Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We are a network of foster homes in NC, PA, NJ and NY.
We rescue all our pups(young and old) from high-kill Animal Control facilities in SC, NC and from unwanted, neglect & abusive situations in rural areas of our region.
All our rescued dogs are completely vetted at: Rutherford Vet Hospital, Rutherforton, NC (tele#828-286-9335/Michelle Toms-Greene, DVM).
When the dogs are completely vetted (ALL dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, & heartworm neg...if they test positive, they are treated. H4S CARes absorbs the expense) and can easily pass the strict requirements for a health certificate to travel out of state, we place them up on this site and other pet adoption venues. All adoption applications are processed through our home office in Rutherfordton, NC but most foster parents are personally involved & must approve each adopter as they know their foster dog best.
Why? FOR THE ADOPTABLE HOMELESS DOGS who have the ability to go forth and share unconditional love and companionship, & who would otherwise needlessly be put to death for no fault of their own.
Also, we ALWAYS spay the mama dogs, if an owner releases any puppies/litters to H4S CARes. This is never negotiable!
We do everything we can to help stop the pet overpopulation problem. Thank you, for considering adopting a rescued companion animal.
This pup is in foster care in Rutherfordton, NC where it is completing it's 3 week quarantine, receiving vaccines and dewormings, and will be spayed or neutered & micro-chipped before it will be allowed to go to it's pre-approved furever family.
All interested adopters must be 25 yrs old age and are required to copy & paste the application below in to a new email, complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be considered as a potential adopter.
Any delay in completing the app below may jeopardize your chances of adopting this particular pet.
AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL BE DISCARDED!!!!
Any delay in our receipt from your 3 personal references responses may jeopardize your chances of being approved to adopt the pup/dog of your choice. Please, be sure to ask your references to reply at their most earliest convenience, to help process the application in a timely manner.
Upon receipt of your application, we will acknowledge your app and then send out requests to your 3 personal references and contact your vet (please give your vet permission to release your pets info to H4S).
We will be back in contact as soon as all info is received & re-reviewed.
Upon approval, to hold the dog of your choice, H4S requires the adoption fee be paid via PayPal to our account at email@example.com.
Upon receipt of adoption fee, you will receive the pup's adoption contract and all pertinent information (information on diet, transport delivery date, etc) that you will need to prepare for your new best friend's arrival and we will then reserve a spot on Wagging Dog Pet Transport's next available delivery (Saturday delivery only) to VA/DC/MD/DE/NJ/NY/CT/NH & VT...if application is approved by Tuesday a.m.,we can usually get your pup to you the following Saturday.
Date: Pet interested in:
1 Name of applicant:
Name of applicant's spouse/partner:
3 How long at this address:
4 Telephone #s:(h) (w) (c)
5 Email address:
6 With whom are you employed:
8(a) Number of children living in this household: Their names & ages:
(b) Number of adults living in this household:
Their names, ages & occupations:
(c)Is anyone living in this household either pregnant or trying to become pregnant:
9 What type of environment do you live in: Rural___Suburb___City___
10 Housing: Apt___House___Duplex___Mobile Home___Other___
11 Do you rent or own?
(a)If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to own a companion animal
under 25lbs? over 25lbs?
(b) Name and telephone# of landlord:
12(a) What other dogs/cats have you previously owned and what happened to them
(state pet's name, age, if speutered, reason for giving up/cause of death):
(b) What other dogs/cats currently live in your home:(please list: names, breed, sex, age,
any health issues they may have & if speutered):
13 Are there any other types of animals currently living in your home(if so, describe):
14 What do you know about the breed in question(it is required that you research this breed's traits/habits)?:
15 Are there any specific habits/problems you are not willing to work with? If so, please specify:
16 Sexual preference: M___F___No preference____
17 (a) Do you have a fenced-in yard & is it connected to the house(entire yard only, front yard only, backyard
& attached to back door, etc):
(b) what is the height & dimentions of the fenced-in area(please, be specific, as this info is REQUIRED & PERTINENT
to the approval of your application):
(c) Please, describe your fencing materials(chainlink, wooden stockade, vinyl rail...2, 3 or more rails...is it reinforced
with wire/what kind of wire..chicken/field/hog....or upright slats...etc):
(d) What type of gates(describe as you did in above question):
(e) Can they be opened by children:
(f) If you don't have a fenced-in yard, how will the animal be exercised and allowed to elliminate:
