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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.

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Potential adopters search Dogs for Adoption or Cats for Adoption and fill out an application for animal(s) they are interested in!  We only need 1 application on file.  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 contract.  If you’d like to add other animals to your application, then email the adoption coordinators directly: (for dog applications) or (for cat applications) so your information can be updated.  Once your application is reviewed, it will be sent to the foster.

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The foster reviews applications and if 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.

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If chosen to adopt, then a home visit will be conducted virtually by the foster family or one of our home visit volunteers. At the same time, a veterinary check will be done (if applicable) to ensure adopter’s current pets are up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines, spayed/neutered, and FeLV/FIV for cat(s). To help expedite the process, please contact your vet and give consent to release records.

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Once the home visit is approved, the adoption coordinators request payment and send the electronic adoption contract to be signed.

Adoption fees 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. The adoption fee for each animal can be found on their individual website listing. Adoption fees are non-negotiable.

Puppies and kittens must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds to be spayed/neutered before adoption.

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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

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It's a small fee to save a life.
By paying your animal's adoption fee, you are not only adopting your new best friend, but you are also allowing us to save more lives!

Secondhand Hounds charges an adoption fee to adopt through our rescue. Adoption fees for each animal can be found on their individual website listing and payment can be made below.


Adoption fees include the cost of spay/neuter surgery, microchip, 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.

Adoption fees are *non-negotiable* and are NOT considered a donation due to tax regulations.  Fees can be paid in the following ways, with the required sales tax (7.525%) added:

  • PayPal (You do not need a PayPal account to pay through our website with a credit card.)

  • Cash paid in person at our office

  • Cashier’s check (NO personal checks accepted for adoption fees)



Thank you so much for adopting from Secondhand Hounds! 

We are so appreciative that you chose to rescue your new best friend, and we want to show our gratitude with this virtual adoption packet! 

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Whether you are in need of doggie daycare, kitty grooming, or anything in between, we have you covered! We hope you are enjoying your new pet!

Please see below for training tips and resources for bringing home your new pet!


Puppy Adopter Resources

How exciting! You are the proud new owner of a puppy! To get you started on the right foot, we want to offer some resources we have found especially helpful!

New Puppy Handbook

Bringing Home your New Puppy

House Training

Puppy Socialization Checklist

Dog Adopter Resources

Congratulations on adopting your new dog! We know this time of transition can be exciting, but also stressful, for owners as well as dogs! So, we wanted to offer some great resources from our trainer, Barb, to get you started on the right foot with your new family member!

Bringing Home Your New Dog

Basic Obedience

House Training

Separation Anxiety

Crate Training

Kids & Dogs

...and more! 

Cat Adopter Resources

We hope you are enjoying your purrfect new feline friend! In order to make sure you have a harmonious life together, we have collected some of our favorite resources to help you two acclimate to one another!

Bringing Home Your New Cat

Litterbox Training

De-clawing and Scratching