Helping Paws Maine

Adoption Process

How to Adopt

We are grateful that you are choosing dog rescue and thank you for considering Helping Paws Maine as your rescue partner.  We have included detailed information about our adoption process, requirements, and fees on this Page, which we encourage you to read in its entirety before completing the adoption application.

Before submitting an application, please make your references (landlord, personal, and veterinary) aware that you are looking to adopt a rescue pup and that we will be calling for a reference.

Applications and inquiries from approved applicants are processed in the order received.  When an application is received, one of our volunteers will acknowledge your application before it is sent to another volunteer for processing.  Depending on volunteer availability, it can take anywhere between 2-7 days to complete the processing of your application.  Sending multiple emails asking for an update on your application slows our ability to process it.  We understand it's exciting to think about bringing a new rescue pup/dog into your family, but we are a 100% volunteer organization doing the best we can!

Once your application has been approved, one of our volunteers will connect you with the foster home to schedule the meet & greet to see if the rescue pup is a match.  It is up to the adopter to travel to the foster home or a mutually agreed to spot - we do not have the resources to deliver our rescue pups to approved adopters.


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age to adopt from Helping Paws Maine.

Applicants must have the ability to own a pet at their home.  If your residence is not an owned property, we must verify the pet policy with your landlord or the property management company.  This includes parents of the applicant if the applicant still lives at home.

All adults in a shared home must consent to a new pet in the home.  This means both partners and spouses must agree that a new pet is welcome, as well as roomates who reside in a shared rental property.  Please be sure to include roomate names and contact information, as well as partner or spouse information on the application.

All current pets in the home must have had regular and routine veterinary care, be spayed or neutered (this is a must to adopt!), and be up-to-date on core vaccines per the recommendations of your veternarian.  We do verify these records, so please be sure to contact your veterinarian and give them permission to speak with us, as this will help expedite the processing of your application.


Our adoption fees are:

  • Under 6 months of age: $400
  • 7 months through 5 years: $325
  • 6 years or older: $250

The adoption fee is due when you pick up your rescue pup (usually at the meet & greet).  We accept payment via Paypal on our website, cash, or personal check.

Your adoption fee covers the following:

  • Age-appropriate vaccinations: rabies (3 months or older), DHLPP, bordetella
  • Spay/neuter surgeries
  • Flea/tick preventative - current at time of adoption
  • Heartworm preventative - current at time of adoption
  • Interstate health certificate
  • Transport fee to Maine

If there are any funds left over from your adoption fee after reimbursing the sending rescue group, your funds will go towards extra vet bills incurred during foster care.  We are a 100% volunteer rescue group (no employees), so no excess fund are used to pay salaries.

Please download and complete the ADOPTION APPLICATION found below and e-mail to

Helping Paws Adoption Application

Helping Paws Adoption Form_2019 (docx)


Helping Paws Adoption Form 2019 (pdf)