Adoption Application

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not have the time to request more information from you & may reject your application based on insufficient or incomplete information. Please provide detailed & in-depth answers to ALL questions to increase your chances of being approved for adoption. We do reserve the right to reject any application for any reason.If you do get a rejection notice from us, this is a final decision however wrong you feel we may be. 

PLEASE NOTE: The adoption fees for our puppies/dogs generally run $200.00-$400.00 each but could be more or less depending on pet adoptability. In general our dog fees include spay/neuter, all age appropriate vaccines, micro-chipping, worming & flea control. Kittens under 6 months old are $85.00 & cats over 6 months run $75.00 which includes spay/neuter, flea treatment, worming and negative testing for Felv/FIV. Purebred or highly adoptable cats will be more.

Please do not submit this application unless you are truly serious about adopting a pet from Joyful Rescues. If you are 'shopping' your application will be kept on file for a year. If you are interested in a specific pet(s), please be sure you are ready to bring your new pet home. We will only hold or "reserve" pets until the weekend following approval.

This application is for Joyful Rescues use only and does not apply to any other rescue or shelter. 

NOTE: All fields marked with * are Required Fields - Do Not Leave Blank (put N/A if not applicable) 

TO COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION, YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER FOR CAT ADOPTION & AT LEAST 25 YEARS OF AGE FOR DOG ADOPTION.Very few exceptions are made.

Due to the high kill rates in shelters in TN, NC, SC, OH, WV, GA and various other regions, we do not adopt pets into those states/areas. We prefer you save a pet from being euthanized in your home area.  If you have questions about your locale, please email us before completing the application. Thank you for understanding.



We may respond to your application by email. Please be sure that your email setup allows you to accept emails from info@joyfulrescues.org.

We do reserve the right to deny any application for any reason. If you do get a denial notice from us, this is a final decision however wrong you feel we may be.

Please be sure you have filled in all fields marked with an * - these are Required Fields. If not filled in, you will received an error message. If you do get an error message, do not press the Back Arrow in the upper left on your browser or you will lose your information.

If you do not hear from us within 3 BUSINESS days of submitting your application, please email us at info@joyfulrescues.org to be sure we received it. Please contact your veterinarian office and give permission for us to obtain information. Thank you.

As soon as you hit submit you will receive an auto reply email asking you to call your vet, if you have one, and give them permission to speak with us.

​​If you have trouble with the online application or prefer to complete off line, click on the link below. You may copy/paste or print this version of the application to either email or fax to us.

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