Adoption Process & Polices  

Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue dog. Before completing your application, please review our adoption policies and process.

Adoption Policy

We adopt to homes in New Jersey, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Eastern Maryland. We will occasionally make exceptions for applicants interested in adopting special needs or senior dogs.

Our dogs are fostered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If approved, you will need to drive to the foster home with your family and pets to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.

Applicants must be at least 28 years old with a stable home and career.

We place dogs in age appropriate homes.

We generally do not adopt to families with children under the age of 10 years.

Preference will be given to homes with small dog experience.

We require that all pets in your home be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. All dogs should be heartworm tested and on preventative medication. If you do not currently own a pet, you are still required to list the name of the veterinarian you will be using.

We charge adoption fees for our dogs. Higher adoption fees for younger dogs help to pay for medical treatment that may be necessary for older dogs.

Adoption Process

Step 1: Application

Please be sure to fill out the application completely. We cannot process any application with missing information.

Step 2: Veterinary Reference Check

A Sherry's Place volunteer will contact your veterinarian to confirm that all of your current pets are up to date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered. If you do not have a pet, we will verify that the veterinarian you have selected is accepting new patients.

Step 3: Phone Interview

A Sherry's Place volunteer will contact you by phone or email to set a time for your phone interview. This conversation will help us find out more about you and your lifestyle so that we can match you with the right dog.

Step 4: Home Visit

A volunteer will set up an appointment  to visit your home to determine if it is a safe environment for a small dog. Please have everyone who lives in your home available at this time.

Step 5: Adoption

Once you have completed this process, and are approved to adopt, you will be ready to meet one of our dogs. The foster home will schedule a "meet and greet" with your family and pets. If the foster home agrees that you are a good match for the dog, you may adopt that day. Your adoption folder will contain a copy of the dogs veterinary records as well as information about feeding and the foster home's experience with the dog.