Below you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Are rescue dogs bad dogs?
No. Rescue dogs come from all sorts of places and they generally have little to no faults. More often then not it was their previous owner’s lifestyle changing that has led them to us. Occasionally we do get dogs that do need some training or on-going medical care. If that’s the case, we let potential adopters know.
Can I come visit the dogs?
Each of our dogs is home fostered; we don’t have a shelter. If you’ve applied for a certain dog, you will of course meet the dog ahead of the adoption to see if you connect!
Do we have to pay for a dog from Homeward Bound Rescue?
Yes. As with all humane societies, shelters or rescue groups, there’s an adoption fee/donation. This helps us cover the veterinary expenses and care of the dog and dogs that come in the future. We do not profit, we do not “sell” dogs.
I applied for a dog three days ago and no one has contacted me, why?
We have a lot of applications and e-mails that come in on a daily basis. We are volunteers and try to get back to people as fast as possible, please be patient.
If I apply for a dog, does it get put on hold for me?
Not necessarily. Each dog is matched to the best possible family, not to the first applicant.
If I want to surrender my dog whom do I contact?
Please visit our surrender page for further information
How do I become a volunteer or foster home?
We will ask that an application be filled out, we do a phone interview, we check references and then meet you in person! Your whole family must be on board with fostering and all should be there when we come do a home visit, to ask questions and learn more about HBR dogs. For more information, check our Volunteer link!
What do I need in order to adopt?
In short, you need to fill out an application form, have a volunteer from Homeward Bound Rescue perform a home visit, and provide us with references. Please see our adoption page for further information.
What types of dogs do you rescue?
We rescue mainly Boxers, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs Pugs, Boston Terriers and Mastiffs. Basically all Brachycephalic (flat faced breeds) but on occasion will take on another breed depending on the situation/dog.
What other help could I do if I do not want to adopt?
We can use help with driving (picking up/dropping dogs off for appointments, owner surrenders, etc), donations of supplies (ie food, treats, bedding, toys, etc) money donations directly to the group or to our veterinary clinic to help with the ongoing medical bills, etc. Also we often need volunteers to help create and organize fundraisers please contact us if you have a creative niche! Please see the Volunteer page for further information.
What am I provided with when I adopt my dog?
You are provided with proof of vaccination, spay/neuter, and microchip papers, and an adoption contract. A support group on our Homeward Bound Rescue Facebook Page as well! The best part is your new family member, he or she has now got a second chance at life because your family decided to adopt a dog and not shop for a puppy! It is truly the best way to find a new family member and companion.
(All dogs adopted from HBR are vetted for any medical issues upon arrival with the group, they are also vaccinated, neutered/spayed and microchipped).
What is the cost of adoption?
The adoption fee is based on several variables, but the vast majority of dogs cost HBR far more than the adoption fee covers. Some of the costs that HBR incurrs is for vaccinations, spay/neuter extra surgeries/conditions, microchipping, etc. Prices may also differ depending on age and breed of the dog.
Standard adoption fees are as follows:
- Adult English and French Bulldogs $600 donation
- Adult Pugs, Bostons, Boxers, Mastiffs etc. $400 donation
- Senior Dogs $200 to $300 donation
- Puppies To be determined HBR Volunteers
Do you help me if I have any questions or concerns?
We are available by email 24/7 for support after adoption if any questions are needed. We also have a very active Facebook page, which is often more than willing to offer advice and opinions.
Can I return a dog if I can’t care for him/her anymore?
All dogs must be returned to HBR if the family is unable to keep the dog for any reason. We do not permit re-homing without the consent of the group. Adoption fees are non-refundable.