Our Adoption Process & Information.

*** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2020 - At this time we are not accepting and/or processing preapproval or general applications.  We are only processing applications for specific dogs that are posted as available for adoption on our Facebook page. ***

Step 1:  Submit a pre-adoption form and once approved, you will be able to schedule a meet with the dog.  Along with checking vet references on current pets, we will also check with a landlord if you are currently renting.  We also make sure everyone in the home is on board with this decision (i.e. if you are living with parents or another roommate, we will contact them).


The rescue was created to rescue abandoned dogs, find healthy, loving, permanent homes for them and also create a more responsible world of pet ownership.  Therefore we are adamant about vaccinations, regular vet care, socialization and spay/neutering as basic requirements for reducing the number of abandoned and euthanized pets on this planet.  Before completing our application, please be aware that all current pets must be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines unless there is a documented medical reason from your veterinarian.  The dog you are applying for MUST be kept as an inside dog (meaning not chained up and/or living outside in any capacity).  Applicants myst be 21 or older to adopt a dog.

Step 2:  Schedule a meet with the dog.  All of our dogs live in foster homes that we can coordinate directly with, but we also work closely with Pennridge Animal Hospital (owned by two of our founders – Dr. Beth Mehaffey and Dr. Jen Heller), and will sometimes do meetings there as well.


Pennridge Animal Hospital

1419 Ridge Road

Perkasie, PA 18944

If you have another dog(s), it’s a very good idea to bring that him/her/them along for the meet to see if they get along with the potential adoptive dog.  If that is not possible, then we can do that at the time of the home visit/drop off.


Step 3:  If the meet goes well, we schedule a day we can bring the dog to you for the 2-week foster-to-adopt period.  This is a period of adjustment where you and dog can get to know each other and to make sure everything is going well.  If you have another pet in the home, this is also a nice amount of time for them to get used to each other.  We can help you through any training issues by putting you in touch with various trainers and we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.   We do require the full fee at this time of drop-off but will hold it until you officially adopt.  If the dog needs to come back to us, we take them back and will refund your fee (less a $50 foster fee).


Step 4:  If all goes well, you officially adopt.


*Adoption Fee:  $350 covers the following items and is required up front (check or cash only):

  • First year vaccines

  • Spay/Neuter surgery

  • Microchip

  • First dose of heartworm/flea/tick preventatives

  • Vet care the dog has been receiving while in our care


*Adoption fees may vary depending on the dog and medical conditions or age.


Our Policy on refunds: 

We require all adoption fees up front and will hold them until the official adoption happens.  If you need to return a dog during the foster period we will give you a refund (less a $50 foster fee).  If you officially adopt and later on decide to return the dog, there will be no refund.  Once dogs are officially adopted, we use that fee to help save and care for more dogs.  We are a small rescue that uses all of our funds to help needy dogs and are therefore, not in a position to refund an adoption fee on a dog once he/she is officially adopted.




Vet care – Since the adoption fee covers the items listed under the Adoption Fee section – we ask that you bring the dog back to Pennridge Animal Hospital.  If you are living outside the area and do not want to travel back to bring the dog for these things we still require the full fee.  Once the dog has been spayed/neutered and microchipped you can go to your own vet for further vet care.


Home Visit – if we are unable to do the home visit and drop-off for reasons due to scheduling or logistics, then we require you to provide us with photos of your home and yard before picking the dog up from us.



There are several reasons we may choose to deny your request to foster/adopt with us. These reasons include but are not limited to: negative references from veterinarian and/or personal references, lack of permission from landlord, rescue dog meeting current pet(s) is unsuccessful, inappropriate match of rescue dog to family, applicant name found on a “Do not adopt” list, etc .  Completing an adoption application is not a guarantee that you will receive the dog you are applying for, and Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue reserves the right to reject any application as we see fit.