Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I adopt a dog from Rescue Unleashed?

All interested adopters need to fill out an application. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer adoption coordinator. You will  receive a confirmation email within 48 after your application is received.  

If the information you provided in your application indicates that you might be a good match for the dog, we will contact you with next steps.

Next steps may include, but are not limited to, phone interviews, providing pictures and videos of your home and all areas the dog will have access to, reference checks, and setting up a meet and greet. Please note that if you reside in a rented residence, you will be asked to provide proof that you have landlord permission to have a dog (or another dog if you already have one) in your home. Proof can be a copy of the rental agreement or a letter from your landlord. Please also note that you will be asked to provide proof that all of the dogs in the home are fixed. We may call your veterinarian to be sure your dogs are up to date on vaccines and annual exams.

*Adoption fees depend on many different factors including, but not limited to, breed, age and known medical issues, and can range from $295 to $895.

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Where can I find your adoption form?

Adoption forms can be found besides every one of our available animals. When you click on an animal that you are interested in you will see a Apply button in the top right of that animals photo. Once you click that button you will be brought to our adoption form. You can also click also click here

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How long will it take my adopted dog to "settle in"?

A good rule of thumb is it takes an adopted dog 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to learn your routine and 3 months to start to feel at home. It’s during these periods of time that you, as the new guardian, need to be observant of the dog’s behavior and interactions. They will not “figure it out” on their own; they need your guidance. If there are behaviors you are unfamiliar with or need help addressing we are always here to help you find the necessary resources. 

*If you adopt a Rescue Unleashed dog and once in your home after a good faith effort you find he/she is not a good fit, please let us know and we will take them back into the rescue. 

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What is the process to foster a dog?

All interested fosters need to fill out an application on our website. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer foster coordinator. If the information you provided in your application indicates that you might be a good potential foster, we will contact you with next steps. Next steps may include, but are not limited to, phone interviews, providing pictures and videos of your home and all areas the dog will have access to, and reference checks.

Please note that if you reside in a rented residence, you will be asked to provide proof that you have landlord permission to have a dog (or another dog if you already have one) in your home. Proof can be a copy of the rental agreement or a letter from your landlord. Please also note that you will be asked to provide proof that all of the dogs in the home are fixed. We may call your veterinarian to be sure your dogs are up to date on vaccines and annual exams.

Average foster stays are between 2 weeks and 2 months. As a rescue, our number one priority in placing dogs in their forever homes is that it is a great match for that dog’s specific set of needs and sometimes that takes longer to find with certain dogs than it does with others.

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Can I adopt my foster dog?

Foster homes are usually given first priority when it is time to place the dog in their forever home, however, there are certain situations in which this is not the case. Sometimes a dog will be placed in foster and a potential adopter is already lined up, or a previous adopter will express interest and may be given a priority, so in these instances the foster home wouldn’t be allowed to adopt. Otherwise, you’d be given the opportunity. There will be an adoption fee even if you have been fostering the dog.

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What are my responsibilities as a foster home?

Fosters provide love, care and a safe environment for our dogs. You will also play a crucial role in the adoption process. Since we often know very little about a dog due to the various ways in which they enter our rescue, you are the ones who really get to know them, their personalities, their likes/dislikes, and other little quirks they may have.

You will be asked to help us write a bio on them, provide feedback on adoption applicants and bring your dog to meet & greets with a potential adopter. You will be required to send regular picture and video updates on your foster, the more often your dog is seen, the better chance they have at finding their perfect home in a timely manner. You will need to be available to take your dog to the vet and/or specialist as needed to keep them in the best health possible.