Thank you for your interest in adopting!


I don’t live in Charlotte. Can I apply? Adopters must be located within a one-hour radius of Charlotte, NC. Exceptions may be made, at our discretion, for our long-timers and/or special needs dogs which only include Peaches at this time.

How do I apply? Our application is linked below. Dogs that we are currently accepting applications for will be listed on Petfinder, also linked below. Applying for a particular dog does not guarantee approval for that dog. Our goal is to ensure that we find the best possible fit for each dog and adopter.

What is your adoption process like? FCRR completes reference checks including a vet reference for any pets currently living in your home. Current pets must be vaccinated, spayed/neutered and current on monthly preventatives. We will contact your vet’s office to ensure this. If you are a renter, please check with your landlord/leasing office regarding the pet policy, including any breed and weight restrictions. From there, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview and home visit. During the screening process and interview, we will narrow down which of our dogs may be a good fit for you. If approved, we will schedule a meet and greet with you, the dog and their foster family. Please note, meet and greets are not done until an applicant is fully approved. The process is discussed in more detail during the phone interview. Incomplete applications will cause delays in the screening process and may not be considered.

I live in an apartment, is that okay? Absolutely! We have some dogs with special requirements but generally speaking, renting/apartment living is not an issue. We will contact your landlord or leasing office to make sure you have permission to have a pet and check on any potential restrictions-breed, weight, pet limit etc.

What is your adoption fee? Our adoption fee is $300 which includes rabies, distemper/parvo and bordetella vaccines, spay/neuter and microchip.

What breed is this puppy and how big will it get? Your guess is as good as ours! We typically have minimal information when we take in animals and therefore don’t like to make assumptions.

I submitted my application, now what? Keep an eye on your emails! We will always try our best to be in touch with you within one week. We are a very small group of volunteers with families, full time jobs and pets of our own. If you have not heard from us in two weeks time, please check your spam folder and if you haven’t received an email, feel free to reach out!


Due to the high volume of emails we receive on a regular basis, we will not respond to emails regarding questions that are answered above.

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