Adopting from Fetch

We match our rescue dogs in foster are to each applicant based on criteria specific on your application and home visit report.  It is very easy to fall in love with a picture or a story but that may not truly match what you are looking for in a dog. For this reason, you may not get to meet the dog that you specify in your application.  We appreciate your understanding of this policy and look forward to helping you find your forever companion.

Before you decide to adopt…

Before you decide to adopt, take a minute to consider your options and assess what type of dog would fit your family and your lifestyle.  Be honest about what you're current routine is like, and realistic about what changes you are willing to make to adapt to a new dog. By doing so, you'll ensure a successful outcome for yourself and your potential dog. 

What type of dog fits your lifestyle?

Do your homework about breeds and age to determine what type of dog is right for your and your family. Some breeds are people-oriented and unhappy to be left alone for extended periods of time while some breeds are more independent and stubborn. Use a reputable source for information regarding breeds, and take a few quizzes that are out there to help you identify what may be best. Adoption is a life-long commitment. 

Consider what age may be the best fit for you as well. If you are looking for a quiet, easy-going companion who doesn't require intense exercise, a senior dog may be your best choice. Most senior dogs require less or no training and adapt easy to their surroundings. 

What expenses can I expect?

An important part of adopting a dog is understanding the ongoing financial responsibility for the dog.  Routine veterinary care and food range from $800 to $1,200 per year for one dog that has no health issues. The costs of annual vaccinations, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative, grooming, and feeding a premium food add up quickly. This does not include emergency medical treatments or surgeries that a dog may need at some point in his/her life.

All Fetch dogs will be spayed and neutered prior to adoption. In addition, they will be microchipped, vaccinated, and tested for diseases such as heartworm, limes, ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis. Any other known medical conditions will be treated prior to adoption. 

Expectations of the adoption process

Once an application and fee have been processed, a volunteer will contact you to coordinate a home visit. This typically takes less than 2 weeks.  After your home visit has been completed and your application has been approved, you will be evaluated for the dogs that you are interested in, as well as any other dogs that may be a good fit for your lifestyle. We process applications in the order that they are received and you may not always get to meet the dog that you are interested in. If you do meet your desired dog, it is at the discretion of Fetch and it's volunteers to determine if the fit is appropriate. Our goal is to find the best possible match for each dog to ensure their long-term success in a new home.