Thank you for choosing to adopt! Welcoming a new pet into your life is a very exciting experience and one that should be taken seriously. Please take a moment to read about our adoption process and carefully complete our adoption application.
Our adoption process begins by completing an application—please fill it out in its entirety and tell us as much about yourself as possible. If your application looks like a good fit for the pet you are interested in, or even a different pet, an Adoption Counselor will contact you directly to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. If we agree that the pet could be a good match for your family, our team will work with you and the pet’s foster family to schedule a meet and greet. While our open adoption events remain cancelled due to COVID-19, individual meet and greets are typically scheduled on the weekends.
An adoption application does not obligate you to adopt and can be transferred to any pet at any time. If you’ve already submitted an application and would like to transfer it to another pet, please submit an Adoption Application Transfer Request.
To adopt a pet, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be able to provide references and identification
- Consent to a home visit
- Pay the adoption fee
We request that the entire family come to meet your potential new pet, including 4-legged family members in some cases. If you have a dog at home and are interested in one of our adoptable dogs, supervised introductions are required prior to adoption.
Apply for a pet located in the Midwest (Ohio, Kentucky, etc.):
Apply for a pet located in the Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc.):
Q: Where are you located?
A: Louie’s Legacy is not a shelter, so we do not have a physical location. We are a foster-based rescue that is based in Cincinnati, OH and Staten Island, NY. Our Midwest foster network is located throughout Cincinnati and extends into Dayton, Kentucky and Indiana. Our Northeast foster network extends across the 5 boroughs of New York City and into New Jersey and Connecticut.
Q: Where can I see your available pets?
A: You can find all of our adoptable pets that are located in the Midwest (Ohio, Kentucky, etc.) here, and all of our adoptable pets that are located in the Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc.) here.
Q: Do you do out-of-state adoptions?
A: We welcome applications from out-of-state families! However, we do not transport pets to adopters or transfer pets between our Cincinnati and Staten Island foster networks, so please be prepared to travel to the area that the pet is located in if you are approved to meet and potentially adopt them.
Q: How do I meet a pet I’m interested in adopting?
A: The first step is completing our adoption application so we can get to know you a little better. If your application seems like a good fit, an Adoption Counselor will reach out to you to discuss your application.
Q: What are your adoption fees?
A: Our adoption fees range based on the species and age of the pet. They can be found in each pet’s bio. Prior to adoption, all of our pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm negative, dewormed, current on flea/tick and heartworm prevention and treated for any ailments found upon veterinary examination. The adoption fee covers a portion of these services, and makes it possible for us to continue rescuing animals in need.
Q: Is there any way to know what breed one of your dogs is or how large a puppy will get?
A: All of our adoptable pets come from shelters, so we can’t guarantee their breed, breed mix, age or potential adult size. We know that all dogs are individuals, and we focus on matching people and pets based on personality!
Q: How long will it take to hear about my application? Can you provide me with a status update in the meantime?
A: Please note that most of our pets receive numerous applications and we are unable to contact all applicants or provide status updates regarding applications. If you haven’t been contacted about your application within 7-10 days, it usually means that the pet you applied for has been matched with a great family or your application wasn’t considered the right fit for that pet. If you would like to transfer your application to another pet, you can submit an Adoption Application Transfer Request.
Q: I’d like to apply for an available pet, but your website says that I already have an open application. What should I do?
A: If you’ve submitted an application in the past, you can transfer your application here.
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue reserves the right to deny any application. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.