Camp Cocker Adoption Process

Step 1 - The application:

Our adoption process begins with an online adoption application.  (located at the bottom of this page)

***If you are interested in a specific dog, please view our Available Dogs section and read about them first!

We understand that our application is lengthy, and we hope you will be willing to spend the thirty or so minutes it might take to complete it. We rely heavily on the application to decide whether we have a dog who might be a good match for you. Unfortunately, we do not have a rescue facility of our own, and we are not able to introduce you to dogs before you have filled out an application.

Please understand that applications are read by volunteers who have full time jobs and other obligations, so it may take us a few days to respond to inquiries about applications.

We really appreciate your patience with our adoption process. We work very hard to attempt to be a good matchmaker between dog and adopter!


Step 2 - The phone interview:

Volunteers review each adoption application, and if we think we might have a dog who is a good match for you, we will contact you for a phone interview.. The purpose of the phone interview is to learn more about your expectations for a dog and to discuss some of the dogs that may be a possible "match" for you. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions about our adoption process and our dogs.

All adults that reside in the home must be present for the phone interview.

We often share nutrition guidance during the phone interview. We encourage all adopters to check out, an amazing resource for nutrition and giving your dog the best chance for longevity and health.

Once the phone interview is completed, vet references will be checked as well as any landlords to confirm a dog is allowed. 


Step 3 - The home safety check:

Next we schedule a home safety check. We are based in southern California and most of our adopters live in either the general San Francisco bay area or the general Los Angeles area and surrounding regions.

We have volunteers in those areas who do home safety checks. The purpose of the home safety check is to help adopters check their homes for dog proofing and also point out any other potential safety issues that you might not have noticed (for example, snail bait or chemicals in the garage that are within reach of a dog, or a front door that faces a busy street where a dog can slip out, or a backyard gate that needs repair or requires a lock on it).

Out of state adopters do not get the home safety check waived.   Please be patient with us as we try to line up a rescue representative in your region that can do a home safety check on our behalf.  It must be done by someone that is not affiliated in any way with the adopter so as to be unbiased.   If you have adopted from another rescue organization in the past that has done a home check, it does not mean we can waive our home safety check.  All rescues have different standards and Camp Cocker is known for having the highest of re-homing standards.    We put our heart and soul into the rescue of each dog and we insist on not cutting corners when it is time to re-home our dogs.  

We also ask that all members of the household be present for the home safety check, because we want to meet everyone and ensure that all members of the home are enthusiastic about bringing a new dog into the family. Even if there is one person who will be the primary caretaker of the dog, we want to make sure everyone is prepared for the long-term commitment of a dog and being prepared for the responsibility of the dog, for what could be up to a sixteen year life span. 

Once a home safety check is passed, the adopter is now ready to adopt a new four-legged cutie pie!


Step 4 - The adoption takes place!

Once an adopter is approved, we work out the logistics of having the adopter meet our dogs. Most of our dogs are located in the Ventura county/Los Angeles/Orange county area. Some adopters want to meet several of our dogs, and they can travel to the southern CA area to spend time with the dogs and decide which one to adopt. Other adopters are only interested in one particular dog, and if they are in California, we can either try to meet them part of the way by car, or have the dog flown to them if a volunteer pilot is available from PilotsnPaws. 

For out of state adoptions, the adopter must travel here to meet the dog in person to complete an adoption.  (please don't ask us to ship a dog to you, it is important you meet a dog in person before embarking on a lifetime commitment of adoption)   Please plan to get a hotel for at least one overnight, possibly two unless you have a very specific dog in mind that you'd like to meet.   If you want to meet several of our dogs and spend some time with each one, taking at least a full weekend is smart so that you can be thoughtful about the dog you will be going home with.   It's a fun way to spend a vacation or a long weekend, coming to California to find your next best friend to adopt!


Step 5 - The adoption donation:

We don't view an adoption as a purchase of a dog. We think every one of our dogs is priceless and worth far more than the donation you make when you adopt. We do depend on adoption donations to partially cover our costs, although they don't come close to covering all our expenses.. When you adopt from Camp Cocker, you are making an adoption donation that is in the spirit of supporting our rescue group as a whole! That means that your donation is not payment for your dog; it is a contribution that helps us care for the next shelter dog in need.

Here is the recommended minimum donation by age of dog:

  • Puppies (six months old or younger): $500

  • "Tweens" (seven months to one year old): $425

  • One year old and up: $350

  • Just ONE Dog International - South Korean Freedom Flyers: $500

For puppies that are too young to be spayed/neutered - the adoption does not take place until the puppy is altered at five to six months of age. Once an adopter is approved to adopt a puppy, they can foster the puppy and enter into a foster-to-adopt agreement that does not become an official adoption until the puppy is spayed/neutered. We rarely get puppies and generally when we do, they are most definitely not well bred. We urge all adopters to get pet insurance immediately because chances are good that any puppies we rescue, are going to face some sort of medical issues at some point in their lives.  (this is the result of backyard breeding and the parents not being properly screened for health issues)

Thank you for understanding that your adoption donation supports our rescue group as a whole and allows us to continue to rescue future dogs in honor of your dog's adoption.


We woof you very much!


Step 6 - The follow-up:

When possible, we really enjoy doing a follow up visit in person some time in the six months following the adoption. We like to stay in touch with our adopters anyway as it really encourages us to continue doing rescue when we hear updates on how our adopted dogs are doing. We are also always available if you need any additional support with your new dog. We mostly want to make sure that your dog is flourishing in his or her new home environment and if not, what support or suggestions can we offer?

We love love LOVE to get new pictures and videos of our adopted dogs, as well as your stories and updates! We hope you will share your adoption experience with others who might consider rescuing a dog.

What if you need to return your dog?

Camp Cocker will take back an adopted dog at ANY TIME during the dog's life, for ANY REASON!  We never EVER want to see one of our dogs end up going back to a shelter or even worse, getting passed around from home to home.  Please contact us immediately as soon as you know you will have to relinquish your dog. Unfortunately, the adoption donation is non refundable (we usually spend the donations as soon as we receive them on medical and boarding expenses).