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FAQS

 

ADOPT

I do not see the pet that I was interested in. They said he was active and on the website. Why can I not see them and what can I do to apply?

There can be an assortment of reasons for this. The pet may not be adoptable yet, the pet could have become ill, or simply that the pet has received too many applications that we are already processing. You can email adopt@dallasdogrrr.org if you have questions about a specific pet.

I have met one of Dallas Dog foster dogs and I am interested in adopting but i do not see the foster on the website. How to I apply?

If you are interested in a dog that is not active, please fill out our GENERIC APPLICATION.

Where do adopters email to schedule the last round of vaccines or vet appt’s?

You will email medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org to request vaccines or vet appointments.

Will my records include the rabies tag?

You can request the rabies tag by emailing medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org. Specifity "IN NEED RABIES TAG" in the subject line.

How to I get my pet's medical records once the adoption is complete?

You can email medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org - please put in the subject line “MEDICAL RECORDS REQUEST” and please provide the original DALLAS DOGRRR NAME (NOT THE NEW NAME OF YOUR ADOPTED PET).

How do I get the microchip in my name after adoption?

Once you complete the contract and finalize the adoption process your microchip should be transferred in advance. We will remain on the chip as the secondary owner and you will be the main contact. After 24 hours of your adoption, search your inbox or junk mail for an email from Michelson Pet Registry. This email will assist you with accessing your pet’s microchip account.

What if I’m having problems with the pet I adopted from Dallas Dog and need help?

We try to set the right expectations about anything we know about the pet before you adopt (dogs/puppies needing training and possibly housebreaking, separation anxiety possibilities, sociabilities, etc.) but if you are experiencing a problem, we want to help you fix it. We always want the adoption to be a success for both you and your new pet! We have dog and cat behavior staff that are willing to help with any behavioral issues and veterinarians that can offer advice on what to do with medical problems. We want every adoption to be successful. We will follow up with you within the first 90 days after you adopt from us, to ensure that you have the support that you need. If you need to contact us before that, please email us at hello@dallasdogrrr.org. If you need help with behavior issues, please contact our team at hello@dallasdogrrr.org.

What do I do with my new pet if he/she gets sick after I adopt him/her?

Once an animal has been adopted, you should pursue any medical care with a private vet. Dallas DogRRR cannot continue to provide treatment. However, it occasionally happens that an animal has not been in our care long enough for a health issue to become apparent. If you believe your recent adoptee is sick, please contact our medical team at medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org within 10 days of adoption to let us know what's going on, and we can advise you on how to proceed. If there is an emergency please let us know immediately as we will not cover medical costs at a NON APPROVED VET OFFICE.

I found a pet that I want to adopt but am not sure if he/she will work out in my home with my other pets. Can I do a trial adoption?

We do trial adoptions in certain situations, but usually just for our adults that are difficult to place. You will be required to do all of the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee, but your contract will have a stipulation that entitles you to a full refund if you return the pet to us within a certain timeframe. We don’t do trial adoptions with puppies. Young animals will almost always get along well with other pets in the home. If you have concerns about raising a young pet or introducing a young pet to your current pets, please talk to an adoption counselor or matchmaker. You might discover that one of our older dogs will be a better fit for your lifestyle!

Can I get my adoption donation refunded if my new pet doesn’t work out?

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund adoption donations as these donations have already been put to good use to help us save even more lives. Our adoption team members are trained to help you find the pet that will be a great fit for your home based on your current lifestyle, other pets in the home, etc. However, we understand that sometimes, adoptions just don’t work out. We are willing to work through any issues that arise and depending on the situation, we may be able to offer an exchange (if the pet you chose doesn’t get along with an existing pet for example). 


We also have dog and cat behavior teams on staff that offer behavior support for the life of your pet and can help address concerns as they arise to give your new pet the best chance for success in your home. Contact hello@dallasdogrrr.org  if you are having behavior concerns that you hope to resolve.

What is your return policy?

Dallas Dog will take back any adopted pet if the adoption does not work out for any reason. Please email us at adopt@dallasdogrrr.org to start the return process. Please specify the reason you are returning your pet so that our team can assist you as quickly as possible. Please be advised that this return will not be effective immediately and that our team will work with you to answer questions and provide next steps.


If you are having behavior concerns that you hope to resolve, please contact hello@dallasdogrrr.org. We offer behavior support consultations for all of our adopted animals and would love to work with you to keep your pet in your home!

What if we want to rehome our dog to a family member of friend?

If for some reason you are no longer able to care for your pet and you have located a better placement, we understand things happen. Please contact the rescue and let us know there is paperwork that needs to be completed for the transfer of ownership which includes the microchip contact information.

Do we do out of state adoptions?

Yes, we do. We require all dogs to be altered prior to leaving the state. The out of state adopter is responsible for the cost of the health certificate and transportation cost. Depending on the dog's breed, you may have to pick up the dog in person in case they are not able to transport.

