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Adopt a Pet 

and find that "rescue" is your new favorite breed
If you live in the DC metropolitan area, you can complete the online application above and one of our team members will be in touch within one-two weeks with updates on the status of your application. Please note that our ENTIRE rescue is run by volunteers and their volunteered time, which is why we are unable to respond immediately or on weekends in most cases. Due to our small size, we are also unable to adopt out of the immediate DC metropolitan area. If you are unsure if you're within our range, or if you have any questions, please contact us at If you don't hear from us in 72 hours, please check your spam folder to see if our email has been filtered into your spam/junk folder.
Current Fees

Puppies under a year: $425 (plus $50 deposit refunded after spay/neuter)


Adults 1-8 years: $350


Seniors: case by case, but no more than $200

Cats & Kittens: $150

Thanks to FCAR's amazing network of volunteers, our pets are never kept in a kennel; they are placed into foster homes. In our foster homes the fosters work on house training, basic commands and crate training. During the animal’s time in the foster home we are able to further learn about each pet's personality, likes and dislikes, and what type of home would be the best fit for that particular animal.

Our animals are medically up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered if old enough, microchipped, and dewormed. If they have any other medical issues found while in our care, we treat that as well. Our board consists of three veterinarians who donate their professional skills.

The adoption process begins with submitting an application, this application is then reviewed. This includes calling landlords to ensure a pet is allowed, calling the veterinarian if there are any current pets in the household and calling references listed by the applicant. After that section of the application is approved, a meet and greet will be scheduled. After the meet and greet, both the applicant and foster will be contacted to see how they feel the meet and greet went. If both feel it went well a home visit will be done so that we can assure our pets are going into a safe environment. Once the application is approved, a meet and greet has happened, and the home visit is approved, then the applicant is approved to adopt.


There is a one-week trial period that the adoption fee is held for. If at any time during this week you decide that it isn't a good fit, you are to return him/her to the rescue and your check will not be deposited/cash will be returned. Any time after the week trial period if you decide you no longer can keep the pet you are to return him/her to the rescue and the adoption fee will not be refunded.

Recently Adopted a Pet?

Did you recently adopt a new furry family member either through FCAR or another rescue? We are here to provide support as you and your new pet go through this massive transition together. Find out more on our Learn More page for recommendations!

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