Resources for Adopters

Lucille's family choose adoption because they saw the overwhelming need to find families for homeless and mistreated animals. Her mom says "The look in her eyes constantly reminds us of just how loyal a rescue pet can be. We look forward to the day when we will be able to foster pets in need."

OPH Alumni Trevor's mom adores her big man! Mom says "Trevor rescued me probably more effectively than I rescued him, and if I had to do it all again I would do it exactly the same way. I chose adoption because I believe every dog deserves to know what its like to sleep on the bed, to smell the ocean and feel the sand between their toes, and to fall asleep content in the knowledge that the morning will bring sleepy kisses and a chance to see a brand new day, complete with squirrels and bully sticks and rides in a Jeep."

Tips for Finding Lost Pets

Adoption Resources

Adopting a pet can mean a big life change for even the most experienced pet owner. Fortunately there are many free resources available online to help with quick questions and to get you on your way. We’ve included some links that our volunteers have found useful and interesting.

Note that none of these should be a substitute for professional veterinary advice – or your own sound judgment about your own animal family members.

For Potential Adopters

For Approved Adopters

The following documents are important to the adoption process, both for the meet and greet and bringing your new dog home. Please review the documents in each link and talk to your adoption coordinator or foster if you have any questions.

Adoption Documents for Adult Dogs
Adoption Documents for Puppies

Cat Resources

Additional Dog Resources

Week 1 After Adoption
Children and Dogs


Dog Rescue Books

  • The Little Blue Dog Series - by Karen J. Roberts
  • Shelter Dogs - Traer Scott
  • The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope and Healing - Susannah Charleson

Children's Books about Dogs and Pets

  • Puppy Training for Kids - by Sarah Whitehead
  • Be a Dog’s Best Friend - by Renee Payne
  • May I Pet Your Dog - by Stephanie Calmenson
  • Tails Are Not for Pulling - by Elizabeth Verdick

Dog Training and Behavior Books

  • How to be the Leader of the Pack - Patricia McConnell
  • I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety - Patricia McConnell
  • Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age - Patricia McConnell
  • The Cautious Canine - How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears - Patricia McConnell
  • The Culture Clash - Jean Donaldson
  • Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog - Brenda Aloff