Thank you for choosing to adopt with Rescue City!

Before you complete the adoption application, please consider the time, effort and funds necessary to properly maintain an animal. Responsible pet ownership requires a commitment to provide care and companionship for the life of the animal.

Our priority is to place our rescues in permanent loving homes, as they have already been through enough before coming into our program. As we aim to situate each animal in the appropriate home, our adoption application helps us learn more about you, your home and your level of experience:

Our Adoption Process:


Step One

Complete and submit an adoption application and non-refundable $10 Application Fee. Since all of our dogs are in foster homes, we set up meet and greets only once there is an approved application on file.


Step Two

The adoptions team will review your completed application. We will contact your references, landlord and/or veterinarian (if any).


Step Three

Approved applicants will be will be contacted for a phone interview/virtual home visit.


Step Four

Meet and greet with your potential new dog! All members of the household (and resident dogs) must be able to travel to NYC for the interaction. We currently approve adoptions in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. We approve adoptions in other nearby states on a case by case basis.


Step Five

Sign your adoption agreement and take your new family member home!

Important Information to Know Before Applying to Adopt

The adoption fees are as follows:

Puppies (Up to 1 Year Old): $550
Dogs (2 – 5 years): $450
Dogs (6+ years): $350

What does the adoption fee donation cover?

Spay & Neuter

The average cost for veterinary care varies depending on your location, the size of the dog, as well as their overall health. The average dog spay or neuter can range from $45-$175 for a rescue animal. However, this doesn’t include the cost of pain relief medication which is another $10-$30 dollars. If you were to get your adopted dog spayed or neutered on your own it could cost you anywhere from $200-$500 plus depending on said variables.


The cost of standard vaccinations for dogs to prevent Distemper, Parvo, Kennel Cough and Rabies can cost approximately $50 for the rescue animal, if not more. If you were to pay for these vaccinations yourself you could be paying anywhere from $20-$150 dollars.

Parasite Treatment & Preventatives

Monthly flea tick and ear mite treatments as well as heartworm preventives for dogs are another monthly cost for animal shelters. De-wormer medications are often given preventatively as oppose to waiting to see evidence of worms. These treatments can cost approximately $20-$50 assuming that no labs are need. Lyme disease and heartworm tests are another cost we will incur to ensure that your dog is in good health. If a dog tests positive, Lyme disease treatment can cost anywhere from $50-$200 depending on the size of the dog. However, if a dog needs to be treated for heartworms the treatment can be extremely costly, and on average it’s at least $1000 if you were to pay for it yourself.


The cost for a rescue to microchip their animals is approximately $20. However, the cost to microchip your dog on your own can range anywhere from $45-$65 plus annual registration fee.

Food, Shelter & Comfort

The cost to feed a dog for a month in an animal rescue can range greatly based on the resources of the rescue, but a general ballpark estimate is round $40-$60. This does not include special diets for dogs that need weight loss food or dog food for specific digestive needs. Then there are toys, treats, bedding, and other necessities that the shelter provides.

Extreme Conditions

This also includes X-rays, echo cardiograms and other specialized treatments. This means part of your dog adoption fees will go towards animals that need additional care even if your adopted dog was lucky enough to have a clean bill of health.

Adopters are responsible for a $20 annual microchip registration fee with Home Again Company.

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.

If we have found you the right match, please be prepared to take your new dog home. When submitting your adoption application you must be willing and able to take the dog home ASAP. All of our rescue animals are in foster homes and we are unable to place any animal on hold while any application is being processed. We appreciate your enthusiasm about welcoming a rescue into your family, but please make sure you do not have any financial commitments, upcoming long term travel plans or lifestyle changes that may affect your ability to do so. If now is not the right time, please only apply when you are ready.



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