1. Why is your adoption fee $300? That seems like a lot for a dog that is in "need" of a home.
All of our adoptable dogs come fully vetted. On average, a young, healthy dog will cost us anywhere between $150 and $400 to make them ready for adoption. Unfortunately, some of our rescue dogs have more expensive health issues that we treat, including heartworm, which can run anywhere between $500 and $1500. Regardless of the dog’s prior health, the adoption fee is $300. Fees from the younger, more adoptable dogs often help offset the cost of caring for our more expensive cases.
2. What is included in your adoption fee?
All Lucky Dogs have been fully vaccinated (with the exception of puppies, who may need boosters after adoption, depending on age), spayed or neutered, microchipped, and are HW free.
3. What are the requirements for adoption?
All applicants must fill out an application, go through an interview and reference checks, and have a home check completed before an adoption is approved. An adoption application will not be approved if all dogs presently in the home are not spayed or neutered. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
4. Why do I need to provide a veterinary reference?
We will call to check all vet references. If your current pets are not current on their shots by more than one month, or are not spayed/neutered, we will not be able to consider your application. We only adopt our dogs into homes where current pets’ care is thorough and up to date. Additionally, it is a Georgia state law that all pets, dogs and cats, receive an annual rabies vaccination. We also require proof that current pets are kept current on their monthly heartworm preventative.
5. Why do you need to do a home check?
Our mission at You Lucky Dog Rescue is to adopt our dogs into loving, forever homes. This includes a home that is safe, free of hazards, and provides the proper shelter and space for a happy life. We require every approved adoption applicant to pass a home check to ensure these requirements are fulfilled, as well as to verify all of the information provided in the application and to conduct an in-home interview with all of the household members.
6. Can I adopt more than one dog? If so, can I get a discount?
It is possible to adopt more than one dog, as often times dogs do better in packs. If this is your intention, please note this up front on your application. At this time we do not offer a “volume discount” for adopting more than one dog. The average annual cost of caring for an individual dog will run much higher than our $250 adoption fee. If you find this fee unreasonable, we suggest you reconsider your choice to adopt at this time.
7. What if my current pets are not spayed or neutered?
According to our policy, we will not adopt dogs into homes where any of the current pets are not already spayed or neutered. If you wish to have your current pets spayed/neutered, we will gladly reconsider your application once proof of the spay/neuter is provided.
Our goal is the meet the need of each Lucky Dog. The need for a fenced in yard prior to adopting a Lucky Dog will be made on a case by case basis. If the dog you would like to adopt is very active and you are able to provide an active lifestyle for you new dog without a fence, that will be taken into consideration.
9. I live in an apartment, can I still adopt?
Yes. Our goal is the meet the need of each Lucky Dog. If the dog you are interested in adopting would be happy in an apartment setting, we will consider your application, assuming we have checked with your landlord/leasing company that a pet is allowed.
10. Will you hold a dog for me if I want to adopt but can’t take right away?
No. We will not hold dogs. If you are in a situation that does not allow you to take a dog right now, we would suggest you reconsider your ability to adopt at this time.
11. What is the next step now that I have submitted my application?
A You Lucky Dog representative will be in touch within a day or two to discuss your application with you and to set up a home check if you are approved.
12. Where do you get your dogs?
You Lucky Dog Rescue saves dogs from the high-kill shelters of North Georgia.
13. Do you allow for out-of-area adoptions?
A home check is required for all adoptions. A volunteer from our organization (located in metro Atlanta) must be able to reasonably travel to your home in order to finalize an adoption.
14. What if my dog gets sick after adoption?
You are responsible for all medical care after the adoption agreement is signed, unless other arrangements have been made. Each adopter has the option to purchase a pet insurance policy which covers various illnesses due to parasites, worms or even eating objects they shouldn’t. You will receive copies of all veterinary records with your adoption contract so that your vet will know your pet’s medical history. If there are any health concerns with the pet you are adopting, the pet will remain in our care until our vet has given a clean bill of health. This may include kennel cough, skin issues, and parasites. Additionally, no pet will be released for adoption until after the spay and neuter has been completed. This is in accordance with Georgia state laws regarding sterilization of pets from animal shelters and rescues.
15. I can no longer care for my dog and want you to take him/her – what do I have to do?
You Lucky Dog Rescue’s mission is to save dogs from shelters who are on borrowed time before being put to sleep. At this time, we are not accepting owner-surrenders. By pulling from shelters only, we are able to save not only the life of the dog we pull, but another by opening up space.
16. How do I get involved with your organization?
You Lucky Dog Rescue is always looking for volunteers and have needs that suit just about everyone’s interests! Please see our opportunities under How You Can Help. We look forward to hearing from you!