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Our Adoption Process

OC Pom Rescue works to find our dogs a safe and loving forever home, and ensure they will never be homeless, neglected, or abused again. We seek to make the adoption process enjoyable and informative for our applicants by prioritizing timely communication and transparency.

1. Select an available dog for adoption

2. Submit an adoption application

3. Email video home check to (more info below)

4. Wait for an OC Pom Rescue representative to contact you!


Fill Out an Adoption Application

Fill out an application and specify which dog you are interested in. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply! There may be a waiting list for the dog you are applying for, so please be patient with us as we evaluate all incoming applications.

Submit an adoption application by clicking the button below.

Home Check & Evaluation

After you submit an adoption application, the next step is to send a video home check to  


The home check must be a current video of the home, the outside property, all occupants, and pets. Our volunteers rely on these home checks as a way to scan for any potential security risks inside and outside of the home, and confirm the members of your household. Home checks are a wonderful way to get to know our applicants as well!

*Each applicant must submit a video home check to complete their application and be considered for the adoption of one of our dogs.


Adoption Fees

Your adoption fees go directly to our foster dogs to help cover all of their veterinary care and supplies. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all vaccinations, microchipping, flea treatment, deworming if applicable, grooming, and more.


When you adopt one dog, you help OC Pom Rescue save another homeless and neglected dog! Adoption fees help us fund our mission and give quality vetting to each rescue dog in our care.

The adoption fees are firm, but we are always happy to provide documentation for rescue costs when requested. 


Puppies - 2 Years: $650

2 Years to 3 Years: $600

Adult Years: $550-500

Senior or Hospice Years: $450 and down

Adoption fees will vary, depending on the extent of vetting OC Pom Rescue has dedicated towards their health. 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is considered a completed application?

A completed application is a submitted Adoption Application and a video home check that is emailed to

What if my home check is too large to send over email?

You can email it in chunks, post it to Youtube and share a private link over email, or use WeTransfer (

Can I meet a dog before submitting an application?

We do not allow individuals to meet a dog before they are available for adoption or before submitting a completed adoption application. The reasons are that we do not have a physical facility for adopters to view available dogs, our volunteers are not able to coordinate a large volume of meetings for a particular dog, and we need to confirm that the potential adopter is approved in our records / the right fit for the particular dog.

Do I have to resubmit an adoption application and video home check every time I am interested in a dog?

Nope! Email saying that you are interested in adopting a particular dog and that you have an adoption application and video home check on file.


Where do you adopt out to and why?

OC Pom Rescue only adopts out locally to the following counties in Southern California: Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Ventura, and Inland Empire. This is based off of our foster network, so the more people we have foster, the wider our net is for adoption!

What are the adoption fees?

Typically ranging from $350-$650. It is at the beginning of an adoption trial that we collect the adoption fee. This covers the dog's spay/neuter, anesthetic dental cleaning, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, microchip, grooming, and any specialty surgeries, treatments, or medications they may have needed while in our care. Should the dog be returned while on trial, we fully refund the adoption fee to the adopter.

Do you do same day adoptions?

We do not! Our adoption process includes a submitted adoption applicatin, video home check, phone screening, meet and greet, and adoption trial. We have made our process for the success of both the dog and adopters!

Do I need dog experience to adopt?

Nope! We are looking for applicants who are loving dog parents, are willing to put in work to be responsible dog owners, and are eager to train their dog.

Where do we get our dogs from?

We are partners with shelters all across California, and we will pull dogs that are not considered adoptable or need medical attention. We also accept owner surrenders.

Next Steps

How do you review applications and make the decision of who adopts the dog?

We review every single application in great detail and match up applicants based on each dog's individual personality, medical needs, and history. Be sure to read the bio of each dog to choose the ideal companion! Our fosters play a huge role in giving information about their foster dog and in choosing the right home for the dog.

What is the next step after I submit my completed application?

Our fosters review all completed applications for their foster dogs. They set up phone screenings and meet and greets for the applicants they feel could be a match. They then choose one prospective applicant to begin an adoption trial. This can take anywhere from a day to a week for our fosters and volunteers to adequately go through all of the applications on a dog.

What is an adoption trial?

An adoption trial is a one week period that gives adopters an opportunity to see if a dog is a good fit for them. It's crucial to let the dog decompress in their new home so their full personality can come out. Some trials do not work out, and that is okay! The purpose of the trial is to ensure the proper fit for both the dog and person. We provide daily communication with our adopters on trial and encourage them to raise any questions or concerns so that we may offer our assistance.

Will I hear from you after getting on a dog's waitlist?

You will hear from us if you are selected for the adoption of the particular dog, or if we have another dog that we believe would fit well in your home. Unfortunately we do not have the manpower to respond to every single applicant on the waitlist. It helps to apply fast and complete every part of your application!

Finalizing an Adoption

Your trial period is over and you have decided to officially adopt a new companion. Congrats! OC Pom Rescue will always be a resource for you to answer any questions and remain updated on the well-being of your dog.

Keep in mind that it will take at least a month for your new dog to fully get used to their new home, routine, and other possible changes.


We encourage new adopters to ease their transition into your home by giving them plenty of attention and establishing a consistent routine. Building a trusting relationship encourages your companion to feel at home.