Adoption Details

Our Adoption Process


If you see a dog or puppy on our website and would like to start the process of saving a rescued animal, please email us to receive an application and get the ball rolling on a meet-and-greet!  Due to the current COVID situation, we do not plan to hold any adoption events for the duration of 2020.  But we will still meet privately with approved applicants.  Or we may just skip straight to the home visit portion of the process.

Our adoption process usually takes about a week but may take more or less time depending on the schedules of our foster families. 

ALL potential adoptive families must have up-to-date veterinary records on all pets currently residing in the home. We believe for health and temperament reasons that it is in the best interest of the dog to be spayed or neutered.  We will not adopt a dog into a home if your current dog(s) are not spayed or neutered or if you have a history of not completing this type of surgery in a timely manner for your pets.  We will, however, work with you to provide resources and education to spay or neuter your dog.  Personal references will be contacted for applicants who are not current or previous pet owners.

For most of our dogs, we prefer adopters have a fenced yard.  But, we do take each adoption on a case by case basis and may make some exceptions.

Our adoption fee for approved applications is $200 for any dog in our program.  If a puppy is younger than 4 months of age, the adoption fee will include the spay/neuter when they are of an appropriate age.




Please note that we are currently only accepting applications for homes within approximately a 45 mile radius of Winston Salem.  A great way to check your proximity is to use googlemaps to see how far your address is from our local Pet Supermarket (located at 412 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem 27103).

For any questions about dog availability or our adoption process, send us an email at steppingstonesrescue@gmail.com!  We will respond as quickly as we can.  Because we are all volunteers who work regular jobs, have families, etc, we do not have a public phone number available.  Email is the best way to communicate with us.

If at any time during the dog's life you cannot fulfill your commitment, you will be required to return the dog to Stepping Stones Canine Rescue.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.

Stepping Stones Canine Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to any applicant.

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Dog and Puppy Adoption Fee $200 Includes:
Basic Health Exam by Veterinarian
Age-Appropriate Vaccinations
Spay/Neuter
Initial De-worming
Heartworm Test
Microchipping