Adopting: FAQs


If you are interested in adopting from us, you can begin submitting general adoption applications again and we will reach out as rescues that may be a good fit become available. As a reminder, SECR does not make any foster or adoption placement decisions on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, we make decisions on a case-by-case basis for each rescue to ensure he or she is matched with families that provide the best fit.
Due to COVID-19, SECR continues to monitor infection and hospitalization rates throughout the Carolinas and Georgia and prioritizes the safety of all our fosters, adopters, and volunteers when making any placement decisions. We appreciate your patience as we continue to do everything possible to stay safe and healthy.

Thank you for your interest in adoption from Southeast Corgi Rescue!


If you are interested in adopting from SECR, the most important thing to remember is that it’s our priority to find the best possible placement for each dog that comes to us. We evaluate their training, socialization, health, and behavioral needs on an individual basis to ensure they go to forever homes that are best suited to helping them thrive. We do not make adoption placements on a first-come, first-served basis.

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To better help you understand SECR’s adoption process, here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs):

How old do I have to be to adopt?

       You MUST be age 21 or older to adopt.

Does SECR adopt out of state?

Unfortunately, we limit our adoptions (and fostering) to residents of the states of NC, SC and GA.  While we are aware that there are many loving homes wanting a corgi outside of our area, rehoming those we bring into rescue locally has been a core part of our success.  We are a small and completely volunteer run organization.  We need to be able to make sure that we can arrange transports, home visits, support, vet care, and follow up for our dogs.  Our fosters and volunteers are all based in these three states so adopting out of this area would overtax our already limited resource and man hours.

Occasionally, we courtesy post corgis or corgi-mixes available from other states or organizations on our FB page, so you may find it helpful to follow our FB page.

Petfinder can be set up to send you notices when corgis become available for adoption and they allow you to stipulate certain geographical areas when you do that.  We also recommend checking out for your state and research for a rescue group that exists in your area.

How can I adopt one of your rescue dogs?

We never know when there will be corgis coming into rescue and we strongly suggest that you complete an application ahead of time and submit for approval. Our adoption process includes an application, an interview, vet reference checks, and possibly a home visit. Filling out the application does not guarantee adoption. We place our dogs with the people who best match the dog’s needs. You can find the application on our website ADOPT page at:

Can I come to your place and meet the dogs?

We have no set location. The corgis live in foster homes throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. You MUST fill out an application and be approved for adoption first, then we will arrange a meet and greet with the applicants that are best fitted for each dog.

Is there a fee to adopt?

Yes. Our adoption fees vary depending on the specific dog, their age, health and medical costs involved before placement. All of our dogs have been spayed or neutered, have basic shots, have been heartworm tested. and are on monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative medication. Dogs that are heartworm positive have been treated before adoption.   Our adoption fees run between $200-$500 which is usually only a fraction of what it costs us to care for these dogs and make sure they are both healthy and well adjusted – so they have a high chance of success in your home.

I applied for a dog I saw on your website. When should I expect an email/call back?

Southeast Corgi Rescue is run by volunteers. Sometimes it takes a while for us to review and check references. We all have full time jobs to pay the bills. Unfortunately our jobs are not thrilled with us doing corgi rescue during work hours. We try our best to reply to inquiries on our breaks or after work. We also try to take some evening or weekend time off to rest and to cuddle with our own dogs, so please be patient. 

Because of the sheer volume of inquiries we receive on some of our dogs, we do not respond to every applicant. If you haven’t heard back from us and are wondering, please email our adoption coordinator at to make sure that your application is complete.

I applied for a dog I saw on your website. What are my chances of getting to adopt that dog?

It depends on the specific needs of the dog for which you’ve applied. At SECR we make our decisions about the placement of each dog that comes into our care on a case-by-case basis depending on the dog’s needs and the type of home / family that will give him or her the best chance to thrive. We never make our placements on a first-come, first-served basis, and applying for a certain dog doesn’t necessarily mean you will be approved for that dog. Once your application is reviewed and fully processed (including all veterinary and personal references), we will contact you if there is a dog for which you may be a good fit – it may be the dog for which you applied or another one in our care that may be a better fit.

Due to the number of applications and inquiries we receive on some of our dogs, we do not respond to every applicant. It’s also not feasible for us to reach out to every applicant for a specific dog to inform them if he or she has been adopted. If you haven’t heard back from us and are wondering, please email our adoption coordinator at You can also check our Facebook page for regular updates on all of our dogs.

Are your dogs spayed/neutered?

Yes. All of our dogs have been spayed or neutered.

Are your dogs up-to-date on vaccinations or other preventatives?

Yes. All of our dogs get their basic vaccinations and are placed on monthly heartworm/flea/tick prevention.

Will you place a dog in a home that already has a dog?

We do not place dogs known to be aggressive to humans. However, some dogs must be only dogs, while others do quite well with dog companions. Our foster parents do a great job of assessing temperament so please read each dog’s description carefully.

What about cats?

It depends on the dog. Some corgis do well with cats, whereas others do not. We are sometimes able to cat-test but only with a willing cat!

What about kids?

We generally do not place our corgis with children under 8. Corgis and kids can be great together, but these are rescue dogs, and often come from stressful or unknown situations.

What other requirements do you have?

We require that the adopted dog live inside as a family member, and receive necessary veterinary preventive care as well as treatment for any health issues that may arise.  If you adopt from us, we will take that dog back at any time, for the duration of the dog’s life, should you become unable to care for it. If a dog is returned within 30 days, the entire adoption fee will be refunded. 

What things will prevent me from adopting a dog from you?

This is hard to answer because it varies from dog to dog and we don’t have a set response.  People also tend to feel that we’re being too selective or judging their homes and lives.  In a way, we are, but only one dog at a time.  Some dogs require a fenced yard because of their energy level. Some dogs require you to be home more because they experience separation anxiety. Some dogs require a privacy fence because they are dog reactive.  

We have no doubt that you care deeply about rescue and many of you have the ability to work with a dog that you adopt.  Many of our corgis come to us with a history of poor training or poor treatment, however, and we want to make sure that their adoption is to a home that will be theirs for the rest of their life. The fewer triggers or things that the dog will have to overcome in their new home, the better.

Can we get a rescue puppy?

We get it.  There is little in this world that’s cuter than a corgi puppy.  However, it’s rare that we get puppies in rescue.  Most of our dogs are older and many are seniors. 

Can I get a rescue dog next week?

That’s highly unlikely for three reasons.  First being that we need to review applications carefully before placing a dog.  Second, there may not be a dog in rescue that will be a good fit for you at the time you apply.  Finally, we do have a wait list, and while it is not ‘first come, first served,’  there are others that are patiently waiting for the right corgi to come along.

Here’s a HUGE tip.  We always need foster families and if a dog does well in foster with you, you have the first right to adopt when it’s ready.  That’s part of the reason we always need fosters, many families do fall in love with their furry charges and drop off our list once they adopt.  Being one of our approved fosters also means we get to know you and you would have an advantage in the future when being considered for adoption.

If I’ve applied to adopt a dog from your rescue in the past, will I have to reapply when another becomes available?

We keep approved applications on file for a year and look at all of them when we’re ready to post a dog for adoption.  Yes, it’s quite the spreadsheet!  We ask that if you applied more than a year ago, you resubmit your application.  If it’s more recent than that, and you’ve just changed a detail or two – like a new pet or a recent move – just send us an email to let us know.  You can also drop us a short note if you see a dog that particularly interests you and want to make sure that we know you’d really like to be considered for its forever home.

For more about adopting from Southeast Corgi Rescue and our downloadable adoption application, please go HERE.