Adopt A Dog!

Adoption Applications and Home Visit Guidelines During COVID-19: All home visits will be conducted virtually via video conference.  We ask for your patience as we begin scheduling these.  It is going to take some time for us to reach out to you, but we are looking forward to meeting you digitally!  If you are still interested and don’t hear from us, feel free to contact us by sending an email to
Pet ownership is a serious responsibility. The policy of Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue is to ensure that each person who adopts a dog is aware of the responsibility, and is capable and willing to accept that responsibility morally, physically and financially.
Sometimes people turn to rescue groups because they are interested in finding a dog that can be trained as a service dog, a therapy dog or an emotional support animal.  Rescue dogs often come with needs of their own created by the stress of their former lives or the changes they experience while in rescue.  We want our dogs to have lives as beloved family pets, so we don’t adopt them out to situations that require them to perform a job.
Submit your application to adopt with us by going here.
Adoption Fees:
8 weeks - 2 years: $550
3 years and above: $450
International dogs: $900
Special situations: TBD per dog
Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue only adopts dogs to the following areas in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.
Your wait time to adopt a dog may be longer than expected for a variety of reasons. Homes with children, other dogs, and/or cats will generally experience the longest wait times to find the right match. Your personal circumstances and flexibility are key factors in the process. In addition, we have only recently started the Rescue and are a small group of volunteers right now so it may take some time before your home visit can be scheduled. Our top priority is to find the best homes for our dogs based upon their individual needs and personalities, and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Adoption Process

1) Submit your application

2) Our Application Team will review your app.  If accepted, one of our volunteers will contact you to answer questions you may have and to schedule an in-home visit. We do request a minimum $25 donation before completing the home visit. All family members must be present at the time of the interview.

3) Once your home visit has been completed, our Adoption Team will review your app and home visit report to determine if any of our currently available dogs may be a match for you and your family.  If so, we will discuss the dog(s) with you and if all parties agree, we'll set up a time for you to meet the dog.    If we don't have any current matches for you at this time, we'll let you know and keep you on our waiting list until an appropriate dog is available.

4) If you are invited to meet a dog, please keep in mind that our dogs are in foster homes across Southern California, so you may be required to drive beyond your local area to meet the pup.  A decision will be made at the time of your visit by all parties (you, the foster home and/or the adoption coordinator) if you and the pup have found their forever family.

Although we don't accept applications for specific dogs, you can indicate if you have a favorite in the "Additional Comments" on the application.  We look to make the best match between our dogs and their new families and we hope our applicants will be open to other dogs that our Adoption Team feels is a better fit.

We are a new organization and we're still building our volunteer base.  (If you're interested in being a volunteer, please click here.)  Depending on where you live, it may be a few days to a few weeks for a home visit volunteer to be able to schedule your interview.

Our dogs are in foster homes across Southern California.  Any meetings are scheduled after your application is reviewed, your home visit is completed, and a potential match is identified.

Yes, you can adopt a dog if you are a renter! We will however need to receive a copy of your rental agreement stating you can adopt a dog.  There is a place to upload this within the adoption application, or you can email it to us at