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Adoption Guide

Thank you for considering adopting a dog - we are excited to guide you to finding your new family member.

Step 1 

To meet one of our adoptable dogs, email us at cherishedtails@yahoo.com or message our Facebook Page  to locate our next adoption event and to check if the dog will be there.  As a 100% foster-based organization, we do not have a physical facility and foster homes are spread out across Tucson and the greater Southern Arizona area.

To set up a meet & greet with one of our dogs, please fill out an adoption application located on our website (www.cherishedtails.com).  Applications will be considered in the order they are received. We will review your application to determine if the dog is a good fit for your family, and If we believe the animal would be a good match and is ready for adoption, we will contact you. Please be patient, as our volunteers and fosters have full-time jobs and busy families. We consider foster-to-adopt situations as well.

Complete an adoption application on our website: www.cherishedtails.com or at Dog Application

Step 2 - Home Check


A home check is required as part of our adoption process to ensure the well-being and safety of all our rescue animals. The home check will be conducted either before you take your new pet home or during home meet and greets.

Step 3 - Adoption Fee and Contract

Once you are ready to officially adopt, you will complete adoption paperwork, receive medical records, take an adoption photo, and pay the adoption fee. All our pets are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped. The adoption fee helps offset the cost of medical care and typically covers 50% or less of the medical bill. 100% of the adoption fee goes directly back into rescue to help pay for medical care and other needs of the animals in our care.

Adoption fees are as follows:

  • Dogs 10 and over: $100

  • Dogs 6 months to 9 years: $125

  • Puppies 6 months and younger: $225

We accept cash, check, Zelle and PayPal.


Step 4 - Register the microchip and with your local county
The microchip can be registered for a one time $20 fee at homewardboundpet.com or akcreunite.org.

There are several ways to register for rabies and licensing in Pima County:
1) Through specific vets
2) Email to: licensingpacc@pima.gov
3) Fax to: (520) 791-6627
4) Mail/in person to: Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson AZ 85745 http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=1003
Along with the application form linked below, a copy of the adoption contract, a $19 fee, and the rabies information is required for licensing.
Application Form: 
http://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Community/Animal%20Care/Pet%20Licensing/PACC_ANIMAL_LICENSE_APPLICATION_2015r.pdf


Phoenix and Arizona Adopters (not located in Tucson):
Please fill out an application first. We will contact you if your application has been approved, and will then set up a home check.  We can schedule a phone call with the foster. Once pre-approved, you may meet and pick-up your new family member. 

Outside of Arizona:
We rarely adopt outside of Arizona. We cannot provide transport and require a home check before adoption.

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