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Adoption Information

Our ONLINE application form is at the bottom of this page. We encourage you to read this page entirely.

We are not a shelter. Each of the animals you see listed with Rudy's Rescue is kept in a loving foster home. They are given love, training and the attention they require.

Adoptions through our rescue require an application process.


If you want more information or would like to meet the dog, you must FIRST fill out an application, have references checked, a home check and become approved.

Click here to review our SAMPLE CONTRACT

Due to our required home visit, we only adopt to homes within the local Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Utica areas. We do have volunteers in a few outlying areas, please contact us here to check on your location.

We strive to make the best match for each dog within our program. This process may take two weeks or more if you are not within the Rochester or Syracuse area. Please be patient, good things come to those who wait.

NOTE: To be sure you are serious about adopting from us we require a $25 deposit donation upon applying. This deposit will be deducted from your final adoption costs. If you apply for a dog and are outside of our area - you can feel good knowing your application donation will be used to help the dogs in foster care with Rudy's Rescue.

You can pay via Paypal using Visa or Mastercard. Upon completion of the form you will be directed to a thank you page with a Paypal link. Your deposit will be applied to your adoption donation once the adoption is complete. If you need to pay by check, your application will be delayed until your check is received.

FOSTER-TO-ADOPT - not available for puppies under the age of 6 months

In an effort to increase adoptions and ensure the dog you are interested in is just the right fit for you, the Foster To Adopt Program allows fully approved adopters to have a taste of what life with their new companion will be. Those interested in the program will go through the regular application approval process. Once approved, the potential adopter may take home the dog they are interested in for 7 days for a $25 non-refundable donation. After the 1 week period, should you want to adopt the dog, the $25 donation will be applied to the dog's adoption donation. Otherwise, the dog is returned to Rudy's Rescue and you can feel good knowing you have helped with the dog's vet and care expenses. The foster to adopt option is not available to puppies under 6 months of age.


Puppies under 6 months: $400 + $100 Spay/Neuter Deposit
Puppies 6 months – 1 year: $350
Dogs 1-7 years: $300
Dogs over 7 years or with serious handicaps: $200

A larger adoption donation will be asked for purebred dogs of other breeds (not lab or lab mix.)

Please note - all dogs and puppies are vetted before leaving our rescue - this includes age appropriate shots, treatment for parasites and spay or neuter (if old enough.


"FREE TO A GOOD HOME." Free is never free. If you ever wondered why legitimate rescues must charge for adoption, this article will tell you what happens to animals given away. "Bunchers," Animal testing, baiting for dog fights, breeder mills...

Since we are a volunteer organization funded entirely by contributions, we count on your continuing support as well as your adoption donations to help defray the costs of caring for our foster dogs. We are delighted to accept any amounts over these minimum donations to help other dogs in our care.

Ready to begin?

1. Review our SAMPLE CONTRACT if you have not done so already.