Why should I adopt rather than just go buy a dog?
There are so many great dogs that face euthanasia each day at kill-shelters. Not only does buying a dog mean that another one in the pound will have to be put down, but it also keeps abusive puppy mills and pets stores in business.
Isn’t there something wrong with the dogs from the pound?
Absolutely not. There’s something wrong with the people that put them there.
How long does the adoption process take, and what’s the procedure?
Depending on the pet and the foster’s schedule, the process can be as quick as two days and as long as three weeks.
The first step is to fill out an application. Once we review it, if we think you may be a good match for the dog, we’ll do a brief phone interview. Then you’ll go see the dog at his/her foster home. After you meet the pet, if you decide you’d like to adopt him/her, then you will let us know.
Please note that even if you go see a dog or cat at a foster home, it is no guarantee that you will be able to adopt him/her. Sometimes, several people meet the same pet, and we will have to make the decision of who will get him/her based on the best fit for the dog or cat.
Why does it cost money to adopt a dog or a cat?
The tax-deductible adoption donation covers medical expenses, boarding fees, training fees, and costs involved in taking care of a dog or a cat until his/her fur-ever home is found. We rescue lots of animals with severe medical conditions and/or ones who take a long time to get adopted. We have to and we will cover all the associated expenses while a pet is in our care, whether it’s weeks, months, or sometimes years.
What if my adoption doesn’t work out?
The contract states that you must try everything to remedy the problem, including trainers. If it still doesn’t work out after that, you must give Posh Pets Rescue adequate time to re-home an animal. You CANNOT give him/her to a shelter or a friend: he/she must go back to the organization. If a friend is interested in adopting the dog or cat, they can fill out an application.
I want to adopt. What do I do now?
Fill out an application. If you want to follow up with an email, that’s great, too.
I’m looking for a specific kind of dog/cat, can you help me find it?
At this time, we can’t provide a dog search service, but keep checking our website – we add new dogs and cats almost every day.
I sent an application in for a dog but never heard back, what’s up with that?
Sorry. Sometimes, we get too many applications and we don’t have the time to get back to everyone. Please remember that we are all volunteers. We do respond to everyone who sounds like the right match to the dog or cat they wish to meet. Please keep checking our website to see if there’s another dog or cat you may be interested in.
Will my dog/cat come spayed/neutered?
Will my dog/cat be up-to-date on vaccinations?
Will my dog be microchipped?
Yes. This implant allows vets and shelters to identify the owner of the dog/cat should he/she ever get lost.
What does it mean to “foster” a dog?
A foster home is a home (like yours!) that provides temporary shelter, care and love for pets while they are awaiting placement in a their “forever” homes. Foster pets are much more likely to have successful life-long placements in new homes when they come from a loving foster home, than when they come directly from the shelter. You will have your foster dog/cat until he/she gets new, adoptive parents.
What makes a good foster home?
If you’ve had some experience with dogs/cats before, have a basic understanding of their needs, and a touch of common sense, you’re a good foster candidate. Our animals are looking for a little love, walks, meals, and a safe haven. If you think you can give this to an animal, but may not yet be ready to commit to having one yourself, you should consider fostering. It is the most rewarding way to save a life!
Who pays for expenses?
Posh Pets Rescue will pay the expenses of veterinary care. Vet visits first need to be approved by us.
Can I choose what kind of dog/cat I get?
On the foster application, you can tell us what kind of dog/cat would work best for you, and what kind of dogs/cats you’re willing to take on. Giving us a range is best – specify size, age, allergy requirements, or any other relevant details.
We are especially in need of foster homes for bigger dogs, so if this is a possibility for you, please consider doing so.
What if it doesn’t work out?
If there is a problem with your placement, we will move the foster animal in a timely fashion and we will exchange an animal with you that is more compatible.
How long will I have my foster?
It varies. Younger, smaller dogs/cats get adopted quickly – from a few days to a few weeks. Larger dogs/cats and older dogs usually take longer up to 2-3 months, occasionally longer.
Can I foster more than one?
Sure – first start with one, and when you’re sure you can handle it, we’ll be happy to hand over a second (and third!)
As a foster, how am I involved in the adoption process?
When Posh Pets receives an application for your dog/cat, we will then contact you so that you are aware an applicant will be calling to set up a viewing time to meet the dog (at your convenience). Some people may want to bring their other dogs to see if they get along with the foster pup. Posh Pets then relies on our fosters to provide feedback about the applicant they have met – to help determine if he or she could be the right home for your foster pet. Sometimes many applicants will come to see your foster pup, and you may be asked to recommend which one you think might be the best home.
If my foster gets adopted, can I get updates on him/her?
Yes. We try to keep the foster involved as much as possible, even after a successful adoption. Often you’ll get emails and pictures from your foster’s new parents.
But I’m afraid I’ll get too attached…
All fosters go through this. But you can reassure yourself by knowing that the dog/cat is going to a good home, and that you are now free to save another lucky animal. What’s definitely more heartbreaking than letting a foster pet go into a wonderful fur-ever home, is watching a pet die at the shelter because no one stepped up to foster him/her.
What if I fall in love with a dog and want to keep my foster pet?
You’re treated as any other applicant, and must go through the adoption process including filling out an application (and paying the adoption fee). Posh Pets may decide that you’re not the right fit for a permanent home for the dog/cat. It’s a case-by-case decision.