Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

Saving badass dogs from idiot humans.

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-breed dog rescue composed of a network of fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern U.S. states and get them adopted into wonderful forever homes. 

Questions About Adoption

Get familiar with how Badass works! Here are some common questions we get and their answers.

1. Where are you located?

Badass is not a shelter so we do not have a physical location. We are a network of fosters in and around the New York City area and are growing with foster homes in upstate NY, CT and MA.

2. How can I see your dogs?

Please check our Facebook page: Badass Brooklyn Foster Dog, Petfinder page or email us for a list of upcoming events! Between events we can arrange private meetings with our pups and approved adopters. Please email us at after you have applied and are interested in meeting a certain dog.

3. So where are the dogs now?

Dogs that are up north are in foster homes or boarding at a daycare in Brooklyn. All dogs must be out of the shelter for at least two weeks and healthy before they can transport from the south. If you are interested in a specific dog, we are happy to keep you posted on the dog's arrival date. Once your application is approved, you can meet the dogs either at an adoption event or at a planned meeting.

4. What is your adoption process?

The first step is to fill the application  out online. Please fill it out in its entirety and tell us as much about yourself as possible - the more information we get the better we can match you with the right dog. We do three reference checks (only 1 can be a family member and partners/ spouses do not count) and a vet check for currently or recently owned pets (if applicable.) Then we do a home visit. Your application is not approved until the home visit has been done.

5. How do I apply?

Please apply by filling out the adoption application.

6. I want to mail/fax in my application. How do I do that?

>Since we don't have a physical location we can't have anyone mail or fax us an application. You can print and scan your application and email it to us at or drop it off at one of our events. Eva's Play Pups, NYC Pet and our other adoption event locations are unable to accept applications for us.

7. What is your adoption fee?

$450.00. It is non-negotiable.

8. What does your adoption fee include?

All of our adult dogs are spayed/neutered (age appropriate), microchipped and vaccinated (age appropriate) with rabies, DHPP and bordetella. We keep the dogs up-to-date on flea and heartworm preventative and do a heartworm test. If a dog tests heartworm positive, we do the fast kill (immiticide) treatment before adoption if the dog is healthy enough. In some cases, dogs need surgery or other major medical treatments when we rescue them. If we know about an illness or injury when we rescue the dog, we do our best to take care of those vet costs before adoption. Any illnesses or injuries we are not aware of before adoption or that arise after adoption are solely the responsibility of the adopter. For puppies too young to have received all their shots and spay/neuter, we give at least one round of DHPP. The adopter is responsible for covering the cost of all booster shots and spay/neuter after adoption. We can recommend low cost spay/neuter programs and vets who accept certificates.

9. I sent in my application, now what?

Once we get your application we begin processing it. All of our staff are volunteers with full time jobs so we ask that you give us 7-14 days to process your application. Please notify your references that we will be contacting them so they can look out for our email or phone call. We will also connect you to a volunteer to do your home visit. Once you're approved you're good to adopt any of our dogs and we work with you to find the right match.

10. I sent in my application, my references were checked but I never heard from you. What gives?

Because we are all volunteers, we do our best to get back to everyone quickly. However this is not always possible. If you are wondering the status of your application please feel free to email us and ask!

11. My application was approved. Does that mean I can have any dog I want?

Yes and no. Unfortunately (well, fortunately for the dogs!) many of our pups get multiple applications. We try and make the best choice for each dog based on the applications we have. We are committed to making our applicants part of the Badass family so if you don't get the dog you want at first, we are happy to help you find another dog that you will love!

12. I want to adopt but am not sure I'm ready for the commitment. Can I foster a dog first and see how it goes?

Fostering is an integral part of the rescue process and a big commitment as well. Fostering is, in many ways, harder than adopting. Our foster program is not designed for potential adopters to 'test' out dogs. If you are not sure you are ready to commit, then you are probably not ready to commit.

If you feel that you have what it takes to foster and are interested in helping the rescue, we are always looking for foster homes to help save more dogs. If you are interested in fostering please fill out a Foster Application. The foster application process is very similar to the adoption process, requiring references and a home visit.

13. But how do I know if the dog is right for me?

Picking a dog is a big deal! This is a lifelong commitment and you are adding a new family member! You should think long and hard about the time and financial commitment involved in having a dog before taking one into your life. You might meet several dogs before making a decision. We work with you to make the right match and are happy to talk through what dogs might be right for your lifestyle. Keep in mind that we have many applications and do not reserve dogs, so if there is a dog that you are thinking about but haven't committed to, there is a chance the dog might get adopted by someone else.

14. I want to adopt a dog but I am going out of town. Can you hold on to the dog for me?

Unfortunately we can't. Since our dogs are kept in foster homes, keeping one for an extended period of time means we can't rescue another dog. If you're going out of town you may want to wait until you're back or figure out what you can do with your pet while you're gone. We can recommend boarding and dog sitting options.

15. I like a dog on your site but I was told he/she no longer available — what gives?

We try and keep our listings as updated as possible but sometimes the internet gets the better of us! Dogs may get adopted locally down south (bummer for us but means we get to rescue another dog!) or up here, and are not taken off right away. Please bear in mind that if we get multiple applications for one dog we may not be able to reach out to everyone and let them know the dog has been adopted. We try our best but we're human and things get missed. Please always feel free to reach out to us and find out about the dog you want!

16. I would like to volunteer. What kinds of things can I do?

Please fill out the Volunteer Application or email our Volunteer Coordinator at for ways to volunteer. Please give us an idea of your skills, experience and how much time you think you can commit. We always need volunteers for different kinds of activities — from handling dogs at adoption events to helping with outreach to posting fliers to helping with fundraising. There are many ways to help!

17. I'd like to foster a dog. What's involved?

Please read the Foster FAQ and fill out the Foster Applicationor email for more information.  We ask that our fosters commit to fostering the dog until the dog is adopted (to minimize shuffling around). Some dogs only need a foster for a few nights from arrival to adoption. Some dogs get adopted within a few weeks, others take a few months. The average time is approximately 4-6 weeks. You need to be able to get your dog to events and be open to meeting potential adopters during the week. Badass will take care of emergency vetting and provide you a crate (if you let us know you need one). Food and any other costs are at the expense of the foster.

We love our fosters!!!

18. I'd like to donate food/ crates/ leashes/ toys/ money/ etc. How can I do this?

Please email us with what you would like to donate at Dog items can be dropped off at our events or we can make arrangements to pick up. Please do not drop off items at Eva's Play Pups. Please email us if you would like to make a financial donation either by check or Paypal and we can let you know how to do that. 

19. I want to call you! Where can I call?

Since we all have full time jobs (and lives. Well, some of us do!) and have more than one rescuer, it really isn't possible to get us on the phone. We are readily accessible by email and do our best to get back to everyone in a timely manner so email is the best way to reach us.

20. What's different about you versus other rescues?

At Badass we really try and create a sense of family and community. Many of our adopters stop by events with their pups — who we could not be happier to see! We also have a closed facebook group for adopters to share tips on training, vet and other dog care recommendations, and general advice and support on the particular challenges of owning a dog in NYC. We love making people part of the Badass team! And the true testament is the number of happy adopters who refer their friends and family to us!

Ready to adopt a Badass? 
Fill out an Adoption Application Here

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