adopt a pet?
You’ll save two lives. Over 2 million adoptable pets are euthanized in the United States alone. When you choose to adopt a pet you not only save the life of the pet you bring home but also for another pet at risk of euthanasia at the shelter by freeing up a space in the rescue.
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How do I adopt a pet?
The first step to adopting a pet is checking with those in your life. Do you rent? Will your landlord allow a pet and if so do they have any restrictions? Ask the other household members how they would feel if you adopted a pet. There will come a time when you will need to solicit their help. Check your schedule and lifestyle. Do you have time for a pet? Pets need exercise and attention, some more than others. Do you have a plan should you decide to take a trip that your new pet cannot attend? Review your finances, caring for a pet is a lifetime commitment. If you have reviewed these questions and can answer yes, then head over to the Adoption Form and begin the application process!
Are there any adoption requirements?
All applicants are required to complete an Adoption Form. All pets currently in the applicants home must be sterilized, up to date on vaccines and on heartworm preventative medication. A Veterinary reference and a personal reference are required. However, if the applicant is a first time pet owner or adopter without a veterinarian, they may submit a professional reference in it’s place.
How to avoid picking the wrong pet?
Once you have decided that adopting a pet will work for you, you must know your limitations. If chewing is something you just cannot tolerate, it may be best to steer clear of a puppy. If you live in an apartment, perhaps adopting the friend called Howler might not be appreciated by your neighbors. Some dogs are high energy while some prefer to sit on the couch and sleep the day away, only waking up on occasion for a quick belly scratch. Before you begin looking at pictures of available pets, you should think about what types of behaviors you may or may not be willing to tolerate. How much training you are willing to do on your own and would you be willing or able to a hire trainer for anything you cannot handle. Knowing these limitations, any breed characteristics and what type of personality you would like your new pet to have can help you and the rescue to find the perfect match. At Do Good Dog rescue we have a certified trainer who volunteers their expertise and each dog is evaluated for temperament during their quarantine and foster stay.
Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
Pets adopted from trusted and reputable rescues often are healthy. The condition of our animals are evaluated and each animal has a two week quarantine starting upon intake. Any sick animals receive appropriate treatment for their ailments. Furthermore, all our animals are current on their vaccinations and spay or neuter before adoption. Know any conditions associated with your animal’s breed, even if your pet is a mix. Always take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year making certain they receive the proper vaccinations. Care for your animal by providing a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Most rescue animals are suitable for adoption, though it’s important to do your research first.
What’s included in an adoption fee?
Contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito heartworms in dogs are easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure. There’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important. Each adult dog in our care receives a Heartworm test. Any dog that tests positive is treated before becoming available for adoption.
Pets can get pregnant as young as 4 months old. Caring for and finding homes for those new pets is both expensive and time consuming. As advocates of raising awareness about pet overpopulation all of our adoptable pets are spayed or neutered.
Dental work includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. Since many of the dogs in our rescue come from unknown backgrounds, any necessary dental work that may be required is done before the pet is listed as available to be adopted.
Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. Without Identification they have no way of getting home. ID Tags and collars can get lost or fall off. That is why we make sure every pet adopted out has a microchip. One in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life. Should they lose their tag or collar they can be brought to a shelter or vet’s office to be scanned and reunited with their family.
Intestinal parasites can affect pets in a number of ways, from simple irritation to life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to people. All of our pets are treated for intestinal parasites upon intake and are not listed for adoption until they are parasite free .
We may have volunteers in South Carolina and New Hampshire but we have adopters from across the United States. To help get your new family member closer to home our adoption fees even cover transportation along one of our predetermined routes!