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Dog Adoption Application

Dog Adoption Application and Questionnaire Form

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Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog! We strive to make the best possible match between our rescued pets and their new families. The Adoption Application form is the first step to see if the pet you are interested in would be a good match for your family. Once submitted, one of our volunteers will review your information and will be contacting you by email to discuss the information you provided. Please be sure to check your Spam folder in case our email reply goes there. IF YOU DON'T GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, WE DIDN'T GET YOUR APPLICATION. Please try and submit again. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO ADOPT A DOG:
  • Be able to provide us with a photo ID or other paperwork verifying your current address
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have confirmation from your landlord that pets are allowed, or own your own home
  • Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet.
Please fill out the form completely - we will discard any application that is not completely filled out. If a question doesn't apply to you please enter N/A or explain otherwise. Submitting an application does not obligate you to adopt nor does it guarantee the pet will be adopted to you. We collect applications on the pet in question and make our best determination on where we think the animal will do best.
Enter N/A if this question doesn't apply
Email Address*
MA and RI applicants - Sorry, we are unable to adopt to residents in MA or RI unless you come to TN to pick up. If you have an MA or RI address please do not continue the application unless you are prepared to travel to Tennessee.
Are you able to send / receive text messages?
Applicants must be at least 21 years old

Pet Info

Please note, if a pet has ADOPTION IN PROGRESS or ADOPTION PENDING next to their name they are already in the process of being adopted.
Please describe any "must-have" characteristics, energy level, etc.
Please consider any vacations, work obligations, etc. We are unable to hold pets for adoption in most cases, so please wait to apply until you are ready to adopt within the next two weeks. Most dogs are ready for adoption now unless otherwise stated in their profile.
Where will the dog live?

What size adult dog are you looking for?

For potty breaks, your dog will be: (check any that apply)

Household Info

Do you plan on moving soon?

Who lives in your household? List all adults' full name, age and relationship to you.
Full Name
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Some dogs and cats may not get along well with children - please consult a volunteer for more information about the animal in which you are considering. A.A.R.F. cannot guarantee temperament of any animal but can share the experience had with the animal(s) in their care.

For those who rent - have you checked to confirm your lease allows pets?
We will call to confirm dogs are allowed

Current and Past Pets

CURRENT PETS: Please list all pets you currently own.
Dog or Cat?
Lives Inside or Outside?
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If NO, please explain:
If NO, please explain:
If YES, what brand? If NO, please explain:
PAST PETS: List all pets owned in the past 5 years that are no longer with you. Please provide a brief explanation for each animal as to what happened to him or her. If none in the last 5 years, list ALL pets owned in your adult life.
Dog or Cat?
Lived Inside or Outside?
What happened?
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If NO, please explain:
If YES, what brand? If NO, please explain:
Have you ever had a pet:
Check any that apply
Have you ever:
Check any that apply

Veterinarian Info

Please provide the name and phone number of any vet office that has seen any of your current or previous pets. If the records are not under your name, please provide the name of the person the records are under. An A.A.R.F. volunteer will call to verify your vet reference.
Name on Account
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Are you financially able and willing to provide annual checkups, vaccinations and any/all emergency care for a pet?

Making A Commitment

Adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment. Are you aware that a dog can live to be over 15 years old? Are you prepared to make this commitment to this animal?
Are you aware that dogs can chew, scratch, nibble, and in some cases bite? That they can make noises, such as barking, growling, whining, howling, etc? Are you prepared for this?

A.A.R.F. makes every attempt possible to find forever homes for these animals. Relocating animals from home to home has a negative affect on animals, therefore, we strive to do it right the first time. Rescue animals in general come with some type of emotional baggage. Since we were not there to see what they have experienced and witnessed, we cannot guarantee you the perfect animal immediately. All animals take patience, time, work and commitment - some rescue animals may exceed the normal amount that one would expect.

By selecting the "I agree" option, you are stating that you understand the mission of this organization; you understand what is expected of you in regard to caring for this animal; and you are ready, willing, and able to make this lifelong commitment to this animal.


By electronically signing and submitting this application to A.A.R.F., I hereby affirm that I have answered the above questions truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. I give my permission for AARF to contact the landlord, veterinary, and/or personal references as needed. I understand that providing any false information can be cause for denial of my application. Leaving any questions blank or not filling out this form completely can be cause for the application to be discarded or denied.