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How to Adopt from SRC

Deciding to adopt a rescued dog is a wonderful thing, but not something to be taken lightly, which is why we are very thorough in our Application Process. Many of these dogs have already been through so much, it is our duty to them to assure we place them in the RIGHT forever home. This may mean that our volunteers spend weeks going through applications to find the right home - it is a thoroughly researched process we go through so that the dog, as well as the family, lives "happily ever after." There are many things to consider before adopting a dog... PLEASE read all the information below before submitting your completed Adoption Application. Also note that we only adopt out dogs within our membership area of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Eastern Tennessee.

Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue!

If this is your first opportunity to assist in helping a rescue dog, no doubt you are curious about the adoption procedure. First, you should donate $5.00 to process your adoption application—DONATE on our Home PAGE, then download, fill out and return one of our adoption applications, then it will be processed by the Placement Team. These persons will verify your references with the veterinarian that you have listed, or the three personal references if you do not have a current veterinarian, that you listed on your application.

The SRC Placement Team takes pride in being able to process applications quickly. That is what sets our rescue apart from many others. We feel that solid applicants deserve a quick turn-around time, and we make every effort to expedite the processing of applications within reason.

Normally, an application can be processed within a week or less, depending on the location and availability of the applicants and SRC volunteers. Please know that when you apply for one of our dogs, if you are approved, you must be ready to accept the new dog into your home shortly after approval. SRC is not able to hold dogs for people until they are ready and places dogs on a first come and ready basis.

Please also note that with the rising cost of gas, SRC cannot guarantee that a transport will be available for the dog of your choice. If there is a dog you are interested in, please read our bios ahead of time  to determine where it is located, so you will know  if you will be willing to drive to pick it up. Sometimes transports can be arranged if the applicants are willing to cover fuel costs, but that is not a guarantee. SRC rescues dogs in five states, and have foster homes scattered over our adoption area.

After your vet and personal references have been checked, a home visit will be scheduled. A volunteer who represents our organization will meet with you and your family at your home to ask you questions that are meant to help determine the type of dog that would be best suited for your type of environment. This interviewer will also look around the home just to see where the dog would be kept and to observe the overall area that you reside in. They will also be available to answer any questions you might have about the potential adoption. Then when your home visit is complete, and a satisfactory report has been forwarded to the Rescue Intake Team, you may choose from the dogs we have available. The entire pre-approval process is usually relatively quick, but it depends on getting someone from the organization to your home. If you live in an area that we cover frequently, your pre-approval may be quicker than someone that lives in an area where there are fewer members and it is harder to get someone to cover that specific location. We do work diligently to get all applicants pre-approved within an average of 1to 2 weeks unless there is an unusual situation. We are working with a number of applicants so some of the dogs may have other applicants that have already requested them. We try to be as fair as possible, but with the understanding the dog's benefit is our primary concern.  

If we do not have a dog currently which fits the specifications needed for your home environment, then as we get more in, someone in our organization will try to email pre-approved applicants to let them know when schnauzers are coming in which might fit well with your family. These notifications will go out to all those people who have asked for dogs with similar traits in order to let them know that one is coming in soon and something about its status. It is also wise to watch our Adoptable Dogs and let our Intake Team know if you see a dog that you would be interested in adopting once you are approved. When  the dog is ready for placement, the approved applicant  who is best suited and has waited the longest will be selected to have the dog as their family companion.

Even after they have been adopted, SRC rescue dogs can never be sold or given away.  SRC is always your first point of contact whenever there is a problem with your adopted dog.  If you cannot keep the dog that you adopt, you must contact SRC for guidance as to their care and placement. We do commit to the lifetime of the dog and assure that they are well cared for. They are given a microchip and identification tag that we ask they wear at all times.

When an adoption is finalized, SRC has an adoption contract that we ask you to sign. This is when you will pay the adoption donation in honor of adopting your dog. The adoption donation requested ranges from $250 to $550. (Please note: SRC spends 95% of the funds it collects each year thru donations on the medical expenses of the dogs in its care. The remaining 5% is used for things like boarding a dog in danger until a transport can be arranged, microchips, collars and more. Very little of our money goes to office expenses)  The contract specifies that you will take good care of the dog and return it to us if you cannot keep him/her for some reason in the future. We also retain the right to check on the dog's welfare for the remainder of his or her life.

Adoption is a lifetime commitment.  Please read your adoption contract thoroughly prior to signing and returning it.  Although SRC commitments to the lifetime of each dog that we rescue, we cannot always guarantee that we will be able to accept the dog that you adopt back into our rescue should you decide at a later date that you want to return it.  This will be at the discretion of the SRC Board and the availability of foster placement at the time.

We understand this process can be somewhat confusing from the candidate's viewpoint at times. Someone will be always be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call or email us at anytime. We will work diligently to assure that the perfect family companion will be in your home and heart very soon.

Please click here and download our Adoption Application.

SRC  is handled by a few volunteer assistants who have a multitude of duties involved with helping rescued schnauzers.  Pertinent information about the dogs available for adoption is posted on our website so questions are usually answered more quickly by reading the write up about each dog posted for adoption and by emailing SRC at .  Should you need assistance by phone you may email us your concerns along with your telephone number and a volunteer will make an effort to contact you as soon as it is feasible.  Thank you for your co-operation.




There are a few things that SRC must have before a decision can be made to take in your dog. Use the following checklist to ensure you have gathered all information needed and then email SRC at  If you do not have any of the following make sure to explain why.


  1. Photos of the pet in its current condition
  2.  Medical records faxed to 910-401-1317
  3.  Reason for surrendering your dog
  4.  Thorough explanation of the dogs temperament (i.e. training, habits, likes/dislikes, age, reactions to other animals, ever bitten, etc).
  5.  Where you obtained the dog and how long you have had it.

Once all of the items are received by SRC, a decision will be made within 72 hours as to whether or not we can take in your dog. Please note that it will be up to the discretion of SRC as to whether or not we meet the dog before accepting it into rescue.

If we accept your dog into rescue, you will be required to sign a notarized Owner Release Form and once that is received, intake of the dog can take place at a location deemed appropriate by SRC.