Derby City Dog Rescue
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.
Louisville, KY 40299
Pets at Our Rescue Group:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:Primarily the Greater Louisville Area (including southern Indiana), but we do consider out-of-state adopters.
About Our Rescue Group:Derby City Dog Rescue (DCDR) was founded in early 2011 by a group of friends who bonded over our love of dogs and a desire to help shelter animals. We are a small, non-profit group of volunteers who work together to achieve a common goal of saving hearts, one paw at a time. DCDR is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) all breed rescue. All donations are tax deductible.
Our initial aim was to bridge the gap between local animal shelters in Louisville, Kentucky, and other rescues outside the state to pursue placement of local dogs in urgent situations in our area. To ease some of the difficulties that can arise when dealing with a government shelter, we provide quality photos of the animals, quality communication between the rescue and shelter, temporary foster (in some cases), pulling assistance, and help with getting dogs to their transports.
DCDR also serves as a foster-based rescue within the community, pulling dogs from our local shelters and placing them into foster homes and handling adoptions. Most of our foster dogs are rescued from the shelters when they are out of time or in need of treatment. They live in fostersí homes, with their own dogs, learning the basics of house life and receiving any veterinary treatment they may require.
Within the community, DCDR assists our local animal shelter by taking better photos of animals in need and marketing them through Facebook for rescue, foster, or adoption. We are a founding member, along with Slugger City Bully Buddies and Tails Pet Photography, of the Rescue Me! Pet Photography project. Rescue Me! connects professional photographers and rescues/shelters to produce professional photographs of their animals for marketing online and in area businesses.
Come Meet our Pets:We do not have a shelter or facility, and all of our dogs are in private foster homes. We hold adoption events often, in various area businesses. Please see "Events" and "News" sections on our website (www.derbycitydogrescue.org), or follow us on Facebook, to get info on upcoming adoption events. Private meet-and-greets for applicants may be scheduled, depending on the foster parent's availability.
Our Adoption Process:Apply online at http://www.derbycitydogrescue.org/adoption-application.html. One of our volunteers will make contact with the applicant within 48 hours, if at all possible, to confirm receipt and/or discuss any items on the application that need clarification. Four references needed: vet and three personal. If we are not able to reach all, we contact the applicant to request alternate references.
If all references are good, we conduct a home visit and meet-and-greet. Local applicants are allowed to opt for a trial or finalize adoption immediately. When the adoption is finalized, an adoption contract is signed, the fee is paid. All medical paperwork, microchip ID, etc., for the adopted dog is transferred to the adopter within a reasonable time of receipt of contract and fee. Fees are $150-200 per dog.
The process for long-distance adoption is slightly different and may take more time. In some long-distance cases, there may be transportation costs to be paid by the adopter.