• Potential adopter fills out a non-binding application either online or at an event
  • Someone will speak with you at an event or contact you to discuss your application
  • All members of the potential adopter’s household (including pets) will meet the dog
  • We will schedule a home check
  • Potential adopter will foster the dog for a two week ‘foster-to-adopt’ period. This foster-to-adopt period is intended to give the potential adopter a chance to get to know the dog, make sure it is the right fit, as well as give the dog a chance to settle in and show its true potential
  • If after the foster-to-adopt period it is deemed a match made in heaven, the adoption will be finalized by signing an adoption contract and paying an adoption fee

The adoption fee is $195 which includes a copy of all of your new pet’s medical information(vaccine history, microchip, lab work, urinalysis, dental, and 30+ days of medication). IF you are 65 or older or a previous adopter or foster then the adoption fee is $95

Lionel’s Legacy is based out of San Diego, CA. We are a foster-based organization, which means we do not have a central location to visit our available dogs for adoption. To meet one or more of our dogs, please fill out an adoption application on our website and we will get back to you in 4-6 days and set up an appointment to meet our available dogs.

FOSTER: In order to best serve the dogs in our care we currently work with foster families in and around the San Diego and Orange County areas.

ADOPTION: Thank you for your interest in adoption from Lionel’s Legacy. Dogs may be placed for adoption outside of our local San Diego County/Orange County area as long as the following requirements are met:

Fill out an adoption application at www.lionelslegacy.org

Once approved, complete a virtual meet and greet

If all goes well, travel to the SanDiego/Orange County area for a meet and greet with the dog you are interested in adopting. Ideally, family members, two and four-legged, are present.

Transport your new family member home. If traveling by air, the dog must travel in the passenger compartment. Dogs may not travel as cargo.

We do our best to make sure all dogs are vaccinated against rabies, bordatella and distemper, microchipped and, if medically sound, spayed/neutered prior to adoption. All dogs have been seen by a vet, treated as appropriate, and their medical conditions will be fully disclosed.

If a dog is on long term medication (for arthritis, hypothyroidism, etc) Lionel’s Legacy will provide a one month supply at the time of adoption. The adopter assumes all medical responsibility, including purchasing medication, for the dog.

We are unable to accept homeless senior dogs. Local animal control must retain the pet until the legal stray hold is up and no owner reclaims him/her. Please contact your local Animal Control to file a found report and have the dog scanned by the shelter or a local veterinarian for a microchip. Many owners turn to the local shelter to find their lost pets.

If you are able to hold a dog temporarily, enter the dog into the FindingRover.com database, post photos on your local Lost and Found Pets on Facebook, and place found flyers in your neighborhood.

If you can not hold the dog, bring the dog to the nearest Animal Control agency.

Lionel’s Legacy is an all-volunteer rescue. We each have full-time jobs and families. We strive to return phone calls and emails within 3-4 days, but sometimes they get lost in mix, or an emergency distracts us. Please send a follow up email to seniors@LionelsLegacy.org, include your contact information, and we will get to you just as soon as we can. We appreciate all our volunteers, followers, and supporters and strive to respond to every inquiry.
We can give you plenty of reasons to adopt a senior dog, but we’ll list just a few reasons we liked from Petfinder and The Senior Dogs Project…
  • Older dogs are housetrained
  • Senior dogs know what “no” means, making training easier
  • Older dogs are FANTASTIC at giving love!
  • Puppies are a lot of work. A LOT.
  • You know what you’re getting with a senior dog
  • A puppy’s size may be unpredictable


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to Contact Us!