Big Dog Rescue Project North East Adoption App
Northeast U.S.
If you are NOT in the Northeast U.S., please go here to select a different location.

Thank you for your interest in adopting from Big Dog Rescue Project. We primarily take dogs from high-kill shelters in Texas and send them to the Pacific Northwest and East Coast. Some dogs already have a region assigned to them and others can be placed in either.

We are a small organization that are all volunteers and while we make an effort to communicate with every application, we are unable to. Our lack of response in no way speaks of your worthiness as an adopter. We may have an application already in the process of being approved when you apply or another application may simply be a better match for the particular dog. WE WILL CONTACT YOU ONLY IF YOU ARE CHOSEN TO ADOPT. If you do not hear back on the dog you applied for but are interested in another dog please express your interest VIA email. Please check our page often for available dogs. Applications are good for 90 days.

ALL questions must be answered.  Please read them carefully.  If you omit information it will delay or deny your application for approval. We carefully match our dogs with the appropriate home in the interest of the dogs, ie fenced yard, age of children, location, vet reference. We will contact you if we believe we have a match in our program for your family. All approved applications will have a home visit before making an adoption final so if you are out of our area it makes that difficult.  Please note: as a general rule, children should be over the age of 5 to adopt.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VET AND LET THEM KNOW WE WILL BE CALLING. Due to privacy laws, vets are requiring authorization to provide a reference. If we are unable to get a reference when we call the first time, we will email you to call your vet. This will delay the processing of your application.

If you are applying for a specific dog, please make sure that you are READY to take that dog now. We are a small group and cannot hold or board dogs until your are ready to bring them home.
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Email *
Before completing our application please be advised that a virtual home visit is required if you are being considered for adoption *
Do you understand that a majority of our dogs are fostered in Texas until they have committed adopters and will not travel to the Northeast until they have an adoption in place? *We are a TX-based rescue with our target adoption audience in the Northeast. A majority of our dogs are fostered in TX until they have committed adoptions. To mitigate this, we would love to put you in touch with their current caregivers in Texas. We bring dogs to the Northeast as we have foster homes available. If they are fostered in the Northeast, it will state their specific Northeast location in their written Petfinder or Facebook bio (not their Petfinder location). Our dogs in the Northeast are all in private foster homes and are only available to meet with a pre-approved application.
Which dog are you applying to adopt? If there is not a specific dog, please list breed, age and gender preference *
Name of Applicant *
Phone Number/s *
Best time of day to call *
House # *
What type of residence do you live in? *
Do you own or rent? *
If rent, please provide name, phone number and email address of landlord.
How many people live in the residence? Please list the names AND AGES of all people living in the residence. NOTE all children in the home should be over the age of 5 years old to be approved. IF YOU DO NOT ANSWER ALL THE ABOVE YOUR APP WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED *
Who will be the primary caregiver? *
Is anyone home during the day? If yes, who? *
Do you have a dog door? *
Is your yard securely fenced? If yes, What type of fence do you have? *
How high is your fence? *
Do you plan to use a tie-out or tethering system? If yes, please explain why. *
Do you have a pool? *
If you have water access (pool/lake/ocean), will the dog be allowed to swim? *
Is anyone allergic to dog hair or dander in the family? If yes, please explain *
Are all members of the household in agreement with bringing home a new dog? *
Please list name, species, breed and age of all pets currently living in the household and indicate if they are spayed/neutered: *
Please list all former pets with their name, breed and species over the last 20 years and their causes of death. If you have never owned an animal, please describe your experiences with animals. *
Are all pets currently up to date on vaccinations and receiving wellness care? *
Were/are all dogs on heartworm prevention?
Do you purchase heartworm prevention outside of your veterinarian's office? If yes, please email proof of purchase to  *
Please provide the name of your veterinarian practice, vet name and phone number : *
We will call you veterinarian for a reference, please let them know to expect our call and authorize them to speak to us. What name(s) are the medical records listed under? If they are under a maiden name or former married name, please let us know so we can have the office look up records efficiently.
Have you ever rehomed, given away or surrendered a pet to a rescue or shelter? If yes, please explain the circumstances. *
Where will the dog be kept when you are not home? *
How many hours a day will the dog be left unattended? *
Do you plan on leaving the dog outside unattended? *
Where will the dog sleep at night? *
Will the dog be crated? If yes, how many hours a day? *
Where will the dog stay when you go out of town? *
What brand of dog food do you feed? *
How many times a day do you feed? *
Are you willing to adopt a dog that is not yet housetrained?
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How will you housetrain a dog? What will you do if your adopted dog has an accident inside the home? *
Are you willing to adopt a dog that has special needs?
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Are you planning obedience training? *
If you are planning obedience training, have you selected a training facility? If yes, where? *
Do you plan on using a shock collar or pinch collar? If yes, explain: *
Are you aware that the maintenance costs of a dog average between $1,200-$2,000 a year for routine care *
Please explain why you want to adopt a dog: *
Please provide any additional information about your family or lifestyle that you think shows why you would be a good adoption applicant *
I understand that submitting this application does not guarantee placement of a BDRP dog. BDRP reserves to right to refuse placement for any reason.(required) *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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