Can I decide not to have my animal spayed/neutered?

No. Any animal that is released from an animal shelter must be spayed or neutered under Texas law. 


ANY PUPPY THAT IS NOT ALTERED DUE TO AGE AND WEIGHT WILL HAVE A SPAY AND NEUTER CONTRACT - THERE WILL BE a refundable $100 deposit on animals that have not been spayed or neutered. You will receive a refund if the animal is spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.

Why wasn’t I selected to adopt?

This is a very difficult question to answer. There could be many reasons we sometimes can receive 1 application for an animal or 20. It depends on whether we have an extensive process to help us pick the best family to fit that pet. If you have any questions, please email adopt@dallasdogrrr.org to get feedback on your application and what you can do to be considered for the next available animal.

Can I have a Cat/Kitten declawed?

Dallas Dog strictly prohibits having our felines declawed. There is research to support this decision. One of our adoption team members can discuss this further with you.

What is included in an adoption fee?

Adoption Fees:  Puppies, Adult Dogs, and Senior Dogs  All Puppies and Dogs will receive the following Vaccines (DDHP series, Bordetella and Rabies), Heartworm test, heartworm, flea, and tick medication until adopted, fecal exam, spay or neuter, microchip, and veterinary care.  Puppies (12 months and under) adoption fees are $400 plus tax ($433)  Adult Dogs (1-7 years of age) are $260 plus tax ($281.45)   Senior Dogs (8 and older) are $125 plus tax ($135.31)   Flat-nosed Breed Dogs are $550 plus tax ($595.38)   Kittens, Adult Cats, and Senior Cats   All Kittens and Cats receive six vaccines (FeLV 1&2, FVRCP 1,2,&3, and Rabies); a snap test, fecal exam; spay or neuter, microchip, and veterinary care.  Kittens (12 months and under) are $200 plus tax ($216.50)  Adult Cats (1-7 years old) are $100 plus tax ($108.25)  Senior Cats (8 years old and up) are $ 75 plus tax ($81.18)  Spay/Neuter Deposit:  There is a refundable $100 deposit on animals that have not been spayed or neutered.  You will receive a refund if the animal is spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.

I'm looking for a purebred dog/cat. Do you have any?

We receive purebred dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to our rescue. These animals are usually adopted quickly. Maybe try fostering or emailing adopt@dallasdogrrr.org to help you identify what we currently have in our rescue presently.

What kind of dogs/cats do you have?

We usually have about 200-250 foster animals in our rescue at a time including puppies, kittens, teenage animals, as well as adults and seniors. We have all sizes and ages. We have a wide selection of companions for you to choose from! We also specialize in hospice and medicals that under the right conditions, will consider for adoption. If you are looking for a specific type of pet, please email adopt@dallasdogrrr.org for help with matchmaking you with the perfect pet for your family!

How long does the adoption process take?
Once your application is submitted, it is assigned to a processor, they are all volunteers so please be patient. You should hear from someone within 24 hours. Please see our website under adoption to see the whole application process. If you do not hear back from someone within 48 hours, please contact adopt@dallasdogrrr.org. Once your application is approved, you will proceed to the next step of a meet and greet and that timeline can vary upon availability.
How do I adopt a pet?

First, go to our website at www.dallasdogrrr.org and check out our many adoptable animals. Then, complete and submit your application and our adoption team will contact you within 48 hours.

Does the Dallas Dog complete medical and behavioral testing on every animal in its care?

Dallas Dog dogs are all placed in foster care. We complete a full medical evaluation and we do gather behavior information on each animal in our care. The organization fully discloses all known medical and/or behavioral conditions, including any incidents of biting or violent behavior towards a human, to all adopters and fosters. Despite the rigorous testing our veterinary and behavioral professionals conduct throughout every animal’s stay in our foster/boarding facility, other new and/or unknown medical and/or behavioral conditions may manifest in any animal at any time. By adopting or fostering an animal from the Dallas Dog, adopters and fosters acknowledge at the time of adoption or fostering that they may receive an animal with an undetected medical and/or behavioral condition and/or that a new medical and/or behavioral condition may appear at any time in the future. Any pet adopted from Dallas Dog can be returned to us at any time for any reason at no cost.

I'm looking for a purebred dog/cat. Do you have any?

We receive purebred dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to our rescue. These animals are usually adopted quickly. Maybe try fostering or emailing adopt@dallasdogrrr.org to help you identify what we currently have in our rescue presently.

What kind of dogs/cats do you have?

We usually have about 200-250 foster animals in our rescue at a time that include puppies, kittens, teenage animals, as well as adults and seniors. We have all sizes and ages. We have a wide selection of companions for you to choose from! We also specialize in hospice and medicals that under the right conditions, will consider for adoption. If you are looking for a specific type of pet, please email adopt@dallasdogrrr.org for help with matchmaking you with the perfect pet for your family!

