Ready To Adopt?

Our adoption process is designed to help us set up safe and successful adoptions. The majority of the time we only do local adoptions in the Southern California area. If you do not live in the LA area please check with us before filling out an application by e-mailing us @

We Take The Guess Work Out

We invest a lot of time, money and love into each animal in our care to help the adopter know what kind of pet they are adopting. Unless there is a medical reason all our animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and many of our dogs have had over $2000 of obedience training in our "Trained For Life" program.

Step 1) View dogs online: CLICK HERE

Step 2) Submit Application for the Dog of Your Choice

The application process is not meant to be an invasion of privacy but a tool to help us find out if one of our dogs would fit happily into your home and lifestyle. We spend a lot of time and funds to get to know our dogs and your application helps set both you and them up for a successful adoption.

Step 3) Meet the Dog

By appointment only. If your application is approved, you will be contacted to meet the animal at a convenient time. We ask that everyone who will be living with the pet attend the meeting. Also, if you have an existing dog we will introduce the dogs during the adoption process.

Step 4) Home Check

While a home visit is required prior to final placement, it does not guarantee adoption. We like to see where our dogs will be living to make sure that they will be in a safe and secure environment. Often we can help with unforeseen health risks and help secure yards and fences that first time owners might miss.

Step 5) Adoption Contract

The adoption contract is a legal binding contract between the adopter and our organization. If, for any reason, the adoption of one of our pets DOES NOT work out, you MUST return the animal to The Rescue Train.

Step 6) Tax Deductible Donation

There is a minimum, tax deductible, non-refundable donation of $250.00 per dog and $500.00 for "Trained For Life Dogs". The donation helps us recoup a small fraction of that cost.

Step 7) Delivery of Your New Family Member

We come with education and helpful hints to help things go smoothly and take the guess work out of what to expect when bringing your new pet home. Each dog has a team of people behind him/her and we are here to be a support system if you should need us.

We Don't Have the Dog You're Looking For?

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Not Up For It?

If you don't want to go through our screening process please consider adopting a pet from a city or county shelter. Many of these animals will face euthanasia simply due to overcrowding because of pet overpopulation. To visit the LA Animal Service website and find your closest shelter please click here: