Why is your adoption fee so much?
Please be aware that the adoption fee is $300($400 for puppies under 6 months). Each dog and puppy has received all of their age appropriate vetting. Due to our vetting and boarding costs, which are usually more than the adoption fee, we cannot accept a lesser adoption fee.
Recently someone asked, "Why would you charge $300 for a rescue pet? Why not just place it in a good home?" The answer is because we need adopters who are willing to support all rescue pets, not just the dog they adopt. A young, healthy dog might cost us $150-$400 in vet care, and many people will want to adopt it. An older dog with health issues or a heartworm positive dog can easily cost $500-1500 in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation; yet we can only ask a minimal adoption fee.
Fees from the younger, more adoptable dogs help offset the cost of caring for the others. Most of our dogs have a sad story to tell, and some have suffered through years of neglect or abuse. We hope that you too are willing to give an opportunity for a better life to ALL of our dogs by supporting them through adoption fees. Without these funds, our rescue efforts would not be possible.
What is included in your adoption fee?
All dogs have been fully vaccinated (DHPP, bordatella, and rabies), spayed or neutered, microchipped, and are heartworm free. (vaccinations may exclude puppies who have not completed all three rounds of DHPP or may not be old enough for rabies)
What are the requirements for adoption?
All applicants must fill out an application, have references, be willing to answer any follow up questions after application has been reviewed and be willing to have a home visit done prior to adoption.
Why do I need to provide my current pets vet records?
Releashed Rescue requires that all current pets are up to date on all required vaccinations and that all current pets are spayed or neutered. We only adopt our dogs into homes where current pets' care is thorough and up to date. Additionally it is a Georgia state law that all pets receive an annual rabies vaccine. We will be unable to consider your application otherwise.
What are you looking for when you do a home visit?
Releashed Rescue is looking for loving forever homes. We want to be sure that they are going to a safe, hazard free environment where they can get the appropriate amount of shelter and space. This also gives us and your potential new dog a chance to meet everyone in the house hold. As well as being able to go over the dogs routine and any training they've received so it can be as smooth a transition as possible for you and your new pooch.
How old do I have to be to adopt a dog?
Releashed Rescue requires that all of our applicants be at least 24 years old.
Is a fence required when adopting a dog?
No, a fence is not required. We do however strongly suggest a fence since your dog will require several walks a day without a fence and it may be easier to have one.
Where does Releashed Rescue get their dogs from?
RR gets all their dogs from high kill shelters or owner surrenders in Georgia and surrounding states.
Can I adopt a dog if I live in an apartment?
Yes, Releashed Rescue just requires a copy of your lease agreement, stating that you are allowed to own a dog, any size requirement and breed restrictions.
If I am the first one to apply for a dog, will I get him?
Possibly. Releashed Rescue is not first come, first served. We try our hardest to find the best match for our dogs and our adopters. Being first doesn't hurt, but its not a guarantee. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can.
What if my dog gets sick after adoption?
Releashed rescue is not responsible for any medical costs incurred after the adoption agreement is signed. You, the adopter will receive all copies of veterinary records with your adoption contract so your vet will be aware of your new pet's medical history. If this is a concern, before adoption we may be able to arrange a vet visit after the adoption has been approved but before it is finalized, the adopter would be responsible for the cost of the visit.
Can I surrender my dog to Releashed Rescue?
Currently, Releashed Rescue accepts owner surrenders on a case by case basis. Please complete the application on the owner surrender page to see if we have any open foster homes that are interested. If we are full at the moment we may be able to post your dog as a courtesy listing on our website and Petfinder. Most of RR's fosters come from high kill shelters. When we pull a dog from a shelter it not only saves that dog's life it also opens up space for the next dog coming in.
Do you allow out of state adoptions?
Since a home visit may be required we must be able to drive to your home within a reasonable amount of time.