Frequently Asked Questions:
You will receive confirmation of receipt immediately after you press the Submit button. A thank you message will appear on your screen then an email will follow with additional information.
Surveys are reviewed in the order they are received; however dogs are not placed this way. We gather information in order to make the best match for each dog. Please include the name(s) of the pups you are interested in. Once we review all surveys, we will contact people who we feel are a good match and schedule a visit with the pup. It may take 7-10 days for us to process. Please be patient and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: Can I meet the dog prior to adoption?
A: We work with great volunteers and learn a lot about each dog before we offer rescue. Our dogs are usually adopted before they reach VT; however we understand that is not for everyone. Our Foster to Adopt program is provided as an alternative. This allows the pup to live with you on trial for up to 2 weeks before finalizing your decision to adopt.
Q: I want to adopt a dog. What do I do?
A: Simply complete the adoption application on our website.
Q: How long does the entire adoption process take?
A: We appreciate the time you put into filling out your application. Each one is reviewed. We all have full time jobs and the usual other demands on our time - but we want to save as many dogs as we can
First, you must fill out an adoption application and go through approval process (this may take anywhere from 24 to 96 hours) Once you are approved, we will attempt connect you with your dog’s foster family in the South. At times, a dog may be able to get on transport within a week or two; sometimes it’s longer (depending on the health and age of the dog). You will be aware when your dog’s potential transport date is, and you will be contacted by a Sweet Paws Rescue team member the week of transport to arrange pick-up times and place. You will know as soon as possible if there are any changes in the transport dates of your dog. Please be aware that things can happen quickly and your dog may come up sooner or later than originally expected.
Q: What is the adoption fee?
A: The adoption fee is $350.00. This includes age appropriate vaccines (Distemper, Bordetella, Parvo), de-worming, microchipping, general health exam, and transportation to VT. We provide leash, collar and a gift bag for your pup. Discount vouchers for training, grooming and similar dog related products and services are provided. Some dogs will arrive already spayed or neutered, but others are too young for the procedure to be done. The information should be noted on the dog's website page.
Q: I see a dog I like, but don't want adopt for 2 months. Can you hold the dog for me?
A: Unfortunately we can't hold a dog. We like to get the pups out of the shelters and quarantine and into their forever homes as soon as possible. This is the beginning of their new life.
Q: I've heard of Shepherds, Beagles and other breeds, but what is a mixed breed dog?
A: Mixed breed dogs (also known as mutts) are a combination of different breeds that have been passed down naturally from generation to generation. Unlike pure bred dogs who tend to develop hereditary issues such as hip dysplasia, nature has eliminated many of the bad genetics in mutts. Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer lives.
Q: If a dog looks like a Lab, is it going to act like one too?
Great question! It’s hard to know what to expect when you meet a dog with Lab looking boxy face who has large Hound-like spots on his body, short Basset Hound size legs, and long Collie length fur. We encourage adopters not to judge a dog by his or her appearance. Traits common to a pure bred dog are not always found in a mixed breed dog. The diversity of genetics make it hard to stereotype. It's best to look at each dog as an individual with his own personality. They are unique.
Q: When and where can I pick up my dog?
A: You will be given a specific time to come and pick your dog up from ISO (you will also be given the address). Please be aware that we are only given a small window (we share this facility with other rescues) and we need to be mindful. Pick-ups are typically Saturday mornings, usually between 9 AM and 11 AM. This can change and pick-ups may be scheduled mid-week, depending on transports and ISO space. Please understand that we do not have a place for these pups to go after they get out of ISO, so you will be responsible for making arrangements if you cannot be at the ISO facility at your designated time.
Q: What do I need when I pick up my dog?
A: Please bring a leash and collar. Some dogs are already wearing collars (typically adults) but it’s good to get yours on the dog as soon as you can. Some of them (puppies typically) do not know how to walk on a leash and will need to be carried. HOWEVER, you will want to attach the leash to their collar in case they jump down. Also, you MUST bring your payment with you to pick. We accept cash, bankers check or credit card payments. **We are no longer accepting personal checks** If you dog does not work out within the first two weeks, Sweet Paws will refund your adoption fee (minus $50) in the form of a check.
Q: Will I get any paperwork when I pick up my dog?
A: Yes, your dog will come with its veterinary paperwork; from the South as well as the vet recheck from MA. Please bring this paperwork with you when you schedule an appointment with your own vet.
Q: My dog is dirty from transport, is that normal?
A: Yes, these dogs are on transport for 24 hours and then in ISO for 48 hours. It is extremely common for your dog to be smelly and dirty. It is also very normal for your dog to have small scratches, cuts, and scabs. Most of these guys are coming from less than ideal situations and may have some “wear and tear”. No dog will be allowed on transport with “open wounds” so don’t worry about that.
Q: My dog has worms! What do I do and will Sweet Paws pay for it?
A: It is 100% normal for dogs and puppies to get worms. If your dog or puppy does have worms, you would need to bring a stool sample to your own veterinarian and get dewormer from them. Sweet Paws Rescue does not cover this cost. Prior to transport, each dog has a negative fecal result from the vet (meaning no worms, parasites, etc show up on their fecal exam) HOWEVER, because of the stress of transport and worms ability to stay in the intestinal track, they can often reappear. It is very common and nothing to be too worried about. Just pick up their poop and dispose of it right after they go.
Q: What should I feed my dog?
A: Now is the ideal time to put your dog on whatever food you would like to feed them. Because there have been several transitions (foster, transport, ISO) you have the opportunity to start your dog on a healthy diet. If you have any questions about dog food, please ask.
Q: My dog has diarrhea, is this normal?
A: Yes, diarrhea can be caused by stress in dogs (also worms, change of diet, etc). Because your dog has experienced multiple transitions in a short period of time, it is very common for dogs to have diarrhea. What you want to look for is any blood or mucus in the stool, this may indicate something more serious. Also, make sure that your dog is drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated. Typically, a dog’s diarrhea can take anywhere from a couple of days to over a week to become formed, hard stool.