How long does the adoption process take?

It varies depending on the dog and litter, but once an application is being processed it is generally processed within 48-72 hours. If not directly in contact with Ross, you would hear from a processing volunteer when they are beginning to work on your application. It is a good idea to contact your landlord (if you have one) and let them know that we will be calling. For veterinarian references, please call your vet and give them permission for us to speak to them about your pet’s/pets’ care. If you have submitted an application but have not heard back from someone within 5 days, please do continue your search as there are many wonderful dogs looking for homes. At times, we are overwhelmed completely with applications for a particular dog or litter and we are unable to respond to everyone. If you wish to start by first inquiring as to the status of a dog, you can do that by e-mailing, but we do our best to keep our Adoptable Dogs list and Petfinder up-to-date.

Will you hold a dog until our house is bought/renovated/we get back from vacation/school’s out/the next blue moon/etc?

Our process usually is relatively quick, and we are unable to hold dogs for any length of time (generally one week at the absolute maximum). We will not hold them in exchange for additional fees, etc, so please don’t ask. We work for the dog, and it is in their best interest to be in their own, loving home as quickly as possible. If the dog in which you are interested is still available when you are ready to adopt, huzzah! It was meant to be.

I’ve submitted an application for a particular dog. Now what?

First and foremost, if your application was submitted successfully, you will receive an e-mailed auto-reply with some follow-up information. If your application is the first one received for that particular dog and it looks like a good fit for that dog or puppy, you will hear from us typically within 48 hours. Please, please make sure your veterinarian has been alerted that we will be calling so that they have permission to speak to us. The dogs and puppies we receive typically are ready to get on with life and find their happily ever after, so after the state-mandated quarantine period and local vet check, we start making appointments with applicants.  Many times people are surprised at how quickly the process can go, but other times folks are upset that we don’t move more quickly (sorry, no drones delivering puppies here!).  We do the best we can, as volunteers, trying to care for the dogs, respond to emails, get dogs to the vet, etc.  A kind follow-up e-mail inquiring as to the status of your application is welcome, but often times we do not have a good answer to the question “is this dog still available.”  It takes time to get the applications processed, schedule meet and greets, and get decisions from potential adopters before we have a good answer to that question.  Adopters deserve a lot of credit in NH, because it can be hard to find a dog to adopt. Please remember that there’s a good reason why it’s hard … it’s because we do not have overpopulation here like they still do in the south, and we have more adopters than we have available dogs which is great in the big picture!  While it may be frustrating when you are trying to find a pup, and we totally understand that, we are working hard to find great homes for as many dogs as we can and usually, usually your patience will pay off and you will find a great pup for you!

Saying it again:  at times, we simply receive so many inquiries and applications on a particular dog or litter that we are unable to respond to everyone. We’re sorry!  Please keep trying, keep your eyes on Facebook on the weekends (when we post new arrivals), and get a mini-application in as soon as you see another dog or litter that you’d like to meet.

I’ve been approved and now I have scheduled a meet and greet. If it’s love, will I be able to take the dog home with me at that meeting?

Any dog that leaves our care must have a current health certificate (issued within fourteen days of adoption), per state regulation. We try to have current health certificates on any dog prior to a meet and greet, though it’s not always possible to do so. If the dog does have a current health certificate and your application has been processed and approved, you are able to adopt the pup at the time you meet them. (Again, we will not hold the pup for a long period of time and generally look to a decision being made at the meet and greet. If a decision is not made at that time, your pup will be considered to be available to other adopters.) If the dog does not have a current health certificate or your application has not yet been submitted and approved, the dog cannot go home that day. We will work with you to schedule pick-up, usually within one week, but sometimes dependent on our ability to get into see the veterinarian. If you are driving from a significant distance, we almost always work with you to make sure the pup will be ready to go home with you that day or will make sure you know if the pup will not be available to go home that day.

Both members of our household work full-time. Can we adopt a puppy?

We know, we all grew up with working parents and pups that were left at home throughout the day. The truth is, it’s just not ideal. Puppies need socialization and training on top of their basic physiological needs. We are looking to place puppies into homes where the adopters have the time necessary to train, socialize, and interact with the puppy throughout the day. We want to make sure the puppy has every opportunity to be successful in their new home, and we find that this requirement simply works best. Please understand, we work for the puppy.  The best general rule is that one month of age for the puppy equates to one hour that the puppy can be left at home alone, so a three month old puppy should be left home alone for a maximum of three hours.  This, of course, only speaks to the physiological needs of a puppy and not their other needs (socialization, interaction, training).  There are so many variables, both in lifestyles, training experience/knowledge, outside support from family members of dog walkers/daycares, etc. Have a question? Ask!  We will be happy to chat with you about your situation and potential matches, whether it is an adult or a puppy.

If the dog is still listed as available on Petfinder (Adopt-a-Pet, etc), are they truly still available?

We are honest with you and upfront about the status of a dog. Sometimes, inquiries come in at such a quick pace that we aren’t certain what the status of the dog is – we can receive four applications on one pup and yet not have one of them work out. Other times, we believe the dog has a solid adopter, only to find out the person has changed their mind. We do the best we can and welcome any process engineers who can come up with a better way of managing this process.

