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Adoption Process

  1. The first step in the adoption process through GSP Rescue New England is to complete an application. We facilitate adoptions within New England only. If you live outside of New England please go to for your local rescue.
  2. You will receive a popup confirmation immediately and a volunteer should contact you within 5 business days.
  3. A volunteer will conduct a vet reference to verify that your current/past dogs are/were seen annually and kept up to date with all vaccines, on heartworm and flea and tick preventatives preferably yearly but for at least 9 months a year, a quick phone interview, and finally we will set up a home visit to meet you and your family if all of our adoption requirements have been met (ie: good, clear vet or personal reference, containment, landlord permission, etc.).
  4. In the case of applicants that live in extremely rural locations, we may request pictures of the applicant's yard and/or fencing and what is to be the dog's living environment in lieu of a home visit. We may ask for additional references also.
  5. Once these steps are completed and the coordinator deems the applicant approved, we will begin matching applicants to available dogs.If a dog is listed it is available but there is always the possibility it is in the process of being adopted. Postings are removed as soon as a dog is officially adopted. We do not discuss specific dogs until after an applicant is approved to adopt. Not every dog available is posted; waiting approved adopters are given priority to any dog coming into our program that is a fit. All adoptions are at our sole discretion.
  6. If none of the dogs we have available for adoption are a fit for the applicant's needs, then we will add the applicant to our approved list while we wait for the right fit.
  7. An applicant must be approved to adopt BEFORE any meetings with available dogs are facilitated. We are a foster based rescue; all of our dogs are in foster homes throughout New England. We do not have a shelter in Tewksbury, MA; that is our mailing address only.
  8. The length of time our entire adoption approval process takes can vary from a few days to weeks, depending on the availability and schedules of the applicants and volunteers involved in each particular case.
  9. The wait time for adoption that applicants experience can vary widely depending on the particular criteria an applicant requests in a dog.
  10. IF you decide at ANY point in time during the approval process that you are no longer seeking to adopt through us, kindly let us know.
  11. Adoption Fees: 0-7: $450; 8-9: $350; 10 and older $150. All dogs are spayed/ neutered, up to date with all vaccinations, microchipped and healthy at time of adoption to the best of our knowledge. All adoptions are at our sole discretion.
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