Are you interested in adopting a puppy from one of our litters? Here are some of our policies and procedures for puppy adoptions.


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.

If your application is approved, we will offer the option to schedule a meet and greet. Scheduling a meet and greet time is required, 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 smoothly and quickly as possible.

Once your appointment time is scheduled, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $50 to secure your time. If you decide to adopt during your appointment, or from Ruff Patch at a later time, this $50 is applied to your adoption fee.


Why do I have to pay a deposit to schedule an appointment?

When we are looking for families for our puppies, we get a lot of applications. We take every step we can to make sure their new families are fully prepared to be committed to them the rest of their life.


Can I get a refund on my hold fee?

All deposit fees are non-refundable. Deposit fees not used toward an adoption are considered tax-deductible donations that we put to good use such as feeding and sheltering the pets in our program!


If I pay a deposit to meet a puppy, will I be guaranteed the option to adopt?

Ruff Patch Rescue reserves the right to deny any application if it is deemed in the best interest of the animal and/or parties involved. Deposits made to schedule an appointment are only made to guarantee your time. In the event that the meeting doesn’t go well, the adoption would not be completed.

If you decide the puppy you’re meeting isn’t the right fit and we still approve your application, then your deposit can be applied to another pet that might be more suitable.


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 to younger children. The adoption interview and paperwork process are 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 include 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 adoption fees range from $160 to $350, and all of the above-mentioned care has already been completed. Any remaining funds from your adoption fee go 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 without receiving a spay/neuter procedure prior

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