Adoption Process

Adopting out of State:   We do not adopt out of state since we require a home visit as well as a meet and greet with you and your potential pup performed by an AZBTR Representative.  In addition, our organization maintains contact with our adoptive families for the life of our dogs.  We are a support network for anything that could ever arise with our rescue families and, unfortunately, at this time we could not give that initial security to a long-distance adoption.

Everyone wishing to adopt through our rescue must complete an application.  

If you are a previous adopter and are interested in an available dog, please email and let us know.

Once we receive your application, we will reply with a follow up email of acknowledgement. 

  • A volunteer will then contact you to set up a home visit. We receive many applications and only have a handful of volunteers able to schedule them so please be patient.  During the home visit, we look for potential hazards for the Boston that the adopter may not have considered.
  • Once the home visit is completed, we carefully screen potential adoptive families, including interviewing adopters and checking references. 
  • We encourage all approved adopters to visit the available dogs at one of our meet and greets or events.  You can find more information on our events page   

Our goal is to match our dogs to the best-suited homes based on the individual dog's needs.  If acquiring a dog is a time-sensitive issue for you or your family, rescue may not be for you. 

If you are willing to wait for the right rescue to come to you, you are an ideal candidate for AZBTR.  As our success rate proves, these precious dogs are well worth the wait. 

We are very careful about the placements we make. We do our best to match the right Boston with the right adoptive home because we want this to be the dog's permanent home.



Spay/Neuter, Health Check, Microchip and License

We make sure that all dogs are sterilized before adoption and, if the adoptive home has other pets, we require that existing pets are sterilized as well. Vaccinations are brought up to date and each dog is given a health check and a microchip. 

Microchips will be registered in the name of the new owner, with AZBTR as a secondary contact.  While microchips have proven successful in returning lost dogs to their homes, the quickest way to have your pet returned to you is to make sure they are always wearing current ID tags on their collar.

Adoption Contract and Fee

Adopters sign a Placement Contract with us, agreeing among other things to return the dog to us if they are not able to keep it themselves.

The Adoption Fee is based on the age of the Boston, as follows:

Age of Boston Fee
Up to 12 months $500
1-3 years
4-8 years $325
9 years and older $200


Ethics of Our Rescue Program

We operate under a Code of Ethics that obligates us to act in the best interests of the Boston Terriers in our care.