Adoption Eligibility

Adoption eligibility

Potential adoptive families must agree to the following conditions:

  • The family has not adopted another dog within the past six months. 
  • There are no unaltered dogs in the home, unless they are used as part of a reputable breeding operation or for show, and appropriate measures will be taken to guard against unwanted pregnancy.
  • The adopted dog will be kept in the home when the family is sleeping or away from home. RAGOM does not allow dogs to be kept outdoors or in a garage while the family is sleeping or away from home.
  • There is no outdoor kennel on the family's property.
  • There is no doggy door that provides unsupervised outdoor access.
  • The family does not use aversive training methods such as shock collars and prong collars.
  • The dog's primary home will not be a nursing home or group home. RAGOM will adopt to an employee of a facility if the dog is a family member that goes to work and returns home with the employee at the end of their work shift.

RAGOM’s adoption territory includes:

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Western Wisconsin (within 75 miles of the Minnesota border)

If you are located outside these areas, please apply with your local rescue! Our leadership team will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but only for hard-to-adopt dogs, or those that have been in our care for 60 days or longer. Potential out-of-territory applicants should email before completing an Inquiry Form.

If you meet the above requirements and have read and understand our adoption process, please complete an Inquiry Form.

If you do not have Internet access, call our general information line at 952-946-8070 and leave a message. Note that we are an all-volunteer organization and most RAGOM volunteers have full-time jobs, families and dogs of their own. We do our best to respond to all requests in a timely manner.

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