Thank you for your interest in adopting through Nickel City Canine Rescue! Below you will find our application. Once received, we will begin processing it as quickly as possible. Our process includes checking your personal and veterinarian references, a home visit, and a meet and greet.
How does this Process work?
Fill out the online application.
Once received, a volunteer will be assigned to your app. They will first make the reference calls and contact your vet.
If you have current pets or have had any in the past 2 years they MUST be spayed or neutered and up to date of required
vaccinations. Required vaccinations include rabies for both dogs and cats and distemper/parvo for dogs. Kennel cough/Bordatella is highly recommended but not required for dogs. If current animals are not vaccinated and spayed/neutered, the application will be denied.
After calls have been completed, the volunteer will contact you to set up a home visit. Please keep in mind this is a VOLUNTEER doing this in their free time, it may not happen immediately.
Once the home visit is completed and if you are approved, you will receive an approval card and can then express interest in a dog.
Email or Facebook message the rescue stating your name on the app, the dog(s) you are interested in, and best way to contact you.
Your name will be placed on the dogs list. This is a first come first serve basis. We accept up to 5 names on each dogs list. You are NOT guaranteed a meet and greet as there may be people ahead of you on the list!
The dogs foster will reach out to set up a meet and greet if they get to your name. You may not hear from the foster immediately if there are people ahead of you meeting the dog.
If you have a meet and greet and both adopter and foster think it’s the right fit, the adoption may be finalized.
If a dog gets adopted by another adopter ahead of you on the list, the dog will be removed from the website and the available dogs folder on Facebook. We try to send emails to notify adopters, but this is not an automated system and with so many dogs and names this may get missed on occasion. Feel free to message or email for an update. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at
**General Disclaimer- Once a dog is posted online it is open to receive multiple applications. We do not limit the number of apps and cannot guarantee the dog will be available by the time your home visit has been completed. If there are already pre-approved adopters interested, their names will be placed on the dog’s list. This is why we highly recommend getting approved ahead of time. If it is a popular dog, it will likely have a list of names before your application can be processed.
We are an individual, private rescue comprised solely of volunteers. All donations and adoption fees are applied toward caring for our dogs, including vet bills, medications, follow-up visits, rechecks, and other expenses. Any donation is always welcome, and very much needed.
Dogs up to 7 Years old $350
Senior Dogs (7+ years old) $175
PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 or older to adopt.
All of our adoption fees include the following:
Age appropriate vaccinations
Heartworm test (if the dog is over 6 months of age)
Microchip insertion and Registration
We offer a $50 refund of your adoption fee if you complete an obedience class within 6 months of adoption and email proof of completion.
We do our best to respond to each email, inquiry, and application in a timely manner. Please be sure to monitor your email account and your phone to ensure we are able to contact you. Furthermore, please make sure your personal references, your veterinarian, and your landlord (if applicable) are aware that we will be calling to ensure no delays in processing your application. If you are concerned because you haven’t been contacted in a timely manner, please do feel free to follow up with us, check in, & let us that you are still interested!
*Currently we only adopt out within a 1 hour drive from the Buffalo Niagara airport. We will considered processing applications outside that area if the family has no other dogs in the home and is willing to come to buffalo for the meet and greet. The rescue does not provide transport services to out of town adopters.
* We do not currently adopt to Canada*
If you have any questions or have trouble with the application, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org