HFP adoption POLICIES/INFO
1. complete our simple adoption form
2. if it sounds like a potential match for you & the dog of interest, we’ll schedule a meet & greet
PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ADOPTION FORM:
Tell us about yourself, your lifestyle, & which dog - or what type of dog - you are interested in. The more detail the better! Help us get to know you as dog owners. Please include pictures of your home, backyard & current pets.
Your adoption application will help us pair you with best potential matches. Hearts for Paws kindly asks for a $250 suggested starting adoption donation, (Puppies 2-5 months: $375+). Please note: some dogs may have lower or higher suggested donations (make sure to look at their individual bios on our Meet the Dogs page).
Your generous donation helps cover costs of wellness checks, spay/neuter surgeries, medical & dental procedures, medications, monthly preventatives, grooming, transport, housing, equipment & food. We are a small (but mighty) force, run completely by caring volunteers. We pay out of pocket expenses everyday to do what needs to be done!
We aim to find homes with the time, dedication and commitment to fully incorporate & welcome a new dog into the family. We trust you have already put lots of time & thought into adopting a dog before contacting us. If you are on the fence, or not quite sure if now is the right time, what kind of dog fits best for your lifestyle, etc, we strongly encourage you to foster or foster-to-adopt (like a trial of sorts) first, before diving into 12-15 years of pet ownership. If adoption is a bit further down the road for you, a great place to start is at your local shelter — volunteering to walk the dogs who desperately need it will increase your skills, ability, let you interact with many dogs, and give you a great understanding of a shelter dog’s journey to a forever home.
* Important meet & greet info/adoption policies:
MEET & GREETS ARE HELD AT EITHER: THE RESCUE RANCH, THE FOSTER HOME (We have fosters from Santa Cruz to the Bay Area, Davis and Sacramento) OR MAY BE HELD AT YOUR HOME. ALL MEET AND GREETS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
We require you please bring ALL households members to meet and greets, current dogs included.
For Meet & Greets at the Ranch: We are located at 25703 county rd. 95 Davis CA on Flying Horse Farms. You will recognize the property for the rose-lined white fences, and the rolling green pastures. Please drive slowly down the driveway! There are many people and animals around. Park on the very first right, along the gravel. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.
Adoption Donations: we accept check (made payable to Hearts for Paws Rescue) or cash. Your donations are tax-deductible (our tax-code EIN 35-2566895 is listed under Hearts Fur Paws Rescue). We are happy to provide you a receipt upon request. Adoption Donations are non-refundable.
What to Bring: As mentioned, please bring all household members, current dog(s) & have a payment option ready. Unless previously discussed, we may not allow adoptions to be finalized if not all members are present. Some meet and greets end in an adoption the same day, however we may ask you to take some time to talk as a family, allow us to discuss as an organization & check back in within 24 hours. Still, it is best to come with a Slip Lead Leash* & tags with your name, number, address on it, just in case you leave with a new family member.
What you will be signing: When you adopt a HFP Dog, you agree to use kindness, positive reinforcement, and care for the animal to the best of your ability! To make an adoption official we will sign a Transfer of Care/Custody Form, Waiver, and HFP’s Memorandum of Understanding. This memorandum states: adopters must email picture up-dates to HFP within 2 weeks of an adoption, and at any point if/when requested. Additionally, and most importantly, if at any time an HFP adopted animal is no longer wanted*, or you can no longer care for the animal, adopters must inform HFP and offer the animal back in writing by completing our form at heartsforpawsrescue.com/rehomingrequest. Failure to do so may result in fines.
If the animal is no longer wanted for behavioral issues - you may be asked to provide proof of an in-person consultation with a professional trainer prior to surrender. In most cases of return, we may ask you hold onto the dog until we can find safe & stable placement (another foster or another forever home). We welcome our dogs back with open arms to ensure their safety and well-being but may need some time to find accommodations.
Some animals are available with Spay/Neuter Agreements: The cost of Spay/Neuters for dogs 6 months + is included in the adoption donation. However the clinics/vets we work with are often 2-6 weeks out from an appointment. If you are in our area, you will agree to bring your dog to the scheduled spay/neuter appointment we have set - (Procedures will be done in Fairfield or Winters CA). If you live far away & don’t want to drive back for the appointment, you must complete a spay/neuter in your area, no later than 1 month after adoption & during that time you agree you will keep your new pet on-leash only in public — upon proof of surgery we can provide you with a refund amount of $100-$150 dollars.
For puppies under 5 months that are not yet spayed/neutered: adopters must pay for, and provide proof of surgery by agreed upon date signed in your Transfer of Care/Custody contract. While some vets may suggest you wait a year to get your puppy fixed, our agreement is firm that the surgery must be done by 6 months. Adopters must finish any age-appropriate shots for puppies as well. Failure to provide proof of surgery by agreed upon time frame, may also result in fines.