How long does the adoption process take?

Once your application is submitted, it is assigned to a processor, they are all volunteers so please be patient. You should hear from someone within 24 hours.


Please see our website under adoption to see the whole application process. If you do not hear back from someone within 48 hours, please contact adopt@dallasdogrrr.org. Once your application is approved, you will proceed to the next step of a meet and greet and that timeline can vary upon availability.

How do I adopt a pet?

First, go to our website at www.dallasdogrrr.org and check out our many adoptable animals. Then, complete and submit your application and our adoption team will contact you within 48 hours.

 

TRANSPORT

Why can't little dogs stay here? They are so easy to get adopted!

The purpose of sending dogs to Washington is to lower our population here and make room to save more dogs. We all know there are always more that need saving here in Texas. Providing a good mix of puppies and little dogs together with our big dogs, gives them all the best advantage to be seen and get homes quickly.

Will I hear from the adoptive family?

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that we will hear from them. We ask that you submit a letter that we include in the foster dog packet. The rescue also sends a letter as some adopters do not understand the foster process and will sometimes reach out to the rescue vs. fosters.  Simple answer, there is no guarantee. We always hope the adoptive families will reach out to the fosters, and many do. Unfortunately, sometimes they do not reach out.  We have an amazing team of volunteers that work with the shelters and volunteers to get this information and stress what it means to the fosters to see their dog in their forever home, but sadly that does not always happen.

Can I foster fail when my dog is submitted for transport?

Fosters are notified at the time of SUBMISSION so they can begin to prepare for the separation from their dog, or they can decide to foster fail. Notice of any foster fail must be given when they receive the notice that their dog is being SUBMITTED. A great deal of thought goes into selecting the right dogs to go on transport. The leadership of DogRRR works diligently with all of the information at their disposal to determine which dogs should be submitted. However, we do understand there may be a case when the foster wants to keep the dog. Keep in mind, this should be a rational decision based on how the dog fits with the foster family rather than an emotional decision based on the fear of transport. It’s never easy to let them go, but we owe it to our partners to provide them what they have agreed to, so no foster failing is permitted once the dog has been APPROVED for transport.

What are the dates for transport?

The dates are dependent on our transporter. If she is doing one transport in a month, it is the first Tuesday of the month. She may add a second transport, which is the third Tuesday of the month.

Why can't little dogs stay here? They are so easy to get adopted.

The purpose of sending dogs to Washington is to lower our population here, and make room to save more dogs. We all know there are always more lives that need saving here in Texas.  Providing a good mix of puppies and little dogs together with our big dogs, gives all our dogs the best advantage to be seen and get homes quickly.

Are there dogs that are not good for transport?

Heartworm positive dogs.

What kinds of dogs are adopters looking for on transport? What kinds of dogs get adopted quickly?

They love small dogs and PUPPIES! Puppies are usually snapped up within days, but the adopters in the Pacific Northwest are open to any dogs. They are all looking for large breed dogs to go hiking, paddle boarding and enjoy the beaches and lakes. Dogs we know will not find homes here in Texas are sent to Washington and adopted.

What happens if my dog is not adopted?

We have never had a dog not adopted in Washington. We have had dogs returned or those with difficulty adjusting, and we have an agreement with the shelter to return them back to the rescue. They will work tirelessly to rehabilitate and find the perfect place for that pup. The team stays in communication with our rescue the whole time.

How long do they remain in the shelter?

The length or time varies, depending on the dog. Puppies are usually adopted within two weeks. There are times they may be a little longer but that is very rare. Adoption times for adult dogs varies. Many times our adult dogs arrive on Thursday and are adopted by the end of their first weekend in Washington. We have never had a dog stay in the shelter longer than 4 months.

Once they arrive, how long until they are available for adoption?

This depends on the dog. If unaltered, the dog needs to be altered prior to adoption. If the dog is having difficulty, they will allow it time to adjust. Most dogs are adoptable the day they arrive.

What can I send with my foster dog on transport?

We are limited on space so you can send a small toy, chewy, and small blanket; but it all has to fit in a gallon size ziploc bag. As you can imagine, the offloading process can be a little chaotic when our dogs arrive at the shelter. Our transporters try their very best to ensure each dog's belongings go along with them, but their main priority remains each pup's safety and well being while they are getting settled in. Due to this focus on safety, we cannot guarantee that each thing you send with your pup will transfer to the shelter with each pup.

What is the foster responsible for after their foster dog is selected for transport?

