Fetch Adoption Process

  1. Our adoption team will begin the application approval process by reaching out to the references you listed in your application form.

  2. Upon approval of your application, Fetch will conduct a Home Visit at your residence. The home visit is an interview to determine what type of dog would be suited best for your environment. Depending on the availability of our volunteers and your location it might take a few weeks to find someone to complete your home visit.

  3. Upon approval of your home visit, your application will be sent to the foster families of the dogs that you are interested in. We process applications in the order that they come in, based on the best match for the dog. The foster home for each dog you are interested in will review your application and home visit form to determine along with you if your home will be the right match for their foster dog.

  4. If your family and the foster family thinks you could be a match, you will be contacted to set up a meet & greet with the foster home and dog. We'll keep you informed of your application status after your application and home visits are approved. Please note that all human members of a household are required to meet a dog prior to adoption. We also discourage having your current pets (dogs, cats, etc) meet a prospective dog prior to adoption as it’s often a very misleading step in the process. We do not require current pets to meet adoptive dogs prior to adoption.

  5. Regardless of the outcome of the meet & greet, we ask both foster and adopters wait 24 hours before making the decision to adopt. This allows time for reflection for both you and the foster home to determine if it's the right fit.

Fetch adoption fees include:

  • Vaccinations - Rabies, Distemper, Bordatella

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Microchip

  • Flea/tick preventative

  • Heartworm preventative

  • Any other medical care required to adopt out a healthy pup

  • Free training class post-adoption (value up to $90)

WHY Adopt with FETCH?

There are many places to adopt a dog from and it's important to adopt from a reputable organization to ensure you get the right match for you and your family. Here are the benefits of adopting through Fetch Wisconsin Rescue:

  1. First and foremost, Fetch takes its time getting to know the dogs in our care. We strive to understand the best possible environment for them to succeed in. Behavior and medical issues are addressed and worked on while in foster care. Foster homes have a limit of two dogs to ensure environments are low-stress and individualized attention is given to each dog.

  2. Second, we provide thorough vetting to ensure that we are adopting out healthy dogs. Some rescues will do basic vaccinations and stop there. We'll do dentals, surgeries, bloodwork, and more so that we send home a pup just needing basic maintenance over time.

  3. Third, we're completely transparent about the type of dog you are going to get. These pups are not perfect, but we'll let you know all issues we’ve observed and how to work on those.

  4. Fourth, we have a strong support network post-adoption. For some of our more challenging dogs, we've sent behaviorists to an adopter's door at our own cost. For less severe cases, our resident trainer will give adopters a call and help them work out a training plan to get things back on track. We also provide a free training class (up to $90) for every dog that gets adopted out through Fetch. This ensures that you start your pup off on the right paw from the beginning.

  5. Lastly, we try to solve the local problem before expanding our efforts to out of state dogs. If there are breeds we can rescue locally, we start there. If there aren't, we'll expand to our neighboring states to help with their shelter overcrowding. Adopting through Fetch actually makes a difference in the local community and Wisconsin.