Adoption Guidelines

11th Hour Canine Rescue NY is a volunteer and foster based organization. We do not have a kennel.  We invite you to review the adoption process and fill out an application as well as see our dogs available for adoption.

How to adopt from 11th Hour Canine Rescue NY

First, take a look at our available dogs.  If you have an interest in one (or more) of our dogs, please call us or fill out an on-line adoption application.  Filling out the adoption application in no way obligates you to a dog, but simply gives us more information about what you are looking for.   Once received, a volunteer will contact you regarding your interest.  This is a great opportunity for you and your family to learn more about the dog’s personality and for us to learn more about your family and the expectations you have of a new family member.  For example: Do you have an active family that likes to hike or run?  Or are you looking for a quieter family member to cuddle with or provide companionship?  Our goal is to make a life-long match between your family and your new family member.

The next step is to arrange a meet and great.  Either the interested family can meet the dog at an adoption clinic or a private introduction can be arranged at the foster home or at the perspective family’s home.  This is a great opportunity for the perspective new family member to meet all the two-legged and potentially  four-legged existing family members!

If it looks like a good match and all family members agree, the next step is to complete an adoption contract.  Part of the contract includes a trial placement which usually lasts 14-20 days.  This is an opportunity for your new family member to settle in.  The adoption fee is $250.  ALL 11th Hour dogs are:

  • Heartworm Tested: If the dog tests positive, treatment is provided.
  • Neutered or Spayed
  • All vaccinations, including DHLPP, Rabies and Bordetella
  • Fecal test: If the dog tests positive, treatment is provided.
  • "Home Again" Microchipped with paid 1-year membership and benefits
  • Flea and tick preventative
  • Heartworm preventative

Now the 11th Hour Canine Rescue NY journey begins.  Within 24 hours of taking your new family member home, the foster home will contact you to make sure the transition went well and answer any potential questions.  In fact, during the entire trial period, the foster home will continue to be in contact with you on a routine basis until the adoption is finalized.  Why is that?  Our foster homes do their best to learn about and expose their fosters to routine family living.  However, in their forever home, dogs may experience things that they haven’t experienced in their previous or foster homes.  For example, do you have cats?  Do you ride motorcycles (and the noise is loud)?  What happens during a thunderstorm?  11th Hour has a wonderful network of resources to help with any questions or concerns.

What next?

We LOVE updates!  We LOVE news!  We LOVE visits!  Speaking as a foster home, there is nothing more rewarding then to get a visit, email or picture from an adoptive home.  So many of these dogs were literally minutes away from euthanisa.  Others were strays with no hope.  They come into a foster home and learn to trust, learn they are safe.  They may even learn how to play for the very first time!  But once in their adoptive homes, they really blossom.  So share the news!  Share the stories!  We will forward them on to all those that played a part in their resuce (the shelter, the transporter, the vet, other rescuers). Everyone loves to read how they played a small part in the rescue of a special dog!