The foster is responsible for taking the dog to the vet for the health check appointment that is required to get the necessary paperwork for travel. If they are unable to do so, they simply need to let the transport team know so we can make arrangements to get them to their appointment. We ask that they help look for transportation and be flexible as we are limited on when these can be scheduled.  We also ask each foster to write a note about their pup; this helps the adopter know more about the pup from the foster's perspective. Tell the adoptive family your dog’s story, tell them about their life with you and what makes them special.  Always keep it positive. The final step is help in getting them to the transport location or at minimum a location where they can meet the transporter. The logistics of moving a large number of dogs in a short amount of time can be overwhelming, so a positive attitude as things change and come together is most appreciated. The day your pup gets on transport will be sad for every foster, but we have volunteers to keep you apprised of the entire journey and have no doubt, you will be CELEBRATING when you see your dog get their perfect family.

Oh no! My foster dog has been returned!

This is ok. Our partners know, and have signed an agreement, that our dogs are NOT to be euthanized and they are to be returned to us. What does that mean? It means they will hold until our next transport, or we fly them back.   Keep in mind, dogs can be returned for a number of reasons, not always the problem of the Texas dog. What if there is a resident dog that won’t accept the new dog that was adopted? The adopter may return. Returns are not necessarily bad. They can be helpful in some cases as our partners do not know the dogs like we do, so when they come back they have a better idea of what the dog will need in his or her next placement.  Washington shelters are not like Texas shelters. Dogs there are given a second chance, with opportunities for enrichment, training, and options to stay with fosters. They have a whole behavior team to work with these pups.  OUR RESCUE PARTNERS ALL REALLY CARE ABOUT OUR BABIES!

Who approves the final list? Who chooses who goes?

The team, which includes someone from the foster team, adoption team, medical and the director, reviews the suggested dogs. A list is created which includes, bio, information, behavior and medical records, and all the information is sent to our partners.    


Once submitted, our partner shelters review the list and ask questions, review medical records and choose what dogs they can take depending on space, breed, age and size. They want to make sure they will be able to adapt to their community. 


For example, Seattle has a lot of apartments and not large yards, so they make sure that the dogs will be ok in those environments. Once chosen, we let our team know and they begin informing fosters who has been selected.

How does the team decide which puppies and dogs are submitted for transport?

The team discusses how how many dogs are currently in the rescue. We look at the list of active dogs and how long they have been in the rescue. We also look at who has had interest and who has not. Age is considered once a puppy hits the teenage years (over 6 months). They are automatically considered for transport, as they are the hardest to get adopted since people want either younger or older dogs.    We look at the length of time in the rescue. This is a huge factor, as the longer we have had them, the harder they are to get adopted here.  The number of puppies we have in the rescue is also a consideration. Puppies are adopted sometimes within hours of arrival, and transport is a fabulous way to reduce our puppy population. If a puppy has moved around a lot then they are also considered.  Owner Returns are automatically considered. This gives them a chance at a new start without the return in their history.  A dog will be considered for submission if a foster or team member requests.

What requirements does my foster dog need to be submitted for transport?
  • All dogs 6 months or older MUST test negative for heartworms within 30 days of transport.  

  • All dogs and puppies must have a minimum of two rounds of shots.   

  • All dogs must be a minimum of one month off quarantine.   

  • All dogs must be healthy and have a negative fecal.

Can I contact the shelter directly?

We ask that you reach out to our rescue (and not our partners) as they are very busy handling their own daily business. We are more than happy to get any information to help our fosters. We have worked very closely with these shelters in building relationships with them. We want to be able to continue the transport process, as it is essential to our process and sustainability in rescue. These partnerships allow us to save more dogs due to Texas' pet overpopulation. Please remember if you do speak to a volunteer, be kind and courteous as we know emotions can overwhelm us during this time.

What happened? I do not see my foster dog on the website.

This question has different answers. If we send a dog that is not altered, they must be altered prior to adoption and will remain inactive until surgery is scheduled or completed.   If the animal arrived and was struggling behaviorally, they will give the animal time to adjust, and continue to evaluate. This is a good thing because it allows the volunteer to connect with your foster and better understand their needs, which helps when finding the right adopter.

What happens to dogs that struggle on transport?

There are cameras on the transport trailer which are monitored. If a dog gets sick we are notified and if there is an emergency, an emergency vet is located and contacted. If a dog is struggling with behavioral issues, this is dealt with on a case by case situation. We let the incoming shelter know the dog is experiencing difficulties and they have volunteers scheduled to help and give them time to decompress. They are well equipped to deal with such issues and will very rarely “give up” on an animal. They have behavioral programs staffed with employees and volunteers that are committed to working with them until they are adoptable.

How long is the trip?

The trip takes about 3-4 days depending on weather conditions, traffic and fires. Think of it as a long road trip with the promise of a forever home waiting at the end. Yes, it is a rough few days but the outcome of finding their forever home far outweighs the few days of travel.

How is my foster dog transported?

