Changing Lives … One Tail at a Time …

A New Chance Adoption Process

Please Note:  We only adopt within a 90 mile radius of Bedford Hills, NY.  

» The first step in the adoption process is to be sure that every member in your household is ready to have a dog sharing your life and home with you. Having a dog affects every member of the household and all of you need to agree that this is the right time to adopt. We do not “hold” dogs so only complete the application if you are ready to adopt immediately.

» Think about what type of dog you’d like and what type of home environment you have. Consider how active your home is, how noisy or quiet, how often you’re actually home, whether the dog would accompany you places, etc. For example, a very happy and bustling house is probably not the best situation for an extremely shy or easily scared dog, nor is a low exercise, quiet home appropriate for an active dog.

» Look through our website at the dogs, paying particular attention to the descriptions that are posted. These profiles are informed by input from foster families and our experienced adoption committee, and any criteria regarding a dog’s personality, lifestyle needs and compatibility with children or animals has been carefully considered and tested. A cute dog with the wrong personality for your family never makes a happy situation for anyone.

» Once you have found the dog(s) that you are interested in adopting, fill out the application. Please be sure to fill out every question on the application. Each question is seeking important information that will help us in determining if the dog is a good match for you. An incomplete application will not be processed.

» After submitting a completed application, if you do not hear from us within a week, please resubmit you application because it may not have gone through. Applications are usually processed in three to ten days, depending upon how long it takes to reach your references.

» Once your application has been pre-approved you will be contacted to set up a home visit.

» If the home visit was approved, your contact information is passed on to the foster family of the dog you are interested in and they will contact you to discuss the dog more specifically. If you both agree that s/he sounds like a good match a meeting will be set up.

» Everyone in your home, pets and people, must meet the dog.

» If all agree that it’s a good match the adoption can take place immediately. You will fill out the Adoption Agreement, include the donation of $500 as indicated, and add a wonderful new member to your family. If it does not seem like a good match, we will work with you to find a dog that fits into your household well.

» We work VERY hard to match all of our dogs to appropriate homes. A poor match results in an unhappy family and an unhappy dog. Your family may be a great home for a dog, but you may not be the right home for the dog you applied for.

If you have any questions about adopting from A New Chance Animal Rescue or about a dog, please email