There are so many pets waiting to find a
Forever Home with the perfect family.
Before you even start the process be sure to answer these questions first:
When adopting a dog...
Am I looking for a dog to join me on the sofa to be a couch potato?
Am I looking for a jogging or hiking partner?
Will my dog have access to a big yard and fenced area?
Will my dog need to be content with leashed walks?
What type of dog can fit into my daily schedule?
Will my dog need to be compatible with children?
Do I need a dog that can get along with other pets?
How much time and patience do I have for training?
What are my expectations or limits for financial and veterinary care
APPLICATION AND ADOPTION PROCESS
Forever Home Canine Rescue (FHCR) is not a shelter and has no paid employees. We are all volunteers with jobs, families, pets, and foster dogs. Please be patient with our application and adoption process.
The first step in our adoption process is the completion of the Adoption Application form. Our Adoption Application form can be submitted four different ways. You can print out a hard copy in .doc or .pdf format and fax or snail mail it, scan a completed copy and email it, or fill out the .doc form and send it as an email attachment.
When a dog is placed into our Rescue Program, we review ALL of our pending applications to make the best possible match between the dog's needs and the prospective adopter's preferences. Our process is focused on the welfare of the dog, as the needs of the dog are our primary concern. Our goal is to place each dog in an environment appropriate for that dog's background, personality, temperament and needs.
After receiving a completed application, we will contact the applicant within a few days and begin the approval process. Please be patient... it sometimes takes longer than even we would like. The approval process involves a combination of phone interviews, a veterinarian check, reference check, and at times a home visit. For applicants outside our local area, part of the approval process is to obtain emailed photos of an applicant’s home, yard, family, and other pets, since conducting a home visit may not be feasible.
Rescued dogs are not "free." Most rescued dogs require medical attention, as many have not had any recent medical attention in their previous situation. Our dogs are fully vetted before they are placed into adoptive homes (there are some exceptions due to health and/or age). They are neutered or spayed, brought up to date on their vaccinations, tested for heartworms, dewormed, and started on heartworm and flea and tick preventative. Many of our rescued dogs also require dentals, heartworm treatments, and veterinary care for various conditions. In most cases, our costs exceed the dog’s adoption fee.
We require an adoption fee of $150 - $200 to help us cover these costs. The adoption fee is non-refundable after the 3-week trial period. All adoption fees are used for the purpose of rescuing, providing medical care and placing homeless dogs into their forever homes.
3-Week Trial Adoption Period:
FHCR offers a 3-week trial period to ensure that both the family and the pet are happy with the results of the adoption. We feel that this is especially important when there are other canine or feline members of the family. Within that time, we will refund the full adoption fee if the pet is returned. We want to be sure that our pets will have their perfect ‘forever’ homes!
Every person who is selected to adopt a dog from FHCR will be required to sign our Adoption Contract.
Post Adoption Follow Up:
Our goal is to help you enjoy life with your new dog to the fullest extent possible .We will contact you by phone or email each week during the 3-week trial period to check in. If issues arise, or you just need some advice on housetraining, behavior issues, etc., we will be happy to provide follow-up counseling. We also love receiving updates with photos from adopters. Seeing our dogs happy, healthy, and loved in their ‘forever’ homes reminds us of why we do what we do!
If Anything Ever Prevents You From Keeping Your Adopted Dog:
FHCR is committed to the life, health and well being of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog's life. Sometimes situations arise which cannot be helped. If at any time, for any reason, you are unable to keep a dog you’ve adopted from FHCR, you must either return the dog to FHCR or obtain approval to transfer ownership to a friend or relative.
Adoption Q & A
Dogs & Puppies: $150.00 - $200.00
Adoption fees include:
Basic wellness exam, first vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, deworming and flea preventative.
All dogs and puppies have received heartworm preventative, and dogs/puppies over the age of six months have been tested for heartworms.
Make a Donation:
Please come to meet us and our adoptable pets between 11 am and 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at the PETCO store in Mooresville on Hwy 150 (River Highway).