About Our Rescue Group...
Paws of Tomorrow animal rescue is based out of Ocean View, DE. We are not a shelter, we are an animal rescue that works with high kill shelters to save dogs on death row. All individuals that work with our rescue are volunteers and do this solely to help these animals find homes. Our rescue pulls dogs from high kill and gassing shelters across the east coast; as well as helping injured and abandoned animals locally. We take pride in knowing that we are not only helping these animals but also helping you find the perfect pet for your home.
We are a 501c3 federally recognized non-profit animal rescue, which means that all donations are fully tax deductible. We accept donations to help offset the cost of rescuing dogs that would otherwise not have a second chance at life. We can only pull dogs if we have the funding to do so. With your help we can help more dogs than ever expected. Together we can save on life at a time.
Most people are unaware of what "really" goes on in shelters across the United States. Our goal is to raise this awareness. Many shelters are high kill shelters, mostly due to lack of financing, lack of volunteers, and lack of space. A large percentage of these shelters are gassing shelters. This means that the animals are placed in a gas chamber to be euthanized. This caused these animals extreme pain. You can read more about this on our “Gas Chamber” web page.
The dogs listed on our "URGENT" page are still in a shelter and need our help getting out. These are all dogs that we have been temperament tested and feel are sweet dogs. Dogs that the shelter volunteers feel are above average. Please let us know if you could foster or sponsor one of these dogs. To them this is the greatest gift of all, the gifts of love and life! As soon as a dog is sponsored it is moved directly to safety. Our urgent dogs can also be adopted. Once we approve an application for them, we move them to our rescue and have them vetted prior to them going to their forever home.
If you wish to foster a dog, please fill out our foster application on our application page. We will then contact you to discuss which dog will be right for your home. We see so many dogs each week, that are in URGENT need of foster homes. You can request to foster a specific dog that appears on our "needs foster" page. However, we seem many sweet dogs each week that we simply do not have a foster home for. You can specify the size, color, breed, etc that you prefer and we will discuss what may be best fitting for your home. We cover all vetting fees for our fostered animals. If you are interested in fostering a dog on our "Urgent Page", please notify us right away. Remember that Urgent dogs may not have a lot of time because they are still in a shelter and need our help fast.
In order to adopt one of our lovely dogs, an adoption application is required. Please see our adoption page to learn more information on our adoption process. You will not be considered until an application is received by us. Once we receive your application we will contact you to do a phone interview. At that time we can answer any questions you may have. Please look at the specific dog you are interested in for the adoption fee. The fees vary by the vetting required, transport, age, and shelter fees for each pet. These fees are non-negotiable. This is an "Adoption Fee" and is solely for the adoption of that pet. We try to fully vet each dog but this is not guaranteed by paying the adoption fee.
Paws of Tomorrow will adopt our loving pets to any area in the United States. We can provide transport of your new family member however please be aware that transport does require an extra charge. Please contact us for details. We require an application to be submitted prior to meeting one of our pets. We want to know a little about you before sending you to our volunteer’s home.
Adopting is a huge responsibility and we need to know this will be a lifelong commitment to the animal. Paws of Tomorrow, Inc. will only consider adoption to FOREVER homes. It is also mandatory that if for any reason you cannot keep the pet at anytime, the animal must be returned to our rescue. If we find that you have not honored this, legal charges will be filed. The application/contract you sign explains all of this also. We do not tolerate any of our dogs going back to a shelter. We do not rescue them from high kill shelters for them to end up back where they started. We take this oath seriously and expect all our adopters to do the same. Adopting should be a lifelong commitment and rewarding experience!
Our Adoption Process...
Paws of Tomorrow is not a shelter. We are an animal rescue that works with shelters to help save urgent dogs on death row. All of the dogs on our site are either in foster care or held in one of the shelters we work with. Paws of Tomorrow DOES adopt out of state, but you will only be able to meet your potential pet if you are willing to travel to its local foster home. Transport can be arranged to your home if you do not want to visit the pet before finalizing the adoption.
In order to adopt one of our dogs, an adoption application is required. Our applications are located on the applications page of the website. You will not be considered until an application is received by us. There is an application fee to apply for our pets. This fee is $30 and if you are approved for adoption it is then applied to your adoption fee. If you are not approved, we will refund this fee to you at your request. However, if at anytime you cancel your application, this fee is non-refundable. This is to insure that you are serious in looking for this pet. At times we receive 50-100 applications at a time and we want to know that we are not wasting time on an application if they are not serious. If you are interested in visiting one of our pets, we can arrange that after reviewing your application. All of our pets are in foster care (with the exception of urgent dogs), and we want to know a little about you before having our volunteer meet with you. Final approval may take as much as a week or two.
