Adopting From CrisisDogsNC

CrisisDogsNC is committed to the lives of the dogs we adopt to loving homes. We adhere to high adoption standards, follow up to ensure a perfect match, recommend trainers as needed and AT ANY TIME WE ACCEPT THE RETURN OF  OUR ADOPTED DOGS if the dog’s well-being cannot be sustained. 


Adopter Requirements


Our principal interest is the safety and  longterm well-being of our adopted dogs.  We look for caring environments that provide the dog with the physical and emotional sustenance for a happy and long life.


*Excellent vet reference: applicants' current or prior dogs must be up-to-date on shots, neutered, and receive monthly heartworm prevention. Medical conditions requiring treatment must also have been addressed.


*Applicants' absence of health issue (s) that will interfere with care of the dog.


*Virtual home visit: Meeting our applicants in their homes is largely done virtually.   We (and the dogs) prefer non smokers.


*Security:  Fenced yards are preferred but not always required. Electric fences are not preferred but evaluated on a dog-by-dog basis.

Our Provisions


We rely on veterinarians, behaviorists and our foster homes to assess our dogs. Not all conditions can be previewed, however. We are, therefore,  not responsible for the treatment of medical conditions not diagnosed prior to adoption or behavior not observed/documented at the foster home.


CrisisDogsNC provides:


*Full pre-adoption vetting, including:  wellness exam; spay/neuter (exceptions due to medical advisement); deworming; microchip; heartworm test. 


*Treatment of conditions diagnosed pre-adoption including heartworm and, in most cases,  dental surgery.


*Printed Introduction Guidelines for bringing your new dog into your home. Specific recommendations by our trainer, Tracey Oliveto, of Butch and Sundance K9 Training (



Adoption Donations    


CrisisDogsNC rescues dogs of all ages that have experienced severe abuse, neglect or other physical/emotional trauma. Most often, our adoption donations do not fully cover veterinary costs required to diagnose and treat medical and behavioral conditions.   We ask you to understand this when reviewing  our adoption fees. For certain breeds, fees may be higher.


    Puppies (8 weeks to 8 months) $355

    Youngsters (9 months to 2 years) $315

    Young  Adults (3  to 6 years) $285

    Adults  (7 to 8 years) $255 

    Seniors (9 to 11 years) $185

    Super Seniors (12+) $165

    For bonded pairs: special rate


    Special Programs: 

    Mature Dogs for Mature People: Senior and Super Senior dogs, people age 70+ with required co-signer

    15% discount rate.

    Veterans for Canine Buddies 10% discount



CrisisDogsNC Hospice


Some dogs have experienced such severe neglect or abuse that their behavior/medical conditions make them ineligible for adoption. These dogs are, however, still enjoying a quality of life.  We provide for their continued care in foster homes, for as long as they continue to thrive. 


If you wish to become one of our highly-valued hospice fosters, please apply under heading FORMS. If you wish to donate to their ongoing upkeep that ranges between $55-$175 per month, please donate here.



Mature Dogs for Mature People (MDMP)


The course of one’s life cannot be predicted. At any age there are challenges. Sadly there are too many dogs in shelters whose senior owners did not plan for a change in their own living situation. Our Mature Dogs for Mature People program is designed to match mature dogs age 8 years and older, with mature, healthy people.  The fee for these dogs is significantly reduced for adopters who participate in this program.   Please see  “Available Ideal Dogs” for identifying participating dogs.

Note: Surrendering a CrisisdogsNC dog you adopted to a shelter, is specifically prohibited by contract. CrisisDogsNC will pursue legal action against such a violation. Transferring to a third party is also prohibited without prior approval of CrisisDogsNC.