Adoption Policies (We recommend reading these before you submit your application)

Q: Is a dog available if it appears on the website?
A: Yes, we keep our website up-to-date.

Q: How can I meet the animal I'm interested in?
A: Submit an application and we can start the process and arrange a meet & greet with a dog. We also hold adoption events every weekend around the Greater Charlotte & Union County area. Check the Calendar and our Facebook page for upcoming event details. If you would like to meet a particular animal, please contact us so that we can arrange for the foster to bring the animal to the event.

Q: Do I have to complete an adoption application form just to meet an animal?
A: Yes.

Q: What is the adoption process?
A: The first step is to find your new best friend. View photos and details of all our animals up for adoption on our Available Dogs page. After you have found your new best friend, please complete and submit an online adoption interest form. Once received, we will review it. We will contact your vet to verify that all pets are spayed or neutered as well as up to date on vaccines and heartworm preventative.  We do not adopt to homes that have unaltered pets (except for a verifiable medical reason not to spay/neuter). You will need to bring current pets up to date on vaccines if they are not already. If everything checks out, we will contact you to schedule a meet & greet and home visit. If your home visit is successful, we consider you "approved". You can then proceed with the adoption. We will prepare a contract, have you sign it, and you will pay an adoption fee. You can then bring your new family member home.

Q: How long does the process take?
A: Usually no more than a few days to a week depending if you live locally and how quickly we can schedule your home visit.

Q: What does a "home visit" mean?
A: We visit your home to make sure that the environment is safe and suitable for the type of animal you're interested in.

Q: Can I adopt if I do not live in the greater Charlotte area?
A: We do allow out of area adoptions. However, if we have comparable competing adoption interest forms, the local applicants will get priority. Out of area adoptions may take a little longer as we will need to find someone in the area to complete the home visit and you are required to travel to pick up your dog, we do not ship or transport dogs at this time.

Q: What does the adoption fee include?
A: The adoption fee includes all shots through the date of adoption, spay/neuter, microchip & microchip registration.

Q: Do you take in strays?
A: If you find a stray animal within Union County or Mecklenburg County, please call Animal Care & Control to help. This will allow an owner to reclaim the animal if lost. We pull frequently from Union County Animal Control and Char-Meck Animal Care & Control. Will attempt to save the animal when the stray hold time is up and we deem the animal to be adoptable.

Q: Do we need a fenced yard?
A: No, but it depends on the type of animal you're interested in. We will have a discussion about your activity level and lifestyle to ensure you are able to provide adequate exercise for the pet.

Q: I would like an outside only dog, will you adopt to me?
A: No. We consider all our animals family members and as such will live indoors in the comfort of a home.

Q: I adopted an animal from PINC a while ago and can no longer keep it. What do I do?
A: Please contact us to arrange transfer of the dog back to PINC.

Each of our dogs, at the time of adoption, will be current on their vaccinations (DHPP, rabies and bordatella), have a negative heartworm test (over 6 mos.) and fecal exam, will have been spayed or neutered and have a microchip implanted and registered to PINC.  Puppies under the age of 6 months may be the responsibility of the adopter to have the dog spayed or neutered which is included in your adoption fee at our approved vet when they reach 6 months old. *certain terms apply. Proof of spay/neuter must be sent to PINC at the time this is performed. We keep each of our dogs on Heartgard, Tri-Heart or Ivermax while in foster care. 

Many of our dogs have received considerably more medical treatment than the above, depending on what they need when they arrive into foster care.  If a dog has a chronic condition that is diagnosed while in our care, we will inform you of the diagnosis and the course of treatment that the dog has been receiving while in our care. 


We gladly answer any questions about our process, or any of our dogs.  Just ask! 

Adopt Don't Shop

  1. All potential adopters will be required to fill out an application and have a home visit prior to adoption. We work hard at placing all of our rescued animals in the best suitable home possible. We want to ensure the absolute best fit to ensure these sweet babies will be adopted to their forever home and will never have to worry about being homeless again.
  2. All of our rescue animals are fully vetted as well as spayed and neutered at the time of adoption unless there is a medical reason or they are too young to be spayed or neutered at the time, in which a spay/neuter contract will have to be signed. We would like our potential adopters to understand the severe pet overpopulation that is present in our state and want all pet owners to be responsible in spaying and neutering their pets. Therefore it is our policy not to adopt to families that have unaltered pets. Our hearts ache for all the homeless animals including litters and litters of puppies and kittens that get killed in these shelters every day, many by being gassed to death. We try to save the owner surrendered animals because they are the first to be killed, usually on the same day they are surrendered. Unfortunately we can not save them all and there are only a very few lucky ones to make it out alive. If your pet is unaltered due to a medical condition please reach out to us and we can discuss that. 
  3. In general, we do require a fence for dogs unless there are special circumstances such as the dog being older, more laid back, couch potato, etc. There may be other special circumstances as well such as having a dog park next door or wanting a running or hiking partner. We understand that most dogs have a lot of energy and need enough exercise to release that energy. We also want the dog to have a safe place to play in which a fenced yard is most appropriate. We do not accept invisible fencing as a suitable option for various reasons. If there is a question about 
    whether a fence is required for a particular dog, please contact the person listed as the contact.
  4. All adopters must be a minimum of 23 years old.
  5. Due to limited resources, out of state adopters are required to travel to our location and are required to have a home visit completed prior to coming to meet us.

