We’ll be Together Fur-ever!

Adopting a dog is a serious commitment. We strongly encourage anyone thinking about adding a new member to their family to spend some time doing research to be ready for this commitment. We are also happy to work with you to figure out what kind of dog is best for you. If you want to have a dog in your home but aren’t sure you can make the 10-20 year commitment, consider participating in our foster program and other volunteer opportunities.

The application process consist of several steps:

  1. Submit Adoption Application. Please answer the application questionnaireas honestly and completely as possible. There is a $20.00 non-waivable and non-refundable application fee to ensure applicants are committed to the adoption process. This fee will not count towards the adoption fee. Our rescue reserves the right to reject any application.
  1. Application Review.One of our volunteers will review your application and check your veterinary references. If you are renting, we will also need to contact your landlord to ensure your new family member will be approved.
  1. Phone Interview.A volunteer will contact you to go over your application. This may take a week or more depending on the number of applications we are processing at this time.
  1. Home Visit.We will then set up a home visit to verify your home is a safe place for a Boston. The home visit is also a time where one of our volunteers can answer any questions that you may have and discuss safety precautions with you. Your location and the location of our available volunteers may impact how quickly the home visit can be completed.
  1. Finding the Right Match.Finally, we will work with you to find the right Boston for your home. PLEASE BE ADVISED that we currently have a waiting list of applicants who have been approved and are waiting to be matched with a dog to adopt.  At this time, the waiting period to adopt could be as much as 4 months or longer, depending on the age of the dog you are seeking to adopt and the makeup of your household.  The wait is longer for younger dogs than for older dogs since the majority of our applicants want younger dogs.  Additionally, for those households with children and/or other pets, a few of our dogs may not be a good match.  Therefore, it’s possible the wait time could be a little longer than for some other homes. The GOOD NEWS is that we have new dogs coming into our rescue all the time.  Often, things move so quickly that we do not have an opportunity to post them for adoption before they are matched with a waiting applicant.  Therefore, if you are willing to be patient, we encourage you to apply now instead of waiting to see a Boston that you like on our website before deciding to submit your application.  We are confident that with some patience, we will be able to help you find the perfect Boston Terrier for your household.
  1. Adoption Agreement.Once the right match has been found for you, we will send you an adoption agreement with important terms and conditions that you will need to follow.


Our primary area is Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. While these states are given preference, we will adopt anywhere in the Continental USA. Any transportation, quarantine, health certificate, or other costs associated with certain State regulations will be at the sole expense of the adopter and is not included in the adoption fee.
Because we have Boston Terriers of all ages, we have a sliding scale for adoption fees generally ranging from $200 to $600 based on the age and health of the dog. Our fees cover vetting costs, shelter fees, fuel for transport while in the rescue, copying and printing of contracts and paperwork, our website presence, food, boarding, behavioral training and additional medical care. While the dog you adopt may not require all of these things, many other dogs in our system do. By adopting from Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida, you are not saving just one life, you are helping to save others as well.
  • Microchipping
  • Spaying/neutering
  • Dogs will be current on age appropriate vaccinations,
  • Dogs are heartworm tested and are current on their heartworm medications
  • Adopters receive a complete copy of all medical records.
In our adoption agreement, we require that every animal be spayed/neutered (if not prior to adoption) by a specific date. This is VERY important as the overpopulation of dogs and cats in our country is a sad result of too many unplanned litters! If for any reason the match is not as perfect as we all had hoped, the dog must be returned to Boston Terrier of Florida. Under no circumstance they are to be given away or left at a shelter. The Agreement is legally binding and we take it very seriously.