FAQ’s about adopting through Last Hope Rescue

How much does it cost?

The adoption fee is $125 and your dog will be current on vaccines, micro-chipped, and spayed/neutered (depending on age).

What does “current on vaccines” mean?  Will they have all their shots?

What we mean when we say that the dog will be “current” is that your dog will have all of the vaccines that are appropriate and safe for them to have at their age.  For example, puppies require a variety of boosters that must be given 4 weeks apart so depending on when they got their first set you may or may not need to get them another booster.  It is also not safe to give puppies their rabies shot until they are 16 weeks old so, if you adopt one that is younger than that, you would need to get them that shot as well.

How will I know what shots they still need?

When you get your new dog, we will provide you with all of their medical records up to that date.  You will then take these to your vet, along with your dog of course, and he will be able to assess what, if anything, is still needed.  Your vet will also then be able to remind you when it is time for their next set of vaccines (which might not be for another year).

So no matter what, my new dog will be spayed/neutered?

Again, this depends on the age of your new dog.  If he/she is less than 6 months old then it is possible your pup will not be sterilized yet for safety reasons. If this is the case, we will require you to get him sterilized at 6 months and, upon verification from your vet, we will refund you $50 of your adoption fee.

Sterilization is the best way to help solve the problem of over-flowing shelters and rescues like us!!

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small, painless device (about the size of a grain of rice) that will be implanted on your dogs back, near his shoulder blades.  If your dog is ever lost, any animal control officer or shelter worker, or vet’s office, will be able to “scan” your dog and your contact information, as well as ours, will appear.  This makes getting your dog back to you much quicker.

What if things don’t work out and I can’t keep my dog?

If something happens and you are unable to keep your dog, you are required to return him to us. This is in your adoption contract and we take it VERY seriously! Our dogs are our number one priority and whether it’s a month or 5 years later, you must return him to us so that we can begin finding him a new home. However, please be patient and considerate re: the time it takes us to bring your adopted dog back into the rescue. We will have to find a new foster home, and there isn’t always one available!

Not sure if you want to adopt yet? Try fostering first!! 

*Before adopting, you should be sure that you are ready to make a lifetime commitment, including being aware of the costs that it takes to care for a dog! Click HERE for a resource on the costs of pet ownership!*