FAQs

What would you like to know? Here are the answers to many commonly asked questions to give quick access to pertinent info about the adoption process.

1. Where do Happy Dogs come from?
Loyal and loving dogs turn up every day in Southern shelters as owners turn them in or they’re found roaming the streets after being dumped. To the best of our abilities, we evaluate all of our Happy Dogs’ temperaments and suitability for living with other dogs, cats, and children. A dog’s health is checked, and we make sure they are up-to-date on all shots and are spayed or neutered. Then we place them in loving foster homes until they find their own family. Our goal is to meet the needs of each dog as an individual and to assure proper placement in a loving forever home

2.  Can I visit your shelter or reach you by phone?
Happy Dog Rescue is a shelterless rescue organization so we have no building or phone. Our dogs live in private foster homes until adopted. If you are interested in one of our Happy Dogs, the first step is to complete and submit an adoption application, the link to which is found in each dog’s online bio.

3.  Where are the Happy Dogs located?
Our dogs are living in private foster homes in the South and they come to the Northeast after they are adopted.

4.  How much is the adoption fee and what’s included?
The adoption fee varies depending on the dog’s age and location and can be found in each dog’s adoption application, the link to which is in the dog’s online bio. The adoption fee includes all vetting (altering, vaccines, fecal parasite testing, heartworm testing, flea/tick and heartworm prevention, veterinarian exams and certified veterinary health certificate) as well as the transport fee to the Northeast.

5.  How long does the adoption process take?
The application process and transport takes about 1-2 weeks. So it’s best to apply for your Happy Dog when you are ready to adopt.

6.  How do I know if I’m adopting a healthy dog?
During their stay in Southern foster homes, Happy Dogs are seen by our veterinarian on several occasions for the purpose of vaccines, spay/neuter, followup exams and final examination and health certificate just prior to transport to their new homes. Your Happy Dog’s vet records will come with him to the Northeast.

7.  How do Happy Dogs get from the South to the Northeast?
Happy Dogs travel every week from the South to the Northeast aboard USDA-certified professional transport carriers. We utilize the services of several transporters to bring our Happy Dogs safely to their Forever Families in the Northeast. Prior to travel, each dog receives a veterinary health certificate, certifying that the dog is in good health with no transmissible diseases. Every Saturday, the dogs arrive in the Northeast and are delivered to the following locations:

  1. Hagerstown, MD
  2. Harrisburg, PA
  3. Fogelsville, PA
  4. Nanuet, NY
  5. Danbury, CT
  6. Glastonbury, CT
  7. Plainfield, CT
  8. Brattleboro, VT
  9. White River Junction, VT

For more information email info@happydogrescue.org