Why Adopt?

Cats and dogs who’ve been abandoned, neglected, and abused deserve a second chance at life. Animals who are rescued tend to have deeper bonds with their guardians and can recognize those who’ve saved them. They appreciate that we give them a loving place to call home and will always show you that they’re grateful. By adopting a rescue animal, you’re both saving their life and reducing the number of animals that are being euthanized each day. You’re also helping to stop the cruelty of mass breeding facilities. All animals of all ages need help finding forever homes, and you can make an impact by fostering or adopting one of the animals in our care.

Our Adoption Process

Our mission is to re-home dogs to their loving forever homes. In order to do that, we will match the dogs to the right homes. If you would like to adopt a dog that you are not already fostering, we require you to do the following:

  • Foster the dog for 30 days with a commitment to adopt the dog at the end of the 30 days.
  • Pay 100% of the adoption fee upfront at the start of the fostering period, as a non-refundable deposit. In exchange, we promise we will not continue promoting the dog for adoption.
  • Sign the Adoption Agreement at the end of the 30 days. Only when you’ve signed the Adoption Agreement will the dog be legally yours. Until then, while you’re fostering the dog for the first 30 days, the dog is still the legal ownership of BARK Rescue CA.
  • If at the end of the 30 days you decide you no longer want to adopt the dog, the deposit that you’ve paid is non-refundable and we ask that you continue to foster the dog until we can find him/her a new foster.

We spay/neuter the dogs first, as well as get their vaccinations updated before we finalize the adoption.

If you’ve been in our foster network for a minimum of 30 days, you can adopt the dog without fostering him/her for 30 days first.

Adoption Fees

Why Do We Charge an Adoption Fee?

To cover all necessary medical cost of the dog, including the spay/neuter cost, pain medication costs, vaccinations, and any other medical costs that we spend to take care of the dogs we currently have. At our partner veterinarians, as a 501c3 rescue organization we get a discounted rescue pricing. With this discounted rescue pricing, the spay/neuter fee alone ranges from $350 to $500 per dog depending on the dog’s age and weight. If you, as an individual, were to spay/neuter the dog at your own veterinarian, it would generally cost between $600 to $1000 per dog.

We also cover some of the supplies for the dogs we have rescued. This usually includes initial toys and treats, collar, leash, BARK Rescue ID Tag, and travel crate or wire in-home crate. The total cost of these supplies can range from $100 to $500 per dog.

We are a non-profit organization, meaning that 100% of the money we receive from adoption fees or donations go toward the care of the dogs that are currently in our foster care. We do not make any money in excess of those costs. Without adoption fees and donations, we will run out of money and will no longer be able to exist to save dogs.

Please note that the below cost does not include transaction fees that Paypal or credit card companies charge. The transaction fee charged by Paypal or credit card companies is about 3% of the below adoption fees.

Puppy (under 1-year-old)$550
Young Adult/Adult (1-year-old – 9 years old)$400-$450 depending on the size of the dog
Senior (10+ years old)$350

Expenses Covered by BARK Rescue CA During the 30-Day Fostering Period

Adoptability Expenses: Expenses that make the dog adoptable

  • Updated basic vaccinations (boosters or initials):
    • DHPP vaccine
    • Bordetella vaccine
    • Rabies vaccine
    • Heartworm testing
    • Heartworm Prevention medications that will be shared with other BARK dogs in the same weight range. 
  • Flea & Tick prevention
  • Spay/Neuter Fees
    • Surgery fees
    • Pain relief injection on the day of surgery
    • At-home pain relief medications
    • At-home antibiotics medications
    • E-Collar

Any other expenses (medical, food, supplies, etc) are the responsibility of the foster-to-adopter. If you don’t have a crate and need one for the crate & rotate method with your other pets at home, we can lend you a crate. This crate will need to be returned once you have signed the Adoption Agreement.


If you are interested in adopting, please fill out our Foster-to-Adopt Application below. If we feel you may be a good fit for the dog (or any other dog in our care), we will contact you to schedule a zoom call that will include a virtual home check. If you have not heard back from our Adoption Coordinator after 72 hours, please email to follow up.