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.
NOTE: Due to the volatile price of gas, getting multiple volunteers to help with long distance transporting is no longer feasible. We have listed the town and state where each dog is being fostered. Please consider how far you are willing to travel when filling out the application. The foster home will usually volunteer to help with transport for a reasonable distance.
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BEFORE YOU ADOPT
1. Educate yourself on the breed (view the AKC breed descriptions on our website for a start). Will the dog you are considering have the general breed characteristics to fit into your household?
2. Are you able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide for the training, medical treatment, and proper care for the dog?
3. Are you willing to consider the dog as a member of the family?
4. Can you provide an environment for the dog that will keep it safe and secure? Do you understand that small dogs are NOT outside dogs?
5. Toy and small breeds of dogs can easily live to 15-16 years. Are you prepared to make the commitment to love and care for the dog for the rest of its natural life?
6. Pets are not “disposable.” Do you foresee any circumstances that will “justify” having to re-home the dog once again?
7. Rescue dogs are not “free.” Are you willing to pay between $100 and $300 to adopt (fees are dependant on age and physical health of the dog)? If you are looking for a free or cheap dog, rescue organizations are not the places to look! The dog may have come into the program intact and had to be spayed or neutered. All dogs are brought up-to-date on vaccinations. All dogs have been heartworm tested and are on preventive medications. In many cases the fees do not cover the costs that have been expended for the dog.
8. Do you understand that adopting a dog is not an “impulse purchase?” If you are in a hurry, buy a goldfish. Rescue dogs have already had the heartbreak of abandonment. It is the goal of a rescue organization such as East Coast Asian Dog Rescue, Inc. to find FOREVER homes. This is not an overnight process. Every application for adoption will be carefully screened and every applicant will be subject to a home visit prior to final approval.
9. Additionally, the dog applied for may not be the dog best suited to your home, family, or lifestyle. We reserve the right to suggest an alternative dog that may be more suitable if one is available...or if the particular dog applied for already has had many applications reviewed and we are already in the final stage of scheduling home visits on those most likely for a successful adoption.
10. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we can no longer send out letters to applicants regarding the disposition of their application. If you do not hear from us within 30 days, assume that the particular dog you applied for went to another home. This does not mean that your application was "bad" - only that another application for that particular dog was more suitable. Your application MAY be kept on file for 6 months in case there is another dog you are interested in. If we do not hear from you within that time, we will assume that you are no longer interested.
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.