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Less than 24 months
24 months to less than 9 years
9 years and older
Less than 12 months
12 months to less than 9 years
9 years and older
Adopters are eligible for refunds for training courses completed with their new RAGOM dog:
Please read our adoption eligibility requirements before you complete an Inquiry for Application.
If you don’t receive a status email within 48 hours of submitting an Inquiry for Application, please check your spam or junk folder.
Once you identify a dog of that interests you, you will complete a pre-adoption Inquiry for Application to provide information about you and your lifestyle, your home environment, your training beliefs, and your background with animals.
A $30.00 application fee is required when you submit your Inquiry. (Pay your fee on the RAGOM Shop website.) Please note: your Inquiry will not be processed until an application fee is received. Application fees are non-refundable and are good for 12 months from the date you paid your application fee.
RAGOM will screen your Inquiry for Application to determine if your home meets the needs of the dog you expressed an interest in and if the dog is available (not already working with another applicant). Your Inquiry will also be reviewed to ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements of our organization.
RAGOM fosters invest considerable time to learn about the dogs in their care and are most qualified to determine the best applicant and home for the dog. The foster will contact the family they choose, and all other interested families will be notified that the foster is now working with a family.
If you are not chosen, RAGOM will keep your completed Inquiry for Application. When you would like to be considered for another dog, email [email protected].
If you are chosen as a potential home, RAGOM will contact your vet (if applicable). We look for a history of rabies and distemper vaccines, yearly exams, heartworm tests, and heartworm prevention (at least seasonally). The foster will then phone you to further discuss the dog. If both you and the foster agree that you and your home might be a fit for the dog, RAGOM will then send you a link to our online application.
Once you complete the online application, you will be added to the home visit list. Our organization requires home visits to ensure that the dog will live in a safe environment.
The home visit volunteer will walk through your home and yard and comment on areas of concern. The home visit is also an opportunity to meet you, provide education about RAGOM, and answer your questions. All household members must be present for the home visit. Also, the volunteer will be accompanied by an altered (spayed or neutered) dog.
Your location is a factor in how quickly the home visit can be scheduled and completed. Although we have home visit volunteers in many areas, it sometimes takes longer to schedule a volunteer to conduct the home visit, so your patience is appreciated.
If your home visit report is approved, the foster will phone you to schedule a time to meet the dog you are interested in. Please note that you are not yet guaranteed the dog. The in-person meeting with the dog is vitally important, and all family members and resident pets must attend the meeting, which most often occurs at the foster home.
The decision to proceed to adoption must be a mutual decision between your family and the foster. After the meeting, RAGOM requires that you take 24 hours to carefully consider your decision to welcome a new dog into your home. This waiting period also allows the foster time to review the visit and decide if your family is indeed the best home for the dog.
If both you and the foster home agree that you are a good match for the dog, you will complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee.