FAQ

Is it reasonable to expect a young puppy to be fully potty trained?

Would you expect a one year old child to be fully potty trained? Potty training a puppy takes time and patience from the adopter. If you are not willing to put in the effort then you are not ready to adopt. When adopting a puppy, you will need to be prepared for all of the challenges of raising a puppy including possible chewing and barking.

Can I be vague when requesting info on a certain pet?

Please don't send an email and state "send info"! That is an open ended type request. For all we know you are asking us if the pet can load the dish washer or vacuum your floor! Please ask specific questions. This will save us all some time.

If you reject my application to adopt can I try to persuade you to change your mind?

No, we try to match the pets with the best possible home. Sometimes we go through 10 to 15 applications for a desired pet. It is not an easy task! In the end they are our rescue pets and our responsibility. We have the say so over where they will go. Someone challenging our decision and trying to get their way is not going to work.

What is a "courtesy listing"?

Sometimes we work with other rescues and post their pets on our site to help get their pets adopted. We try to work together to find appropriate homes for all of the fur babies in our area. If it turns out that a pet you are interested in is a courtesy listing, we let you know that and will forward your email/application to that rescue. We are all local and know each other so we can ensure that your email gets to the right person!

Is it a requirement of my adoption that I register my pet's microchip?

Yes, it is a requirement. The micro chip is for the safety of the adopted pet. The microchip can help get the pet back home if the pet should get lost.

When should I register my pet's microchip?

The same day your adopted pet arrives to your home! Your microchip is not going to do any good if your information is not on it.

Will the adopted pet be able to cross the Canadian border okay?

Yes, all the pet will need is a valid rabies certificate. We provide all of the pet's health records along with a certificate of health from a licensed vet. This is all the pet will need to obtain entry into Canada!

Do you adopt to Canadian residents?

Yes we do! However our transporter does not physically deliver to Canada. The adopter must meet the transporter at the closest stop to them in the United States.

Does the rescue guarantee the breed and breed mixes of the rescue pet?

The rescue does not guarantee the breed or mix of any of their rescue pets. Most of the time we have to provide an educated guess as to what breed or mix the pet is. Most of our rescues come from unknown backgrounds. In the event that a pet is returned due to the fact that the adopter believes the pet is not the breed or mix as posted, we will not refund any fees. The adopter signs a contract stating that they understood that we cannot guarantee the breed or mix.

What if once we meet the animal we feel it is not a match for us or our family, what do we do?

We understand that adopting long distance is sometimes hard, so we try to make things simple. We want our adopters to be happy with their adopted pet. In the event that the pet is not going to work out you would simply meet the transporter during the next planned transport and send the pet back down to us. We will refund the adoption fee minus the deposit if the process is within 14 days after receiving the adopted pet. If you need to return the pet anytime after the 14 day time period you forfeit any refund.

What happens if in the future I can't keep the adopted animal, what is expected of me?

The rescue must be notified before an adopted pet is relocated. The adopter CANNOT give the animal away, sell the animal, or dump it at a kill shelter or pound. The rescue will take the pet back if there is a foster space open. We have transporters that can bring the pet back to us, however, the adopter is responsible for all expenses involved in doing so. If there is no foster space open, we will assist you in finding appropriate placement for your pet.

Can I pick my pet up to avoid paying the transport fee?

Yes, many of our pets are fostered in North Carolina and families who wish to drive to pick up their adopted pet are more than welcome to, provided someone is available to meet them on the day they will be visiting.

What happens if there is a delay in transport due to weather or other unpredictable things?

Fortunately this has only ever happened in the event of winter storms but the transporter may delay the transport a day or may elect to do the transport the following weekend. The transporter will not put the transport off unless it is totally warranted. In the event a transport is postponed we expect you to be flexible. It will be easier for you to bend some than it would be for the transporter to do so. The transporter is hauling multiple pets and may have 20+ stops to make.

What if the next available transport is not a convenient time for me to receive my new pet?

We prefer that you not apply until you are ready to receive your pet. We have pets waiting to come in the adoption program whose lives depend on available foster space. If you do decide to wait on the next available transport, there will be an $8 per day boarding fee. This allows us to board your pet and rescue another animal in need.

Can a friend or family member meet the transport for an adopter?

Yes, we understand there may be times that an adopter may not be able to pick up their pet. We would prefer a friend or family member be able to meet the transport rather than have the pet wait 2 more weeks to go to its new forever home.

Where and when do the transporters deliver?

Throw Away Pups has planned stops from South Carolina all the way to Vermont. They deliver every other Friday and Saturday. They have their delivery spots in each state and you must meet them at the closest one to you. We do have alternate transport options if needed. If an adopter does not show up to pick up their pet, there is no refund of adoption fees. Transport fees are determined by the transporter, which is independent of the rescue.

Will you reword the contract for me because I think it is too strict or worded to harsh?

Please note that we will note rearrane, rewrite or redo the contract to fit the description of what an adopter thinks it should say. The contract is meant to protect the adopted pet and rescuers.

Do you require an adoption contract?

Yes, and it must be signed and returned before the animal is transported to you. Please note we require your hand written signature on the contract. You can find the contract on the website homepage.

Are there any low cost spay neuter vouchers available?

Yes, through friendsofanimals.org.

Females: $94.00
Males: $74.00

These vouchers are available in most areas of the US. It is the adopters responsibility to check the website to find out if they are available in your area. These vouchers are not available to residents of Canada.

What will I get with the adopted animal?

The animal will have a health certificate issued by our vet. (We normally have dogs over 5-6 mos. seen by our vet within 30 days of transport and all puppies under 5-6 mos. are normally seen by our vet within 48 hours prior to transport.) The health certificate is given to the transporter for their records. You will get the complete health records with the animal. The animal will be current on all age appropriate core vaccinations, de-worming and micro-chipped. The pet will be treated with Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix or Advantage flea prevention. If the pet is over 6 mos.

When is the remainder of the adoption fee due and how do I pay it?

The remainder of the fee is due BEFORE your pet gets on the transport to head to you. You can pay online via PayPal or you can mail a CERTIFIED BANK CHECK or USPS money order. The payment MUST BE in our hands BEFORE the day the pet is to be transported up to you. We DO NOT accept personal checks.

Am I required to pay the transport fee to have the adopted animal brought to me in addition to the adoption fee?

Yes, the adopter is responsible for paying the transport fee. We can provide access to a low cost transporter who delivers every other weekend to most locations. We also work with an individual who will deliver to your door (in the states) but he charges mileage and his fee will be higher.

What fees are required to adopt?

The adoption fee is $300.00 for pets under 6 months old. The adoption fee for animals 6 months of age and over, normally varies from $150-$450.

Why is the $100 holding deposit non refundable?

We are looking for people serious about adopting! Once someone reserves a pet we take it out of circulation and turn away other inquiries and applications. The adopter who does not follow through with their intent to adopt would be the direct cause of the animal possibly not getting a forever home. We normally have pets waiting to be saved that we cannot take if the adopter backs out. (Adopting one pet actually saves 2 lives!) The deposit is also used towards getting the pet ready to transport so the deposit also reimburses the rescue for its expenses.

How do I pay the holding deposit?

You can pay online. We accept PayPal. On our homepage we provide a link to donate to PayPal. Please click this link to make your donations.

Will I get credit for the holding deposit?

Yes, the holding deposit is deducted from the total adoption fee. So the adopter will get credit for it. The holding fee is non refundable if the adopter backs out for any reason. The only way the holding deposit will be refunded otherwise, is IF something happens to the animal while it is in our care. Please DO NOT SUBMIT an application if you are not willing to commit to the pet as soon as you get the notice you are approved.

What are the steps FROM START TO FINISH to adopt an animal?

  1. Place an application. You can find the application attached to the picture of the pet you are interested in. You should receive an immediate automated response that it was received. It can take a few more days to actually process your application depending on which volunteer is in charge of that particular pet.
  2. Once approved you will be required to pay the holding fee which is normally $100.00. The deposit can be paid on line via PayPal.

Where do all of the animals come from and why do you get them from those places?

We pull animals from HIGH KILL shelters in NC and VA. Most of the animals from these shelters do not stand a chance of finding a home. The southern states have a huge problem with pet over population due to the fact that most states do not have spay/neuter laws in place. Also the economic factor! It is important to note, due to the poorer southern states, many shelters in the southern states use barbaric means to euthanize the surplus animals. Many states still use gas chambers to kill the animals. Some use the heart stick method which is equally as cruel.

Where do you house the animals that I see listed on the web site?

We are a foster based group. All of our animals are housed in temp foster homes until they are adopted. We do not have a facility.