Adoption Guidelines


  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Everyone in the applicant’s household must be in favor of adopting a dog.
  • If renting, the applicant’s landlord must give permission for the applicant to have a dog. Some rental offices require that the dog be a certain size or breed.
  • All pets the applicant currently has must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and spayed/neutered.
  • Applicants must agree to a home visit, in which a volunteer will come to the applicant’s home to conduct part of the interview and make sure the home is a good fit for the dog. This is to benefit the adopter and the rescue; some dogs are very high energy and require a lot of space. We want to make sure the dog you are connected with is appropriate for you.
  • If you live outside the Fargo-Moorhead area, we may be able to conduct a virtual video visit to fulfill this step of your application. However, applications outside our area of operation may still be denied due to distance.


To expedite the processing of your application:

  • Ask your references to return our call or email as soon as they can.
  • Attach your veterinary records showing your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations.


Read about our adoption process and other information about adopting in our Adoption FAQ.

Please note: Submission of an application does not guarantee that the specified dog will be available for adoption upon approval. We often receive multiple applications for the same dog.

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Applicant Information

Have you adopted a dog from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue before?
Are you 21 years of age or older?

We have various age-based programs, like our Seniors for Seniors program, so we use this information to see if you qualify for any of those.

Employer Information

Are you currently employed?

Home Information

What type of home you do you live in?
Do you rent or own your home?
Do you have a fenced yard?

Personal References

References must not live with the applicant and must include at least one non-family member.

One of our volunteer reference checkers will be reaching out to each. Please also make sure the references know you listed them so they are expecting the call. 4 Luv of Dog Rescue will not use your references’ information for anything other than calling about your application.

First Reference

Second Reference

Third Reference

Current Pet Information

Are there any dogs or cats (indoor or outdoor) currently living at your residence?
Have any of your pets ever been given away, sold, abandoned, surrendered, reclaimed, or put to sleep?
Has a pet ever disappeared or been killed, injured, or mistreated while in your care?

Compatibility Questions

We are only accepting applications for available dogs listed on our website. If you do not list a specific dog, your application may not be processed.

Friend, Meet the Dogs event, Social media, Friend, etc.
What is it about this dog(s) that appeals to you?
Knowing what qualities you like can help us connect you with a different dog if that one is no longer available.
If the dog(s) you are interested in is no longer available, will you consider other dogs?
Is everyone in the home in favor of adopting a dog?

Please list any size, breed, or qualities.
Do you agree you will not use any form of electronic training collar, prong collar, or aversive training methods on the adopted dog?
What is the longest your dog will be left alone in the home with no potty breaks?
Where will your new dog be when everyone has left the home?
Where will your dog sleep?


Dogs often need an adjustment period when transitioning to a new home. They may need time to decompress before meeting new dogs and people, have potty accidents, or appear anxious. Are you willing to work with your dog on any issues that may arise?
Do you agree to provide vet care for the dog, including but not limited to, an annual exam and vaccinations, as well as rabies vaccinations as required by law?
Dogs in our rescue are usually spayed/neutered when they are four months old. If you adopt a dog that is not yet spayed/neutered, do you agree to spay/neuter the dog by seven months of age?
Are you aware of the initial and long-term financial obligation of a dog, and are you prepared to take this on?
Are you willing to have a 4 Luv of Dog Rescue volunteer visit your home?
Is the information you provided in this application true and correct to the best of your knowledge? (Your application to adopt will be revoked if any information is found to be false or incorrect.)
Your application to adopt will be revoked if any information is found to be false or incorrect.

Click or drag files to this area to upload.

You can upload up to 3 files.

If available, you may upload your veterinary documentation. However, please keep in mind that we may still need to contact the vet directly for follow-up information.