Initial requirements before filling out application:
You must be at least 21 years of age and be head of household.
For the safety of the dog, households with children 10 years of age or younger must have a four sided physical fence attached to the home.
All pets in the household past and present must be spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations and have a history of yearly wellness visits.
What do I have to do to adopt an animal?
Step 1: Fill out an online application.
Step 2: We will review your application. This may take up to three to five business days.
Step 3: We will contact you either by email or phone to discuss your application. If approved, we will email or call you to schedule an appointment.
Step 4: Come in for your appointment. All family members must be in attendance unless otherwise specified.
Step 5: If a good match is made then you take your new pet home.
Please do not schedule an adoption appointment until you are ready to bring home your pet. Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue cannot hold or board your pet.
In order to come to the Greenmore Farm animal Rescue to see any of our wonderful animals, you must first complete an adoption application. Please read the initial requirements before completing the application. The application link is located at the top of this page.
Once your application is submitted, the review process begins. The adoption counselor reviews your application for completeness and contacts your veterinarian and / or personal references. First time pet owners, with no previous veterinarian, should not be discouraged.
Upon completion of this 3-5 business day process, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail. The adoption team representative will let you know if you were approved or why you were not approved.
Finally, we do not accept drop-ins. Adoptions are by appointment only. Since we are a volunteer based organization; our appointment hours vary each day and on the weekends.
Can I come out to the rescue to see all the dogs you have?
The rescue is located on the grounds of a private residence therefore, there are no open kennel hours. You must have an approved application. Adoptions are by appointment only.
What qualifications do I need as an adopter?
1. All past and present pets (cats and dogs) in the home must have a history of routine annual wellness visits at a veterinarian, be up to date on their shots, and be spayed or neutered.
2. If you have children 10 years of age and under, we require a physical fenced in yard, enclosing the doors of the home, for the safety of the dog.
What to bring to your appointment:
All family members unless otherwise specified and/or current dog(s)
Please bring a leash for your new furry friend
Please bring your form of payment (which is tax deductible)
Forms of payment are:
* Cashier's check
* Money order
Payment to: Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue
* Credit and Debit cards: a $25 service fee will be added to your donation for this form of payment.
Any items that you may wish to donate to the rescue. Suggestions are paper towels, newspaper, old bath towels, bleach, Pine Sol, laundry detergent, tennis balls, hot dogs etc.
What are your adoption donations?
Currently for adult dogs our adoption fee is $395 and for puppies it is $425. The donation is tax deductible and includes immunizations, wormer, health certificate, microchip and a martingale safety collar. Most dogs over 6 months of age are neutered prior to adoption. If your puppy/ dog has not yet been neutered you will be asked to give a $75 refundable deposit and fill out a spay/neuter agreement.
Where do the dogs come from that you have at the rescue?
The dogs come to us from a variety of locations. Most of the dogs at Greenmore come to us from “high kill” shelters in rural areas of Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and the Carolinas where the culture for dogs is very different than our area and where people do not spay and neuter their pets. They come to us by volunteer and paid transport and have had some initial temperament assessment, veterinary care and shots done. The dogs all have a Health Certificate for transportation over state lines.
What shots has my new dog had?
All the age appropriate vaccinations as well as additional health information is indicated on the immunization record. The original records will be given to you at the time of adoption. We do not keep copies of these records.
What is heartworm? What are the recommendations for heartworm testing?
Heartworm is a parasite transmitted to dogs by a mosquito bite. When left untreated these worms can grow and attack the dog’s heart circulatory system. Heartworm is treated by a combination of worm medicines and antibiotics over a period of time. If caught early these dogs have normal life expectancies. We occasionally have Heartworm Positive dogs in the rescue undergoing treatment while waiting to be adopted. If you choose one of these dogs we typically supply the medication to complete their treatment. Following the treatment these dogs will need another blood test to confirm that they are clear of the parasite.
Puppies under seven months of age can be started on heart worm prevention without a heartworm test. It takes at least six months for a dog to test positive after it has been affected. Your veterinarian will guide you on the proper timing for heart worm testing for your puppy/dog.
With our dogs we provide information on all of the care that was provided by us. Most of the dogs do receive heartworm or 4DX testing. These blood tests test for blood borne pathogens that are transmitted by mosquito or tick bites. If you dog is positive for these test you will be sent home with the appropriate medications. We do not provide a guarantee that all dogs are heartworm free.
What if I adopt a dog and it just is not a good fit for my family?
All dogs have a forever home at Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue. We like everyone to allow for an adjustment period with their new dog and realize that these dogs/puppies have been moved around quite a bit and will need a few weeks or more to transition into the home. If the transition phase is not going well, please reach out to your adoption counselor. Your adoption counselor will put you in touch with our dog trainer. From there the appropriate steps will be taken. If the dog needs to return to the rescue this will happen when kennel space is available. This could take 7 to 14 days. We will make every effort to find a better match for your family in cases where it is just not working. Adoption donations to the rescue are typically non-refundable as they are our main source of revenue. The only time we don’t not take a dog back is if in the rare case where it would become aggressive to people; we do not knowingly adopt out dogs who can be potentially harmful to anyone and aggressive dogs cannot be re-homed.
What do I need to bring with me when I come to adopt a dog?
Please bring a leash if you have one, your dog will be supplied a martingale collar. You may want a crate to secure your dog in the car or a harness to safely tie him/her in the back seat while you drive home. It is a good idea to have someone with you when traveling long distances with your new dog for the first time. Bring your adoption donation by cash, cashier’s check or credit card/debit card. Several towels are a good idea for the seat of your car if the weather is wet or the possibility of car sickness. We will give you some of the food the dogs are currently eating to mix in with whatever you choose to feed your dog once home.
What do I feed my new dog?
We feed adult dogs twice daily unless they are under weight. We give the dogs GRAIN FREE dry with some grain free wet and mix with water to moisten. If your dog has special dietary needs they will be discussed with you on the day of adoption. We will supply you with some food to take home to get you started. If you are looking for brand recommendations please discuss this with your Vet.
You adopt dogs out on a “First Come Basis” what does this mean?