At Raccoon River Pet Rescue, our mission is to find loving and permanent homes for animals in our care. The adoption application does not mean there is a commitment on your part or ours. The application lets us know you are serious about adopting.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

Ready to get started with a pet adoption? Follow the adoption steps below:

  • Fill out an online adoption application to get pre-approved to adopt from Raccoon River Pet Rescue.
  • If you have a specific animal in mind or would like assistance, the completion of the application starts the conversation.
  • All applications go through a verification process:
    • Vet Record Verification to ensure current pets are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    • Home Ownership/Landlord/HOA Verification to ensure pets are allowed and ask about breed restrictions from the landlord, HOA or city.
  • Fences may be required for some dogs; however, invisible fences may be sufficient.
  • If there are any issues during the verification process, a volunteer will email you about the status of your application.
  • Once your application is verified, we will contact you to discuss next steps, answer questions you may have, and set up an introduction with the pet.
  • An introduction with all people and other pets in the home may be necessary to ensure the best fit for everyone.
  • After a successful introduction with the pet, we may schedule a home check to see where the pet will live and ensure a safe/secure environment.
  • Our goal is to ensure a successful transition as these pets go to a safe and caring home.
  • After a successful introduction and home visit, the adoption will be scheduled.
  • All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite preventatives.

The following fees are used as a general guideline. Some dogs or cats may be priced differently based on age, breed or special needs.

  • $300: Puppies (up to 6 months)
  • $200: Adult dogs (6 months to age 7)
  • $100: Senior dogs (age 8+)
  • $200: Dog bonded buddies
  • $100: Kittens (up to 6 months)
  • $100: Adult cats (6 months and older)
  • $150: Cat bonded buddies
*Most dogs and cats available for adoption are meant to live indoors (not permanently outdoors), unless we believe a pet would be happiest outdoors (with appropriate shelter). Our goal is to have these pets become part of a loving family and in the home.
*Raccoon River Pet Rescue retains the right to refuse potential adopters.
*Applicants must be 21 years of age.
*Our mission is always for the best welfare of the animal.


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