How Does This Process Work?
I'd like to adopt a dog. What should I do?
Please click the application link at the top of our homepage. Fill out and submit the application online. Once you have submitted your application please contact your veterinarian (if applicable) and give consent for them to release information to For Dog's Sake Rescue. We will not be able to process your application without checking your veterinary records for any pets you have or have had in the past.
How do I know if the dog I want is still available?
If the dog is listed as "pending" that means he or she has been adopted and is waiting to be transported to his or her forever home. Otherwise, we are accepting applications. You can find a link to the application at the top of our homepage.
How can I find out more about the dog I am interested in?
Please read the dog's full bio under our adoptable pets link. If you are interested in finding more information, please submit an application. Once your application has been approved you will have the opportunity to speak with the dog's foster family. They will be more than happy to answer any questions and to make sure that it is a good match.
Is the dog good with kids, cats, housetrained etc.?
We generally have 100+ dogs in our rescue at any given time, and unfortunately are not able to answers these specific questions about each one. Often, you can find this information in the dog's bio. If not, once we have approved your application we can put you in touch with the foster family. The foster families are very familiar with the dogs in their care, and are able to answer any question you might have. As you can imagine, caring for multiple foster dogs is quite time-consuming, and we love our fosters! Without them, it would not be possible to do what we do. To be respectful of their time, we are only able to provide their contact information to approved adopters. Thank you so much for your understanding!
When can I meet the dog?
We are a rescue, not a shelter. Our dogs are in foster homes, most in southern states that face overwhelming pet overpopulation and abandonment issues. These dogs are posted for adoption prior to transport to New England. Most are adopted before they are transported to New England, so it is generally not possible to meet one of our puppies before adopting. We do usually have a few local dogs, as well as the possibility of a trial adoption for dogs over four months of age.
What if I am not comfortable adopting a dog without meeting him or her?
We usually have a few dogs in local foster care. You can submit an application for "local dog." After your application is approved, we can arrange meetings with our local dogs. In certain cases we may also be able to offer a trial adoption period for dogs over four months of age. In a trial adoption the dog would stay with you for two weeks, during which time you would be responsible for its care. If it is a good match, we proceed with a full adoption. If, for whatever reason, it was not a good match, the dog would be returned to local foster care. This option is not available if a qualified applicant is willing to pre-adopt sight-unseen.
I submitted my application. When will I hear from you?
Thank you for your application! Applications are processed by one of our volunteers and you should hear back from us in 48-60 hours. We do not meet, and are generally unable to complete the veterinary reference checks, on weekends. To expedite the process please make sure that you have contacted your veterinarian (if applicable) and granted them permission to release information to us. We will not be able to move forward with your application if this is not done.
Can you hold a dog for me?
We are not able to hold dogs. Holding a dog in a foster home leaves another in a shelter. Please check back when you are ready to adopt, we post new pups all the time.
I see that a dog is pending, can I be next on the list to adopt him or her?
Very rarely does a pending adoption fall through. If it does, we will remove pending from the dog's listing and only at that time will we begin accepting applications. However, we would encourage you look through our other available dogs, and to check back frequently as we post new dogs all the time!