Can we meet the dog first, before submitting an application?

We routinely host dozens of strangers at our personal home throughout the week, and volunteer our time to introduce you to the dogs, answer questions, etc. We are happy to do that and love meeting new people and talking about dogs!  However, it can be frustrating for both rescuer and adopter if an appointment has been made and time has been spent without first knowing if it’s a possible good match for a particular dog or for our organization and our policies in general.  We do ask that an application be completed before an appointment time is set-up to meet a dog or all available dogs.  For published Open House hours (announced on Facebook and Instagram), we do not require applications, but a deposit may be required if you wish to hold a dog until you can get an application submitted.  Last but not least, please understand that an application is what holds your spot in line for a particular dog. (Please note that we have both a full application and a mini-application on this website.  You need only complete the full application once (it’s valid for one year, barring any changes to your address or employment).  If you miss out on the first dog for whom you have applied, you need not fill out another, full application for any subsequent dogs in which you are interested.  Simply complete a mini-application letting us know which dog you are interested in, and that will let us know that we have the full application on-file from you already.

What should I bring to meet & greets/adoptions

Please be on time to your appointment!
Weekends and some mornings are very busy for us, and we schedule several appointments back to back. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we may not be able to accommodate you without infringing on the next adopter’s appointment, may not be able to give you sufficient time to meet a pup, or may need to reschedule the appointment entirely. Please remember that these are our personal homes and not public locations or places of business. We thank you for respecting this and not arriving without an appointment, entering a building without knocking, etc. Thank you for understanding!

  1. Leash.
  2. If adopting a puppy from a litter, bring a small towel or blanket that can be rubbed on your puppy’s litter mates or mama dog.
  3. Cash or money order.
What should I have ready at home?
  1. A crate, if planning to crate train (and we highly recommend it, especially for puppies!).
  2. Bowls, toys.  Kongs, Nylabones, rope tug toys, and a variety of other toys are great to have!
  3. A good training book. Check out for their Puppy Primer.  We also love Victoria Stilwell’s articles available on her website at
  4. Food. Check out for information on good food choices.
  5. Good treats for training. Made in the USA (too many recalls with others)! String cheese, carrots, and chopped up organic hot dogs make good treats too.
What will I go home with?
  1. A new member of your family!
  2. A small bag of the food your pup has been eating while with us at CCNE, Fromm’s Family Gold.  You should transition your pup to a new food slowly, over the course of 3-4 days, slowly inversing the proportion of new to old.  (Day 1: 75% old food, 25% new food; Day 2: 50% old food, 50% new food;  Day 3: 25% old food, 75% new food)
  3. A martingale (AKA no-slip or limited slip) collar.
  4. A copy of the signed contract between you and CCNE.  (And the spay/neuter agreement if the dog is not altered prior to adoption.)
  5. Your pup’s medical records.
  6. A valid health certificate from a local veterinarian.


What should I do within the first few days after adopting?
  1. Contact us with an update on how your pup is doing and settling in with you. Send photos!
  2. Contact a vet if you don’t have one already and make an appointment for your pup to see the vet and get established in the vet’s practice.
Do you have a shelter we can visit?

As a rescue, not a brick-and-mortar shelter, we operate out of a private residence in New Boston, NH.  Having said that, the dogs do have their own building on the property, so Ross has been known to call it a hybrid shelter/rescue!  We do not utilize many foster homes, so on any given day all available dogs are able to be met in New Boston.  Just e-mail to set something up as visitors with appointments are welcome.  As a stay-at-home mom fully immersed in the rescue life, Ross generally is flexible with times available for appointments, including weekdays, weeknights, and weekend mornings.   Appointments on Saturdays and Sundays conclude by 1pm (last appointment time at 12:30). Additionally, Open Houses are hosted at the property at various times throughout the year.  These are announced via social media (Facebook or Instagram). Thank you for respecting our property, not visiting without an appointment, and parking on the gravel areas (not on grass) anywhere.  Thank you for your understanding that we give up a lot of privacy to be able to follow this passion for rescue, but unannounced visitors at our home, including knocking on the door of our home, can be intrusive.

What are your adoption fees? Why?

Our adoption fees for puppies range from $475-$525 typically.  Adult dogs range from $300-$425 typically. Occasionally, we have dogs available at reduced adoption fees for various reasons. Adoption fees are listed with the particular dog’s posting on our website and on, and those fees supersede the ranges given here.
Why are our fees what they are?
We are more than happy to break down the costs! We pay fees to the sending shelter or rescue, a fee to transport each dog up from the south (typically $125-$140 per dog), vetting (including health certificates in the south and another one after quarantine in NH), medications (dewormer, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative), collars, and high-quality dog food for each and every dog. We have additional costs including insurance, employees who help us care for the animals and prepare our stellar paperwork, licensing fees, and, of course, the extraordinary vet costs that some dogs incur prior to being adopted. None of these items are free, but we run the rescue as efficiently as we possibly can so that we can keep the adoption fees where they are. We rely solely on donations and adoption fees to cover our costs at this time.