Adoption & Fostering

Adoption & Fostering

Adoption & Fostering

Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue dog. Our intention is to make the best match possible between you and your new family member.

Puppy Love, Inc. is licensed in Maine and all adoptions must occur in Maine at our home 50 minutes north of Portland. We do not place dogs beyond a five-hour radius from Maine.IMG_2719

**Due to recent changes in federal and state regulations governing dog importation, we can no longer adopt to residents in Connecticut, New Hampshire or Rhode Island.**

We do not adopt to families with children under the age of 5

Additionally, we will not adopt beyond a 5-6 hour geographic driving radius of mid-coast Maine.

Please look for dogs with rescues licensed in your state.

The adoption process requires you to complete an application and return it to Puppy Love, Inc, for consideration. Upon approval, we will schedule your dog for an adoption date. As part of your decision process, we can arrange for you to correspond with the foster family regarding your pup’s personality and characteristics. Unfortunately, we do not have public viewing as the dogs all reside in private foster homes and we do not work from a facility like a shelter.

Please note the following Puppy Love adoption policies:

  1. Applicants must be at least 23 years old and head of household.
  2. All members of the household must agree to the adoption and all pets must be neutered or spayed.
  3. Anyone renting or leasing must have landlord’s permission before an adoption can be approved.
  4. We prefer that applicants have lived at their current address for at least six months. This allows owners time to settle in to their new surroundings and establish a routine before bringing a pet into the home. Please remember that any time of transition is probably not a good time to adopt a pet.
  5. Because young puppies require intensive training and care, we do not place puppies younger than six months of age in a home where someone is consistently absent from the home for long periods of time.
  6. Due to potential injury and behavior/training concerns, we are very cautious when placing dogs younger than six months in homes with children under the age of 8. Puppies and kittens chew, scratch and nip, and children may be unintentionally rough as well.
  7. Due to higher adoption failure rates, we do not adopt to homes with children under the age of 5.

At time of adoption you will be required to sign our adoption contract and pay the adoption fee of $395, which is applied to the transportation cost as well as veterinarian service and foster care provided to your pet during the rescue process.

You can either apply online or download and print our form to fill in and return by mail.

Puppy Love encourages you to adopt your dog from a rescue following Maine dog importation rules. A complying rescue organization must have a current importation permit from the Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal and Plant Health.IMG_3581

These requirements should be followed by any rescue organization in Maine:

  • The rescue should have an Importation of Dogs and Cats for Resale or Adoption Permit.
  • Any dog imported to Maine for rescue or adoption must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection noting that it has been tested for heartworm, Lyme disease and canine ehrlichiosis, such as by the IDEXX 3dx test.
  • Dogs should be immunized against canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, infectious tracheobonchitis and canine Parvo, and dogs over 3 months old should have a current vaccine for rabies.
  • Vaccinations must be completed at least 14 days prior to the dog’s entry into Maine and evidence of vaccinations must accompany the dog, such as on a health record
  • Dogs imported for resale or adoption must be held by the importer for a period of five days if they are six months of age or younger and for a period of 48 hours if they are older than six months of age.
  • Dogs must be at least 56 days old before being imported to Maine.

The rules are intended to protect the best interest of the dogs and the adoption families.

Foster Families Urgently Needed

A critical link in the rescue of an animal is our foster home network. Maine requires that all animals entering from out of state be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours if over the age of 6 months and five days if between 8 weeks and 6 months of age. During the quarantine period, the foster dog cannot interact with other dogs in a public setting and must be held at the foster home. Any unusual health issues, such as coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stool, should be reported to Puppy Love, Inc..

All animals we deal with are quarantined for a minimum of 14 days and receive veterinarian treatment, including vaccinations, heartworm screening and sterilization, before they are transported to Maine.IMG_3341

Puppy Love, Inc. depends solely on our foster homes to satisfy the Maine quarantine requirement when they arrive here, and, without foster homes, the animals can not enter the state to await adoption. Adoption home screening is completed by a Puppy Love, Inc. manager with assistance from the foster home parents.

Puppy Love, Inc.. pays for all veterinarian treatment while in foster care.

The duties of foster parents are:

  • Provide food, water, toys, bed, appropriate shelter and compassionate nurturing
  • Provide transportation to the veterinarian, if necessary
  • Provide information to Puppy Love, Inc. regarding the pet’s personality, temperament and behavior
  • Talk to potential adoptive parents on the phone (we give you their number), and, once approved by a Puppy Love, Inc. manager, set up a time for the potential parent(s) to visit with the foster pet.

Please review the Puppy Love, Inc., Foster Standards of Care and the Foster Family Release Form, both of which you will be required to sign before receiving a foster dog.

You can either apply to foster online or download and print our foster form to fill in and return by mail.

Please Note: All printed files are in Adobe Acrobat format.