Our Adoption Program


Halfway Hounds will help you find the perfect dog for you and your family.


All Halfway Hounds are screened thoroughly before they are placed up for adoption. They have had a full behavioral or temperament evaluation.  We test their reactions to a variety of things including handling, toys, rawhides and food. We also do our best to assess our dogs behavior with other dogs, cats and children.


In addition to a behavior analysis, we make sure our dogs are medically cleared and healthy prior to being placed in a home.  All dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.  They are vaccinated against Distemper/Parvo/Parainfluenza and Bordetella or Kennel Cough.  They are screened for heartworm disease and intestinal parasites.  Dogs are placed on both heartworm and flea and tick preventative monthly while in our care.  All dogs are microchipped and will be registered to you at the time of adoption.  In many cases, screening bloodwork is also performed.  Any medical issues are presented to you upon meeting the dog and can be discussed with our veterinary or medical team.


The Adoption Process:


When you wish to adopt a dog from Halfway Hounds, we will complete the following process:


Submit an application - you can do this online or by mailing us an application.  Please take time to complete as much information as you can.  This helps us determine if a dog is right for you and your family.


Once we receive your application, please allow us several days to contact you as we are an all-volunteer organization


  • We will perform a vet reference check.  Please call your vet and let them know we will be contacting them.  If needed, fill out any necessary paperwork to allow us to speak with them.  We will be asking questions such as whether your current or past pets were spayed and neutered, if they are/were up to date on vaccinations, if they are/were on heartworm preventative medication and if you followed their recommendations.


  • We will schedule a meet and greet with the dog(s) of your choice.  Please consider being open to other dogs we might recommend.  We want to make a forever placement and sometimes we might have the perfect dog for you that you never even considered.  We ask that all “humans” in the household meet the dog first.  We may schedule a second meeting with your dog(s) at a later date.


  • We will schedule a home visit and interview.  We request that all family members are present at this time.


  • All of our adoptions begin with a two week foster to adopt period.  During that time, Halfway Hounds maintains ownership and responsibility for the dog.  You will be required to follow certain rules during this time period.  Your adoption coordinator will review them at the time of drop off.


  • Your dog will come with all supplies you will need for the two week period.  This includes:  A crate and bedding, bowls, food, any medications needed.


  • If for any reason, during the foster period, or any time after adoption, you cannot keep your dog, you MUST return the dog to Halfway Hounds.


  • All Halfway Hounds come with training and behavior assistance.  In addition, the new pet owner(s) will receive a behavior assessment report on the dog, free or discounted obedience training and a follow-up call or visit from the trainer that worked with the dog as part of our program.


  • We have created a detailed handout for you to read prior to bringing a Halfway Hound into your home (download PDF here).



If you are considering adopting a dog, but do not see that we have one that suits you, you can consider pre-applying to adopt a dog and we will do our best to find what you are looking for.  Shelter dogs sometimes only have days before they are gone.  Sign-up now for the dog of your dreams and we’ll contact you the moment we find him or her.


  • You get so many benefits:


  • Save the life of a shelter dog.


  • Choose the breed, size and type of dog you want.


  • Let an experienced rescue group search for the right dog for you.


  • Adopt a dog that has been trained.


  • Receive follow-up obedience training and support.


  • Low cost adoption fees.


There’s no obligation.  Meet the dog while they are being kenneled or fostered or choose to foster them yourself.


To pre-register to adopt a future Halfway Hound, email us at adopt@halfwayhounds.org or complete an online application now.


We will contact you to review your application. Halfway Hounds will keep your application on file and contact you when there is a dog that matches your specifications. We can even pre-screen you, so all you have to do is open your home and your heart to your new pet.


Our adoption fee is a minimum of $295 and can be more depending on potential special needs of the dog.


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