The Adoption Process

Our adoption process steps are the following:

  • Applications are reviewed in chronological order based on date received.
  • We ask that you select at least one and at most three of the dogs in our care that are available for adoption and that you think are a good match and why.
    Please, visit this page with their profiles to get to know them better.
  • If the dog(s) listed in your application is(are) a match to your family, we check the references you provided. Otherwise, a member of the Adoptions Team will contact you to discuss options.
    • Your references MUST NOT include family members or veterinarians.
  • The next step is to conduct a home visit. This requires finding a volunteer living near you and, in some cases, it may take some time to identifying one.
    • All members of your household, 2 and 4-legged, must be available for the home visit.
    • Note: If you have a dog, the volunteer who conducts the visit may 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 and your family, 2 and 4-legged, to meet the dog.
  • Following the meeting, there is a 24 hour waiting period during which all parties decide if the adoption should move forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 (see table below, please). 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.

    AgePurebredShiba Mix
    < 1 $400$350

  • Can I Go There And Choose The Dog I Want?

    No. We are not a shelter. Our dogs live with foster families until they find their forever homes. The dog you want may not be the best match for your family. Please, read carefully their profile before selecting a dog that is available for adoption.

How Do I Adopt?

Please submit an adoption application


Not sure about Adoptiong? 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

If you feel you could never let go of a foster dog, we created a program just for you!
It’s a Foster To Adopt option