18 Who will supervise outdoor activities:
19 Do you have(check all that apply):Pet door____Kennel run____Dog house____Stake____
Tie-out or cable-run____Crate____None____
20 Do you have a swimming pool? Is it fenced-in separately from the rest of the yard?
21 What member of the family will be taking the MAJOR responsibility for the care of this animal:
22 Does anyone in your family have allergies to ANY animal:
23 Has anyone in your household had a problem with impulse control:
24 What are your plans for this animal: (a) protection/guard:______ (b)companion:______
(c)child's pet:_____(d)pet therapy:_____(e) agility/flyball:_____ (f)obedience:______
25 (a) Have you ever trained a dog in obedience classes? (b) Are you planning on taking your adopted dog to
an obedience class?
26 Have you ever sold, given away or surrendered a pet? If so, please provide details of situation:
27 (a) How much time are you willing to give the dog to adjust to it's new environment & family members?
(b) This dog may not be housebroken. Are you willing to take the time to work with the animal?
(c) Do you understand that if this dog is any kind or variation of a hound breed, you will need to have
a securely fenced-in yard or promise to keep the dog on a leash at all times whenever it is outdoors??
28 Will the animal live in the home? If not, where?
29 What type of shelter will be provided when the dog is outside(doghouse/patio/decking overhang, etc):
30 Where, exactly, will the animal sleep at night and be kept when there is no one at home
(i.e., crated, free roam of home, laundry/kitchen area, fenced-in yard, etc):
31 (a) On the average, how long will the animal be left alone during the day:
(b) What is the activity level of your household:_____busy-visits by friends, meetings, children, parties at home
_____noisy-TV, stereo, machinery, tools, kids playing
_____moderate-normal comings and goings
_____quiet-homebodies, few guests
32 Do you believe in dog crates? If so, for what exact purpose(s)?
33 If you had to move & your new landowner does not allow pets, what will you do with your companion animal(CA)?
34 When you go on vacation, will your pet accompany you or who would care for it?
35 Under what condition(s) would you consider giving up your companion animal?
36 (a)who is the veteranarian you currently use, or used for your previous animal's health issues(IF used within past 5 yrs).
animal hospital's name/vet's name:
(b) what type of heartworm prevention do you use?
37 How will your animal travel to the vet, or other places(i.e, crated, doggie seatbelt, loose in a car/van, tethered or
in crate or in box in bed of truck?):
38 May we call your vet and inquire as to your previous/current pet's health care? If not, why?
39 Are you willing to allow an H4S's representative to periodically visit your home? If not, why?
40 List NAMES & EMAIL addresses of 3 NON-RELATED personal references, whom you have known for at least 3
years, who may be familiar with your pet ownership history:
41 If you have a disability or special needs, please be sure to let us know, here; this will help us find the
BEST companion for you and your needs(if your disability is not disclosed to H4S, then we reserve the right to deny this adoption at ANY time; even at the time of delivery, when you will forfeit your deposit):
42 What arrangements have you made for your companion animal(s), if you could no longer care for them
(i.e., moving over seas, extended hospital stay, nursing care facility, death)?
42 &, finally, please tell us a little about yourself and why you feel you could provide a good home for a rescued companion animal:
****Our goal in rescuing and re-homing animals is to provide them with a loving home for the rest of their life.
The adoption fee covers their medical costs associated with the animal, medical and daily care during their
foster period and transport.
All animals adopted by our group MUST BE spayed/neutered prior to finalizing the placement. Most of H4S's adoptables are in foster care in Rutherford Co, NC and will be transported to you after age-appropriate quarantine is complete and being spay/neutered and micro-cchipped.
Your signature below states that you understand any future medical costs are your responsibility and we have made full disclosure regarding our & our vet's knowledge of the health of the animal.
Sometimes, for reasons beyond anyone's control, the adoption does not work out.
In this case, the animal must be returned to Howlin4Spirit CARes at the adopter's expense.
Adoption contributions are not refundable, for any reason.
By signing this application, I attest to the fact that I am 25 years of age or older, and that the above information provided is correct:
spouse/partner's signature(if married):
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.