They are transported sometimes by air and sometimes by Tall Tales Transport and Rescue. We have worked with this organization for over 6 years. The founder drives a modified trailer designed to haul race cars with reinforced walls for a crash. It has 3 rooftop Coleman AC units with their own generator; this helps with better climate control and it is quieter for the animals on transport. They also carry a spare Coleman generator in case something happens on the trip. There are 2 carbon dioxide sensors and 4 cameras, 2 that are placed in the aisles and 2 extra that can be placed for another angle or on a specific kennel or dog in crisis. There is sound on the cameras, so they are able to hear distress or barking of the dogs on the trailer. The dogs are walked throughout the day at regular intervals. They carry over 400 pounds of food in the trailer, and the dogs are fed twice a day. Because of their size, and their metabolism, puppies are fed at least 3 times a day. Each dog has a water bowl affixed to their crate, and Kay walks the trailer at every stop to make sure they have something to drink. There is also a tracker on the trailer in case they were to be stranded or run into trouble.

Where will my foster be going?

Dallas Dog partners with a number of shelters in the Washington State Area. Please know the term “shelter” is not the same as it is here in Texas. These are wonderful facilities staffed with employees and volunteers all working to provide the best care to our dogs until they get their forever home. Sometimes the dogs are not ready for adoption when they arrive - they may have developed a little cough, or have been seriously anxious, so they may be placed with a foster family for a short time.

Can I foster fail when my dog is submitted for transport?
Fosters are notified at the time of SUBMISSION so they can begin to prepare for the separation from their dog, or they can decide to foster fail. Notice of any foster fail must be given when they receive the notice that their dog is being SUBMITTED. A great deal of thought goes into selecting the right dogs to go on transport. The leadership of DogRRR works diligently with all of the information at their disposal to determine which dogs should be submitted. However, we do understand there may be a case when the foster wants to keep the dog. Keep in mind, this should be a rational decision based on how the dog fits with the foster family rather than an emotional decision based on the fear of transport. It’s never easy to let them go, but we owe it to our partners to provide them what they have agreed to, so no foster failing is permitted once the dog has been APPROVED for transport.
How does the transport process work?

The first step is the Dallas Dog leadership team submits pictures and bios of dogs they have determined are good candidates for transport to one, or a number, of our Pacific Northwest partners. The shelter staff evaluates each dog to determine their adaptability based on the demographics of their community. They are then either approved or denied for transport, and you, as the foster, will be notified of their decision. The first step is the DogRRR leadership team submits pictures and bios of dogs they have determined are good candidates for transport to one, or a number, of our Pacific Northwest partners. The shelter staff evaluates each dog to determine their adaptability based on the demographics of their community. They are then either approved or denied for transport, and you, as the foster, will be notified of their decision.

Why was my foster selected for transport?

There are a variety of factors taken into consideration before any dog is submitted for transport. It may be that we have an unusually large puppy population that can be quickly reduced by sending them north where they will be snapped right up.  Your pup may be beautiful to you, but the truth may be they will be virtually unadoptable here in Texas. The Pacific Northwest is a very open and accepting environment for our larger dogs that would otherwise sit in the rescue for a long period of time.

How do we know they are safe?

Honestly, we do not know that even when they are adopted here in Texas. Even with the extensive screening and adoption application process we have in place, we have unfortunately had a few bad local adopters. We have had our dogs given away, abandoned in yards or the shelter, or dumped on the street here in Dallas. Ultimately, we do our best to give our dogs the best chance we can at having a happy life.

Why do they have to go on transport at all? Why can't we keep them here?

Transport is a vital tool for saving Texas dogs. The main reason we need transport is that Texas is one of the highest kill states in the US. Due to our overpopulation, there are simply not enough homes for all of the dogs here. The Pacific Northwest has had good spay and neuter programs and requirements and therefore have been no-kill states for over 10 years. Most people prefer to rescue a dog in need from the shelter versus buy one from a breeder. For every dog who goes to the Pacific Northwest it saves three dogs. A foster home is opened up which allows another dog to be pulled, which opens a space in an overcrowded shelter.

What is transport?

Transport is a fantastic opportunity for our dogs! We partner with three shelters in Washington state to send some of our dogs to find their forever homes. Why do we do this? We live in a state that has the largest number of dogs being dumped and euthanized. The number of requests we receive for help on a daily basis is overwhelming. We save as many as we can but we can only do so much. Washington state, by contrast, has not had to euthanize for space in over 10 years! They actually need dogs for their communities. This is where we come in.

 

FOSTER

How old do you have to be to foster?

Dallas Dog fosters must be at least 18 years old. If foster parents have other individuals living in the home, they must complete a foster application and be approved by Dallas Dog. This includes, but is not limited to, family members or roommates.

Can I still help if I can’t Foster?

Yes! Help us spread the word that fostering saves lives! One of the most effective ways to recruit new fosters is by word of mouth. Please tell your community about fostering and ask them to email us for more information. Adopt. Volunteer. Donate.

