FAQ: Meeting one of our puppies

Where do I go to meet one of your puppies?

We typically have puppies under our care anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 weeks or more. Our puppies do not attend our adoption events until they are at least 8 weeks of age. If you are interested in meeting one of our puppies, submitting an adoption application is the first place to start. Once we receive your application, one of our volunteers will respond as soon as possible (this may take a few days) regarding when they will be available.

Typically, we will offer the option to schedule a meet and greet, whether in the foster home or during an adoption event. Scheduling a meet and greet time is always recommended, as puppies are very popular and we receive a lot of applications for them. Scheduling a time helps us organize and plan to help the adoption process go as smooth and quickly as possible.

Can I bring my kids?

Adopting a puppy is a family decision, and we welcome all family members regardless of age! However, we do recommend bringing a helping hand for younger children. The adoption interview and paperwork process is not very entertaining to children. Bringing someone to help keep kids busy helps the process go as quickly as possible.

How long does it take to meet and adopt a puppy?

For puppies, on average our meet and greets last about 30 minutes If your adoption is approved and you are processing paperwork on site, you should expect at least 20 minutes.

Why do you charge an adoption fee?

Each dog that comes into our program receives full vetting. We also address any immediate medical needs the dog has, which typically includes dental care, treating infections, and sometimes even orthopedic care, x-rays, and MRIs. Your entire adoption fee goes directly into the care of all dogs in our program.

While a “free” pet may seem like a bargain, you should consider the medical costs you would be responsible for, such as:

  • Spay/Neutering: $60-$300
  • Vaccinations: $100-$175
  • Microchip: $20-$50
  • Dental Care: $300-$1,000
  • Total: $480-$1,525

Our adoptions fees range from $160 to $350, and all of the above mentioned care has already been completed. Any remaining funds from your adoption fee goes into helping the next dog in need of more serious medical care. In the past year, we have performed 9 orthopedic surgeries and cared for over 11 special needs dogs. We wouldn’t be able to provide this care for dogs in need without charging an adoption fee.

Does my puppy have to be spayed/neutered before I adopt?

Our mission is to reduce the homeless animal population, and a large part of obtaining that goal is by reducing the number of animals breeding. As such, we do not allow any animal in our program to be released with out receiving a spay/neuter procedure prior.