you applied for and how your lifestyle will align with their needs. We also discuss basic training, and home environment, and lots of educational moments!
Step 3: References / Home Check
Our Reference Coordinator will contact your personal references, as well as your vet reference. We also complete a home check (which is now done virtually).
Step 4: Meet and Greet
Once all the above steps are approved, you'll have the opportunity to meet with the foster family, and the animal you applied for! This gives you the opportunity to see what they're like in a home setting. We do not do same-day adoptions, so after the meet & greet you'd go home to complete the final steps!
Step 5: Signing up for Obedience Training
Training is a NON-NEGOTIABLE here at Bark at the Moon Animal Rescue for all dog adoptions! We are firm believers in setting up our dogs to thrive in their new home, and ensuring that their new forever families have professional guidance and support in establishing a healthy relationship with their new canine companion is part of it. Online, In person (class-based or 1 on 1), or board and trains are all acceptable options.
Step 6: Finalizing the Application
The last steps are to pay the adoption fee and sign the contract! Then it's time for your new best friend to come home! But worry not, you're not alone once that happens. BATM has an amazing post-adoption support team, and a fantastic online community! Our support doesn't end when you bring your #BATMAlumni home, we're here for you every step of the way!
Puppies Under 1 Year
Adult Dogs (1-8 years)
Senior Dogs (8+ years)
(can't be separated)
Kittens Under 1 Year
Adult Cats (1-8 years)
Senior Cats (8+ years)
(can't be separated)