Adopt a Shiba

If you are interested in adopting an available Shiba Inu, please complete an adoption application and fax it to us (212-658-9657). An application MUST be completed before any home can be considered. After your application is approved, we will work to match you with the right Shiba. References and a home visit are required prior to finalizing any adoption.

Our adoption process works like this

  • Applications are reviewed in chronological order based on date received.
  • Depending on the initial review, we check references and conduct a home visit.
    Note: If you have a dog, the volunteer who conducts the visit will bring a dog, to get a feel for how your dog interacts with others.
  • After the home visit, if we have a dog that you are interested in and we think is a good match, then we set up a time/place for you to meet the dog.
    Note: For potential adopters with a dog or dogs, we will usually have you meet the foster without your dog(s) first and THEN meet again to introduce the dogs. That way you get to know the foster dog a little first without having to focus on how the two dogs are interacting.
  • Following the meeting, there is a 24 hour waiting period during which all parties decide if the adoption should move forward.

If you are interested in a particular dog, please state that on your application, but be aware that there is no guarantee that you are first in line for that dog or that we will feel that dog is the best fit for your family.

If you would like to adopt a Shiba from NYCSR, we recommend that you submit an application right away. If you wait, the dog you are interested in may very well be adopted before your application is processed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting

I live in _____ state (or Canada). Can I adopt a dog from NYCSR?
Yes. There are NYCSR alumni living in about a dozen U.S. states and Canada.

Can the home visit be waived? I will send you video of my home.
No. Home visits are never waived. (Even our founder had to have a new home visit form on file before fostering a dog after moving.)

Can the 24 hour waiting period be waived?
No. We’ve had adopters, fosters, and volunteers travel back and forth, stay in hotels, or whatever is necessary to complete this requirement. It cannot be waived.

How much does it cost to adopt?
An adoption donation is required to adopt our dogs. Not only does that partially cover our expenses to care for our foster dogs, but it also helps demonstrate that our adopters are serious about their commitment to their new family member. The adoption donation ranges from $150 to $400. This donation is not tax deductible, as you are receiving your new family member in exchange. Any donation you make in addition to the adoption donation is tax deductible.

Not Sure About Adopting? Try Fostering!

If you’re considering adopting but not quite sure for one reason or another, consider fostering instead. It is a commitment, but a short term commitment compared to adoption and you will be directly helping to save a dog’s life. Please consider fostering a Shiba for NYCSR.