Steps of the adoption process:

Adoption fee:

The adoption fee varies depending on the dog’s age and location. 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.

How long does it take:

The entire adoption and transport process takes 1-2 weeks. You should begin the adoption process when you’re ready to adopt your dog.

Healthy dogs:

Happy Dog Rescue’s first priority is the well-being of the dogs. Happy Dogs that were rescued from the shelter have been in a private foster home for at least 3 weeks prior to adoption, and much care is given to insure that any health related issues are diagnosed and treated prior to adoption and transport. 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.


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. The transport cost is included in your adoption fee. When the adoption process is complete, a transporter will be chosen (depending on your location) and complete information about your Happy Dog’s transporter will be provided for you.