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Adoption Application

Best Dawg Rescue, Inc. (DAWG) Address: PO Box 34213, Bethesda, MD 20827

Please complete and submit DAWG’s application on our web site for quickest response; or fax the printable application form to 301-576-3811. The printable application form is here: DAWG Adoption Application. Please do not “snail mail” an application.

DAWG resolves applications by email approximately 24 hours after receipt. Applications are kept “forever” by applicant’s last name, because some applicants change their minds or postpone adoption after applying. Note that initial correspondence is by email (no phone calls, please!).

DAWG does not accept electric fences. In addition, DAWG places dogs only in the metropolitan DC area. At times we will consider a placement just beyond the DC area, subject to a DAWG volunteer’s ability to do a home visit in that location. If you are not in our area and want to apply for a DAWG dog, please email us first at to ask if we can consider your area. If you live outside DAWG’s jurisdiction, please support your local shelters and rescue organizations that have equally wonderful animals waiting for homes.
DAWG chooses applications that “match” each dog with an adopter best suited to the dog’s personality. All household members (and family dog) must meet the potential dog at an adoption show prior to a home visit. When an application is selected, a home visit without the dog is arranged to prepare the applicant for adoption. During the home visit, an experienced volunteer explains basic dog behavior and how to transition the dog to the home’s routine, children and/or other pets. DAWG provides a shopping list for items to be acquired prior to the adoption, and when everything is ready, the adoption occurs. A contract is signed and adoption fee paid when the dog is placed in the dog’s new home.


7. Does any member of the family have any allergies to animals?

13. Describe pets you currently own: (Include name, type, age, sex, spayed/neutered)

14. Describe past pets owned during the last 15 years (include name, type, age, sex, spayed/neutered):

16. List current and past vet/animal hospitals: 
If several vets were used, please provide approximate service dates. Application review cannot be completed unless each vet's contact information is provided.

20. If you rent:

I understand this application is not binding on either party, and that an omission of information, untruth, and/or failure to answer all questions can result in this application being declined. I also understand DAWG reserves the right to annul an adoption and reclaim a dog if an application omission or untruth is discovered post-adoption. I give Best Dawg Rescue, Inc. permission to fully investigate the information provided as well as contact veterinarians and related officials.