Frequently Asked Questions about Adoption
Will I get to adopt the dog that I'm interested in?
We evaluate applications based on application date, so that oldest applicants are considered first for a specific dog. We will do our best to match you with the dog of your choice, but in the end it's about what's best for the dog. Puppies and young adults are in high demand, so it's likely they will be adopted to families already on our wait list.
I'm looking for a specific type of dog, can you help me find it?
We certainly can. We're always monitoring various shelter lists for all types of dogs to rescue. If you are interested in a particular breed and you don't see it on our site, let us know. Keep in mind that popular breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, are more difficult to find than mixed breeds.
What is required to apply for adoption?
In order to be considered for adoption, please submit an adoption application, along with the $30 application fee.
Why do you charge an application fee?
Effort spent towards processing applications, running background checks, and making reference phone calls takes away from time we have to fundraise. As a result, we ask for a $30 processing fee with your adoption application. Rest assured, the proceeds from this fee go towards the dogs in our care.
What should I expect from the application process?
The first step in the process is to fill out an adoption application. This will allow us to collect some basic demographic information to complete background and reference checks. If the checks pass, we'll give you a call to do a short interview to collect information about the type of dog you are looking for, as well as information about you and your family. After the phone interview, we'll stop by for a home visit. This will allow us to assess your home environment to ensure that we match the appropriate dog to it. For example, a dog with arthritis, or general muscle issues, may not do well in an apartment complex with multiple sets of stairs.
After approval of your home visit, we'll determine if your environment is the right fit for the dogs that you are interested in. If it is, we'll set up a meet & greet so that you can get to know the dog, their routine, and demeanor. If your environment is not the right fit for the dog you are interested in, we'll make recommendations for dogs that could be.
Note that moving forward into the meet and greet stage for any dog does not guarantee adoption of that dog. Judgment is applied at the discretion of Fetch and it's volunteers to determine the best fit.
What is the general timeline for adopting from Fetch?
We get concerns about timelines a lot and it’s actually a very hard thing to give good estimates for due to the wide variety of factors. Mainly, the application approval process depends on the availability of our volunteers. We are 100% volunteer-run without any paid positions. What that means is that our volunteers are squeezing things into their lives between family and other jobs. Typically the application approval process will take between 2-4 weeks. Things typically move quicker, but we can’t guarantee it.
In terms of how long before you take a dog home? This varies wildly depending on the type of dog you are looking for. Puppies under 6 months typically have longer waiting lists and any dog who is good with children and other dogs/cats will also have longer waiting lists. Most of our adopters looking for these highly adoptable dogs will find a match to take home within 2 months depending on the other criteria they have. If a dog you’re applying for does not have a waiting list at all, you could be taking a dog home in 2 weeks or less!
Please note that since we are a non-profit & foster home based rescue, our foster homes are a very precious resource. Due to this (and other factors), we typically can’t hold on to a dog for more than 7 days for you. We understand some people are traveling from farther away or have work/family commitments, so if this is a problem for you, just let us know and we’re happy to provide you with options!
How much does it cost to adopt a dog from Fetch?
Our adoption rates are listed below. The proceeds from adoption fees go towards the dogs in our care.
Pups (8 weeks - 12 months): $375.00
Adults (13 months - 7 years old): $325.00
Seniors (8 years and older): $200.00
Can my current dog/cat meet a dog before I commit to adopting?
We actually recommend resident dogs/cats do not come along to meet a prospective dog during the meet and greet process. This is for the same reason that we require applicants to meet the dogs in their foster parent's home - we hope to give you the truest representation of the dog's personality we can. Dog to dog/cat first meetings are very stressful on dogs since it us making them greet each other on our terms instead of terms they are comfortable with. On top of this, the initial meeting between dogs can be very misleading in either direction - positive or negative. Due to this, it is why Fetch strongly advocates for not doing this.
If having two dogs meet prior to adoption is something you feel strongly about, we can arrange for your current dog and prospective dog to meet for a structured walk, but we would not allow off-leash or direct interactions. Note that we don't require dogs to meet beforehand. We recommend a 24-48 hour separation period when introducing any new animals to your household. Slow introductions are the least stressful for dogs and help encourage the best long term relationship.