How much is the adoption fee?
Adoption fees will not exceed $385.
What does the adoption fee cover?
Most dogs coming to our events from out of state are vaccinated (age appropriate), spayed/neutered and micro-chipped. The $385 covers the vetting and transport of all these dogs. Dogs coming in under CT rescues also have vetting, boarding and care expenses that these minimal fees help cover. 100% of the adoption fee goes to the rescues, which will help them cover expenses and give them the opportunity to save more lives.
Can I take my dog home the day of the event?
Out of state dogs that are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered may go home the day of the event. CT based rescues may choose to delay final adoptions until after a home visit is completed. This is entirely up to the rescues.
Do I need to buy anything before adopting a dog?
Although an adoption is never guaranteed, we do recommend bringing a leash with you to the event. Retractable leashes are absolutely not permitted at any of our events. Purchasing a crate is also recommended. All dogs will go home with a collar provided by Homeward Bound CT and a small bag of food. Leashes can be purchased at the event if needed.
Is it possible to see the dogs before the event?
If the dog is from a CT based rescue, it may be possible to meet him/her beforehand. Unfortunately, out of state dogs typically do not arrive until the day before the event, so you will have to wait to meet them.
How long does the adoption process take?
Depending on the amount of people, the process could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. This depends on your application status and whether or not you already have a dog in mind. We try to make sure that each dog is going to the best home, and that does take time.
If I have a dog, should I bring him/her to the event?
YES. Meet and greets are required before an adoption can be approved and finalized.