What do I do if my foster escapes the yard?

We ask that you make sure that your foster animal has a collar and ID tag on at all times if you do not have one then make sure you ask the foster team for one.  


Then we ask THAT YOU IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE TEAM. The quicker we can get on the road the quicker it is to find a lost dog.

How do I find out about adoption events?

There are multiple locations the foster group will post, there is an event section in foster group and on the main DogRRR Facebook page. You can also go to the website www.dallasdogrrr.org and check out our DogRRR Magazine that comes out every other month.

What vetting has my foster dog received before it arrives in my home?

That varies for each dog we rescue, some dogs come right from the shelter and have received basic vaccinations, some are altered and some are not altered. On intake we do try to give flea prevention and dewormer if applicable, if not we do get them into the vet ASAP. We ask that the foster keep up with their medical appointment and schedule accordingly.

How do I set up medical appointments for my foster?

Please email medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org, please see medical FAQ.

Can I take my foster on vacation with us?

We usually do not however there are times that we will allow it to require approval from the foster team.  Please email foster@dallasdogrrr.org

What happens if my foster dog has behavior issues?

We have trainers on staff for consultation and in home training if needed we also have a foster support group to aid in some simple questions.  We have our behavior section on the website for assistance as well.  Let the foster team know as soon as possible when the problem arises.

Does my foster dog have to sleep in a crate?

We highly recommend this process because it allows the dogs a secure safe place to decompress. Reminder of what fostering is, it is a stepping stone to the adoption process. You are the teacher that is preparing the foster for the rest of their journey. It is important that we make sure the foster is trained as some adopters do crate training with their pets and need to prepare them. We need to help the animal adjust physically, emotionally and mentally we have trainers to assist in this process.

What is transport?

Transport is a fantastic opportunity for our dogs! We partner with three shelters in Washington state to send some of our dogs to find their forever homes. Why do we do this? We live in a state that has the largest number of dogs being dumped and euthanized. The number of requests we receive for help on a daily basis is overwhelming. We save as many as we can but we can only do so much. Washington state, by contrast, has not had to euthanize for space in over 10 years! They actually need dogs for their communities. This is where we come in.

What is the best way to introduce?

If you have personal pets who are dogs, you'll want to introduce them to your foster dog one at a time and supervise their interactions at first. It's a good idea to introduce them outside in a large yard or on a walk, keeping all the dogs on leash and allowing them enough space to get adjusted to one another. Take your time with this process. The slow and smoother the transition the more likely it will be successful.

When can I introduce my dog to the foster dog?

That can vary depending on the dogs, not just the foster dog but the residence dog. There is more information on this in the behavior page.  We ask that you wait the 2 week period before introducing this helps with the quarantine process as well the decompression time.

What vets do you utilize?

Our vet varies. Our Main vet is in Allen, we have one in Denton, Fort Worth, 2 in Carrollton,one in Dallas.

How does the whole adoption process work?

When the decision is made to make your foster active you will be notified and given the opportunity to foster fail if you choose not to foster fail we will move to the application we begin the reference check, home check and veterinarian check. Once the review of the application is complete and you  are approved to move forward to the meet and greet the foster will reach out to set that up and once that is complete you will need to sign the contract and pay the adoption fee. All dogs must be cleared by medical prior to adoption.

Do I have any say/input on who gets to adopt my foster?

We have a very involved adoption process where we screen the applications/applicants. It is a joint discussion between the processor of the application and the foster. The processor and the foster have a discussion and talk about who they feel the best fit is, the adoption processor makes the final decision.

If a friend/family member wants to adopt my foster, do they get special consideration?

They are given the opportunity to fill out our generic application if there are already applications they are considering with the other applicants.  There is no guarantee that a friend or family member will get priority; however, we try our very best to find the perfect match.

Can I adopt my foster animal if I fall in love?

Yes, as long as you notify either the foster team and or the adoption team before the pup goes active, if the animal has applications and starts meet and greets.  When your foster is about to go active you will be notified at that time you are given a chance to foster fail, if you change your mind and the applications did not work out that we can discuss foster fail.

What happens if my dog and foster dog don't get along?

We ask that you follow the decompression guidelines, if there is an issue we ask that you keep them separate from each other and notify the foster team that you need assistance. We have trainers on staff.  You can also post for assistance in the foster and adopter group.


What do I do if I'm going out of town?

The procedure for going out of town is to email foster@dallasdogrrr.org in the subject line label is vacation coverage for foster. In some cases we have allowed some dogs to go with, if not then we ask that you give us time to find vacation coverage, we do understand that emergencies happen but due to limited fosters we ask to know as early as possible to make sure we get proper coverage.

Do I get to pick what dog I want to foster?

