Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs about adopting, fostering, donating, and contacting CCAR.


Where does CCAR get their dogs?

Many of the dogs from CCAR come from high-kill shelters in North Carolina, as well as in other areas on the East Coast and Southeast United States. CCAR relies on volunteers who are able to help transport the animals to the DC area, where they stay with fosters until they find their forever home. To volunteer for CCAR and help save lives, please apply here.

I see a dog/cat I like that says “application pending” or “has application” - does this mean they are already adopted?

  • “Has Application” means that an application is being processed for the animal, however the adoption is not yet completed. Applications do fall through for different reasons all the time, therefore we do still encourage you to apply for the dog/cat you’re interested in.  In the alternative, please consider other animals in our rescue or provide a specific type of animal (active, companion, etc.) or breed that you are looking for to help us find the best match for you.

  • “Adoption Pending” means that there is an approved adopter for the animal and the adoption is in the final process.  As stated, though, sometimes adoptions can fall through for a variety of reasons and we still encourage you to apply.

  • If you have not received any correspondence from us, unfortunately “Adoption Pending” does not apply to you.  We often receive multiple applications for dogs, but encourage you to still consider adopting!

What is Foster-To-Adopt?

Foster-To-Adopt or FTA is a process that CCAR offers for certain situations to see if our animals will be the perfect fit for your home. This is typically offered to homes with young children or other pets, or where there is a specific concern that requires a trial period.

Do you adopt outside of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC?

On certain occasions, we will arrange for an adoption outside of the DMV area. This will depend on the potential adopter and the needs of the dog/cat.

How long does the adoption process take?

The adoption process is usually 1-2 weeks, depending on how quickly we are able to connect for an initial meeting, touch base with references, and schedule a home visit. We strive to find the best possible homes for all CCAR rescues and work with potential adopters over this time to make sure there’s a perfect match for both the dog/cat and the family.

What does the adoption process entail?

  • Application

    • First, individuals can review adoptable animals by clicking “Adopt” at the top of the screen. All potential adopters must fill out an adoption application under the same tab. The application includes three non-family references as well as information on the potential adopter’s landlord and designated veterinarian. References will be contacted separately to obtain the requisite information.

  • Meet and Greet

    • Once the application and references have been successfully reviewed and approved, a CCAR representative will reach out to the potential adopter to set up a meet and greet with the dog.

  • Home Visit

    • The home visit is the final important piece in identifying a safe home for all of our dogs. A CCAR representative will schedule a visit that fits your schedule. We ask that all family members are present.

  • Contract

    • The contract can be signed at the conclusion of the home visit or at a later date.

    • Payments can also be arranged at this time, either online or via check. The $350 adoption fee takes care of the cost to spay/neuter, feed, and transport our rescues. Some adopters also choose to make a donation at this time.

  • Payment: Online or by check, $350

    • Unless a veterinarian advises otherwise, our dogs all receive: vet exam, spay or neuter, microchip, DHPP, bordatella, rabies vaccs, fecal exam, heartworm test, deworming, flea/tick preventative, and heartworm preventative, as well as additional services, as needed. Heartworm positive dogs also undergo heartworm treatment, which the rescue covers. The adoption fee covers these costs as well as any local boarding when fosters are full and the costs of transport.

Ready to Adopt?

  • Before Pickup Checklist:

    • 1.     Schedule home visit

    • 2.     Sign and email adoption contract

    • 3.     Payment

    • 4.     Buy supplies including an ID tag with a phone number.

    • 5.     Make a vet appointment

    • 6.     Sign up for training

    • 7.     Register your microchip

  • Training

    • Training is required for first time dog owners, dogs under 1 year old, and for families with children under 14 years. If this applies to you, we ask for proof of enrollment or participation in training at the time of the adoption. We believe training is important for both the new dog and the new family and encourage training even when it is not required.

  • Supplies

    • At the time of adoption, you are required to show that you own a leash, collar and name tag with your contact information on it (at least one phone number). We recommend a harness or gentle leader, which will make it more difficult for the dog to escape. We also recommend a crate which can help with house training as well as provide a safe space your dog.


What does fostering entail?

  • Helping to save a dog’s life through fostering is one of the most rewarding ways to contribute to CCAR. Fosters are at the core of our rescue organization, as we are only able to save as many dogs as we have places for them to stay. Fostering helps save two lives! This helps rescue a dog/cat in need at a shelter and opens up a spot for another animal in need.

  • For individuals who are unable to care for a dog long-term, this is a great way to enjoy the companionship of some of our adorable rescues. This is also a great way to “test drive” different ages, sizes, breeds, and energy levels of dogs before making a permanent commitment to adopt.

  • We ask that all fosters commit to a minimum of two weeks. The foster application can be found in the main menu for both local and non-local fosters. Supplies such as a crate, leash/collar with tag/harness, and food (if available) will be provided.

  • Fosters and other volunteers in the DC area will help transport dogs to and from adoption events, meet with potential adoptive families, and generally ensure our rescues are well cared for as they seek their forever homes.

  • To foster, apply here.


Do you have a telephone number?

Due to being an entirely volunteer-run organization, we do not have a contact telephone number.  Please email us at if you have specific questions and we will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.

Where is CCAR located?

CCAR is located in the Washington, DC area. Because we are an animal rescue and not a shelter, we do not have an official location. All of our dogs/cats stay in foster homes in Virginia, Maryland and DC, as well as parts of North Carolina until they find their furever homes. If you would like to meet our dogs, please feel free to attend an adoption event or fill out an adoption application.


What do my funds go toward when I donate?

As a volunteer organization, we cannot continue our mission without the help of our generous donors. Each dollar you contribute goes toward saving a life. Funds help tend to rescues’ medical needs, including the cost to spay/neuter and treat serious illnesses like heartworm or injuries from accidents, and help pay shelter fees. Food, crates, leashes, monthly preventatives, and other basic supplies are necessary purchases to keep our animals healthy and safe. Donations also go toward the cost to transport rescues from shelters in North Carolina/Southeast U.S. to the DC area.

How can I donate?

If I have items (dog food, leashes, collars, crates, etc.) that I would like to donate, where could I drop these off?

Please e-mail for a current list of approved dropoff locations.  We partner with Generation Wags, Leashes for Love, and have drop bins at many locations in the DC area.  Additionally, as long as we are notified in advance, we can accept donations at most adoption events.

Is my donation to CCAR tax-deductible?

Yes, CCAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization recognized by the IRS as of March 2014.  

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