We are committed to finding our inspiring dogs their own loving family and permanent home.

Adoption and Application Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Rags2Rescued dog! Please note completing an application does not guarantee adoption approval or that the dog you choose will be available to you. Currently our adopted dogs are picked up in the San Francisco Bay Area and our adoption location range is typically the West Coast. Dogs can not be shipped to you. Each adoption application is carefully reviewed and we home dogs based on a variety of criteria. Through the application process we get to know you and it helps us determine if we can match you with one of our rescued dogs. Our rescue dogs depend on us to be their advocates and we will always act in the best interests of the dog.

Step 1


Complete the application.

Step 2

We will contact you to start the interview process. This step helps us get to know you and ensure the home environment fit is right for all.

Step 3


Upon application approval you will receive an adoption letter of intent for signature, and a $200 non-refundable deposit will be collected. 

Step 4


Travel is booked! You will receive your adoption contract for signature and the remainder of the adoption fee will be collected. 

Step 5


Your dog arrives at the airport!

The adoption fee is $875

This fee helps to cover health exams, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, other surgeries, microchipping, medical treatments, boarding fees while the dog waits for a flight, travel crates, travel documents, and flight fare. The average cost to rescue an international dog is over $1,000 per dog. The adoption fee helps cover a portion of the dog’s rescue costs. Donations from our amazing community help offset the difference of any costs incurred over the adoption fee. 

Average International Rescue Costs Per Dog


  • Medical Treatments

  • Surgeries

  • Vaccinations

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Microchipping

Average Cost: $300 - $400



  • Boarding and care with a minimum stay around 2 months. This can also be much longer.

Average Cost: $500



  • Flight Fare

  • Travel Crates

  • Travel Documents

  • Pet Taxi Transfer Fare

Average Cost: $500 - $800

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