Thank you for choosing to adopt via Waggytail Rescue. 

The Process

Step 1: Do Your Research

Ask yourself if you are ready for the commitment that comes with being a pet-owner. 

Here are some of our requirements for potential adopters:

  • Must be over 21+

  • Must be able to meet the animals in NYC within a week.

  • Kittens must be adopted in pairs

Please do your due diligence and review our FAQs on our site prior to applying. 

Step 2: Submit Your Application

Apply via the appropriate forms below. Waggytail Rescue is completely volunteer-run, so please be patient with us while we process the hundreds of applications that we receive. If the animal(s) is still available, a volunteer will review your application. Applications with missing information will not be considered. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, and the animal is removed from our website, the animal has likely been adopted.

*Email to with dog's name in the subject line

Step 3: Application Review

We review applications on a rolling basis. This means we call your landlord, references and ask for home photos. As we are completely volunteer-run, please be patient. If our volunteers determine that you are a good fit, we will reach out to you to get the process started!

Step 4: Meet And Greet

Now, you will get a chance to meet the dog and their foster who will be able to answer your questions to the best of their knowledge. ALL members of your household (dogs and humans) are required to attend. As we continue to battle COVID-19, we ask that meet and greets remain socially distanced, outside, and masks are worn at all times.

Step 5: Adoption Finalization
Ready to commit? You must submit a copy of the transfer agreement and adoption fees before bringing your animal home.

Submission of the transfer agreement


Payment of adoption fee via any of the following options:

(@WaggytailRescue) - include animal's name in payment

( - include animal's name in payment

( include animal's name in payment and select "Friends and Family" (otherwise need to add extra $15 processing fee) 

Please reach out if you have questions to make a payment in a different form.

**If the animal is not neutered, add an additional $100 (refundable) deposit**

Please send us a screen shot of the payment receipt so it's easier for us to locate your payment!

All documentation and tags that came with the animal, plus any information and vet records or medical treatment they received while in foster care, should be given to the adopter. 

Adoption Fees

Dog Adoption/Donation Fees  

$550 for puppies under 1 year

$450 for dogs 1 to 8 years

$325 for seniors over 9 years of age

Cat Adoption/Donation Fees

$175 for all cats

Adoption fee includes microchip registration, age-appropriate vaccines, and spay/neuter

A couple holding up two adopted cats from Waggytail Rescue
A blind dog that was adopted from Waggytail Rescue

Application Forms

If you're interested in adopting a Waggytail, please submit an application form. You will receive a confirmation email once submitted.

*Email to with dog's name in the subject line

Please Note

Waggytail Rescue is a completely volunteer-run organization. We know waiting is difficult but we appreciate your patience while our volunteers do their best to respond quickly and responsibly to applications and inquiries. 

Please take the time to review our FAQs. 

A couple taking a selfie with their adopted dog from Waggytail Rescue
A family (father, mother, and two sons) with their newly adopted dog from Waggytail Rescue

After Adoption

Adopted pet's health and training are your responsibility. While in our foster care, we do our best to help our animals with basic training and if necessary, housebreaking, but it will take your commitment to continue their training & education. Please contact us for guidance, we want to help as much as we are able to.​​


White woman with glasses holding her dog that was adopted via Waggytail Rescue


The process of adopting Ginger during the pandemic was extremely easy with Waggytail.  The volunteers were caring and gave me the time I needed to confidently make the decision to bring Ginger into my life.  And what a good decision it has been - she brings such joy to my heart even on the darkest of days! Thank you Waggytails for all that you do in connecting humans with their furever pals!

A woman posing with her dog while hiking that was adopted via Waggytail Rescue


 I adopted Jupiter (formerly Gretchen) officially in January of 2018. She had come from Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas so the opportunity to help out a pup in need while my hometown was also in need was a rewarding and life-changing opportunity. Jupiter is my best friend and adventure companion, we go everywhere together. Thanks Waggytail for making our stars align!