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. We review every single application in great detail and match up applicants based on each dog's individual personality, medical needs, and history. We are a fully foster-based Pomeranian rescue and do not offer same-day adoptions. 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.
Please read below to view the steps in our adoption process.
Select an Available Dog
Check out our available dog listings and see if one of our Pomeranians catches your eye! Our Facebook, Instagram and website are always up-to-date on our adoptable dogs. Please be sure to read their bios in full, as each rescue dog requires a specific home environment and some of our dogs have medical and/or behavioral histories that require special attention.
Press the button below to view our available dogs and their bios.
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.
After you submit an adoption application, the next step is to send a video home check to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read further to learn what this is and what we look for! Please keep in mind that without both the application and video home check, your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
Submit an adoption application by clicking the button below.
Home Check & Evaluation
Each applicant must submit a video home check to ensure that the home is safe and ready to welcome a new companion. The home check must be a current video of the home, including 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, and understand what dog would be best for their particular home environment. Some of our dogs thrive in quiet apartments, and others need a backyard and a playmate!
The video home check must be submitted to our email, email@example.com, and you are welcome to submit the video via a single file, multiple files, or a website link.
Meet and Greet & Adoption Trial Begins
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. It is at the beginning of an adoption trial that we collect the adoption fee, typically ranging from $350-$650. 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.
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.
Make sure you are properly equipped with all necessary supplies before beginning a trial. Click the button below to head to Chewy.com!
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.