Questions About Adoption…

What kind of dogs do you have for adoption?

We are an all breed rescue, and our dogs range from the tiniest puppies to very large dogs of all ages.

Do you have any cats for adoption?

Our facility will occasionally adopt out cats, but has a main focus on the dogs.

What are the costs involved in adopting a dog from Pet Matchmaker?

Our adoption fees include all age appropriate vetting- shots, spay/neuter, microchipping, deworming and other necessary surgeries or medical treatment on an as needed basis and range from $200 to $500 depending on the dog.

Is there a deposit?

If you wish to adopt one of our dogs, there is a $100 deposit required. The reason for this is the following: we are posting these dogs with the expectation that they will be adopted should you verbally commit to the adoption. Should you change your mind after we have taken the dog off the site, the dog loses valuable “web time” to been seen by potential adopter that would have otherwise committed. We then have an extra dog to place in foster care, which is a strain on our resources. Therefore the deposit is not refundable.  The deposit is not an additional fee; it does go toward your adoption fee. However, should you go to meet the dog, and you are not satisfied and feel that it is not a good match, the deposit WILL be refunded.

Can I visit the dog before I adopt?

If the dog is located in the Bakersfield facility, then you are welcome to come visit the dog if you are an approved adopter. Adopters are welcome to apply for dogs nationally, and transport can be arranged, but at the adopter’s expense.

We are both a facility as well as a network of foster homes, so the times in which you can meet the dog of your choice is dependent upon which dog you are interested in and where it is located. All animals are located in Bakersfield, CA. If you’ve been approved as an adopter, we will contact you to set up a time and location to meet the dog at its foster home or at the facility.

What happens if the pet doesn’t fit well with our family?

There is a two week trial period for your adopted pet. If you find within the two weeks that the animal doesn’t fit well into your home, he or she will be moved into foster care, and a refund of the adoption fee will be given, minus the $100 deposit. However, we will always take one of our animals back at any point in time, given a week or two to make space as needed.

How do I start the adoption process?

Complete and submit an application for the dog you are interested in. Please use the name of the dog listed on its informational page, not the name you would like to call it should you be approved to adopt. And please tell us about yourself so that we can do our best to ensure it is the “right match.” We will check your references and process your application.

How soon do I get the pet?

If you’ve been approved as an adopter, the length of time it takes to receive your new pet varies:

If you are local, an appointment can be made immediately, or whenever is convenient for the adopter to come meet the dog once the deposit has been placed and the dog has been spayed or neutered. Otherwise, adopters from out of the area can schedule a date to come meet and pick up the animal within two weeks of placing the deposit, unless an extension has been granted with the adoption coordinator.

How will I know the pet is in good health?

Every pet is checked out by one of our veterinarians prior to adoption upon being altered. Paperwork listing their vaccinations, proof of spay/neuter, dewormings and overall health status are given to each adopter, but we can not guarantee health once the dog has left our care.

I’m not ready to adopt — are there other ways to help?

Yes! You can become a foster dog parent, sponsor a specific dog, or submit a general donation to our rescue. Buying Pet Matchmaker gear also supports our rescue, and if you’d like to discuss fundraising opportunities or grant writing, please Contact Us.

Questions about Pet MatchMaker Rescue…

Who is Pet Matchmaker?

Pet Matchmaker is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization that rescues homeless and unwanted dogs from high kill shelters and abusive and neglectful situations all over the United States.

Why do you work in the areas of the country that you do?

We recognize that there are animals in need all over the country. We’d help them all if we could. Yet, we wanted to focus our limited resources in the areas where we thought we could make the greatest impact.

Many shelters in Kern County, CA are overcrowded and sweet dogs are being euthanized every day due to:


  • inadequate spay/neuter programs (although this is beginning to change)
  • some owners who “dump” off their family pet by a roadside or at a shelter due to a change in job or lifestyle, a move, or an inability to afford veterinary care
  • difficulty in placing some dogs — not due to temperament – but rather because of their looks or misconceptions people have about them.

We also are doing what we can to save animals from slaughter auctions. This means that Pet Matchamaker Rescue CA goes to the live auctions, learns about as many animals there as they can, and try to save as many as they can. We have been able to save many horses and goats from an ending we do not want to even think about. Please follow our social media to stay up to date on the animals we are able to save!

Can you help me if I have an animal that needs a new home?

We want to help all animals, but we will not attempt to place unaltered and unvetted animals from owner surrender. All animals must be fixed and up to date on their vaccinations in order to be posted on our site and available for adoption.

I still have questions, how can I contact you?

We can be reached at petmatchmakerca@gmail.com or you can submit a question on our site.