How to Adopt a IDOHR Dog



Upon review of your application, if we for any reason feel your home environment is not appropriate for a rescue dog, or if you are in any way non-compliant with IDOHR requirements, then we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Adopters are selected based on compatibility. NOT on a "first come first serve" basis.

Incomplete applications or those that fail to provide answers to required questions ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REVIEW  and  WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.


  • If you are unable to physically "pick up" a dog from its foster location within 1 week of application approval,  PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.


  • Rescue dogs require time to adjust to their new homes, families, and surroundings. If you have planned or are planning a vacation or travel of any kind within 2-3 months of adding a dog to your family PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

  • IDOHR does NOT and will NOT hold dogs and IDOHR will NOT place rescue dogs with families or individuals who plan on traveling within 2-3 months of adoption.

  • IDOHR does NOT adopt dogs to individuals or families who intend to give the dog to another person or family as a "gift."


  • IDOHR requires multiple phone interviews, reference and vet checks, and a home visit when possible.

 If you are unwilling to disclose certain details of your life or dedicate time to providing us with all of the above, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.


  • If you rent, you must have written permission from your landlord that states you are permitted to have pets.

  • You must be willing to sign a legal and binding contract that requires you to notify IDOHR and return your adopted dog to us if at any time and for any reason you are no longer able to keep the dog or care for the dog as specified in our contract.



IDOHR only adopts dogs to families who will keep them as "inside pets."

Adopting Your New Furry Family Member Is A Four-Step Process


Step 1 - Application
Adopter candidates are required to complete and submit an adoption application that will be reviewed by I Dream of Home Rescue's Board of Directors. If the application is approved we move to step 2. 

Step 2 - Home Check
Once the application has been reviewed and receives initial approval, we will schedule a mandatory home visit. Please note, if you are in a rented home, we will be contacting your landlord for their approval prior to adoption.  If the home check is approved we move to step 3.

Step 3 - Meet & Greet
If the application is approved, we will schedule a meet and greet with the potential adopters and dog(s). It is required that all members of the adoptive family must be present for the meet and greet. 

Step 4 - Pet Introduction
If the adopter already has existing pets (dogs or cats), we require all the pets are properly introduced by a member of I Dream of Home Rescue. We will not adopt a dog into a home that has reached it's city mandated limited.

All required steps must be completed and approved by the Board of Directors prior to finalizing adoption.


Adoption Process and Policies:

Not all dogs listed on this website are currently available for adoption, each dog's bio will contain its availability status. All our dog once cleared for adoption will be seeking permanent loving homes. Before applying to adopt, please understand we are looking for people and/or families who are ready and willing to commit to a dog for its entire lifespan, which could be up to 20 years. Adoptive families must be looking for their companion pet to be a member of the family and not an outdoor only dog.

We are a small non-profit rescue and we are completely run and operated by unpaid volunteers. We will try as much as possible to return all calls, emails, and applications inquires within a reasonable amount of time.  However, understand sometimes this is not possible.


Adoption Requirements:


  • Adopters must be at least 25 years of age

  • Adopters must live in the state of California

  • Must have a valid CA Drivers License

  • Be willing and able to follow the mandatory adoption process

  • The dog must be for the person(s) completing the adoption application.

  • Must allow a representative to follow up with the adoptive family post-adoption at 2 weeks and again at 6 months

  • Be willing to provide the adopted dog with food, water, regular medical care (vaccines, flea/heartworm treatment, etc.) for the rest of their natural life

  • Agree to the I Dream of Home Rescue Adoption Contract

  • Also agree that I Dream of Home Rescue has the RIGHT to regain possession of the adopted dog without notice, if any of the terms of the contract have been violated.


Disclaimer: Some details about our dogs might have changed before we’ve been able to update our website. When we get in touch with you, we will have the most current information. Also, information about our dogs is based on the best of our knowledge, but we can make no guarantees about the dog’s health or temperament.


Return Policy: We strive to make good adoption matches, and for our clients and our dogs to live happily together always. However, IDOHR remains committed to the dogs for the remainder of their lives and will accept dogs back, by appointment, should it not work out. When adopting, we ask clients to be prepared and committed to providing the dog and themselves at least a week together to settle in prior to deciding to return the dog.

To complete an adoption application please click here