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The Adoption Process

Adoption cost, vaccinations and neutering:

Once you have chosen your dog, you will be required to fill in a adoption form. 


We will need:

  1. Your full name and address, telephone number and email. 

  2. And either a copy of your passport or DNI.

So please make sure that you have all of this information available on the day of the adoption.

We do not have credit card facilities at this current time. So the adoption payment of 170 Euros must be made by cash, or a bank transfer.

The adoption fee covers the following:

  • EU Passport

  • Vaccinations including the two mandatory (in Andalucía) Rabies injections

  • Microchip

  • Worming

  • Neutering

Here are some important questions to review before you make the decision to adopt a dog:

  1. Are you physically and economically able to adopt and care for a dog?

  2. Remember that having a dog is a long commitment, possibly 15 to 20 years. Are you ready to take on such a commitment?

  3. Will the dog be left on its own all day?

  4. Do you have time during the day to spend a couple of hours with your dog?

  5. Will you have the patience to train your dog?

  6. Do you have someone willing to care for your dog if you go on holidays or are ill?

Once you've given thought to the questions above and have decided to adopt a dog:
You can take a look at the dogs that we have available for adoption on our website prior to coming to the shelter. You can then either contact the shelter by telephone or email and tell them the dog(s) you'd like to see or come directly to the shelter with the list. It may be better to make contact by telephone or email first, as some of our dogs are in foster homes and not at the shelter. After speaking with you, the adoption team will be able to determine the dog that is the best match for you.














  • We reserve the right to deny the adoption of an animal.


  • The new owner must undertake to cherish and care for their new pet, and ADANA may request access to the animal to be able to check its condition, usually within 6 months of adoption. If the animal is found to be improperly treated, then ADANA would insist on its return.


  • We do not receive any type of government or local authority funding to help the animals and we operate purely on donations, membership fees, fundraising events and sales at our charity shop and online shop.

Settling In

Advice & Tips

Settling Your Dog In

Bringing home a rescue dog is an exciting time, but in the midst of everything don't forget what the transition is like for the new addition. Some dogs adjust to their new home very quickly, while others might take longer to settle. So while you are coping with the changes that the new dog in your life will bring, your dog is doing the same.

The best time to bring a rescue dog into your home is when at least one member of your family has time to spend with him during the adjustment period – two weeks if possible. It is never advisable to get a new dog if you and other family members are out of the house all day during the transition period; nor is it recommended that you stay at home 24/7 showering your dog with affection, only to suddenly leave for hours on end when you go back to work. You can achieve a healthy balance by giving him space to investigate, explore and experience his new surroundings and then give him attention when you feel he needs it. Gradually exposing him to being away from you for short periods of time will allow him to cope much better when left on his own for longer.

It might take a while to find the right dog for your family but if you are diligent in your search, you and your dog will reap the rewards. 

Here are some tips that will help with those first critical days!

Losing Your Dog
The risk of losing your new dog is high at time of adoption!

I think everyone will agree that most dogs like to run free. However, every time your dog escapes there is the possibility of a tragic ending.

A dog that has lived in a shelter for a long time will welcome the opportunity to run free. He/she has not settled into their new life yet and everything is strange and exciting. Some dogs will never have lived in a family environment and this can be very daunting for them.

Outside influences e.g. people, a cat, another dog, a motorbike, children etc will seem very interesting when they have been stuck in a shelter all their lives and they will naturally want to investigate and look for a way to do so.

Some animals hate fireworks, thunder and other sudden, loud noises and may be frantic to bolt!

New adopters need to be particularly vigilant and take measures to make sure their new dog is secure, as bolting is a common problem.

General advice
General Advice on Dogs

The concept of dogs being pack animals has somewhat changed over the years and although they enjoy very much being a part of a human 'family', the idea of Alpha-ranking and using the term 'leader of the pack' is very much an outdated idea. Naturally, as with children, dogs need guidelines and education and will look to you to show them what you require from them. The earlier you can put these guidelines in place, the easier it becomes for you and your dog to enjoy a happy and harmonious relationship!

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