We often receive multiple applications for the same dog. We do not match on a "first come, first serve" basis, but rather strive to choose the adopter who is the best match for each particular pup.

Our goal is a successful, happy, and permanent adoption that meets the needs of the dog and the adopter.

Please note that our applications team is composed exclusively of volunteers who process applications in their free time. The team does their best to respond to each email, inquiry, and application in a timely manner.

During this process, we encourage you to monitor your email account and your phone to ensure we are able to reach you without delay. If at any point in the process you are concerned because you feel you haven’t been contacted in a timely manner, feel free to check in and let us know that you are still interested!

Once you've been approved, sometimes a dog that matches your home will be available immediately, but in some cases, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The more narrow your criteria for the right dog, the longer the wait. If your heart is set on a certain color, gender or age, you will probably wait longer than the adopter who is open on all these things. We do not place our dogs on a "first come, first served" basis, but according to the needs of the dog.

Our applications team can guide you to a dog that's the best fit for your family.

We welcome out of state adoptions however, we do not ship dogs. All out of state adopters (if approved) must pick up their newly adopted pup.


We ask for each of our adopters to make a minimum donation to PINC to adopt one of our dogs.  Currently, we request a minimum of $325.

Dog Adoption

The majority of dogs we rescue are young adults or adults. While pups do appear from time to time, they are not common. More males than females tend to be the trend in rescue as well so please consider both genders when adopting.Our dogs are kept in foster homes with volunteers who share their homes with these dogs until the right adoptive home is found. These foster homes evaluate for temperament and also work on basic training of the dogs.

All of our dogs over 6 months of age are spayed/neutered. We feel there are more than enough dogs already in need of homes and that our rescues should not be used for breeding. If a dog is too young to be altered the adopter will need to agree in writing to do so by the time the dog is 6 months of age.Our dogs have been seen by a vet and declared healthy for adoption. They are up to date on vaccinations, have been heartworm tested and also been cleared for parasites.

The first step in adopting from PINC is to complete an adoption application. The application is sent electronically to our processing team, where references are checked.  (Yes, we really do call your references!)

Once the application is received it is sent to an Adoption Coordinator. That coordinator will be responsible for having your application screened. Vet references are usually called first. When we contact your vet we ask about current and past pets (both dogs and cats). We ask if all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, seen on a yearly basis and whether dogs are on heartworm preventative. Personal references are also called. We will call and speak with references listed on your application.  The information provided to us by your references is kept strictly confidential.  We believe that we get honest information by assuring references that we will not disclose to anyone the content of our conversations.

You should call your references to let them know that they may be contacted by PINC.  Occasionally, we have encountered some references, such as veterinarians, who are reluctant to speak with us unless they have your permission.  It is easier for all of us if you let them know to expect our call.

No application can be approved without veterinary and personal references.

Next and finally a home visit is set up. After your application has passed through the reference checks, we will work to get a home visit set up.  Either a PINC volunteer or someone who has agreed to help us (usually another rescue group or animal shelter volunteer) will contact you to set up the home visit.  We will contact you to let you know who will be working with you to find a mutually-convenient time for conducting the home visit.

Home visits are not scary!!  This is often the most nerve-wracking part of our application approval process -- but it needn't be. 

The home visit is designed to accomplish three main goals: 

  1. To verify that the information provided on the application is true and accurate
  2. To determine whether the home has the ability to provide a safe, loving environment for a dog through PINC
  3. To help determine the personality of the dog that would best suit the home and family

The purpose of the home visit is not to check out your housekeeping, but to meet you, your family, and any pets you may have. It also allows us to see what kind of dog would fit best in your home.This careful screening process helps to ensure that each rescued PINC foster dog is placed in a loving, safe, and permanent home. PINC is looking for homes which have adequate time, energy, and resources for the dogs. We look for homes that can provide a safe and secure environment for the dog. It is our goal for this to be a permanent placement.

Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue has a goal to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home our dogs into furever loving homes. We take a unique approach to rescue, we rescue ONE at a time and make them the best dog they can be by the time they are placed in their forever home. 

Depending upon how quickly we can reach your references and schedule your home visit will determine how long the application process takes; typically every thing can be done in 5-7 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rescue. Educate. Outreach. Adopt. Furever.