Apply to Adopt

PossumSHM_body_MARTHAThank you for contacting Secondhand Mutts to apply for one of our adoptable dogs. Because we are a 100% volunteer- run organization, our process for finalizing the adoption could take up to a week before you can take a dog home. We know our dogs inside and out and require potential adopters to complete the Adoption Application in advance of visiting our dogs. You can download the form online or request it at Once the application is completed and mailed, faxed or dropped off at our facility, we will review it and determine if the dog you are interested in will be a match for your household. We will then call you to schedule a meet and greet. We show our dogs by appointment only after the Adoption Application is reviewed. Our visiting hours are posted on our website. After meeting the dog(s) you can then let us know if you want to proceed with the application process. We do not hold dogs, or give first come first serve privileges. We will contact you regardless of your application being approved or not approved. Our goal is to find the best possible match for our dogs, and the decision process is not always easy for our adoption committee. The process will continue as follows:

Our volunteers will check your veterinary and personal references and follow up with you if there are any unanswered questions or concerns. This can take up to 72 hours, but can move quickly if you notify your personal references that we will be calling. Please be patient and refrain from calling us during the 72 hours.

After references are checked, we will contact you to let you know the status of your application. You may also email us to check the status of your application.

If your application is approved, we will set up an adoption time that allows you to spend as much time as possible with your new dog after taking him or her home. Typically adoptions are finalized on Fridays or Saturdays, but exceptions are made.

When you pick up your dog, you will be asked to sign a contract and pay the adoption fee in cash, check payable to Secondhand Mutts or a valid bank or credit card. We will provide you with your dog’s medical records along with other informative printed materials.

Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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December 2, 2017 19565 Detroit Road Rocky River, OH 44116 Join us for an afternoon of pet pampering at Pet People. Our volunteers will be chaperoning three lucky dogs to spend the afternoon with the customers and associates of Pet People.




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