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Am I ready to adopt?

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than returning a rescue dog or a rescue cat to the rescue after realizing that said animal wasn’t a suitable addition to the family. To help ensure this doesn’t happen, there are several questions to ask yourself before adopting a pet.

Can I Afford A Pet?
Adoption fees are just the beginning. Vet exams and tests, vaccinations, medications, food, litter, toys, and regular checkups are a few examples of the costs to take into consideration—not to mention unforeseen expenses that may come into play further down the line.

Do I Have Enough Time To Care For A Pet?
Rescue dogs need a lot of exercise and attention, while rescue cats require play sessions to stay active. Do you have enough time to train your adopted pet? If you live alone and work long hours, who’s taking care of your rescue puppy?

Do I Have Suitable Accommodation?
Sometimes, your landlord or condo association may not allow pets. You should make certain this isn’t an issue. Also important to take into consideration is the size of your dwelling and whether your rescue dog will have easy access to an outside space and you are able to keep your rescue cat indoors.

Are My Children Responsible Enough For A Pet?
Very often, it’s the youngsters in the family that push for a cat or dog adoption. However, make sure your kids understand the responsibilities entailed with pet adoption. Furthermore, certain breeds of cats and dogs don’t mix well with large families and young children and vice versa. Before deciding to adopt, you should look into what breed might suit the family and everyone’s lifestyle.

Please be advised that there is a $10 non-refundable application processing fee.
Use the button below to pay the application fee. Once the fee is processed, you will be redirected to the application form. Estimated time of redirection is 10 seconds. (important: DO NOT click on “Return to ISWMP page while waiting for redirection) Make sure once you start filling out the adoption application you finish it without exiting the form. It’s not possible to save your adoption application. You will need 10 minutes to complete and submit the adoption application form. In case of any error, please email adopt@iswmp.org. Thank you.

If you already submitted an application and would like to apply for a new dog, you do not need to submit another application. Instead, please fill out the application update form.

We are receiving a high number of applications for most dogs and we currently do not have the resources to contact everyone. You will be considered for all dogs you apply for. We will send you a decline if your application will not be a fit for any dogs, otherwise, we encourage you to apply using the application update form above.
Thank you for understanding!

Everything about our adoption process you can learn on this page below. If there is any question that cannot be found under Q&A section please email adopt@iswmp.org

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So, you’re ready to join our PACK?

If you would like to apply to adopt one of our dogs please fill out the adoption application, link is above. Please add the desired dog’s name in your application.
The application review, approval and process can take 1-3 weeks. Please be patient.
Even though we get several wonderful applications we can only pick one and due to lack of resources we cannot get back to every single applicant.
After your application is approved we would do a home check as well as arrange a meet and greet. We require that all members of the family are present at the meet and greet.
If all goes well and after the adoption fee is submitted we will arrange a day and time to situate dog(s) into your home.
Adoption fees

More than 500 animals get rescued by ISWMP annually. Each has a different story to tell and each one of them is special in their own way. We rescue these animals from local and state shelters, streets, puppy mills, korean meat market..etc

All of them no matter where they came from are provided with basic needs, medical treatment, behavioral assessment, training, rehabilitation when necessary, protection, and most importantly love and tender care some of them have never experienced before.

The total cost of caring for and rehoming these animals is in hundreds of thousands of $. Adoption fees help offset these costs by covering 30% of the total. As a small rescue organization we mostly rely on private donations and our own fundraisers to cover expenses.

Puppies up to 1 year – $625
Young adults from one to six year – $495
Seven years or older – $365

In addition to the adoption fee, adopters must agree to attend an initial training session with rescue trainer Cassian Sandeberg within 30 days of the Adopter taking possession of the animal. This session will be provided by Cassian at a discounted rate of $150 and will be paid directly to Cassian prior to the training session.

Not quite ready to adopt yet? Learn more about Fostering

What does the adoption process include?

The first step is an Adoption application which can be found on our website. If approved, a home check will be required. If the home check and application are approved we will move on to meet and greets with the adopters and foster. Depending on the breed/dog you may need to do an interview with a member of our team. Upon adoption you will be asked to sign an Adoption Agreement and pay the non-refundable adoption fee.

Do you allow adoptions out of state?

Out of state adoptions require applicants to travel to Los Angeles to for an in person meet and greet. Since we do not transport or ship our doggies, the adopter would be responsible for transport. If that’s a possibility for you, please kindly fill out an adoption application and send it to us, and our team members will contact for an interview

What should I expect from the home check?

We look for a safe and happy environment for all our animals. Depending on the animal’s breed and age, our requirements will change. In general, we want to make sure the dog cannot escape and is not exposed to any danger or things like loose wires. If we happen to find a potential issue, we may wait until the issue is fixed prior to allowing the dog to move to its new home.


What does meet and greet look like? 

A meet and greet is a chance for you to meet the dog in person and see if you are a good match. Meet and greets usually last between 40 min to an hour and are helpful if you have another animal for them to meet. Depending on the breed and needs of the rescue dog, there may be a trainer involved to make sure you get the right instructions of a boundaries that needs to be set right from the moment an animal enters a new home. It’s possible to adopt immediately upon meeting the dog, pay and fill out the contract at the meet and greet.For some dogs we will require two or three meets and greets before we allow the adoption to be closed.

How will I know if my application is approved? 

We give our best to contact approved adopters for the dog they applied for within 14 days of their application. At this time we are not in a position to contact all applicants. Unfortunately, due to a high volume of applications, we are unable to get back to every person as we are working 24/7 to save dogs. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

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ISWMP is registered as a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. Contributions to ISWMP are tax-deductible to extent permitted by law. The ISWMP's tax identification number is 81-4291281