Our goal is to carefully match every dog with the best home to ensure a long lifetime of safety, love and companionship, which is based on matching the dog's personality and energy to the family's lifestyle. Our guidelines are tough because we feel these dogs have been through enough ~ it is everyone's responsibility to ensure these dogs won't be sold, given away, mistreated, neglected, abused, or abandoned again.

The #1 Rule: There is no rushing into an adoption! An adoption is a lifetime commitment and financial responsibility and we will gladly work with you to make sure you and the dog are happy!  Puppy Dog Ranch does not adopt out dogs directly from any of our public events or fundraisers. If you see a dog you like, please contact us to come out for a visit to spend one-on-one time with the dog. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRE-QUALIFY so that when/if a dog arrives or we are contacted about a dog that we feel could be a good match for you, we'll call you immediately!

Our Adoption Application is very thorough. Please allow 3 to 7 business days for us to process your application. We have found this amount of time also allows you and your family sufficient time to consider the commitment being made as well as prepare your family's home for your new arrival! You will be contacted within 5 days to schedule a Home and Yard Check. If that is not possible, you will be required to provide us with several photos of your yard.

WE REQUIRE A FENCED YARD, however we do make certain acceptions depending on the breed/personality/size/age of the dog or puppy and its new potential home environment. Puppy Dog Ranch does not adopt dogs into homes if the adopter currently has a dog chained, tethered or tied up or if our adopted dog will be tied up, chained, tethered; if the yard is not adequately fenced, or if you have or will use an electric fence; or if the adopter has other pets (dogs or cats) who are not spayed or neutered;
If the adopted dog is too young to be spayed or neutered at time of adoption, Puppy Dog Ranch requires your adopted dog to be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age, and providing proof of such.We are unpaid volunteers who believe in saving animals' lives and doing our best to not condone or add to the horrific pet overpopulation epidemic.)
Puppy Dog Ranch requires your adopted dog to remain current on all vaccinations and licensing.
Puppy Dog Ranch reserves the right for a follow up visit after the adoption.
Puppy Dog Ranch requires any adopted dog who will be outside for any length of time to have 24 hour access to a properly insulated and clean dog house, clean food and clean water. Puppy Dog Ranch does not allow any dog or puppy to be left sleep outside at night. We do not rescue our dogs to become watch dogs.

If we determine that you/your family are a good match for the dog and your application is approved, you can pick him/her up at our Ranch for an arranged Sleepover!! Make sure you have the following items prior to picking up your new dog: Dog crate or dog house, blankets, dog bed/sleeping area, water and food bowls, appropriate collar and/or harness, leash, and toys and chew toys.
At time of adoption, you will also receive medical records and, if applicable, any medications specifically prescribed for your dog. You are responsible for taking these records to your veterinarian who will help you determine additional vaccinations, spay, neutering, etc.

We Recommend a Pre-Adoption Sleepover
We highly recommend a "sleepover", kind of like a "test drive", usually lasting 1 to 3 nights where the dog will spend a bit of time with you and your family to ensure you all connect. The dog will be prepared to visit your home and will be equipped with food and necessary items to make him or her more comfortable. If after a bit of time and it is working out, then we will continue with the adoption process while the dog is living with you and you will have time to purchase the items he/she needs and return items to us. Many adoptive families choose to keep the original bedding, blankets and toys with the dog and either purchase them from us or buy new replacements for us, (or donate a gift card to us.  Our sleepovers are very successful as they are much less stressful for the dog and for the family! Plus, we know that things aren't always perfect, so if it doesn't work out for some reason, bring him or her back to Puppy Dog Ranch ~ there's no guilt!

Either the applicant or any representative of Puppy Dog Ranch reserves the right to cancel the adoption at any time, even after the paperwork has been signed, the adoption donation paid, and the dog has been given to the applicant.


SHELTERS are government funded.  This means that all expenses like vaccines, worming, flea, heart guard prevention and spay/neuter are paid for at a low cost by the government.  When an animal at a shelter comes in ill, becomes ill, or is considered special needs or aggressive, the only outcome is euthanasia.  This is to prevent the spread of disease in the shelter.  It's less costly to "get rid" of the problem than to treat.  The government pays for a shelter's employees and their benefits, but simply does not allow the funding to treat all of the animals in need.

RESCUES, on the other hand, take on the expense at full cost and also don't euthanize just because a dog is ill.  This is why most Rescues go under within 2 years of opening (PDR IS ON OUR 8TH YEAR OF OPERATION!!!!!)  Rescues would never save an animal from euthanasia in a Shelter simply to "put it down" because the cost was too high.  Rescues endure very high medical bills in a very short amount of time.  This is why monetary donations are very important.

Please continue to support your local Rescue groups in the fight over abuse, neglect and the euthanizing of animals.


The Difference – Adopting a Rescued Dog from Puppy Dog Ranch, a private, NO KILL Rescue and Sanctuary
We want what is best for all family members and the adopted dog. If, during the subsequent home and yard check or at any time after the adoption, the living conditions of the dog have changed or are found to be unacceptable or unsafe by a representative of Puppy Dog Ranch, the applicant will be notified that they will forfeit their adoption rights and the dog will be returned to/relinquished to Puppy Dog Ranch. Puppy Dog Ranch reserves the right to confiscate this dog if he/she is not spayed or neutered by the date requested on the Adoption Application or we find the dog is not in the best, safest environment



We also accept PayPal or you can
send donations to our below address:
Puppy Dog Ranch Rescue
27 Twin Sisters Creek Road
Arenas Valley, NM 88022

Phone: (575) 313-7232

We are open by appointment Tuesday through Friday - 10:00 to 5:00, but please call first!

Please fill out the
Adoption Applicationand Adoption Agreement

Once you have completed both forms please submit them by email or bring them in person to the Puppy Dog Ranch.

If you bring them to the ranch you will have a chance to visit all of our adoptable dogs!

The forms can be printed, and also saved to your computer for use as an attachment to an email for you to send to us at:

The filled-in forms cannot be saved to the website for additional editing. (So, save to your computer & for your own records print each one, after completion!)