How To Adopt

Secondhand Hounds can only adopt out to residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Our animals reside in foster homes throughout the Twin Cities area.

Step 1
Application & Rental Approval

Potential adopters search Dogs for Adoption or Cats for Adoption and fill out an application for animal(s) they are interested in!  Adoption coordinators process applications and reply to applicants within 48 hours of submission (Please note that our staff does not work on Sundays so that may delay processing).  If renting, we send applications to the rental office/landlord to ensure approval of the adoption request and also check the pet limit.  Your application shows that you are truly interested in meeting an animal; it is not a binding adoption contract.  If you have previously applied and would like to apply for a new animal please email the adoption coordinators directly to give them the name and ID number of the new animal(s) you are interested in: (for dog applications) or (for cat applications).  Once your application is processed, it will be sent to the foster who then has 72 hours to reach out to you to arrange a meet-and-greet.

Step 2
Meet & Greet

The foster reviews applications and if application seems like a good fit, schedules a “meet and greet.” This meeting could take place at an adoption event, our office, or at a home.  Keep in mind, the foster may be meeting with multiple applicants depending on interest.

Step 3
Home Visit, Veterinary Checks, & Payment

If chosen to adopt, a volunteer or foster parent conducts the virtual home visit. A veterinary check is done (if applicable) to ensure the adopter’s pets are up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines, spayed/neutered, and FeLV/FIV for cat(s). The adoption coordinators request payment online. Adoption fees are non-negotiable and include the cost of spay/neuter surgery, microchip implant, de-worming, flea/tick preventative, heartworm test (for dogs and puppies over nine months), feLeuk/FIV test for cats and kittens, and age-appropriate rabies/distemper vaccinations. Puppies and kittens must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds to be spayed/neutered before adoption.

Step 4
Adoption Agreement

The adoption coordinators send the adopter instructions on how to sign the electronic adoption agreement.

Step 5
Pick Up

The foster will contact the adopter to coordinate pick up after the adoption agreement is signed. For tips on the first 30 days after adopting a dog, please check out this article from

Ready to Adopt?
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