Dog Adoption Application

Cat Adoption Application

Adoption Fees:

(payable by cash or credit card, no checks)

  • Puppies (under 1 year of age) – $375.00
  • Dogs (1 year of age and over) – $325.00
  • Cats & Kittens – $150.00 for one, $250.00 for two 6 months of age and over, $275 for two under 6 months

EVERY animal we offer for adoption (including kittens and puppies) has already been spayed or neutered and given age-appropriate vaccines and screenings.

Kittens that are under the age of 12 weeks will need to either be adopted in pairs or to a home with an appropriate playmate for them (a playful cat or a playful, cat-friendly dog). Cats and kittens 12 weeks and above can be adopted singly, unless they have been specially designated as requiring a companion cat.

All adoption fees go directly to LDCRF to help pay for medical expenses, spaying/neutering, and daily care.


  • Adopters must be at least 21 years of age and must bring a driver’s license or other government-issued id to the adoption event.
  • Renters will need written proof of permission to own pets
  • Adopters who live in condos or townhouses are required to bring a copy of their condo/townhouse rules, regulations, or bylaws.
  • Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation places dogs and cats for adoption only to homes in the immediate DC Metropolitan area.
  • Criteria such as the need for a fence, hours the animal may be left alone, level of experience required, etc will be determined according to the needs of each dog or cat.
  • Adoption approval is at the sole discretion of LDCRF adoption counselors.

Adoption Procedures

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation holds eight adoption events every weekend, and all of our adoptions take place in local PetSmart or PetCo stores. To see the schedule go to

STEP ONE: Are you ready?

Think it through. Do you have the time, energy and resources to devote to a new pet? Are you committed to caring for the pet for the next 10-15 years? Do you know what kind of pet would be best for your household?

STEP TWO: Meeting our Animals

Browse our website and choose some potential dogs or cats.

To request to meet particular animals, email or Please send your request no later than the Thursday evening prior to the event at 10 pm.

Please understand that requesting a dog or cat does not give you priority over any other potential adopter.

You can also just show up at any of our adoption events to meet whatever dogs and cats we bring to show.

STEP THREE: Adoption Application

Bring your completed application (Dog Adoption  Application or Cat Adoption Application) or pick up a copy and fill it out at the event. Once you decide you are ready to bring a particular dog or cat home, sign up on the interview list at the information table.

Your application will be reviewed by two adoption counselors who will seek to determine through the application and talking with you that the animal you have chosen will be well-placed in your home.

If more than one person is interested in the same dog or cat at the same time, all interested parties will be interviewed to determine the best match. If more than one candidate is deemed equally well-matched, there may be a drawing to determine placement.

If multiple adopters for the same cat, dog, or puppy sign up for interviews within the first 15 minutes of an event, they will all be considered equally and will be given priority over anyone who arrives after the 15 minute cutoff.

STEP FOUR: Adoption Contract

Once approved, you will need to finalize your adoption by completing an adoption contract and paying the adoption fee in cash or by credit card (see list of adoption fees at the top of the page). At that time, available medical records will be provided along with a variety of other information.

LDCRF does same-day adoptions, so make sure you’re ready to go home with your new family member!

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation is committed to the animals it rescues for their entire lifetime. Therefore, once an animal is adopted, LDCRF reserves the right to:

  • Check on the pet at any time to ensure its well-being.
  • Remove the pet from the home if any conditions of the adoption contract have been violated or, if in the opinion of LDCRF, the environment is unsafe.
  • If at any time you cannot keep your pet, you must return it to LDCRF and not to any other individual or shelter. If you return your pet within two weeks of the date of adoption, along with the medical records, you will receive a full refund of your adoption fee.

We cannot guarantee the health of any animals adopted. Any time you adopt an animal, you should take it to the vet as soon as possible. Your animal has been checked by a vet, but will need to be started immediately on a program of preventative vet care.

Please be aware that the animals available for adoption are rescue animals and, as such, have often been exposed to a variety of diseases. Like human illnesses, these disorders can have an incubation period of up to several weeks. If the animal you adopt shows signs of illness at any point, please take it to the vet for treatment. Once an animal is adopted, the adopter is responsible for all medical expenses. LDCRF will not pay for medical care for an adopted animal.

Contact Us

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 50037
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 295-DOGS

For detailed contact information, please visit our contact page.

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