Fetching Hope Rescue

We are happy that you are ready to adopt a rescue dog! Please fill out the application below. It is very important that you provide well-thought answers to the questions being asked. This is our way of getting to know you! The information that you provide will help us make a life-long match for the rescue dog that you're applying for. Incomplete applications will not be considered, please do not skip questions.

Once you submit your completed application, a volunteer will respond via email within 48 hours if your application meets our requirements upon initial review. You will not get a response from us if your application did not meet our requirements for the specific dog you are applying for. Please do not send a follow up email asking if we received your application. We do not respond to these emails, and it only slows down our process of reviewing applications. Thank you in advance for respecting our volunteer's time and efforts. 

Our approval process has 3 steps: 1) we will check vet and/or personal references provided, 2) a virtual home visit, and 3) a phone interview. Upon approval, an adoption contract will need to be signed and we will collect an adoption fee (this covers previous expenses of the dog- appropriate vaccinations, altering, microchipping, and transportation fees.) 

Under 6 months- $495 
6 months to 2 years- $450
2 years to 6 years- $400
Over 6 years- $350

Due to the pandemic climate of our country, our Rescue has implemented a new protocol for adoptions of dogs younger than 6 months old. In-person meet & greets are on "paws" for the health and safety of our foster volunteers. Instead, we are happy to provide video/photos as a way to "meet" the dog before bringing them home, ultimately limiting exposure for you and our foster families to just the pick up, which can be done safely outdoors.

Fetching Hope Rescue represents an all volunteer canine rescue group whose mission is to save the lives of neglected, abused and/or stray dogs by finding them safe, loving, and permanent homes in New England. We have a State of Maine permit (F1490) and are an approved 501 (c) (3.)

FHR Adoption Application

Name *
Interested in: (dog's name) *
Address *
City *
State/Zip Code *
Email *
Phone *
Please list all members of the household (including yourself). Please include ages and their relationship to you: *
If you have children, have they been around dogs? *
Do they live with you? *
If no children in the house, please list ages of visiting children:
Is this your first experience with a pet? *
Is this dog a gift? *
Do you own or rent your home? *
How long have you lived at this address? *
If you rent, are pets allowed, and are there any restrictions?
Renters: We will call your landlord, so please have a conversation with them about the dog you're interested in adopting before submitting this application.
Landlord's name and phone number:
What would you do with your pet if you had to move where pets aren't allowed, or if you were no longer able to care for your pet?
Under what circumstances would you find it necessary to give up your pet?
Who will have primary responsibility for the care of this dog?
Does anyone in your household have allergies to dogs? *
Are you expecting any upcoming life changes: i.e. pregnancy, moving, or anything that would make you reconsider the timing of getting and keeping a dog?
Do you currently have any pets in your home? Please list name, age, breed, and how long you have owned each pet:
Please tell us about previous pets that you owned as an adult (not childhood pets). Please list names, ages, breed, date, and how they passed.
Are your pets up to date on vaccinations? Rabies is required for dogs and cats, regardless of inside pet only. *
Who is, or was, your veterinarian?
Name of veterinary practice:
Address of veterinary practice:
Phone number of veterinary practice:
About when was your last visit?
Under what pet owner's name are the pet's records? *
Do we have your permission to contact your veterinarian? *
Please let them know that we will be calling for a reference.
Do you currently use heartworm preventative? *
Do you currently use flea/tick preventative? *
What type and brand of food do you feed your pets?
If your pet(s) have passed, what brand of food did you used to feed?
If you do not have a veterinary reference, please provide us with a personal reference to contact. What is this person's relationship with you?
Have you ever taken a pet to the shelter, or had to rehome your pet? *
If yes, please describe the circumstances:
Where will the dog be kept when left alone? *
How many hours a day will the dog be left alone? *
You may have to housetrain a dog, or a housetrained dog could experience accidents while adjusting to a new home and routine, even if it is said that the dog is housebroken. Are you prepared to deal with that? *
Please describe what methods you use for housetraining or reinforcing housetraining: *
What will you do if the dog chews furniture or shows other destructive behavior? *
Have you ever crate trained a dog before, or are you willing to consider it? *
Have you ever formally obedience-trained a dog before (attended obedience classes)? *
Would you be willing to attend obedience classes? *
What would you do if your dog developed a behavioral problem? *
Is there a behavior issues that would cause you to give up your dog? If so, please explain? *
Do you have dog tie-outs or runs? If so, how long would the dog be on one at any given time? Please explain. *
If your yard is fenced, please specify if it is partly or fully fenced, and describe the height and type of fencing.
To help us better determine if the dog's activity level is compatible with your lifestyle, please list activities you and/or your family would participate in with your dog: *
Please describe the type and intensity of regular exercise you plan for your dog, as well as the frequency and length of time. *
Please tell us why you believe this dog is the perfect match for your family? *
Please tell us anything else about yourself that you would like us to take into consideration, or list additional questions you might have.
We request an adoption fee in the amount of $450 for all dogs. Is this acceptable? *
By signing below, you certify that you understand the following:

By submitting this application, you understand this is the first step of the adoption process. Fetching Hope Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone. You certify the information contained within this application is accurate and not misleading in any way. Our organization reserves the right to contact individuals listed on this form for verification.

By signing this application, you understand that we make every effort to ensure every animal is healthy and all records will be passed forward to the adopter, but FHR is not responsible for future vet care. We make no guarantees in regards to health or temperament and our goal is to provide the most knowledge possible about each dog, but you will be adopting your dog “as is.” Due to the fact that most of our adoptable animals are rescued as strays, we cannot guarantee their breed. We list the pets breed/s as the one/s that best matches their appearance and personality.

Every dog arrives spayed/neutered, microchipped, with medical records, along with the interstate health certificate to accompany the animal on transport. Every dog is current on age-appropriate vaccinations: DA2PPv Canine Distemper, Bordetella, Rabies (if over 3 months), Leptospirosis (if over 6 months) receive a Heartworm test (if over 6 months). Every dog must test negative for fecal worms, coccidia and giardia, as well as be given flea/tick preventative before boarding the transport truck.

By submitting this application, you understand that pet ownership is a serious commitment that the entire household needs to consider and agree to before the dog is adopted. We want to ensure that each adoptive household is aware of and willing and able to accept the physical and financial responsibilities of pet ownership. By signing below, you also agree that if the adoption takes place and you are unable to keep your dog for any reason, you will take every step to ensure the dog is humanely rehomed by FHR's guidelines. Information regarding rehoming/returns and contact will be provided in an official approval letter. This is a legally binding contract.
Electronic Signature *
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