Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Pen Pals dog. Our animals are housed and trained in correctional centers throughout Virginia.


Our adoption counselors and trainers review the information contained in the adoption applications and conduct telephone interviews to ensure that the dogs are placed in homes best suited for their personalities and any special requirements.  The application and interview process makes it easier for us to learn more about you so that we can help find the perfect match for your home.


Pen Pals dogs are selected from shelters, rescue organizations and veterinarians.  The Pen Pals trainers evaluate the dogs to ensure that they are well suited to participate in the training program.



Dog Adoption
Dog Adoption Fee - $275.  The adoption fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm tests, de-worming, and flea/tick and heartworm preventative.

Dog Adoption Fee also includes a 5.5 pound bag of Sammy Snacks dog food, collar, leash, Easy Walk Harness or Gentle Leader Head Halter, Pen Pals ID Tag, and of course a dog with a good training foundation.



Adopter Testimonials...


I just wanted to tell you how much I love this boy. Onyx is beautiful, sweet and just plain special.  He has warmed up to me nicely already.  He still finds Catherine when he feels uneasy, but we napped on the floor together this afternoon, went for a walk in the morning and shared many kisses.

Anyhow, thank you for all of your help.  Please let his handlers know that the adjustment is going well. We adore this boy.

D.G., Feb. 2012



[message to the handlers]  Thank you again for training such a beautiful dog.  Thank you also for the work you’re doing with other dogs.  It’s not only a gift to the dogs (whose lives are saved), but it’s a gift to the community.  You’re helping to shape well-behaved, safe, loving family pets who, like Poppy, bring love and light not only to their families, but to other people they meet.

T.J., Dec. 2011



Thanks to all for doing such a wonderful job with Saber.  Please pass this along to his handlers, who really did a great job of preparing him for life in a home.

M.R., Marc. 2011



Caleb is doing great! His first night we told him "place" and he immediately went to his bed and slept soundly all night.  He had such a big day on Tuesday meeting our cats, our son and some neighbors, playing with his new toys and of course, performing his perfectly taught commands and tricks.

He loves being outside in the yard and spent lots of time yesterday playing with the tennis ball and running at supersonic speed in never-ending circles. 

He is a fantastic dog and we are lucky to have found him!  Thank you [to] Caleb's amazing handlers.

J.F., July 2009

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