Frequently Asked Questions
Answering the most typical questions you might have about adopting and fostering
How much does it cost to adopt?
Adoption Fees usually vary depending on the circumstances of each pet available for adoption. The Adoption fee may be waived in certain extenuating circumstances at the discretion of an HHR agent. If you are interested in adopting a listed dog on this website, please contact us for more information on the adoption fee.
I've found a pet I'm interested in. Now what?
Congratulations! Fill out the appropriate application form (adoption or foster) and one of our agents will review the application and get in touch with you to complete the process. Keep in mind that all of our adoptions require a thorough compatibility assessment to ensure that it is the right fit for the adopter as well as the animal, and this usually involves a home visit as well.
What does a foster home do?
A foster home is a temporary placement for animals in need. The foster home and the foster parents, are responsible for basic housetraining, socialization, health care, and temperament assessment of a placed pet. The foster family is the 'advocate' for the pet for potential adopters. Foster homes help to assess the personality of the pet, identify any behavioral issues, and help with socialization. Fostering is a very fulfilling way to help rescues save more animals. If you've thought about adopting a pet, but aren't quite sure what breed is best for you, fostering is a wonderful way to try out different types of animals and determine whether they are suitable for your lifestyle. The more foster parents who volunteer - the more pets can be saved and kept out of high kill shelters!
Can I adopt my foster pet?
Yes, as long as the decision makes sense for you and the pet. But keep in mind that adopting your foster animal may mean that you can no longer foster. We’ll be sad to lose you! Think through the decision carefully so that you are not deciding to keep the animal solely because it is too difficult to let him/her go. The first few foster experiences can be difficult, as you’ll get attached and may have trouble letting go. But remember, your role as a Foster person is invaluable! As an adopter you may only be able to save one animal’s life, but as a foster parent you have the potential to help dozens of animals.
Do I have a say in who adopts my foster pet?
Yes. The foster family is consulted on the adoption decision. The foster family knows the pet best and can usually determine the right family fit for their foster.
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