We try our best to match you with the perfect dog that fits your house, however we can not guarantee that you will get to choose. We do post dogs that are in need in our foster support group and on our social media page. Sometimes we are in dire need and in minutes we sometimes have to make a decision to place the pup in need.

How can I see the dogs available for foster?
Who do I contact if I want to be a foster or have questions about fostering?
Do I need to live in DALLAS to foster a dog?

Fosters must live within 60 miles of the DFW area. Medical care is provided at several clinics within the metroplex, most potential adopters live in or around the metroplex, and adoption events are all in the DFW area.

Are there dog-friendly, kid-friendly dogs needing foster homes?

Yes! For some of our dogs needing a foster home, we may have information on how they have interacted with kids or dogs in a home or shelter environment. However, Dallas Dog cannot guarantee the temperament, behavior, or health of any animal due to coming straight from an animal shelter or right off the streets. We have a guide to decompression which will help with the transition into your home as well as dog-training staff available for consultations.

We do our best to provide our fosters with as much information as possible before they bring a foster dog into their homes. We will then work with our fosters to learn more about the dog and their in-home behaviors.

What are my responsibilities as a foster?

  • Providing a safe, clean, and caring environment

  • Providing shelter, food, water, and toys/enrichment

  • Providing exercise and socialization, as appropriate

  • Monitoring any medical and/or behavioral issues and working with our medical and/or behavior teams as needed

  • Picking up your foster dog and transporting them to/from any necessary appointments to the clinic  (having a car is beneficial for this purpose, but it is not required)

  • Actively marketing your foster dog for adoption this includes taking pictures, going to our photo shoots, updating bio and posting on social media if you have it.

  • Screening and meeting with potential adopters; being responsive and courteous towards potential adopters; following our adoption protocols

  • Carefully reviewing all of APA!’s dog foster communications and resources and abiding by the rules and responsibilities set forth therein

What types of dogs need a foster home?

All dogs who have not yet found a forever home need a foster home! We have the young fluffy cuties, but our biggest foster need are for pregnant dogs, moms with newborns, orphaned puppies, parvo survivors, seniors, dogs significant medical needs, more active behavior management, dogs needing a break from the shelter, and those who are at risk of euthanasia due to lack of kennel space at Texas animals shelters. Basically, foster care is for all homeless dogs, especially those that need a little extra TLC! With our mission of rescuing those left behind or off the street, the need for foster parents is even greater; every dog that enters a shelter puts another dog at risk, and every time we save a dog it saves another life. Fostering is a key factor to the first step of the rest of their journey. 

What does Dallas Dog provide to its fosters?
  • Every foster should receive the following items: collars, leashes, ID TAG, crates, and puppy pens.

  • Food, when available. We cannot guarantee a specific brand - if they need prescription food, we will cover the cost.

  • A bonus, if available: beds, treats, toys and chew toys, food bowls etc.

  • Assistance with caring for your foster dog, including behavior and medical support.

  • All medical care for your foster dog, as deemed appropriate by our Medical Team.

  • Temporary fosters for when you go out of town or on vacation.

  • Assistance with marketing your foster dog for adoption, and interacting with potential adopters

  • Educational resources and opportunities

  • Responsive and transparent communication

How old do you have to be to foster?

Dallas Dog fosters must be at least 18 years old. If foster parents have other individuals living in the home, they must complete a foster application and be approved by Dallas Dog. This includes, but is not limited to, family members or roommates.

How long do I keep a foster dog?

We ask that you keep your foster dog until adoption, but we require a minimum two week commitment (although, there are frequently shorter-term options available). We are unable to predict how long it will take for your foster dog to be adopted as it is case specific. Young puppies are typically adopted very quickly, while adult dogs can take a few weeks and sometimes longer. Examples of temporary/short-term fosters includes, but are not limited to:

Transport fosters - are temporary placements until the dog is able to go on transport.

Vacation fosters – temporary placement while a permanent foster parent is on vacation and are always needed.

Emergency Intake fosters - temporary placement for animals who have been intake on short-notice, or transported from South Texas, and do not have a permanent foster yet.

What is a foster home?

A foster home is an extension of a shelter’s lifesaving capacity made possible through partnerships with the public. Through fostering, members of the public provide temporary shelter, care, and love for pets in need and serve as their bridge to a forever home. You are a stepping stone for the rest of their journey, you are their second or maybe final chance before they lose their life.We like to say it is the bridge between their past and their future.

Why foster?

Fostering saves lives! Many shelters still euthanize perfectly healthy pets because they run out of space. Finding a foster home for them is sometimes the only way to save them. Because shelters have limited capacity, the number of lives they save depends entirely on the number of fosters willing to open their homes to them.


In addition to increasing a shelter’s lifesaving capacity, fostering improves the quality of life for each homeless pet. A home environment transforms pets for the better, significantly improving their mental and physical wellbeing. Put simply, fostering saves lives and makes those lives better.

