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How does the adoption process work?

Pawsitive Tails is dedicated to matching the needs and personality of our dogs with your family. We are not in a hurry to adopt out our dogs; we want to make sure the match is perfect for everyone.  All of the dogs in our rescue live in foster  homes with both the human and furry members of our families. 


Our adoption process begins with an application which can be found                             .  Please complete the form in full; the questions we ask help us to fully understand what type of dog you are looking for, and to make sure you get the very best fit.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  If you do not include a vet phone number, a landlord phone number (if applicable), or 3 complete references, we cannot process your application.  We will contact your Veterinarian, so please make sure to call them to release your vet history to our volunteer.   This is very important and saves us a great deal of time and helps your application to be completed more quickly.  If you rent, please contact your landlord before filling out the application to find out their restrictions and requirements.  Our process is necessary to try to ensure that the dog that we are placing is being placed for the last time.  We aren't just adopting out dogs, we are striving to create forever families. 

Meet and greets are scheduled in the order in which we receive the applications for a specific dog.  This does not mean that we adopt on a "first come first serve" basis.  We are interested in finding the best home for each dog.   While browsing our site, if the dog has a green check mark next to "on hold", that does mean that they have an approved adopter and we are only taking backup applications.  Unless the approved adopter backs out, a meet and greet will not be scheduled with additional applicants for that specific dog.  We do welcome backup applications! 


After we receive your application, we will speak to your personal references and your vet reference.  Your information will then be passed to the foster parent of the dog that you are interested in.  The foster parent will contact you to set up a meet and greet.  If all goes well for both parties, a volunteer will call you to schedule a home visit.  If at that time everyone, including the dog is comfortable with the visit, the adoption can take place.  We ask for a minimum adoption donation to help us cover transportation, veterinary and general care expenses incurred.  All of our dogs are altered, up to date on age appropriate vaccines, dewormed, microchipped, heartworm tested (age appropriate) and are already receiving heartworm and flea and tick prevention before being adopted.


Pawsitive Tails is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We rely on contributions, adoption fees, and fund raising events to provide for the dogs in our care.


Kansas City Area

and Topeka



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