Q. How long will this process take?
A. Depending on the amount of available dogs and the characteristics of the dog you're looking for, it can be as little as a week or two, to several months.
Q. Where do the available dogs come from?
A. We get dogs from a number of different sources. Some come through the shelter system, some come from owners who can't keep the dog for one reason or another, and some come from other rescue groups
Q. How much does it cost to adopt a dog?
A. Puppies less than one year old - $400, Dogs between 1 and 5 - $350, and Dogs over the age of 6 - $300. This helps to offset our intake costs. All dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and given a full series of shots by our vets.
Q. What is the history of the dog? Are there any behavior issues I should know about?
A. All of our dogs are temperament tested in foster homes before they are made available for adoption. We test them around kids, cats, other dogs, on/off leash, and we get a good feel of the dog's personality before we make them available for you to take home to your family. We do our best to find out as much about the dog as we can and pass that information along to you via the website and the dogs personality profile that is located there as well.
Q. Is the dog house-trained?
A. Most of our dogs are house-trained, thanks to the time they spend at the foster homes before being made available for adoption. However all dogs take a little time to settle into their new homes, and require patience and training to give them time to fit into their new environment. Each dog has it's unique characteristics, so we ask that you give your new dog some time to be the best dog that they can be
Q. Do I meet the dog before I adopt him/her?
A. We often have meet and greets at places around town, and you might meet your future dog there! We also have a meeting at the foster's home after a match has been made, to make sure that the choice you made and the match we made for you is indeed a good fit.
Q. Will I win the lottery?
A. Well, if you're referring to the California Lottery, probably not. That's the bad news. The good news is that by adopting from Rover's Retreat, you'll feel like you did win the lottery, thanks to your new best friend!