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Adoption Process

You've applied to adopt a dog, now what happens?

All of the work at Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue is done by a few volunteers. Please know we will make every effort to process your application as quickly as possible. If you haven't heard from us within three days of submitting your application, please send us an email. 

There are a few steps involved in the adoption process. These steps are followed to ensure the dog is going to a good home, and to ensure that the dog is a good fit for your family and situation.

  1. Read the "Adoption Information" page on our website, and fill out the adoption application completely. When choosing references, try to choose people who have known you for a period of time and have been to your house. Please do not use relatives as references!
  2. After submitting your application, you should hear from a volunteer within two days. The volunteer will discuss your application with you and give you more information about the dog you're interested in.
  3. Your references will be checked and a home visit will be scheduled. The home visit is to meet you and ensure your living situation is safe for a dog. 
  4. A "meet and greet" will be arranged so you can meet the dog. If you have other dogs, they'll need to meet the new dog also.
  5. If the dog appears to be a good fit for you, you can adopt the dog. There will be an adoption contract for you to sign, and an adoption donation will be collected. 
  6. In some cases, a "Foster to Adopt" (FTA) contract may be warranted, especially if you have other dogs/pets that the new dog will be living with. A FTA gives you up to one month to be sure the dog is working well in your home. Whenever you're ready, the FTA period can end, and an adoption contract will be signed. When beginning a FTA, we request one half of the adoption donation. The remainder of the donation will be collected when you decide to adopt the dog and sign the adoption contract. If you decide NOT to adopt the dog, the first half of the adoption donation will not be refunded. 

2024 Numbers

  • Dogs taken in
    Dogs taken in


  • Dogs Adopted
    Dogs Adopted