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.
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    The first critical step is to make the decesion to adopt rather than buy from a breeder…

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    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!

By filling out our easy online Adoption Application. it only takes a few minutes and somebody usually will get back to you within 24 -48 hours. However we receive your application via email immediately and are reviewing it.

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.

Yes! East Coast Adoptions currently requires that:

  • 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.

Pets adopted from trusted shelters and rescues often are healthy. Most organizations employ trained specialists to evaluate the condition of each animal upon arrival. All animals receive appropriate treatment for their known ailments.

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.

All of our puppies are vaccinated with at least their first booster vaccine. All are vet checked, health certified, dewormed multiple times, debugged and treated with any necessary medication. Some are fixed before they leave, others are not. This depends on the age of the animal, medical condition, and where the animal is from. If the animal is not fixed because they are too young, you must sign a legally binding waiver/contract stating that you take responsibility in getting the animal fixed, and we do follow up with that. Medical records will always be given to you at the time of adoption. Per the contract, all dogs must be seen by your personal vet within 2 weeks.

All of our puppies also come with 30 days of free insurance through Pet First Pet Insurance. The insurance will begin at midnight after you contact Pet First to activate the insurance. It is your responsibility, after the adoption, to contact Pet First and we will provide you the information you need to get this free 30 days of insurance started. If the animal does fall ill, or needs to be treated for something, all adopters will have $1000 of coverage, ($1,000 aggregate/ $500 per-incident limit of accident and illness protection) within the terms of the insurance plan. For more information, please visit our Insurance Plan Details Page. Please note: This basic pet insurance policy does not cover free vaccinations and is limited to accidents and illnesses. Restrictions apply. Please read the policy information brochure that was given to you by the foster or here on our site.

We offer the first 30 days of pet insurance free and because of the unknown nature of the dogs medical background or overall health and because we are unaffiliated with Pet First Pet Insurance, in the event of an uncovered illness or, illness or accident that requires care over and above what the basic policy provides, East Coast Adoption Agency is not held responsible for any bills incurred in the unlikely event of a problem. Adoption fees are non-refundable. It is always recommended adopters upgrade their insurance plan for higher coverage upon adoption. As obtaining an animal from anywhere, one can not guarantee any health issues or injuries that may occur after adoption.

It is recommended that you also get your own insurance plan for at least the first few months, just in case of an accident or injury.

Unfortunately, since we do not know most of our dog’s original back ground, we CAN NOT guarantee the health of the animal. They are health certified, vet checked, and cleared by our fosters… but like obtaining an animal from ANYWHERE, you just never know what could arise after adoption.

We charge an adoption fee to cover the costs incurred by our organization and our fosters. Our adoption fees cover a variety of costs.

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
*If you are able to contribute more than your adoption fee, that is greatly appreciated as well as a tax write off for you! 

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.

We started out our rescue in 2007 just adopting out older dogs that came from WV. These animals are from kill shelters, and would be euthanized just like any others for lack of space. It is hard to believe that there are shelters out there that have to euthanize dogs and puppies due to lack of space, but it happens extremely frequently in rural areas.

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.

You should make a vet appointment and if its something serious call us right away. Right after you picked up your dog you were emailed an information sheet regarding various scenarios. Please refer to that, or, you can download it here.