IMPORTANT: Submitting an application does not guarantee an animal will be adopted to you/your family; nor does it obligate you to adopt. We reserve the right to deny any application without explanation. We do not work on a "first come, first served" basis -- we fully screen every application, and select families for each of our dogs based on where they will fit best and be happiest. Our adoption contract states that your adopted dog must be returned to Bark Bark Wag Dog Rescue, Inc. if you are no longer able to care for him/her.
Dogs require some or all of the following vaccines/tests EVERY YEAR for the rest of their lives: Heartworm test (heartworm is transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected mosquito); monthly/year-round heartworm pills (i.e. Heartgard); DHPP or DHLPP (distemper, hepatitus, parvovirus, leptospirosis); Rabies (1 year or 3 year vaccines); Bordatella (kennel cough); and Lyme (to protect against Lyme disease, transmitted to dogs by ticks). The costs for these vaccines/tests can be $200 or more a year, per animal.
These costs, along with food; groomer visits; petsitters/kennel stays while you are traveling; and any other illnesses or injuries -- and the cost of bringing an animal into your family can be as much as $500 or more/year, per animal. Please consider this before making the decision to bring a new animal into your home and family.
Bark Bark Wag's adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccines; heartworm tests and fecal-checks; microchipping; spay/neuter (unless the dog is younger than 6 mos. of age); and a health check by a licensed veterinarian. We cannot guarantee the future health of any of our animals--rescued dogs have unknown medical (and behavioral) histories. All fees are used toward our mission of rescuing dogs from unsafe situations; providing them with any/all needed vet care; and finding them fully-screened and loving homes... thereby preventing unnecessary euthanasia or suffering.
We cannot guarantee the age/breed of our rescued dogs. We depend on our veterinarians to help us make the best determination on age/breed for all of our dogs; unless we receive written documentation from the shelter where the dog was surrendered. We make every effort to process new applications as quickly as possible; please understand that we are all volunteers with jobs, pets, and families. We appreciate your patience support for Bark Bark Wag!