Adoption Process


So You Want To Adopt Your New Best Friend

Freedom First Rescue will consider adoptive families in the Bethlehem and surrounding areas only. This is simply due to logistics and distance of travel for our volunteers. Our goal is to make the best rescue match taking into consideration the dog's background and your family's needs. Every dog is different: personality, temperament, energy, comfort with kids and other animals, medical needs and more. We take all these factors into consideration when making a furever-home match. We are very careful about the placements we make. We do our best to match the right dog with the right adoptive home because we want this to be the pet's permanent home.

If you are willing to be patient and collaborate with us to make sure that you and your pup are the perfect fit, then you are an ideal candidate for Freedom First Rescue. As our success rate proves, these precious dogs are well worth the wait.




We appreciate you wanting to bring a dog into your home. In order for us to find the right pet for you, we need you to submit an adoption application.



We will review your application upon receipt. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you for clarity.


Reference Checks

We’ll reach out to the references you shared, including your veterinarian, landlord (if applicable), and personal contacts. This helps us get to know you better to match you with the pup. Please understand that it’s also a really important step we have to take to keep our vulnerable dogs safe from bad situations. To help this step go smoothly, please let all your references know we’ll be getting in touch and give them your permission to speak to us.


Home Visit

Once your application review is complete, a Freedom First Rescue volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit to meet in person and discuss all-things pet. During the home visit, we look for potential hazards for the dog that the adopter may not have considered. All household members must be present during the home visit. This includes all pets.


Meet & Greet

Once you’re approved to adopt, we’ll set up a time for the dog you’d like to adopt to meet you and your family members (including other dogs in your home). This is the special moment everyone’s been waiting for. If it’s a great match, your dream dog can either stay or return on a mutually-convenient day. If it’s not a good fit — fear not! We’ll keep looking to find you the perfect companion.

Additional Information

We want to ensure that our dogs are ending up in the best homes possible and we ask that you fulfill these requirements in order to adopt one of our dogs:

  • Our age requirement is 23 year old and we do require a copy of your license to verify.
  • If you do not own your home, we will require landlord approval.
  • Everyone in the home needs to be supportive and accepting of the adoption (we run a criminal background checks for all adults over 18 that are living in the household).
  • All people living in the home need to be able to do a meet and greet with the dog in question for adoption – this includes your current dog(s). This step happens AFTER your application and home visit are approved!
  • Resident dogs must be surgically altered (spayed/neutered), up to date on core vaccinations (Rabies and Distemper), heartworm tested on a consistent basis AND/OR on monthly heartworm prevention.
  • IF YOUR DOG IS NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED, DO NOT FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR ONE OF OUR DOGS UNLESS you can provide documentation from a licensed veterinarian stating why this is has not be done.
  • We only accept applications within 100 mile radius from our home location of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We have limited our radius as we have been getting a large number of applicants throughout the United States. We will require face to face meets with our adoptable dogs and some of our dogs will require multiple meets. If you are not willing to drive to our home location for these meets please do not apply. Some exceptions will apply for our harder to place dogs.

** We do not do female to female dog adoptions with our bully breed dogs such as pit bulls. We prefer male to male adoptions or female to male dog adoptions. Want to know why? Read this article–> Click Here
**PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does NOT guarantee an adoption. There is a 3 part process. This starts with an application review. If your application is approved, you will move on to step two which is a home check. At that point if you are approved the last and final step will be a meet and greet with the dog in question for adoption.

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