Once we receive your application, we will contact your vet reference and arrange a phone interview with you. If approved, you will need to send the specified adoption funds for this dog via PayPal. Please look at the specific dog you are interested in for the adoption fee. These fees vary by the vetting required, transport, age, and shelter fees for each pet. These fees are non-negotiable. It is an "Adoption Fee" and is solely for the adoption of this animal. We try to fully vet each dog but this is not guaranteed by paying the adoption fee. Paws of Tomorrow cannot guarantee the temperament or health of any animals made available for adoption. We will never knowingly place a sick animal in a home. You are responsible for the supplies needed for your new pet. You will need to have a crate, food, toys, and other pet needs available for your new pet. We want to assure the adoption process is a smooth, happy transition.
The dogs that are listed on our "Urgent Dogs" page are still in the shelter and need sponsorship to be pulled from the shelter. These are all dogs that we have temperament tested and feel are sweet dogs. Please let us know if you could foster or sponsor one of these dogs. Sponsoring a dog, gives it the ultimate gift, the gift of "life". As soon as a dog is sponsored it is moved directly to safety. Our urgent dogs can also be adopted. Once we approve an application for them, we move them to our rescue and have them vetted prior to them going to their forever home.
Please have your new pet seen by a vet after adoption. We de-worm these animals but if they are adopted quickly they may still have worms and should be checked again for this. Please be sure that you have a full fecal done at the animals first exam. These dogs come from horrible places and will need treated for worms MULTIPLE times. Worms seem to love shelters!! Tapeworm cannot be treated with our de-wormer and must be treated by a licensed veterinarian. Not all dogs will have tapeworm, as tapeworm is caused by a dog swallowing a flea that has ingested a tapeworm. But shelters are also known for having fleas, so you can see how this would be a factor. Tapeworm is not contagious and can only be transmitted by ingesting these fleas. We ALWAYS treat for fleas but they are exposed to fleas in the shelter before joining our happy family. Another concern in rescued dogs is parasites. Parasites live in the intestines also and can be treated with antibiotics; however, it can cause death if not treated in the long term. Stress is one of the leading causes of parasites. We are not trying to scare you, we are simply trying to educate you and protect these animals.
You must understand that when adopting a rescue dog, that they may have health issues. These dogs come from deplorable conditions. You acknowledge and accept the responsibility of caring for them by signing our contract and accepting adoption. We insure that every dog is up to date on shots, given flea treatment, de-wormed twice, spay/neutered, and given an overall health evaluation but they could have underlying health issues that we are unaware of. If the dog is in foster care for some time, they may receive additional vetting but some dogs move through our organization very quickly. We do our best to insure good health of each animal that leaves our rescue but sometimes problems do not present themselves for some time. So please understand that we cannot offer a health guarantee.
ALL of our pets are spay/neutered. Please know that this is the reason these dogs end up in a shelter in the beginning and we will not allow this to continue in this area. All dogs must be spay/neutered in the home for us to approve an adoption. If you do not agree to any of the above please do not adopt from our organization. We are trying to stop dogs from being euthanized in the United States and cannot do this unless every dog is S/N that leaves the shelters. Just remember, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." Only puppies under 6 months old may require you to have them spay/neutered after adoption,in this case you will be given a certificate that you will return to us as proof of this being done,and we will refund $75 of the adoption fee. You are required to have them spay/neutered and provide proof.
Paws of Tomorrow can provide transport of our animals to their forever home. We will adopt our loving pets to any area in the US. Please be aware that transport does require an extra charge. Please contact us for details.
Adopting is a huge responsibility and we need to know this will be a lifelong commitment to the animal. Paws of Tomorrow, Inc. will only consider adoption to FOREVER homes. It is also mandatory that if for any reason you cannot keep the dog at anytime, the dog must be returned TO US. If we find that you have not honored this, legal charges will be filed. The application/contract you sign explains all of this also. We do not tolerate any of our dogs going back to a shelter. We do not rescue them from high kill shelters for them to end up back where they started. We take this oath seriously and expect all our adopters to do the same. Adopting should be a lifelong commitment and rewarding experience!
Also, please remember that the fosters and volunteers of this rescue have been a big part of this animals life. We would love to have updates from you as the dogs settles in. It really does mean the world to all of us.