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.
Sea Dog Rescue is based close to the North Carolina coast and our volunteers span the eastern seaboard. Paula Ford is at the helm of the rescue, and she and the other volunteers bring an extensive background of expertise in animal rescue - all-breed and breed specific, training, rehabilitation, transport, and basic veterinary care to the companion animals in the rescue.
Sea Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue and the companions we remove from shelters live for a time with experienced, loving foster caregivers in their private residences. The rescue provides for all vet care needed and is a constant resource for our foster homes.
Sea Dog Rescue is in need of additional foster homes and we invite you to come aboard as a valued foster caregiver. Please contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can participate in charting a course from despair to a life of joy and fulfillment for our companion animals by being a foster caregiver.
We are so pleased that you are considering adopting a companion from our rescue and would like you to know what to expect from this process. Our companions are special dogs who may not have not had the greatest start in life but who are willing and happy to “forgive and forget” and give all of their love to another human. Because of this we want our companions to have the best of homes where they will receive the love, attention, exercise, and the health care they deserve. We provide full age appropriate vet care for all of our companions prior to adoption. We require all of our companions to be spayed or neutered.
Sea Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue. Our companions are placed in private residences as temporary loving homes while they await their forever homes. Therefore, we do not maintain a shelter or kennel facility nor have traditional hours of operation. For the safety of our foster caregivers and our companions, we do not arrange for a meet and greet with any of our dogs outside of a regular adoption event until after screening of your application is complete.
Our Adoption Criteria
We want our companions to be adopted by animal lovers who have given ample consideration to the responsibilities associated with providing a wonderful, fulfilling home. Our adoption criterion includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Consideration should be given to the time commitment needed to care for and teach your new companion the “rules of the house”.
Consideration should also be given to the financial responsibility of providing for items that help to make your home, their home – for example, a dog bed, crate, collar, leash, personal food bowls, toys, etc. are all items you should provide for your companion in his or her new home.
Careful consideration should be given to the costs associated with, and the careful choice of, a veterinarian to provide routine veterinary care as well as unexpected care in the event of illness or accidents. We ask for a veterinarian reference on our application however, we understand that some folks may be adopting for the first time and therefore may not have a current veterinarian, or perhaps have not had a companion recently and thus may not have a current veterinarian. The lack of a vet reference will not automatically disqualify an applicant, however we do ask that adopters do their homework with respect to choosing a veterinarian prior to adopting and are able to provide us the name of the veterinarian or clinic they intend to use for their companion’s healthcare.
Additionally, we insist on positive training methods only. Use of pinch collars, choke chains, electric shock collars, prong collars, and hitting/slapping the dog or yelling at the dog is expressly prohibited.
If you currently have pet(s) we do expect that they are current on their vaccinations and they are spayed or neutered, provided they are at least 6 months of age.
Our companions are adopted as indoor pets only – we do not allow our companions to go to homes where they will be “tied out” in the yard or left alone in a fenced yard for long periods of time.
Please note: we are unable to approve applications from applicants under 21 years of age.
Our Adoption Process
Because we work diligently to place our companions in a home that is a perfect fit for both the companion and the adopter, our adoption process has several steps.
The first step in the adoption process is completing an Adoption Application.
We will notify you once we have received your application. If you have a veterinary reference please be sure to call their office and give them permission to speak with us, otherwise they are legally bound not to give any information about your animal’s veterinary history.
After your application has been approved we require a Home Visit Check. We want to see where our companions will be living and ensure that it is a safe, homey environment for them. Home visit checks are scheduled at the convenience of the adopter and the Sea Dog Rescue representative performing the home visit check; pictures of the home environment may be required and are strictly for Sea Dog Rescue use and are never shared in any fashion.
In cases where it is possible, we will arrange for a “meet and greet” with the companion. Since foster homes are scarce and we work with many shelters in various locations our companions may not be local to your area. If you wish to drive to the foster home for a meet and greet we encourage you to do so however, for the safety of our companions and their foster caregivers, this is done only after your application has been fully screened. If you are too far from the foster caregiver’s home for a meet and greet, we can put you in touch with them via telephone or email to learn more about the companion's daily schedule, behaviors, any special needs, and personality.
The last step of our process is payment of the adoption fee and the review and signing of an Adoption Contract. We require that the contract is executed in the presence of a notary who witnesses your signature and your initials on each item in the contract in order to finalize your adoption.
*We may receive several applications for the same companion, however, we do not base approval on the order in which the applications are received. We review each application thoroughly to determine the best fit for the companion and the potential adopter. Your submission of an Adoption Application is not a guarantee of adoption for that companion and we reserve the right to decline any application for any reason.
Getting Your New Companion from His/Her Foster Home to Their New Home
Sea Dog Rescue provides transportation, at no extra charge, for all of our dogs from their foster home to their new forever home, no matter the distance, via ground or air transport. A Sea Dog Rescue representative will always deliver your new family member to his or her new home with all necessary vet records and travel documents.
Adoption fees vary for each individual companion and are based on variables such as the routine veterinary care required prior to adoption, medical conditions that require specialty veterinary care, medical conditions that require extended treatment, and age of the companion. Adoption fees are payable by personal check, bank check or cash; if paying by check, please make it payable to "Sea Dog Rescue".
Adoption fees for Sea Dogs average $150.00 to $300.00 (USD).
What services does my adoption fee cover and what is the customary fee for these services?
Services covered - Usual and Customary Charges
Medical evaluation from a veterinarian $35 - $50
Puppy Vaccinations (Series of 3 vaccinations) $47 - $55 for each series
DHPP $20 - $25
DHLPP $22 - $28
Bordatella (Kennel Cough) $20 - $25
*Heartworm test $30 - $40
Fecal test $20 - $25
Dewormer $17 - $30
Microchipping $50 - $65
Spay/Neuter (incl. blood tests & pain mgmt.) $165 - $300+, depending on weight
Rabies $17 - $25
Flea and Tick preventive $15
Health Certificate $25 - $50
* Dependent on age or Upon Request
All of our dogs have some potty training under their belly, however, dogs less than 8 - 10 months of age are not considered reliably potty trained. Most dogs, regardless of whether or not they are reliably potty trained, may have accidents in a new environment until they are taught where to go in order to be let outside to their potty area.
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.