Adoption  procedures

Athens Canine Rescue (ACR) is a nonprofit dog rescue in Athens, Georgia. We do not have a physical shelter, so all of our dogs live in foster homes until they are adopted.

The first step in our adoption procedure is our adoption application. Because all the dogs are in foster homes, we require the application first as a means of opening communication between you and the foster home. It will tell us more about you and what kind of dog you are looking for, and in turn we can tell you more about our foster dogs.

Often someone will want to meet a dog before filling out the application – and this is completely understandable. However, the application does not “lock you in” to adopting a dog. It is simply the first step to make sure the adoption might be a good fit for you as well as a good fit for the foster dog. Since we are all volunteers and have to coordinate the schedule of everyone involved, the application just helps us all communicate before a meeting is set. We appreciate your time and patience with us!

Our adoption fee is $250 per dog. We accept payment by Venmo, PayPal, or card. The fee includes a harness lead to help your new family member acclimate. Often times going into a new home with unfamiliar people can be scary, which can lead to a dog trying to back out of his/her collar/harness. The harness lead makes that virtually impossible, giving you the comfort of knowing your pup can’t get away if he/she gets spooked on a walk!

Up-to-date on shots/medications
Treated with monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives

*Each dog is spayed/neutered while in ACR’s care if determined of age by a veterinarian. If the dog is adopted before it is of of age, we will schedule the surgery for the adopter once the dog is old enough. The surgery will be done by the veterinarian that the dog saw while in ACR’s care.

In the event of multiple applications for the same dog, we make our selection based on who is the best fit for the dog rather than on a first come first served basis. We work very hard to match the right dog with the right family. If you decide you are interested in a particular dog or need a recommendation, please fill out the adoption application. Once it is received, it will be forwarded to the dog’s foster parents for review. If your application “fits” the dog applied for, an ACR representative will contact you within 48 hours to set up a time to meet.

We will typically do two visits with you, so it is important that you live in or near Athens. We try to keep all of our adoptions within 30 minutes of Athens. The first visit is for you to meet the dog and their foster family to be able to ask questions, etc. Or, you can come to one of our Adoption Events. These are special events and locations and times can change each month – please check our website and/or Facebook page to see the dates and times. This is a great time to visit with all of our available dogs at once and to talk to the fosters directly about a dog’s personality, etc. The second visit is in your home where the foster will bring the dog to your house to start the one-week trial.

If you live outside of Athens, you are still able to adopt. Fill out an application and we will contact you about the out-of-town adoption procedures.

We offer a one-week trial period to all potential adopters, to give you time to decide if this is the right dog for your family. You may return the dog at any time during the one week. If you do return a dog, please let us know if there are issues we need to work on or any important observations you made. The adoption fee will be refunded if the dog is returned during the trial period. If your dog is due for shots/heartworm preventative/flea preventative, etc., during the one week, we will be happy to take care of this at one of our vets.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our procedures before submitting your application.

You can contact our adoption coordinator at if you have trouble with the application. Please note that we often don’t receive applications when completed on an iPhone. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Thank you for thinking about adopting a dog from ACR!

Athens Canine Rescue
P.O. Box 7064
Athens, GA 30604