Before You Adopt...

Adoption Process

Adoption Process

Step One

Complete and submit your application


Step Two

Please allow for 72 hours for your application to be reviewed.  If you have not heard from us in 72 hours, please feel free to contact us.

Step Three

Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will receive an approval letter at the email address you provided on your application and you will be invited to attend our next adoption event.  If you have an extenuating circumstance and are unable to attend adoption events, please contact us and we will make every attempt to accommodate your schedule. 

Step Four

Once you have found a dog that you wish to adopt, complete an adoption contract and pay the fee. Go home and enjoy your new FURever friend!!

Most of the dogs transferred into our rescue are shelter dogs from various backgrounds that were placed on a euthanasia list.  Our goal is to save these dogs before they are euthanized.  Often, the dog's background is a mystery, as well as their personality traits, quirks, behaviors, etc.  Rescue dogs, especially older ones, can be unpredictable and may even pass a temperament test with flying colors, but the dog may still have difficulties adjusting to a new home and situation. The dog might have problems with meeting new dogs or people and integrating into a new pack. 

This can sometimes present as aggression.  

This does not mean that the dog is aggressive. 

Fear, pain, toys, or food can all cause a dog to present aggressive behaviors that are correctable.  

However, it pays to be safe. Never leave your children or other animals alone with a new dog, even if you think it’s the sweetest dog in the world. Take your time getting to know your dog and introducing your dog to new people and new dogs. It is better to take your time and go slowly with full integration intor your home until the dog is at ease and comfortable in it's new surroundings. Not every rescue dog is abused or mistreated, but they’ve still been through trauma and can be unpredictable.


Under one year of age




Over one year of age

Over one year of age




Dogs over 7   years of age or dogs that have special or medical needs




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  • Our Policies

    First of all, thank you for adopting a rescue dog!! We hope you find a dog within our rescue that will be your new forever friend!  

    El Paso County Canine Rescue is looking for caring, responsible people to adopt our dogs. To help ensure our dogs go to stable, loving homes, there are several guidelines that you should consider before you decide to adopt:

    • You must be at least 18 years old

    • You must be allowed to have dogs where you live, and be able to provide proof of lease, if needed.


    • You must be willing and able to provide $500-$1500 in training if the need arises.  Again, these are rescue dogs with unknown backgrounds, it is not unusual that these dogs experience some behavioral issues and difficulty integrating with new families/situations.

    • Be aware that your new dog will need time to adjust to a new home with new rules, people, and/or new pets.  Your dog may even break house training until they completely adjust to their new surroundings.  Please allow for at least two weeks to allow for this adjustment before you decide that your new dog isn't a good fit. 

    • Dogs must be able to have a safe place to potty and play, a fenced yard is recommended, but not required for adoption.  If you do not have a fenced yard, you must be willing and able to take your dog out on a leash to provide ample potty time and you must be able to provide your dog with a safe and appropriate place to play and exercise.


    • Per Colorado State Law, all dogs adopted must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption unless there is a medical reason.

    • All of the dogs that are rescued through our program will have their basic vetting needs completed prior to adoption as appropriate for their age and medical needs. Through our adoption proceeds, we attempt to compensate for the costs of the medical care and other necessities, such as food and supplies.

  • Adoption Process

    We are foster-based rescue which means that we have no central location for you to visit. We post our available dogs here and also on our Facebook page and Instagram.  We have adoption events every Saturday and we are able to arrange meet and greets during the week on a case by case basis.  If you see a dog that you are interested in adopting, you can submit an application online here or you can come to one of our adoption events and submit an application there.  Please keep in mind that we are a volunteer-based rescue, and many of our volunteers have other obligations.  We ask for your patience as we go through the adoption processes of reviewing your application and verifying your references.  Please be aware of the following when submitting your application:

    • Ensure that your references are available to talk with us regarding your application.


    • If you live in an apartment, please be prepared to provide a copy of your lease or landlord approval (in writing) prior to adoption. 

    • If you live in an area with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) we will not approve an adoption for a dog with primarily bully characteristics.  As we do not provide DNA testing to determine dog breed prior to adoption, we rely on visual characteristics when determining appropriate placement of potential bully breeds.  We reserve the right to disapprove any adoption request to protect the dog and the potential adopter when the breed is in question.

    • We do not provide DNA testing prior to adoption.

    • We make every effort to place our dogs in the best home possible. Our adoptions are completed on a first come first serve basis, but we reserve the right to refuse an adoption if we deem it inappropriate for a particular dog to be placed in your home.



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