Thank you for your interest in adopting a Ruff Life animal!
Due to the large number of inquiries, and the fact that volunteers also hold full time jobs and have other responsibilities, we only communicate via email until an application has been approved. Any questions that are not answered on our website can be answered by email. Please be as specific as possible when sending an inquiry.

Our adoption fee for dogs is $250 (*subject to change).  All dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, fecal tested and up to date on flea/tick and
heart worm prevention before adoption. Puppies are up to date on age appropriate shots. Adults are also up to date on vaccines and heart worm tested (and treated if positive).


View our adoptable dogs here!

Adoption process
1. Adoption application
2. Vet reference
3. 2 personal references
4. Applicant interview
5. Meet and Greet

6. Home visit & adoption contract/fee

*Please contact your veterinarian and give permission for information to be released to Ruff Life. 

*Please allow 3-5 business days for an adoption coordinator to process your application.  

*We do not do long distance adoptions.

Adoption Requirements

-Must be 25 years of age or older
-If renting, must have landlord approval and show proof of pet fee/deposit paid
-All animals, including pets of roommates and family, must be spayed/neutered (unless a documented medical reason doesn't allow for this), up to date on vaccines (rabies, bordetella and distemper/parvo) and on monthly heartworm prevention.

Adoption Policies

-Must agree to yearly vet visits, including heartworm test and vaccinations (distemper/parvo and rabies required)
-Must agree to give monthly heartworm prevention year round
-Must agree to keep microchip in rescue's name

-Must agree to return adopted animal to Ruff Life if cannot keep any longer

Adoption Forms

PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the adoption application is completed in its entirety. Our adoption team will not process your application if any sections are left blank (i.e., vet's phone number, landlord's name and phone number, reference phone numbers, etc.). 

For the quickest response, please submit your application via email to Please put your name and the name of the dog you are interested in in the subject line of the email.  You can also mail your application to P.O. Box 1565, Fort Mill, SC 29716, however, we do not check our PO box every day.

*Please do not submit anything but a word document or PDF.  Image files (.jpg, .jpeg, etc.) will NOT be accepted.

K9 Adoption Application