So now, if you have answered “no” to both questions above, here are the rest of our requirements
- You must reside within 25 miles of Chicagoland area. You must be willing to travel in order to meet the dog;
we do not “deliver” or “ship” any of our dogs.
- You must be at least 21 years of age; the person adopting the dog MUST fill out the application completely.
- You must present a valid ID with a current address.
- If renting (home, condo, apartment, townhome, etc.), you must present a document, signed by the landlord,
to prove permission to own an animal. Specifics such as breed restrictions, weight limits, etc. need to be
indicated as well.
- You must agree to never use an electric shock collar on the dog - no exceptions.
- You need to complete an Adoption Application in its entirety; preferably before meeting the dog.
- Everyone in the household (people, dogs, cats) must meet at our bi-monthly Adoption / Meet-and-Greet
shows at PetSmart at the Randhurst Mall, 101 E. Euclid Avenue, Mt. Prospect, IL. (every other Saturday from 10am-1pm). Please do not ask for multiple meetings to be set up outside of show hours; if
special circumstances apply, permission will be needed in advance.
- Talk with Adoption Counselor / Foster Parent about your lifestyle, time for training, energy level of dog you
wish to adopt, any medical concerns, plan to acclimate new dog to kids, other dogs and cats, expenses you
understand that will accompany a new dog.
- After meeting with Foster Volunteer and dog, inform us of your request to continue adoption process, after
discussing with all household members. If you are chosen to proceed, we will then contact landlord,
veterinarian, personal references (people not related to you). Please contact all of the afore-mentioned
persons so they are expecting our calls.
- Proof must be provided that animals already in your home are up to date on shots / vaccinations /
immunizations, and are spayed / neutered.
- Certain instances of adoption will require a background check; for example, those breeds considered “bully”.
There will be an added cost to secure this from the company.
- A Home Visit is the final procedure and must be conducted to ensure a happy, safe environment for the dog.
The dog you are applying for to adopt will not be taken to this visit. This is the final look before a decision is
made (again: no second-floor or higher balconies, nor yards containing an electric fence, are permitted).
IMPORTANT: please do not assume approval, nor tell children (if this applies) the dog has been picked to adopt, until all procedures have been met and agreed upon, AND after all requirements have been met favorably. Only after this is done will you receive official notification from us, by phone. The adoption will generally be set up to take place at the next show.
Then, you will set a time during show hours to meet with Adoption Coordinator to go over Adoption Contract,
medical records, training requirements, and micro-chip needs. If the dog is too young for the COVERED spay/
neuter or rabies vaccine, it will be NOTED ON THE BACK PAGE OF THE CONTRACT and is to be carried out
by age of 6 months.
When taking your adopted dog to the vet for these procedures, you MUST use the name that Foster2Home
gave to the dog, in order for our records to match. No other vaccines, e-collars or procedures will be the
responsibility of this rescue after the date of adoption, as stated on the first page of the contract.
Per the contract, you will be required to follow up with puppy manners training as required for dogs of less
than one year old. Discounts for rescues are given at PetSmart stores, and coupons are also given to you at
the time of adoption.
Some other important information to note when applying to adopt a dog from Foster2Home:
There are usually multiple applications for each of our dogs. The decision is never based on first-come, first-served; it is based solely on what we determine to be the best match between adopter and dog. We take
whatever time we deem necessary in which to accomplish this. Thus, we ask for your patience; IF you are
chosen to move forward in the process, you will be contacted at that time. If you are not chosen, we cannot
send regret-letters; you may certainly contact us to find out if there is another dog better suited to your needs
(please remember that there are always more dogs available, looking for a loving forever home).
We ask you also to keep in mind: we are an all-volunteer team of people, giving of our spare time to mold
and prepare each rescued dog for a successful placement after being fostered in our own homes. We will
help you to choose a dog to suit your lifestyle, based on your completed application and initial meeting with
you / family / other pets already present in the home. We strive for a successful and safe placement for all our
foster-dogs. We want to ensure they are never homeless again; thus it is imperative to determine to the best of
our ability the most optimal fit between adopter and dog.
Adoption Fees are CASH ONLY. No Checks.
FEES: Include all vaccinations UP TO DATE OF ADOPTION. Spay/Neuter, rabies vaccine only, no tag, and micro- chip will be enclosed for our network of doctors to insert. This is done to eliminate any question that the dog was indeed chipped properly. IT IS THE NEW OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THE TAG NUMBER, FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN YOUR ADOPTION PACKET. We disclose all known medical needs and procedures to the best of our knowledge, all dogs are adopted out AS IS, no after costs will be covered by the rescue, with the exception of the before mention procedures. These will be noted on the contract, and will be covered by Foster 2 home at one of our network vets. We will not cover charges if one of our vets is not used. A contact number of our vet closest to you, with address, will be given to you on adoption day, to set this up when the puppy is of age. Please contact email@example.com with 3 dates you prefer to take the dog in for surgery. A fax to Dr. and an email to you will be sent to confirm times and locations. Cost to Adopt is determined by the age of the dog.
* Specialty breeds are subject to a higher adoption fee
* Fees are subject to change
All Adoptions will take place at Mt. Prospect Petsmart store, on a Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Unless a special event offsite is set for that day. Please ask in advance.
Puppies under the age of 2 years of age must attend a puppy train class. Speak with Adoption Coordinator for details.
The best way to contact us is by the e-mail link in the contact tab. As we are all volunteers we do our best to contact you as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated.
PROCESS: Fill out application, Meet the Fur Baby, References are checked, Home Visit Scheduled, Adoption Day at Petsmart
Please understand this is for the dog’s best interest. We strive to never find them homeless again. For this reason the extra steps will ensure a better choice for your new family member. You can also download the adoption form and
or mail to Foster 2 Home, Inc. P.O. Box 1581, Arlington Heights, IL 60008, although this is much slower.
Online Adoption Application (please fill in all fields)
Thank you for your cooperation. This comprehensive questionnaire helps us in placing the right dog with the right family. An improper placement, or one in which all the details are NOT known, can end tragically – usually for the dog. Thanks again, and we look forward to meeting you in the near future.