Adoption process

In general, we will not adopt a puppy or kitten to a family with a young child in the home. Not only could it be physically dangerous for the animal, but also for the child. Puppies and kittens are used to playing with their littermates, and would view a young child as a fellow littermate. Play-biting and scratching, nibbling and clawing are the ways puppies and kittens communicate. And although these actions are not signs of aggression in the puppy or kitten, their teeth and claws are very sharp.

If there are children in the home, your best bet is to consider adopting an adult animal that has been with kids. We do not recommend toy-sized dogs less than 20lbs. of any age if you have young children, as these fine-boned canines don’t hold up well to rough, clumsy handling.

Adopting a pet might be a more involved process than you had imagined. Our adoption process is the same for everyone and is not intended to be frustrating. Rather, everything we do is in the best interest of the pets in our care. Our goal is to give them the best possible chance of finding a permanent and loving home…and make the best match!

Before you make the decision to adopt one of our animals, you will be interviewed and given options of who might be a good fit for the family. Our process includes questions about your living situation, pet history, your current pets, and the way in which the pet will be cared for. We’re not just being nosey! Some of our dogs and cats would be good with kids, or other pets, or appropriate for first-time pet owners. Others may have behavioral issues, be shy, have special needs, or may be more appropriate for an experienced pet owner. Some dogs are housetrained and others are not. The questions we ask enable us to better assist you with matching your needs and desires in a pet with the needs of our available pets. Remember, not all pets are suitable for all homes!


Some pets will be the subject of multiple adoption applicants. There is no “first come, first served.” We will be the final decision maker on the best match for each pet.  Tails of Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone.  We adopt to out of the area families also.

Please note that many of our dogs do require a fenced yard, though there may be some who are appropriate for apartment living or circumstances where a fence may not be required.  We may need to do a yard-check to be sure the type of fence is appropriate for the dog.

Our adoption counselors are available to provide the history and needs of the available rescue pets, and are available to answer any questions concerning the pets or pet care in general—housetraining, obedience training, veterinary care, and anything else you can think of.

Once the Adoption Application is approved, interview completed, and special pet choosen for adoption, the final step is to sign the Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee.  Our cats are from $25-125, and our dogs are from $75-250.

Again, we do not intend to frustrate you! Please understand that it is very stressful and upsetting—for the pet, for you, and for our volunteers—when adoptions don’t work out and the pet has to come back to us. Also, a bad adoption experience can sour some people on dogs or cats or even rescue animals for life.  Please try to bear with us and thank you for your patience.

Out of town adopters
Would be happy to do video on request

Pictures of your yard.
Veterinarian office to call and use as a reference
Come to Redding
Meet and Greet and then adoption .