Adoption Application

Joyful Rescues receives a large number of applications each day. Because of this, it is impossible for us to respond to every applicant. Our policy is that we review applications as received. 
WE WILL REACH OUT TO YOU IF APPROVED.   ** Please do not repeatedly call or email to determine status. **

In general, our application approval process takes 4-5 business days. If you have not heard from us by then please consider many of the other wonderful rescues that are out there. From all of us here at Joyful Rescues, thank you so much for your interest in shelter pets.

PLEASE NOTE: The adoption fees for our puppies/dogs generally run $300 - $500 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. The adoption fees for our kittens/cats generally run $75 - $125 but could be more of less depending on pet adoptability. In general, our cat fees include 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). 


If you are a SENIOR contemplating adopting a pet, you may want to read the following article written by Pat Miller and recently published by the Whole Dog Journal. We consider this article very helpful in determining what could be right for you.
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

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 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 please copy/paste the application in an email and complete there.
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