East Coast Adoptions – FAQS
Questions about adopting a dog from East Coast Adoptions?
We’ve got answers to the most frequently asked questions right here!
So You Want To Adopt A Dog?
Great! You’re thinking about adopting a dog from East Coast Adoptions. Now what?
We’ve assembled a few FAQS to inform you not only of our process but some general information that may come in handy along the way.
Simply scroll down the page to view our FAQS.
Make The Decision!
The first critical step is to make the decesion to adopt rather than buy from a breeder…
Learn all you can about adopting a new dog and what to expect in the process.
Find A New Friend!
Get Started! Take a look at our available dogs that we have for adoption, fill out an application and get ready to meet your new best friend!
We frequently have new pets for adoption, so be sure to check back often! Once an adopter’s application is submitted, we start the process. First…we will confirm your information and, if your application is approved, we will notify you either via phone or email
We then set up a day and time for you to come meet the pet in person. If you’re interested in adopting that day, you’ll sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. You will be able to take your new forever friend home at that time.
- Pets you currently have or have had in the last five years must have been kept current on vaccinations and must have been spayed or neutered.
- Adopters be at least 18 years of age and have a valid government issued picture identification.
- If renting or leasing, you must have your landlords signed consent (download our consent form here) when you come out to pick up you new pet.
- You should be ready to take your new furry friend home with you that day.
Until the adoption fee has been paid and a contract signed, pets are considered still available for adoption, will remain on the website and we will continue to take applications and screen potential adopters.
Furthermore, most shelters keep animals current on their vaccinations, and often spay or neuter pets, depending on age, before adoption.
So yes, most shelter and rescue animals are suitable for adoption, though it’s important to do your research first. However, like any dog from anywhere, issues may arise that are previously undetected.
Here is a breakdown of where the adoption fees go for one dog:
- Transport of a puppy from their kill shelter: $100-$175
- Prior medical care: $40-$100+
- Health certificate: $30-$100
- Basic care when with us: $40-$75+
- Basic/Extensive Medical care when with us: $30-$1,000+
- Spay/neuter (depending on age while in our care)-$100
Of course, those fees vary with some costing more (emergency care, extraordinary medical issues, etc.) and some costing less. Our fees are based on these costs, averaged out over the amount of dogs we save each year. All fees received go directly back to being able to take in and adopt even more dogs.
Additionally, all the fosters also must have various items on hand for the dogs in their care. There are crates, pens, dog food, cleaning supplies, office supplies, towels, blankets…the list goes on and on! We could not operate the way we do without our adoption fees. The adoption fees may vary.
In many shelters, they will euthanize them if they have kennel cough, or show any signs of illness, immediately.
We welcome all breeds into our rescue. If the puppies have a mother, we will take her as well if she is available, and will have her spayed, and heart worm tested before she comes to us and into a foster home. Many times litters are found abandoned and taken to a shelter without their parents.
We are building a facility for solely adult dogs that will be located in Smyrna, NY! If you’re interested, you can find out more about it here.