Ready to Adopt?

Thank you for your interest in the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF).

EVERY animal we offer for adoption (including kittens and puppies) is spayed or neutered and given age-appropriate vaccines and screenings prior to being made available for adoption. Some have also been treated for other medical issues such as heartworm, kennel cough, broken limbs and parasites.

Our adoption fees are as follows:

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. 

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation holds eight adoption events every weekend. Potential adopters can request specific dogs or cats be brought to an event by emailing or Requests must be made by 10:00 pm on Thursday night for the upcoming weekend in order to guarantee attendance. If an animal is in a foster home, it will be indicated in the bio on our website and inquiries should be made directly to the foster home. Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation places dogs and cats for adoption only to homes in the immediate DC Metropolitan area. Adopters who rent their home or apartment are required to bring their lease to the adoption events. Adopters who live in condos or townhouses are required to bring a copy of their condo/townhouse rules, regulations, or bylaws.

LDCRF does NOT allow declawing of any cat adopted through LDCRF. However, we do rescue cats that have been previously declawed.

Adoption Procedures

All of our adoptions take place in local PetSmart stores. To see the schedule go to

STEP ONE: 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?

If you are ready, there are many factors to consider in determining WHICH pet is right for you.

STEP TWO: Attend adoption event to meet the animal. We hold five events every weekend. Pick one that is convenient to you and email or to request that animals you are interested in attend a particular event. Please send your request no later than the Thursday evening prior to the event at 10 pm. Bring your completed application (Adoption Application dogs and Adoption Application Cats) or pick up a copy and fill it out at the event. Once you decide you are ready to bring a particular animal home, 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.

STEP THREE: 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.

STEP FOUR: 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:


Puppies are popular! In the interest of managing the volume of potential adopters, LDCRF has instituted the following procedures for puppies at adoption events when there is a high level of interest.

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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