Before you begin your application

Thank you for choosing Operation Paws for Homes to adopt your rescue dog or cat. To complete your application you will need to provide:

  1. Three personal references, not related to you by blood or marriage, with phone numbers and email addresses we can reach them at.
  2. Phone number for your vet.
  3. If you rent, the phone number of your landlord to verify your pet policy.

Welcome!

We are excited to start the journey of working together with you to find the right dog or cat. Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) is committed to each pet and their new adoptive families, so welcome in advance to the OPH Rescue family. We are here to answer your questions about dogs and cats, adoption, their social, health and training needs.

OPH Alumni and Repeat Adopters

Welcome back! We are excited you are looking to bring another pet into your life. Good news, you do not need to complete the application again! If a member of your home has applied for adoption, or if you have an active application and wish to update it, please email us at adopt@ophrescue.org and include the name of the dog(s) you're interested in. Please include that you are a repeat applicant. Thank you!

Contact Information

We primarily adopt to Central and Northern VA, DC, Maryland and South Central PA as we want to be in proximity to support our adopters. We do make exceptions in certain cases. We do not ship pets.
Please include names and ages.
Google, Petfinder, etc.
Enter as YYYY-MM-DD
Enter as YYYY-MM-DD
Please provide a website or description of pet restrictions.
Pet Deposits and Rent Increases

Your New Pet

Age, Weight, Activity Level, etc.
Describe yard, nearby parks and family activities.
hours
Moving, aggression toward children, adults or other pets, having a baby, etc.
If so, please explain in detail
Include name, age and breed
Are all the pets in your household up to date on these medications?
Please provide the name and phone number of a veterinarian who has seen these pets.
Failure to include your Vet's Phone Number will delay your application

Important Call your vet and give permission to release your pet records to Operation Paws for Homes.

References

Providing email addresses for your references can often speed up the review process.

Reference #1
References can not be related by blood or marriage to anyone living in your household.
Reference #2
References can not be related by blood or marriage to anyone living in your household.
Reference #3
References can not be related by blood or marriage to anyone living in your household.