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What is the adoption fee & what does it include?

Our adoption fee varies per dog ranging from $100 - $500. Our adoption fees cover the dog's castration, multiple rounds of dewormer, flea/tick/heartworm medication, all age appropriate vaccines, and the supplies needed to care for them while in rescue. The adoption fee includes a $100 Pay-It-Forward amount to help out our dogs that have extensive needs medically and/or behaviorally. The specific adoption fee for the dog(s) you are interested in can be found in their pet listing on our adoptable dog page! 

What is your adoption policies and processes?

Our adoption process begins with an adoption application. Our application will take you 10-15 minutes to complete. Once you submit an application, please allow us 7-10 days to receive, review, and respond to your application. If your application passes our preliminary check, you will be contacted for a meet and greet. If you and the dog you are meeting are a good fit, we proceed to the finalization process of reference checks, joining our facebook group, adoption contract(s), and adoption fees. The final step to our process is a Happy Tails photo to share the good news of one of our dogs being adopted!

REQUIRED adoption policies:

  • Must be a Florida resident for 6 months out of the year

  • Cannot be a resident of Miami-Dade or Surrounding Counties 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a primary contributor to the household

 PREFERRED adoption policies:

  • Within a 1-hour drive of Tampa, FL or Zellwood, FL

  • Willing to pursue professionally advised training for a newly adopted dog


What is my application status? Why was my application denied?

If you have submitted an application less than 10 days ago, we ask that you remain patient. We are 100% volunteer ran and owned and do not have consistent availability to review the numerous applications we receive at any given time. Please email us at if you have questions regarding the status of your application after 10 days of submission. 

If your application has been denied, please verify that you meet our adoption requirements as well as the unique requirements the dog you applied for needs. Please email us at with any further questions. 


Please allow us 72 hours to receive and respond to your inquiry! We thank you in advance for your patience!

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