Please note that House of Hope Animal Rescue is foster-based. We are not a shelter and do not own a kennel where our dogs are kept. All of our dogs are in foster homes. Once your application is approved, your adoption coordinator will assist you in scheduling a date and time to meet dogs you are interested in at their foster homes. You must be willing to travel to the foster homes to meet potential dogs. Thanks for your understanding.
All potential adopters are required to complete an adoption application. That can be done online or you can download and complete then mail or email it to us. Once your application is received, we’ll call your references, including your Veterinarian. All of your pets must be current on vaccines and on preventatives.
Once all references are checked, we will get in touch with you to schedule a phone interview to go over your application and our adoption procedures. You may be contacted via email, so please keep an eye on your inbox, junk, and spam folders. Please know that we will reach out to you as soon as possible, but it can take up to 14 days depending on the volume of applications we are receiving. Please be patient with us.
After the phone interview, we will set up a time for one of our volunteers to conduct a home visit. This is to ensure that your home is a safe environment for a dog and is the final step in the approval process.
Once your application is approved, you are ready to begin meeting dogs! Because we want each dog to go to the right forever home, it is not guaranteed that you will be approved for the dog for which you applied. In this case, we will work with you so that the right match is made for everyone involved. House of Hope spends a lot of time getting to know each dog so they can be placed with a family they are appropriate for as well as a family that is appropriate for them.
Please Note: Our dogs are meant to be inside pets and members of the family. They are not ever to be kept outside or in a garage, especially when no one is home. No exceptions! We rescue these dogs from situations like this and will ensure they never have to live this way again.
DOG INFORMATION AND FEES
All our animals have been fully vetted. This includes deworming and all recommended vaccines for all ages. Dogs more than 6 months old will also be spayed/neutered and microchipped. They will also currently be on heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative.
Occasionally we are asked to re-home purebred dogs. In those special circumstances, adoption fees will be individually quoted.
Age 2 months to 6 months: $400 adoption fee with a $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due at the time of final application approval. Deposits should be made via PayPal and will be applied to total adoption fee.
- Age 7 months to 2 years: $400 adoption fee
- Age 3 years to 5 years: $350 adoption fee
- Age 6 years to 8 years: $300 adoption fee
- More than 9 years old: Adoption fee is decided on a case-by-case basis
ADOPTION FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE!
Puppies less than 6 months old will not be spayed/neutered. That will be the responsibility of the adopter. We require that a copy of the spay/neuter certificate be emailed or mailed to us.
Some ask why our adoption fee is so high. Actually, the adoption fee rarely covers the amount we spend on each dog. To give you an idea of what the rescue pays for, here is what we do for each dog we rescue.
Their first Veterinarian visit, which includes a physical exam, spay/neuter, vaccinations, fecal test, worming, heartworm test, and any other treatment the dog may require. This usually runs between $150 and $300.
There are sometimes additional costs and Veterinarian visits required if the dog has any injuries or medical issues. When dogs test positive for heartworms, which are not uncommon, we also have the cost of heartworm treatment, which varies depending on the severity of the heartworms and where they are treated.
Then there is the cost of transport which runs around $150.
The cost of dog food, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative, etc.
Not to mention the time we invest in each dog so that they will make great additions to each adoptive family. Each dog is evaluated to determine the personality they have and whether or not they would be good around children, cats, and other dogs. We do not give any guarantee, as any animal may act differently in a given situation, but we will give you our most honest assessment of each dog’s personality observed while in our care.