FAQs

Where does K-9 get their dogs?
Where does K-9 Lifesavers house their dogs?
How do K-9 transport their dogs to the area?
What are K-9 Lifesavers adoption fees?
What is the adoption process?
Do you adopt out of the DC Metro Area?
If I live in a single family home, is a fenced-in yard required?
Do you adopt to renters?
What happens if there is more than one applicant for the dog?
If the dog I like is adopted, will you help me find a different one?
Do you know the exact breed of each of your dogs?
Do you know how big your puppies will get?
Are the dogs spayed/neutered?
If I have trouble with my new dog, what should I do?
What happens if I can no longer keep the dog I adopted?
What exactly does a foster do?
If I fall in love with my foster dog, can I keep him/her?
Do fosters pay the dog’s vet expenses?

Where does K-9 get their dogs?

K-9 Lifesavers pulls dogs from low-income rural areas, where hundreds of highly-adoptable dogs are euthanized every week due to overpopulation, lack of spay/neuter education, and inadequate funding. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, transporters, shelter partners, and donors, K-9 Lifesavers saves lives “Four Paws at a Time”.

Where does K-9 Lifesavers house their dogs?

K-9 Lifesavers relies on volunteer foster homes and our partner boarding facilities to provide temporary care for our dogs. The more volunteer foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save, as it reduces our boarding fees.

How does K-9 transport their dogs to the area?

We have partners who drive the K-9 Dogs all the way from their rural shelters to the DC area. A portion of each adoption fee goes towards the cost of transport.

What are K-9 Lifesavers adoption fees?

Our adoption fees are set based on the age of the dog, and whether the dog was treated for heartworm.

  • Puppy (6 months and younger) – $350 (This includes a certificate for spay/neuter surgery at one of our partner vets.)
  • Young/Adult Dog (7 months to 8 yrs) – $300.00
  • Golden Year Dog (8 years or older) – $200.00
  • Heartworm positive Dog – $350.00 (This includes treatment at one of our partner vets.)

What is the adoption process?

The adoption process begins when you send an Adoption Questionnaire to the contact listed in the dog’s website profile. This can also happen when an adoption application is turned in at an adoption event. The contact, which we call the “Adoption Counselor,” will then set up a time to review your application. This interview takes place over the phone and we discuss our adoption policies, what characteristics you are looking for in a dog, how much time do you have to devote to training and exercise, and basic vetting requirements for a dog. We want to ensure a good fit between the dog and potential home.

In some cases, we may feel a dog is not a good fit for your environment, and we will help you to find another dog that will be a good match. Our goal during this interview process is a two-way exchange of information, to ensure a permanent placement of our rescue dogs.

Our AC will then contact your landlord, condo association to confirm there are no pet restrictions (breed, size/weight, number of dogs) and contact other references provided. The AC will then setup a home visit and we require that everyone who lives in the home be present for the visit. We conduct the home visit to ensure a safe environment and to ensure everyone in the household is on-board with adopting a dog.

Do you adopt out of the DC Metro Area?

Yes. As long as we can arrange to have a home visit done and you agree to come here to pick up the dog, we can adopt out of our area. However, priority will be given to local adopters – especially with puppies.

If I live in a single family home, is a fenced-in yard required?

No, but for some of the higher energy dogs, we will discuss your plan for sufficient potty breaks and proper exercise. We realize there are many resources for dog owners in this area, where a fence is not required. However, be prepared to walk a dog anywhere from 3-4 times/day, for at least 20-30 minutes. We also realize different dogs have different exercise requirements, and the interview process will ensure a right fit between the dog and adopter.

Do you adopt to renters?

Yes. We will need verification from your landlord stating you are allowed to have a dog, and we verify if there are any size restrictions and breed restrictions.

What happens if there is more than one applicant for the dog?

We try our very best to find the best home for our dogs, and a good match between the dog’s personality and the adopters environment. The first criteria is to ensure a good fit, and to ensure an adopter can provide proper exercise and care of the dog. We try to be as open and honest about the selection process as we can.

If the dog I like is adopted, will you help me find a different one?

Absolutely. If the dog you originally apply for gets adopted, we will help you find a great match for your family. There is no need to reapply or to start the process over again.

Do you know the exact breed of your dogs?

Unfortunately, because our dogs turn up at rural shelters without full histories, we cannot guarantee a dog’s breed. We usually have no idea who the parents are, although sometimes we know the mom of our puppies. We make an educated case based on size, coloring, and physical characteristics.

Do you know how big your puppies will get?

No, we cannot guarantee the size of a puppy. We try to make an educated guess based on the puppy’s current size, current age, and the estimated breed mix. In cases where we know the mom, her size also helps in guessing on the size of the puppy.

Are the dogs spayed/neutered?

All dogs adopted over the age of 6 months are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Spay and neuter fees are included in the price of puppy adoptions, providing you use our partner vet in Grasonville, Maryland. Those who adopt puppies under the age of 6 months will be required to send in a copy of the spay/neuter certificate by the time the dog is 6 months of age.

If I have trouble with my new dog, what should I do?

Let us know immediately. We have lots of resources to share with you, including trainers that give discounts to our adopters. Sometimes dogs take a few weeks to settle in and establish a routine. Because we have been doing this a long time, we have probably been through what you are going through. Let us help.

What happens if I can no longer keep the dog I adopted?

K-9 Lifesavers has a lifetime commitment to each and every one of our dogs. If you cannot keep the dog you have adopted from us, you should let us know immediately, and we will get to work on finding it a new, loving home. Perhaps more importantly, if you are experiencing trouble with your dog before you make a decision to re-home, you should let us know. We can provide you the advice and support you need to fix the problems before they get out of control.

What exactly does a foster do?

A volunteer foster provides temporary care until we find the dog a permanent home. Fosters provide love and support the dog needs in order to acclimate to life in a new home. Fosters are generally responsible for the cost of food and any dog walking expenses. Fosters also play a critical role in the adoption process. Because they know the dogs well, they are in the best position to decide what home is appropriate.

If I fall in love with my foster dog, can I keep him/her?

Of course. However, if there is a potential adopter in the middle of the screening process, and the home visit has been completed, and they are led to believe they will get the dog, then it is too late. You are welcome to adopt any dog prior to any applications being received.

Do fosters pay the dog’s vet expenses?

No. K-9 Lifesavers pays for all vetting expenses for our foster dogs. Fosters must first obtain permission to incur the expense and must be treated at one of our partner vets. K-9 Lifesavers will not be responsible for vet care that is not provided at one of our vet partners.