To adopt an American Eskimo dog, an application must be submitted and approved by an American Eskimo rescue such as Heart Bandits or Eskie Rescuers United. By starting the search at a breed specific rescue, the potential adopter avoids the waiting game that accompanies adopting from a local shelter.
Heart Bandits American Eskimo Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue that has been placing American Eskimo dogs in homes since 1996. It has several chapters on the West Coast and in the Midwest, and it is willing to help arrange transportation to areas without official chapters. Potential adopters are asked to complete an adoption application that volunteers then review. If the application is accepted, Heart Bandits matches the adopter with an appropriate American Eskimo dog in her area. Adopters must sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee, ranging from $175 to $300 as of 2015.
Eskie Rescuers United is an all volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue that has been committed to rehoming American Eskimo dogs since 2003. It is based in Maryland, and while it prefers to work with adopters within the state, out-of-state applications are considered if the applicant is willing to assist with the transportation of the dog. To adopt from Eskie Rescuers United, applicants must be at least 21 years old and complete an adoption application. If approved, an adoption fee ranging from $150 for senior dogs to $300 for puppies must be paid.