Our Adoption Process

To Rehome your Cavalier: We are here for you and your family to take in your Cavalier and find your pup the best home possible. We take Cavaliers in regardless of age or condition and they live as family members with our volunteers until we find them the perfect new home. Please see our Contact Us page for the team leader for your area or contact our organization’s director, Carolyn Stigler, at (520) 268-8284 or smallpaws4@mac.com for more information. We have foster homes in every state and are happy and able to help with any Cavalier in need.

To Adopt: We are always happy to consider loving, responsible individuals and families as potential adopters for our rescued Cavaliers.

The dogs who come to rescue are of all ages, from youngsters through seniors, with most being adults. While some Cavaliers needing homes have special needs or ongoing medical concerns, most are healthy and their medical needs are taken care of while in rescue. That said, families interested in adopting a senior or special needs Cavalier may have a greater chance of rescuing from us, since these dogs are often harder to place.

We seek to make the best match possible between the rescue dog and the families looking to adopt. To that end, our adoption process is a thorough one.

To start the process, please  complete our online application…

Online Application

If you are applying for a specific Cavalier we have in foster care, please note on the application the name of the dog and where he or she is being fostered and please make sure to contact the person listed on the dog’s page so they know of your interest.

Please know that you only need to fill out the application once unless something substantial in your life has changed. Additionally, please know that available dogs are posted on our website first and social media at a later date. So, to see currently available dogs or to check the status a dog you are interested in, please look at the website. Available dogs will be in the Spotlight section.

Note that we do not ship dogs and that we want you to meet the dog and spend ample time with him or her to ensure that you’re making a solid adoption decision.

If it looks like your family might make a great home for a Cavalier in our care and your family is within reasonable driving distance of where the dog is being fostered, then the process usually proceeds with 1-2 informal telephone interviews, a vet reference check, a visit with the foster family, a home visit where the adoption normally occurs, and post-adoption follow-up.

Adoption donations vary based on the age and health of the rescued dog as well as the cost of their veterinary care. Generally though, adoption donations range from $150 (very senior or special needs dogs) to $900 (very young dogs or puppies). We are an all volunteer non-profit group, and all donations go towards our program.

Please see our FAQ page for more information about our group and how we work to find loving homes for the Cavaliers in our care.