With our mission of rescuing those left behind or off the street the need is greater, every dog that enters the shelter puts another dog at risk and every time we save a dog it saves another life. Fostering is a key factor to the first step of the rest of the journey.


Fostering is also an important step on a pet’s journey to their forever home. Fostering provides pets with the best environment for their wellbeing while waiting for their adopter and allows them to practice forming bonds with humans and potentially other animals. Fostering also provides pets with the best possible advocate for their adoption - their foster parent.

 

VIRTUAL FOSTER

How can I become a Virtual Foster?

To become a virtual foster, you must complete a foster contract. To start this process, please go to our website to file out a virtual Foster Application.

What is my responsibility as a Virtual Foster?

Once you complete the application you will be assigned a virtual foster we ask that you post on your social media platforms tagging and sharing with Dallas Dog. We hope to engage new followers giving our dogs a larger network to find forever homes as Texas is already a overcrowded state with stray animals.

Do I have to live in Texas to be a Virtual Foster?

No you do not have to live in Texas. That is what makes this program so great; you just have access to social media platforms.

What happens with a Virtual Foster once a dog finds its forever home?

Virtual Fosters will be assigned to another dog in need and continue the process of finding him to find their forever home.

How does the Virtual Foster program help dogs and their potential adopters?
Like a physical foster home, a Virtual Foster knows their dog better than anyone! They know their individual personalities, their quirks, and their favorite things to do. They're able to communicate all of that to someone who is considering adoption, including what kind of home would be most successful for the dog. They are able to reach another media source and further network and advocate for their VF.
What's the difference between a Virtual Foster and a Foster Home?

A virtual foster (VF) offers love, care, and support from near and far. They won't have their VF dog in their home with them, like a foster home provides. The VF role is more of an advocacy role. You will be paired with a volunteer or a foster to help network and advocate for long term dogs.

 

VOLUNTEER

What is Parvo?

Parvo attacks the intestinal tract, white blood cells and heart muscle. Signs of infection are depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever and sometimes kennel cough symptoms. The illness is contracted through contact with the infected feces of another dog. Call your Coordinator immediately if you believe your foster dog may have this illness.

What if my puppy or dog has Diarrhea?

Diarrhea can be caused by several factors, including stress, change of diet, poor diet, eating garbage, parasites and viruses. If your foster dog has diarrhea and has no other symptoms, rule out a change of diet by feeding your dog 2 cups of cooked rice mixed with one cup of boiled chicken for a day or two, and then reintroduce dry kibble. Provide plenty of fresh water since diarrhea can cause dehydration. To check for dehydration, pull the skin up over the shoulder blades. If it snaps back quickly, the dog is not dehydrated. If the skin goes down slowly, then the dog is dehydrated and needs fluids. Call your Coordinator immediately if you suspect your foster is dehydrated. In an emergency, take your foster directly to your vet.

While in quarantine, what signs do I need to look for for possible illnesses?

Diarrhea, coughing, lack of appetite, lethargic, dehydration and pale gums

Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?

We ask that you commit to volunteering a minimum of 3-5 hours a week. However, we have some positions for longer or shorter time frames.


Additionally, we require all volunteers to adhere to the Dallas Dog Volunteer Policies, which you can find on your volunteer profile once you have filled out your application.



Any questions or concerns about the policies may be directed to volunteer@dallasdogrrr.org.

I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?

Please email hello@dallasdogrrr.org for more information.

 you are seeking community service hours for school, an organization, or personal pleasure, please follow the steps under the FAQ: How do I become an Dallas Dog Volunteer? You will be in charge of any documentation, including tracking your volunteer hours. 


Should you need a signature to verify your volunteer hours please email volunteer@dallasdogrrr.org to coordinate.

Can I volunteer without being on site?
We ask that you follow the decompression guidelines, if there is an issue we ask that you keep them separate from each other and notify the foster team that you need assistance. We have trainers on staff. You can also post for assistance in the foster and adopter group.
What are the volunteer activities?

The majority of our volunteer opportunities fall within the areas listed below:  


Adoption Follow Up  

A remote position that assists adoptive parents with their questions after adopting from Dallas Dog.


Adoption Matchmakers  

A remote position that helps answer inquiries from the public regarding an animal they are interested in adopting.  


Cat Foster Team  

Volunteer remotely and help process foster applications, assist our foster parents, send out foster pleas, and much more!  


Cat Marketing  

Help get cats adopted by marketing them! Our cat marketing team photographs and video the cats for the website, gather information about them, writes bios, and posts ads to websites like Petfinder and Craigslist.  


Dog and Cat Marketing  

Want to really move the needle in helping our dogs and cats find their forever home? The Dallas DogRRR Marketing team may be right for you!  Marketing is crucial in helping the wonderful dogs and cats of Dallas Dog shine an