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Welcome to our Adoption FAQs. Hopefully, this means you are interested in taking one of our adorable furballs home!


We recommend adoptees read this FAQ page before putting in an application. If you have any questions that are not covered here, please email us at

1. I want to visit your shelter. Where are you located?

No Kill Louisville does not have a facility/shelter. We are a foster based rescue that depends on volunteers in the community to care for our adoptables until they find their forever homes.

2. How can I see your adoptables?

All of our adoptables can be seen on our Adopt tab.

Between events, we can arrange private meet and greets with our adoptables and approved adopters. Once you are an approved adopter, we will reach out to you to schedule a visit.


3. What is your adoption process?

The first step in the adoption process is to fill out an application. Please fill it out in its entirety and tell us as much about yourself as possible. The more info we get, the better we can match you with the right pet. We do reference checks with personal references (NOT RELATED TO APPLICANT), and vet references for currently or previously owned pets. We then do a home visit, usually the same time as the meet and greet. 


4. I want to mail/fax my application. How do I do that?

Since we do not have a facility/shelter, we do not have a way to mail or fax your application to us. Applications must be completed online.


5. What is your adoption fee?

Adoption fees range from $50 to $200 depending on the age of the animal and/or how long they've been in foster care. Adoption fees are non-negotiable. If you have questions about an adoption fee for a specific animal, please email us at


6. What does your adoption fee include?

All of our adoptables are spayed/neutered (age appropriate), micro-chipped, vaccinated with Rabies (age appropriate), DHPP (dogs), FVRCP (cats), Heart-worm Test (dogs), FELUK/FIV Combo Test (cats), and Bordetella (kennel cough for dogs).


Our adoptables are also dewomed and kept current on all flea and/or heartworm preventatives. If we know about an illness and/or injury when we rescue the animal, we do out best to take care of those vet costs before the animal is officially available for adoption. Any illness and/or injury we are not aware of prior to adoption or that arises after adoption are solely the responsibility of the adopter. For puppies too young to receive all their shots, we give at least one round of DHPP. The adopter is responsible for covering the cost of all other booster shots after the adoption. ALL ADOPTIONS ALSO INCLUDE 30 DAYS OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE ANIMAL PROVIDED BY PETFIRST. You must complete the online requirements for the insurance to take effect!


7. I sent in my application, now what?

Once your application has been received, you will receive a confirmation email. All of our staff are volunteers with full time jobs, so we ask that you give us up to 5 business days (Mon-Fri, excluding holidays) to process your application. Please notify your references that we will be contacting them so they can look out for our email or phone call. We will also connect you to a volunteer to do your home visit. If you have not received a confirmation email within 48 business hours, please send us an email at


8. I sent in my application, my references were checked, but I never heard from you... What gives?!

We apologize for the delay in communication. We also thank you for your patience and understanding. Because we are all volunteers, we do our best to get back to everyone as soon as possible.

If you're wondering the status of your application, please follow up with us via email at

9. I want to adopt, but I'm going out of town. Can you hold the animal for me?

Unfortunately, we cannot. Since our adoptables are kept in foster homes, keeping one for an extended period of time means we cannot rescue another dog. If you're going out of town, you may want to wait until you're back or figure out what you can do with your pet while you're away. We can recommend some dog sitters or pet suites/boarding.

10. I like an animal on your site, but I was told he/she is no longer available... What gives?!

We try our best to keep our Adopt tab up-to-date, but we are human and things get missed. Please bear in mind that if we get multiple applications for one animal, we may not be able to reach out to everyone to let them know the animal has been adopted. We apologize and appreciate your understanding.

11. I want to call you! Where can I call?

Please understand we are all volunteers with jobs, families, and other obligations. Simply put, we are readily available by email. We do our best to get back to everyone in a timely manner, so email is the best way to reach us! You can email our Adopt Foster Coordinator at:

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