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What is your adoption process?Valley Dogs Rescue has a thorough adoption process to make sure our dogs are placed in the best possible home. Generally, the process will follow the steps outlined below. There are two ways to complete the adoption form. You can complete the online application or download and complete an adoption form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the contact listed in the pet description. Your application will be reviewed to see if you are good match for the dog you are interested in. We'll set up a meet and greet for you and your perspective new best friend. If that goes well, we'll arrange a home visit where your Adoption Consultant will bring the dog to your home. The main purpose of this visit is to be sure: Your home and yard are safe and secure The dog is a good fit for all members of the household The dog interacts well with all other pets in the home Once the home visit is complete, Valley Dogs Rescue will decide which home is the best fit for the dog. Some dogs have many people interested in them and we will make a decision based on the best interests of the dog and the household. It can be one of the hardest things we have to do. If you are selected, we will arrange for you to begin a 2-4 week Foster-to-Adopt (FTA) period. If for any reason you are unsure about the dog becoming a permanent part of your family, let us know and we'll take the dog back into our care. This happens from time time and it's okay. We simply want what's best for the dog. We'll collect the adoption fee at this time but we won't deposit it until the FTA period is completed. After the two week FTA period ends and everyone is happy, you are officially the owner of the dog! We'll set up a Finalization Meeting where we'll give you copies of all medical records, microchip information and adoption forms. Congratulations! Valley Dogs Rescue is here for you after the adoption process as well. We can help with training tips, nutrition or any other questions that come up. If for any reason you need to surrender your dog, please contact us before you give up your dog! We'll make every effort to help to find a new home for your dog.
Why is the adoption process so thorough?Valley Dogs Rescue's adoption process is more thorough than most rescues because we are committed to the well-being of our dogs. Many of our dogs have come from difficult situations and need stability. We want them to be placed in a safe, loving and permanent environment. We don’t want the dogs back in our care. It is extremely traumatic for the dog and as dogs get older, they become harder to adopt. Depending on their behavior, it can be difficult to find suitable foster homes for them. Also, the Foster to Adopt period is an important aspect of our process. Dogs often take a few weeks to show their true personalities. When placed in a new environment, some dogs will be timid and passive at first. As they become more comfortable, you may notice new behaviors and personality traits. It is important to let your dog settle in before determining if the dog is good fit for its new home.
How much are adoptions fees?Adoption fees range from $400 to $500 dollars for puppies and $150 to $400 for adult dogs. Fees will vary based on the age and special circumstances of each dog. The adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, most shots and microchipping. Please check with your Adoption Consultant for more information.
Are my donations to Valley Dogs Rescue tax deductible?Valley Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN: 26-0896950). For tax purposes, the law classifies charities and nonprofits according to their mission and organizational structure. Each group must register with the IRS for the section of the law that applies to it. Religious and charitable organizations fall under section 501(c)(3) and can receive tax-deductible donations. Please check with a tax professional if you have any further questions.
What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available?What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available? Valley Dogs Rescue has many opportunities for individuals or groups including: Helping with set up and tear down at our adoption events Transporting animals to and from medical appointments Walking and exercising our dogs Helping at our fundraising events Community Service credit may be available Contact us if you are interested in helping out!
Where do your dogs come from?Our dogs come from a variety of sources including: Outreach from various organizations Local Shelters Owner surrenders Strays
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