Adopt A Dog!
Adoption Applications and Home Visit Guidelines During COVID-19: All home visits will be conducted virtually via video conference.
Pet ownership is a serious responsibility. The policy of Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue is to ensure that each person who adopts a dog is aware of the responsibility, and is capable and willing to accept that responsibility morally, physically and financially.
Foster to Adopt Program: We are a foster based rescue organization which means that we do not have any boarding facilities and only take dogs into rescue if we have a foster home available. This limited our ability to rescue dogs, so we have decided to embrace "Foster to Adopt" as a means to help save more dogs.
Allowing adopters to foster a dog before they commit to adopting is a win/win for the dogs. It removes the uncertainty of returns or mismatches that can happen when, despite best efforts, a dog may require more time than the initial meet-and-greet provides. While you are fostering a dog for us, all their medical needs and expenses are covered by the rescue. We can provide any equipment that you may need like crates and gates and each dog will come with a collar, leash, and harness. All we ask is for you to provide love and care while getting to know them so we can learn if the dog is going to stay with you or move onto another forever home.
If you would like to participate in the Foster to Adopt Program, answer "yes" to the following question in the application: Many of our applicants begin by fostering a dog with us. Fostering provides a short-term home for a dog in need and allows us to build a relationship with our applicants. Medical expenses are covered by the rescue when you foster, and arrangements can be made if you will be traveling. Would you like to speak with someone about helping a loving dog who needs a foster home?
Sometimes people turn to rescue groups because they are interested in finding a dog that can be trained as a service dog, a therapy dog or an emotional support animal. Rescue dogs often come with needs of their own created by the stress of their former lives or the changes they experience while in rescue. We want our dogs to have lives as beloved family pets, so we don’t adopt them out to situations that require them to perform a job.
Submit your application to adopt with us by going here.
8 weeks - 2 years: $550
3 years and above: $450
International dogs: $900
Special situations: TBD per dog
Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue only adopts dogs to the following areas in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.
Your wait time to adopt a dog may be longer than expected for a variety of reasons. Homes with children, other dogs, and/or cats will generally experience the longest wait times to find the right match. Your personal circumstances and flexibility are key factors in the process. Our top priority is to find the best homes for our dogs based upon their individual needs and personalities, and we thank you in advance for your patience.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Adoption Process
1) Submit your application
2) Our Application Team will review your app. If accepted, one of our volunteers will contact you to answer questions you may have and to schedule an in-home visit or a virtual home visit. We do request a minimum $25 donation before completing the home visit. All family members must be present at the time of the interview.
3) Once your home visit has been completed, our Adoption Team will review your app and home visit report to determine if any of our currently available dogs may be a match for you and your family. If so, we will discuss the dog(s) with you and if all parties agree, we'll set up a time for you to meet the dog. If we don't have any current matches for you at this time, we'll let you know and keep you on our waiting list until an appropriate dog is available.
4) If you are invited to meet a dog, please keep in mind that our dogs are in foster homes across Southern California, so you may be required to drive beyond your local area to meet the pup. A decision will be made at the time of your visit by all parties (you, the foster home and/or the adoption coordinator) if you and the pup have found their forever family.
Although we don't accept applications for specific dogs, you can indicate if you have a favorite in the "Additional Comments" on the application. We look to make the best match between our dogs and their new families and we hope our applicants will be open to other dogs that our Adoption Team feels is a better fit.
Typically the process takes a few weeks if we have a dog that is a good match for you. If we don't then our waitlist can take longer. It can take a few days to two weeks to schedule a home visit - most of these we are still doing virtually. If you are interested in how you might speed things up we are always grateful for volunteers. (If you're interested in being a volunteer, please click here.)
Our dogs are in foster homes across Southern California. Any meetings are scheduled after your application is reviewed, your home visit is completed, and a potential match is identified.
Yes, you can adopt a dog if you are a renter! We will however need to receive a copy of your rental agreement stating you can adopt a dog. There is a place to upload this within the adoption application, or you can email it to us at [email protected].