Adopt from BARK
All of BARK's dogs are spayed/neutered, given routine vaccinations appropriate to their age, tested for heartworms, and microchipped prior to adoption. The adoption fee of $175 covers the cost of this vetting. Please note that BARK is located in Ashland, VA and adopters should live within a reasonable driving distance from our location. Transport for adopted animals is not available. BARK does not conduct same day adoptions, so if you're interested in meeting and potentially adopting a dog, please complete an adoption application online. Since BARK is an all volunteer organization and the kennels are located on private property, we do not have normal operating hours and meet and greets must be coordinated in advance.
The Adoption Process
To learn more about the BARK adoption process, click here.
Why Adopt from BARK?
Many people think dogs who end up in shelters or with rescue groups are all genetically and behaviorally flawed. This is simply not true. Many of BARK’s dogs were given up because their owners passed away or moved to a home where pets were not allowed. Others were surrendered because their owners could no longer afford to keep them. Tragically, many were turned into a shelter because their usefulness or novelty wore off—because someone just got bored with them. Not all ‘sellers’ of puppies will accept ‘returns,’ so choices for giving up dogs can be limited to animal welfare organizations, such as rescues, or the owners trying to place their own dogs.
We love ALL our BARK dogs and know that each one will make a great addition to any home that is compatible with their personality. If you have questions about the adoption process or are having difficulty filling out the online application, please email .
Visit our Happy Tails page to read about some of BARK's special dogs who have found loving forever homes.
Become a Foster Parent
Are you thinking about adopting a dog, but haven't totally committed to the idea? Consider fostering a BARK dog! There are many BARK dogs that desperately need a foster home, including dogs that have tested positive for heartworms and need a foster home through treatment or dogs that are shy and need help coming out of their shells. To learn more about fostering, please fill out a foster application or email .
The decision to bring a new dog into your home, whether as a first dog or an addition to an existing pack, is an big one. It's essential to understand that your new dog will need time, and sometimes help, to feel safe and comfortable in a new environment. Remember, everything is new for a newly adopted shelter dog - new home, environment, family, canine friends, etc. - and the majority of the time you don't know what their past life was like. We've gathered some resources that can help you plan for and make the transition an easier one. With time and patience, we are certain that your new dog can be a happy and well adjusted member of your family!
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Tips for Couples Adopting a Dog - This article has some great recommendations for couples thinking of adopting a dog together, especially if it's the first dog for the home. Discussing these topics will help ensure that both parties are happy and confident with the decision to adopt!
Before You Adopt a Dog - Some important considerations to address before adopting a dog.
Decompressing Rescue Dog - This is a great blog that attempts to show what a new home is like for a shelter dog. Everything is new and the new family must be committed to helping the dog decompress and settle in. While sometimes it does happen, it is not necessarily realistic to think you can bring a new dog home, take off the leash, and everything will be perfect. But, with a little time and patience, it will be worth it and you'll have a very happy pup!
Housetraining Puppies and Dogs - This article has some great tips for working with housebreaking issues with your new dog.
Introducing Dogs to Cats - Some great suggestions and guidelines for introducing a new dog to an existing cat in the home.
Separation Anxiety - Does your dog get nervous or anxious when you leave? Here are some great tips to help deal with separation anxiety.