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How to Adopt


Adopting a dog is a rewarding experience.  You not only save an animal's life, but you also make a new best friend. Our adoption process helps to ensure a successful match.

You can view Project Second Chance's available rescues on  Petfinder and Social Media (Instagram/Facebook)



1. Applicants and primary caregivers must be 21 years of age or older. 


2.If you see a rescue that you are interested in adopting, please complete our online application.  Doing so does not commit you to a specific rescue or require a fee.  

3. Be sure to submit pictures and video as instructed in the application.  This is required for consideration. Supplemental materials may be sent to

4. We will review your application and contact you only if your application is a potential fit for a rescue. We do not place a rescue in a home on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Instead, we strive to find the best fit for you and for the rescue.  There are no same day adoptions.

5.  We will NOT adopt out to applicants that (1) have or intend to use an invisible fence on their property; (2) use negative training techniques, including but not limited to physical correction, spray bottles, noise horns, prong, shock or e-collars; (3) use retractable leashes, stakes, or tie-ups; (4) will leave their dog unattended for more than 6 hours without a dogwalker; (5) use a dog door that is unmonitored when away from home;  (6) do not have a plan for adequate exercise and activity for the rescue; or (7) will not use a safety belt and car seat (for smaller dogs) to safely transport the rescue in a car.  


6. We do NOT adopt out rescues to be used as emotional support animals or service dogs.  

7. Please come to the adoption event with a printed copy of your application. Please print before you hit "Submit."

8. Bring all of your human household residents to the adoption appointment.    

9. If there are other dogs in the household, please coordinate with the Adoption Coordinator about bringing them to the adoption appointment.  At this time, we cannot do home visits to test a rescue with a cat in your household. We will only consider placing rescues in homes where cats have lived previously with a dog. 

10. You will be contacted ONLY IF you are selected for an adoption appointment.  We do our very best to respond to every application that we receive, but it is not always feasible.  

11.  Adoption appointments are held in Alexandria, VA at a partner businesses, generally on Sunday afternoons only. 

12.  If approved for adoption, we will provide you with time to gather supplies and prepare your home for your new furry family member.  In order to take your rescue home, you must have all supplies ready: appropriate sized wire crate (without dividers), fixed leash, collar, ID tag, bed, bowls, food (as instructed by the adoption coordinator), a jacket or fleece (for colder weather), and a safe way to transport your rescue (dog harness with seat belt attachment and car seat for smaller dogs).    

13.  Our adoption fee is $500 for all rescues.  This covers some of PSC's costs of veterinary care, shelter, and transport.  The adoption fee must be paid via Venmo or Paypal on adoption day. 

14.  In the event you provide false or misleading information or fail to provide full and accurate disclosures in your application or do not agree to follow PSC's adoption procedures and contract, you will be automatically disqualified as an adopter.  PSC, in its sole discretion, can choose to deny adoption to any potential adopter at any time during the adoption process to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its adoptable animals.

15. If for any reason you cannot keep your adopted rescue, we require that you return him/her to Project Second Chance.

16.  We perform a follow-up visit/call with all adopted dogs within 30 days to ensure that the safety, well-being, and welfare of our rescues.  Please provide updates in the interim!

17.  As a PSC adopter, we welcome you to join the PSC family.  We would love to see you at alumnae (dog friendly) events and receive updates and photos.  Please tag us on social media posts and use the hashtag #projectsecondchance.  

Adoption Application

Do you live in:
Do you:
Are you planning to move within the next year?
Have you ever adopted from a shelter or rescue before?
Have you applied to any other rescues in the last year?
Do you have any applications currently pending with another rescue?

Please contact your veterinarian(s) to give permission for them to discuss your pet’s care. Many offices require consent from the owner to release information. If you have used multiple vets, please list them all.

If you currently own a dog, is he/she currenty on Heartworm Preventative?
If you currently own a dog, is he/she currently on Flea/Tick Preventative?
How did you hear about us?
Do you agree to return the dog to Project Second Chance for re‐homing if you can no longer keep or care for it?
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The adoption fee cost is based on the type of dog adopted and includes the transportation costs and veterinary fees of each rescue. Thank you for considering one of our rescues! Our adoption approval consists of confirmation of quality vet care, rental property or HOA permission and application review by our adoption coordinator. We also require pictures/video of your home and yard and/or a home visit.  Our mission at Project Second Chance is to find the best possible home for our dogs. We do not adopt out on a first come first basis, but instead strive to find the best match for the dog and new family. Adopting a dog is a long term commitment; we hope to make it one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

Questions about adoption?

Contact our volunteers at:

Thanks for submitting an adoption application. You will hear from us soon! We appreciate your patience.

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