Adoption Application

Below is the application for adoption. We have many questions in the application that are only for informational purposes to match owners to the right dogs. So, don't worry about having the "right" answers! These questions are ones that a new dog owner might not have considered and might find helpful-we want to make lifelong matches. Remember, an application is just the first step in meeting the dog you are interested in. Please fill in all the fields, your application will not go through if an item is left blank. We do complete background checks and call veterinary and personal references. Thank you for saving a dog!

*NOTE: As stated on our adoption process page (read that page before filling out the application!), please apply at the time you are ready to adopt (we cannot schedule meets more than a week out)-we cannot hold dogs or process an application if you are not ready to adopt the dog at that time-including vacations. If you are working with other rescues, please finish the process with them before applying with us-we do a lot of up-front work when you submit an application. Thank you!

***WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED A $25 PROCESSING FEE FOR ANY APPLICATION SUBMITTED (a one time fee per person). THIS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE REGARDLESS IF APPROVED OR NOT.** A LINK CAN BE FOUND ON OUR ADOPTION PROCESS PAGE. We will not process or answer your application until payment is received. If your first choice is already pending, we are committed to finding you a match!

If you have not already read through our website, please do so. Especially these pages:

Please use FULL legal name. Middle name required for background check.
month/day/year. Needed for background check
Please check this e-mail address daily as we have a 24 hour policy protocol where we need to hear from applicants within 24 hours between all communications otherwise we will need to move onto the next applicant in line.
We respond to EVERY application within 1-3 business days. If you submit an application, you will receive a response from us.
Include dog's name, multiple names or write "open for recommendation". Please note- not all dogs may be available. If the dog you are interested in is not available, we will do our best to find you a perfect match. Please also list the dogs in the order you are MOST interested in.
We require a history of routine, annual pet care and all pets in home to be altered unless medical reason. Please put a note in your veterinarian records giving Coco’s Heart permission to access your records or your application will be delayed. We also require all pets in the home to be spayed or neutered.
What size home you you live in? *
Are you prepared financially for annual and emergency care? *
Coco's Heart provides great vet care to our dogs while in rescue. Once finalized, adopters are responsible for care. We expect our adopters to continue that care.
Do you have pet insurance? *
Would you consider pet insurance? We recommend Pet Plan ( *
Do you have plans to enroll in obedience class for your new dog? *
Please read our website (FAQ) for more information on our requirements.
This is helpful for us when making matches based on the history/evaluation of the individual dogs in rescue.
Are you open to housebreaking your new dog? *
Regardless of housebreaking status, accidents are expected from any dog during transition.
We do not hold dogs or applications. Please apply when you are prepared to take the dog. The initial approval only takes 1-3 days. And we cannot schedule a meet more than a week out.
This helps us to make matches or recommendations, especially if the dog you apply for has a pending adoption.
We require all dogs to come back to Coco’s if you cannot keep in the future. We expect our adopters to make lifelong commitments when pursuing an adoption.
If you have behavior issues with your dog in the future, would you consult a behaviorist?
We have seen dogs come back to rescue that could have been resolved with a little extra effort.
Have you researched your home insurance, your city and/or association ordinances? *
It is helpful when we are making matches and to make sure you are allowed certain dogs.
I have paid the one time processing fee with my application. (Instructions and link found on our adoption page.) *
We will not process your application until fee is received.
Are you currently or have you ever been a foster/adopter/volunteer for Coco's Heart? *
I understand in order to keep my place in line for the dog I am interested in, I must reply within 24 hours of each e-mail communication or Coco's Heart will move to the next applicant in line. *
I understand that there will be a sales tax fee charged in addition to the adoption fee which will be collected at the time of the adoption in either cash or check form. *