The Answers You Need
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in Uxbridge, MA. We are not open to the public, so an appointment is necessary. Please note, you must have a processed application in place before setting an appointment.
DO YOU HAVE A PHONE NUMBER I CAN REACH YOU AT?
Yes, we do have a phone number but since we are volunteer run, it is not monitored on a regular basis.
Should you need assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAN I MEET A DOG PRIOR TO ADOPTION?
Yes, once you have a fully processed application in place, you will be invited in for a meet and greet session at our rescue. This session is required in order to adopt and all family members must attend the meet and greet session. If you already have a dog in the home, we will also have you bring your dog in for that meet and greet. You will be able to meet 3-4 dogs during your meet and greet session so we can ensure we help find the right pup for you and your family! Please note, not all meet and greet sessions will end with an adoption.
I LIKE A SPECIFIC DOG, BUT I WON’T BE READY TO ADOPT RIGHT AWAY. CAN YOU HOLD THE DOG?
Unfortunately, we are unable to hold dogs. We place dogs on a best fit basis and date of application is a considering factor. Once the right match is made, an adoption will follow. If you are not ready to adopt, please do not schedule a meet and greet session.
WHAT IS YOUR ADOPTION FEE?
The adoption fee is $525. For more information on what that fee includes, please visit the Adopt A Dog page.
CAN I GET A DISCOUNT ON THE ADOPTION FEE?
Our adoption fee does not cover the full cost of vetting, any additional medical care or medications, food, care, and supplies for each of our pups. We rely on fundraising to compensate for those deficits and cannot reduce this already discounted fee.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?
Shortly after filling out the online adoption application, you are connected to an application specialist. This entire process may take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks depending on your responsiveness along with your references.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO MY APPLICATION SPECIALIST IS?
Your application specialist is the volunteer that reached out to you initially and will always be your best contact. If you forgot who that is, please email email@example.com for assistance.
WILL I GET ANY PAPERWORK WHEN I ADOPT?
Yes, your newly adopted dog will come with an adoption folder which includes its veterinary paperwork from the south as well as the general wellness exam before release from our Massachusetts facility. This folder also contains many adoption resources on training, transition, and best practices for safety and wellness to get you and your new pup off to a great start!
WHERE ARE THE DOGS RESCUED FROM?
We rescue all of our dogs from Arkansas. All of our dogs have been tested for temperament. We look for friendly and adoptable dogs of all colors, all breeds, and all energy levels. They are transported to Massachusetts and have been in quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours (per MA state law) before being able to be shown at meet and greet sessions.
IS THE DOG I AM INTERESTED IN HOUSEBROKEN?
It is best to set expectations low and assume that a dog is not already housebroken. A dog who is housebroken in one location may not be housebroken in a different location, because the behavior is not generalized. It is not at all uncommon for dogs to be "outdoor dogs" in the south. So, please be patient and compassionate as your dog settles in and learns your expectations. Most puppies will need to go out every 2-3 hours so make sure your schedule can allow for that or be prepared to have a plan in place.
WHAT IS THE BACKSTORY OF THE DOG I AM INTERESTED IN?
We don't always know but it isn't uncommon for dogs to be found on the side of the road, dumped inside the shelter fence, or surrendered without reason. We open our hearts to these animals regardless of their stories and try to make their future much brighter than their past.
HOW BIG WILL THE PUPPY I AM INTERESTED BE WHEN FULL GROWN?
There are online growth calculators that may help guestimate the adult weight of your puppy. But because in most cases the parentage is unknown, we can only truly guess. If you have an apartment weight restriction, or adult weight preference, we recommend adopting a dog who is at their adult weight to ensure a lifelong adoption.
WHEN WILL YOU BE POSTING NEW DOGS?
We post newly rescued dogs every 2-3 weeks. It is best to keep an eye on our website and social media pages to learn when we have new pups.
IS THE DOG I AM INTERESTED IN CAT FRIENDLY?
We don't always know ahead of time. If you have a cat in your home, please be sure to let your application specialist know so we can cat test if needed. Please note, we don't cat test young puppies.
THE DOG I WAS INTERESTED IN WAS ADOPTED, DO I NEED TO REAPPLY?
No, once you submit an application we are able to keep it on file for up to 6 months. Be sure to let your application specialist know if you see another dog you would be interested in.
MY DOG HAS WORMS! WHAT DO I DO?
It is 100% normal for dogs and puppies to get parasites. We have a whole deworming protocol but often the stress of transport and transition can suppress the immune system and it is common for parasites to re-emerge. Remember to bring a stool sample to your first appointment with your veterinarian to ensure your pup is parasite-free. If not, parasites are easily treatable and is not worthy of panic.
I HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE HOME, AM I ABLE TO ADOPT?
The safety of the children and the puppy are of the utmost importance to us. Not all children are comfortable with a puppy jumping and mouthing and not all puppies are comfortable with young toddlers running around. Puppies will need to go out every 2-3 hours as well so we do ask that you consider whether or not that will be feasible with your infant or toddler's routine. While it is highly recommended to wait until your children are a bit older, we are willing to consider all applications with young children on a case by case basis.
I HAVE A SENIOR DOG IN MY HOME, AM I ABLE TO ADOPT A PUPPY?
We are willing to consider an adoption on a case by case basis. Some senior dogs do well welcoming a puppy in the home and it can give them a little spring in their step but others are not ok with a puppy jumping all over them.
I AM LOOKING FOR AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL, DO YOU HAVE ANY THAT WOULD BE A GOOD FIT?
While we know that a special dog will make a wonderful companion and we are willing to consider all potential adopters, we do not have any dogs that are trained as emotional support animals. Some of our dogs come from horrific situations, have absolutely no training to serve as a service or emotional support dogs, and most do not know what it is like to live within a family unit. There are some great organizations that have dogs specifically for this purpose and we encourage you to do the research to find a pup that is the best fit for your needs.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW BEFORE APPLYING TO ADOPT?
Adopting a dog often includes a lot of love and companionship but also includes cleaning up accidents, resolving new and unwanted behaviors, training, socialization, exercise, and general disruption to schedules and routines — all of which can be anxiety-inducing. We ask that adopters have stable housing, financials, and be emotionally stable enough to provide for and commit to a dog who will be dependent on them every day for years to come.