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Are you interested in adopting a dog? Please read our adoption process below, then click the link for the at the bottom of this page to complete an adoption application!

Retrievers and Friends is located in Menifee, California  We visit each home before we adopt. We adopt to homes that are within 1 1/2 hours driving distance from Menifee.

We do not adopt out of state.
We do not adopt the young active retrievers to homes without a securely fenced yard for safe off leash play.
We do not adopt to homes with children under 6 yrs of age. This is for the safety of the dog as well as the child.
We do not adopt small dogs or puppies to homes with pools that are not securely fenced separate from the yard.

Thank you for respecting our adoption process and understand it has been put in place after many years of experience doing adoptions. This is what works best for us in placing our dogs in approved homes.

Because we follow-up on our adoptions for the life of the dog and take the dog back if the adoption is not successful, it is important to keep our dogs in our geographic area.
For the safety and welfare of our dogs, we do not make exceptions, and we do not ship dogs outside of the state.
If you do not live in our geographic area but are interested in adopting, please visit Adopt-A-Pet or https://www.petfinder.comto find a rescue near you.

Retrievers & Friends is an all-volunteer organization. Our rescue facility is located in Menifee. Our volunteers are caring for the animals at the facility most of the day. We setup appointments for visitors and people who are approved to adopt.
We have a caretaker who lives on the property.  We ask that people connect with us before coming to visit or turn in an animal.
For security and safety we do not open the gates for anyone who stops by unless they have an appointment.
Some of our volunteers have full-time jobs Monday through Friday, and spend their evenings and weekends rescuing dogs from the animal shelters, grooming and caring for the dogs, meeting with prospective families and completing adoptions.

Unlike animal shelters, we do not receive county funding or other forms of income. We rely strictly on adoption fees and donations to cover the costs associated with rescuing and caring for the pets.  These costs include veterinary expenses, dog food and cleaning supplies.  The fees and donations also cover costs to run our rescue center such as telephone, electricity and gas bills.

The first step in adopting a dog is to complete an adoption application. Be specific in your answers to give us the best possible picture of your home and family. A volunteer will review your application and get back to you within 1-2 days.
Due to the high volume of adoption applications, we use email to communicate initially during the screening process.
Please remember to check your email for our response, and if you do not receive a reply to your application within 48 hours, feel free to send us an email.

Sometimes we may have concerns regarding an application, and we reserve the right to deny an application if we feel there is a reason the home would not be appropriate for one of our dogs. If we will not be proceeding with your application, we will do our best to communicate this in a timely fashion.

We receive many applications online each day, and we usually have several persons interested in a particular dog. We closely review each application, looking at the family's lifestyle, how much time they spend at home, yard size, current pets in the household, their previous pet history and their knowledge of dogs.
We compare this to what we feel would be the best environment for the dog, considering his or her training and exercise needs, any medical needs, how the dog relates to children and other animals, etc.
After considering each application, we choose the one that seems to be the best match for the dog.
If your application is not chosen for the dog you are initially interested in, we suggest you visit our web site often (many prospective adoptive families visit daily!), and email us if there is a different dog you think would be a good fit for your family.

A home check is required for approval of an application and will be done prior to (or at the time of) adoption. The volunteer visiting your home will check your fence and gates for security, and will make sure that there aren't any safety hazards or other concerns within the home. In addition, we want to makes sure that any current pets in the home are also well cared for.

All dogs will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption, and vaccinations (DHLPP) will be given if not already current. Retrievers and Friends uses the Avid Microchip for permanent identification of dogs. The microchip will be implanted prior to adoption.
Some dogs have additional health needs, which will be addressed by our veterinarian as necessary. X-rays of hips are not recommended as routine veterinary care, and are not done unless there is a suspected injury or orthopedic condition such as hip dysplasia.

Dogs in our program come from private families or animal shelters.  Families who are flexible in the sex or gender of a dog or who will consider a dog in the 5 - 7 year range will not wait as long to adopt as those who will only consider a 1 - 2 year old female.

Our policy is to not place our dogs in homes where there are children under 6 years of age.

Click here to complete the dog adoption application!

Click here to complete the cat adoption application!

Thank you for considering a rescued dog for your family. To be considered for a dog, here are the steps:

1) Read the adoption process.
2) Complete an online adoption application.
3) If selected for a dog, make your family available for a home inspection.

Open your heart and your loving home. Apply to adopt, now! It will change your life, forever.

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