Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to pay for when I have a foster dog?
Our rescue supplies a crate, food, toys, leash, collar, vetting, medicine….anything the foster dog needs. You supply the love and training! And, the mileage you drive to meet and greets or events is tax-deductible if you itemize your taxes!
What are ways you can get involved?
We understand not everyone can foster a dog, but we can always use help at transports, events, processing applications/home visits, fundraising etc. There is something for everyone!
What is required to volunteer/foster?
The approval to foster is much like being approved to adopt. We require an application be filled out. Your pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on shots. A short home visit is also required to make sure our dogs are going into safe, loving environments. To volunteer, just fill out the application and let us know what you would like to help with!
How much does it cost to adopt? Where does that number come from? What is included in the adoption fee?
Dogs under 1 year old are $350.00, but $50.00 will be refunded upon submission of proof of a completed puppy class at an APR approved training facility within 90 days of adoption. It costs the rescue money to pull the dog from the shelter, have it spayed/neutered, given shots, dewormed, flea treated and microchipped.
Are your puppies and dogs up to date on shots? What am I responsible for after adopting?
Yes, your puppy is as up to date as it can possibly be for it’s age . If it is not spayed/neutered at the time of adoption, when it goes for its spay/neuter appointment, it will get any remaining vaccinations it is old enough to get, including a rabies vaccination if 12 weeks or older. After that time, any remaining or annual vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian are your responsibility.
What cities/areas do you adopt in?
Given all of our members are volunteers, we keep our adoption radius to within approximately a 45 minute drive from Buffalo. Keep in mind, one volunteer comes and does your home visit, then the foster of the dog you want to meet also has to come to your house if you currently have another dog. We also do welfare checks on our adopted dogs from time to time, so we like to keep them “close”. We may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for those applicants that don’t currently have other dogs.
Do I have to have a fenced backyard?
No! We fully understand that a lot of people walk their dogs for pottying and exercise and we do not require a fenced yard but we do not condone chaining or tethering and recommend you never leave your dog outside unattended.
Can I live in an apartment and still adopt?
Yes! We do, however, require to SEE a copy of your lease, not just speak with your landlord. Any restrictions on size, weight or breed will be noted on the approval card you may (or may not) get. Our first concern is for the well being of the dog, therefore we consider apartment and yard size in relation to the size/activity level of the dog you may be interested in.
How long is the home visit?
That depends on the volunteer, but typically approximately 30-45 minutes by the time we check to make sure it’s a safe environment for a dog, and we want to make sure we answer all your questions!
Why does my current dog have to be spayed/neutered?
The reason rescues even have to exist is because there are too many pets and not enough homes. In addition to trying to find homes for all the current homeless pets, we strive to help control the pet population by encouraging everyone to have their current pets spayed/neutered. Neutering your male dog will completely eliminate its risk of ever getting testicular cancer. Spaying your female eliminates the risk of her developing pyometria, a severe infection of the uterus that can be fatal. It also greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. In general, pets that are spayed/neutered, live longer healthier lives and “accidents” don’t happen when pets are fixed!
What is your adoption process?
Once you have completed and submitted an adoption application, a volunteer will contact your veterinarian and your personal references, then call you to set up a short home visit. We will ensure your home is a safe environment for a dog, discuss breeds you may be interested in and why and based on our knowledge and experience, guide you toward what we believe may be a good fit for your household, based on your preferences, activity level, etc. Should you be approved to adopt, you will get an approval card. Save the card! Then watch the facebook page or our website and when you see a dog you would like to meet, you can send us a private facebook message or an email and we will put the foster of that dog in touch with you to meet the dog. Your name goes on a list for that dog and when it’s your turn, you get a meet and greet! You may also bring your approval card to adoption events because if there are no other names on the list for that dog, it may be possible to do a meet and greet that day.
Where do your dogs come from?
We focus our efforts on “pulling” dogs from kill shelters in the south, where overcrowding (due to overpopulation) forces euthanization of many wonderful dogs each week.
Do you have a shelter or building where I can view dogs? Where are you located?
We do not have a shelter. We are a foster-based rescue in the Buffalo, NY area. Our dogs come up on transport from kill shelters in the south and go into homes with families to begin potty, crate and leash training and socialization with dogs, cats, kids, etc., depending what the foster home has as far as other pets and children go.
Can I apply to adopt, even if I don't see a dog that I am interested in adopting at this time?
Yes! In fact, we encourage people to get PRE-APPROVED to adopt! Then, when you see the Awesome dog you’ve been longing for, you get on it’s list right way and don’t have to wait to go through the approval process!
How long is my preapproval good for?
I saw a dog I am interested in learning more about. Who do I contact?
We generally list everything we know in the dog’s description, but you can private message the facebook page or email us with additional questions.
I am preapproved, and I saw a dog I would like to meet. Now what do I do?
Should you be approved to adopt, you will get an approval card. Save the card! Then watch the facebook page or our website and when you see a dog you would like to meet, you can send us a private facebook message or an email and we will put the foster of that dog in touch with you to meet the dog. Your name goes on a list for that dog and when it’s your turn, you get a meet and greet! You may also bring your approval card to adoption events because if there are no other names on the list for that dog, it may be possible to do a meet and greet that day.
I have not submitted an application yet, but see a dog I am interested in meeting. What do I do?
You are always welcome to meet any of the dogs we have at events, however, we strongly encourage you to get pre-approved if it’s definitely the right time to add to your family.
I have submitted an application. Now what? How long until I hear from a volunteer?
You should be hearing from a volunteer within 3-5 business days. Check your messages and voicemails! If you do not hear from anyone, please message the facebook page or send us an email.
How long does the process take to get preapproved?
Depending on your schedule and the schedule of the volunteer, we usually get you pre-approved within a week.
Why do you require a meet and greet with my dog?
We want to make sure the two dogs get along. Remember, relationships take time to build. Things may not be 100% perfect at the first meeting, but it’s rare that dogs don’t learn to get along. Dogs are pack animals and generally enjoy each other’s company once they get to know each other.
What happens at a meet and greet?
The foster will ask you to bring your current dog(s) outside to the edge of your property to meet on “neutral territory”. A walk is encouraged while you chat, just so the dogs are aware of each other’s presence and get an general idea of smell. After the walk, you can let them sniff each other and even let them play together if you have a fenced yard (we recommend leaving the leashes on). After a short while, the foster will take the new dog into your home to see how your dog tolerates the furry new stranger. Again, relationships take time to build an dogs need time to find their place in the pack. A second meet and greet can be arranged if it’s a dog you have your heart set on.
What is required in order to adopt a dog/puppy from you? (Dog tag with contact info, etc)
Our fosters are instructed not to leave the dog in the new home until the new owners have a leash, collar that fits and tag for the new dog with the new owner’s name and phone (address is great too). Remember to register your new dog’s microchip!
I adopted a dog from you. What do I do if I am having behavior trouble or I have any questions? Who can I contact?
It depends on the issue you are having. You are welcome to contact us first. After chatting, we will advise you if we think you would be best to contact a trainer or a behaviorist, as stated you were willing to do in your adoption contract.
What do I do if I can't keep my dog?
Contact us. We will do everything in our power to help you keep your dog. If it comes down to you absolutely cannot keep the dog, we will post to our group to see if we have an open foster that can foster the dog, but you have to keep the dog until we have an open foster, as stated in your adoption contract.
How can I pay the adoption fee?
We accept cash or check.
Do you accept donations?
Absolutely! We depend on them! Our rescue is run solely on donations, adoption fees and fundraising. We receive no government subsidy of any kind.