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Adoption Process:

Visit the available dogs section of the website. Read about the different beagles available. The location at the top of each posting tells what city the beagle is being fostered in. Once you choose a beagle that sounds like a good fit for your family, call or email the person listed as the contact for that particular dog. The contact person will ask you questions regarding your particular situation and about pet ownership in general. They will ask you to fill out an adoption application (see link at top of this page) and email it through the form's Submit by Email button (form can also be sent via fax). If it seems like your family is a good fit, the contact person will then set you up with the beagle's foster parents. They will arrange a visit to their home or nearby park for you and your family and any other dog(s) you currently own. While you're there, you can see how both dogs interact and get more information from the foster parents about the beagle. If you decide this is the beagle for you, you will then take it him/her on a sleepover. At this time, a check for the adoption fee will be collected. The sleepover is a two-week trial period. If for some reason the dog does not work out then you can return it to the foster parents and get your donation check back. If this is the dog for you, then congratulations! You have successfully rescued a beagle.
Please note: Frequently, we may receive many inquiries on the same beagle.
Interested persons will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is no guarantee that all candidates will be approved to adopt.

Things To Keep In Mind:

Please understand that we are all volunteers. We appreciate every call we get and make every effort to return them promptly, but please be patient if we take longer than you'd like to get back to you.

If you are interested in adopting a beagle, the best thing to do is to meet with your family before calling us to make sure that every family member is ready to welcome your new beagle and provide for it's care. We do not adopt to children as, all too often, the child loses interest and the responsibility falls to the parents. If you'd like to give a beagle as a gift, we suggest that you give a beagle rescue gift certificate instead, so the person  adopting the dog can choose the right beagle for them (contact us for more information).

Our rescue dogs are in shelters throughout Northern California or in foster homes. We do not have adoption centers. You can arrange to meet a beagle at the foster home or the shelter's convenience, only after a brief, but thorough, screening process.

Please expect your call with a beagle rescue volunteer to take about 20 - 30 minutes. We'll ask questions about your family, your yard, if anyone is home during the day, the ages of your children, the hours you work, if your other pets are spayed and neutered (we generally do not adopt to families with unaltered dogs), what made you interested in a beagle, what you know about the breed and most importantly, and what questions you have for us about beagles.

Our goal is to unite beagles into loving homes, where they can live out the rest of their lives happily. We take extra time in talking with you to make that happen. Our adoption fees are an average of $300 - $500, depending on how much medical attention the dog needed before it was ready for adoption. Also, for young dogs, a refundable training deposit may be required.

Give Older Dogs a Chance

When viewing the adoptable dogs list, make sure to keep an open mind about the age of the dog you would like to adopt. Most people immediately look for puppies because they are cute and cuddly and they would like a puppy for their children to grow up with. What many do not realize, though, is that puppies require an enormous amount of time and dedication to turn them into well-behaved dogs, almost as much time and energy as taking care of a human baby. And you will have the bulk of the resposibilty to take care of the puppy, not your children. Do you have the time and patience required to house-train, crate-train, clean up after, chase, distract from destruction, and play with a puppy? If so, you are ready to introduce a puppy into you life. If not, then you will have a wonderful assortment of adult and older dogs to choose from.

Most of the adults and older dogs that we get are already house-trained, do not chew things up, have good manners, and great personalities. If you are wondering what kind of joy you may get from having an older dog in your life, please read this article, In Praise of Older Dogs - it may change your perspective on how older dogs can contribute to the family.

NCARF Needs Foster Homes

We continually have a number of beagles coming into rescue and need foster homes. This job requires only patience, love, and dog food and can literally mean the difference between life and death for a beagle in need.

Need to find a new home for your beagle? This article has some great hints - just substitute 'beagle' for Chow-Chow when reading.

Put NCARF out of business!

NCARF is committed to finding homes for unwanted beagles and, just as importantly, helping members of the Bay Area community find access to spay and neuter programs. If you haven't had your pet spayed or neutered, please help put NCARF out of business by doing so now!

It could save your pet's life by preventing a wide variety of costly illnesses and will surely save lives by ensuring that additional unwanted pets aren't brought into the world.

Note: ALL dogs placed by NCARF are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, per state law and our  commitment to controlling the pet population.


Thanks to the generous donation of time and code by Laurie Kramer, the NCARF Adoption page is now updated continuously by our volunteers. Thanks, Laurie!!