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Adoption FAQs

How does the adoption process work?

The Barking Lot specializes in finding new homes for abandoned dogs. View available dogs on our “Temporary Barking” page. Once you find a dog(s) you are interested in, fill out the online adoption application, making sure to include the dog’s name(s). A Barking Attendant will contact you within 24 hours to schedule a home check and play date with the dog(s) of your choice. All family members should attend the play date, including your canines. During the play date, we will share all the information we have on the dog, including temperament and medical history.

Adoptions are on a first come/first served basis for qualified applicants that have completed ALL steps in our process. 

*Please Note: The Barking Lot is open to the public by appointment only. We will contact you to schedule an appointment after we receive your application:

Adoption Application

What steps do I have to complete to adopt a dog from The Barking Lot?

Why is your application so long?

Why is your adoption process longer than the county shelter?

Is your website up-to-date with adoptable dogs?

How can I tell if a dog is good with other dogs, cats, or kids?

What are your adoption fees?

Why are your adoption fees higher than the county shelter?

Are your adoption fees negotiable?

Do you allow people to take a dog on a trial basis or foster-to-adopt?

Do you take your dogs back if an adoption doesn't work out?

Do you adopt outside of the San Diego area?

What types of animals do you adopt out?

How do you get your animals?

I need to give my dog away. Will you take him?

Do you take strays?

How long do you keep the animals?

Do you take animals on a temporary basis?

Can I request a particular breed?

Do you always have puppies available?

Do you take donations of items to be used in the department?

Are all your assistants volunteers?

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