What is the adoption donation?
Senior dog. 8 years and up / $125
Adult or Young Dog. 6 months to 7 years / $300
Puppies. Under 6 months / $375
Will you make an exception if I live more than 50 miles from Itasca, and why do you have this rule?
At this point we are unable to make exceptions. Even if you have experience with the breed, and will provide a loving home, our bylaws and procedures call for all adoptions and fosters to be local.
All fosters take their foster dogs to appointments, and complete homechecks, which are required before an adoption. Our volunteers/fosters drive their fosters to homechecks. A 50 mile radius puts a 100 mile drive on our volunteers and fosters, and they do not get reimbursed for gas or their time.
Just because you are approved with another rescue does not automatically qualify you with Fetching Tails.
Please remember to be kind and respectful during all communications with fosters and volunteers - while they help us maintain these procedures they are not responsible for implementing them.
Why do i need to fill out an adoption application if I just want to come meet the dog first?
We need an application filled out first because 95% of our dogs are in foster homes. Your application is sent to the foster parent to first review to see if a possible match. We don't want to waste anyone's time if not a match and the driving back and forth. Also we like to have an application on file for safety reasons when our volunteers are going to meet with applicants about their foster dog. Thank you for understanding!
Who should come with me to the adoption event? What if I cannot attend an adoption event?
Will I get to take the dog home right after I meet the dog?
No. A homecheck, as well as vet and personal references, must be completed prior to adoption.
How do I know if I have been approved as a suitable home?
Will you provide me with the medical records?
All FTF dogs are up to date on vaccinations and all age/health appropriate medical procedures. All medical records will be provided at the adoption. All supplies other than medical records need to be supplied by the adopter.
Why do I have to use your vet after adopting a puppy or for medical needs?
We work closely with our local participating veterinarians, and many times are offered special reduced rates for routine services. It also helps ensure the dog received all required vaccinations.
Why can’t I adopt the dog before they’re spayed and neutered, if I promise to take them to my vet?
The Department of Agriculture/Animal Welfare states that dogs must be sterilized prior to adoption, unless there is a medical reason that would come into play.
Do you require adopting homes to provide training?
Yes. In our experience, we have found adopters who take the time to take their new family member to training are happier with the dog. Training benefits both dogs and owners.
Do you go by first come, first serve basis?
No. Our focus is on finding the best home and fit for our dogs, as well as for your family. Often, a dog will have several good applications, and meeting the family to see interactions with the dog is important.
How long does it take to hear back from someone once I submit an application? And who should I contact if i haven’t heard back from someone?
Our fosters try their best to reach out to applicants within 48 hours. Holidays may delay the response by a day. If you do not hear back after 48 hours, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not receive an auto-response confirming your application was received, you may not have successfully completed the application.
Does someone work with me to find a better fit, if the dog I wanted doesn’t work out? Can my application be transferred for another dog?
We do our best to suggest other dogs, but please check out the dogs and their bios on our website. Bios are posted about one to two weeks after the dog comes to FTF. Yes, your application can be transferred to another dog. You can request this by contacting email@example.com.
Do you offer support after adoption in case I have questions?
The foster family that had the dog is always a good start. They know the dog best. Our medical team is available to answer any questions you may have in reference to a dog's medical procedure that was done while in our care. If you did not receive an answer after following the steps above, reach out to Kristina@fetchingtailsfoundation.org
Why are there separate applications for fostering, adopting and volunteering?
What if an adoption doesn't work? What’s your return policy?
We are looking for adopters who will commit to integrating dogs into their families, for the rest of the dog's life. If a problem does occur after adoption, please contact Kristina@fetchingtailsfoundation.org.
How do you determine the age and breed of a dog?
As with any rescue, we do our best to estimate age/breed, if we have no previous knowledge of the dog. Any information known to us about the age/breed of a dog will be relayed to you. Our vets frequently give their estimate on ages.
Where do your dogs come from?
Do you take used dog item donations or blankets/towels?
Due to space, we are currently not accepting blankets, towels, linens or used dog beds. Also no soft dog toys or dog apparel.
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