Adoption Application

The first step in adopting a dog from One Tail is submitting an adoption survey. Before you begin, you will want to have the following information handy:

  • Your landlord’s name and phone number, if you rent your home
  • Your veterinarian’s name and phone number, if you already have one
  • The names and phone numbers of two references who are not related to you

If you have previously been approved to adopt with OTAT PDX and would like to express interest in a dog for whom you did not previously apply, please fill out this form.

Adoption Process

  1. Fill out our Adoption Survey. If you have previously been approved to adopt with OTAT PDX, please fill out this update form to apply for a different dog. If you do not know your unique ID, please email
  2. An Adoption Counselor (AC) will screen and review your application as soon as possible. The AC will then contact you and answer any questions you may have and hopefully set up an introduction to meet the dog. All dogs spend a minimum of one week in a foster home before they are available for introductions, but all things being equal introductions are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
  3. If all goes well at the introduction, the AC will finalize the adoption.
  4. Adoptions may take place immediately if the prospective dog gets along well with all members of the family.
  5. Our adoption fees are $500 for puppies 6 months and younger, $450 for puppies 7-12 months, $400 for adult dogs, and $300 for seniors over the age of 7 years. We also offer a special $100 donation fee for seniors (humans 65+) adopting seniors (dogs 7+). All fees cover wellness exam, spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm test, deworming, and microchip.
  6. At the finalization you will receive your new companion’s medical records, a copy of our adoption contract, and information about our community partners and continuing discounts. It is also at the finalization that the dog’s adoption fee must be paid and all supplies returned to the rescue.
  7. After adopting an OTAT PDX dog, you will receive benefits and support for the lifetime of the dog!

Thanks for your interest in adopting from One Tail at a Time!