Adoption FAQ’s

How much does it cost to adopt?

Our standard adoption donation fees are as follows:

Puppies: $450 -  Our adoption fee includes paid transportation to get each dog to CT and into our rescue care, all vetting both here and out of state in foster care, spay/neuter if of age, and if not an additional deposit is required to certify your puppy will be altered at appropriate age, micro-chip, heart-guard, Advantix, brand new leash and collar, all vaccinations and history, plus 3 dewormers with directions.

Adult Dogs:  $350 and up depending on the cost of vetting -  Our adoption fee includes paid transportation to get each dog to CT and into our rescue care, all vetting both here and out of state in foster care, spay/neuter if needed, micro-chip, heart-guard, Advantix, brand new leash and collar, all vaccinations and history plus grooming.

How do I adopt?

  • When you are interested in adopting, we will ask you to follow our thorough screening process, which insures a safe and successful forever home for our dogs.
  • Please see our Adoption Information page to read the complete adoption process. 
  • References will be contacted and we will have a brief discussion with you about your needs and preferences, daily schedule, and your experience with pets to ensure a forever match for you and the LFBHR dog.
  • If applicable we will contact your veterinarian to ensure that previous pets have been vaccinated and well cared for.
  • If you rent, we will contact your landlord.
  • We will set up a meet & greet for you, your family members and any current pets you may have.
  • Finally, we will visit your home to ensure you will provide a safe and healthy environment and we will answer any questions. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to get valuable input on how to successfully integrate your new pet into your home. Once this process is complete, the final adoption contract is signed and you are ready to give your new dog his or her forever home! This process usually takes about a week to complete.

How old do I have to be to adopt a new dog?

You must be 21 years of age.

Can a LFBHR dog be adopted out-of-state?

Yes! As long as we can arrange a home visit, we can adopt out of our area. However, priority will be given to local adopters.

Can a LFBHR dog live in an apartment or a rental unit?

Of course! We will need to confirm with your landlord to make sure dogs are allowed in your unit. We will also check on size, weight, and breed restrictions. Keep in mind, if you are adopting a puppy, we cannot guarantee how big the dog will be as an adult. We will also need to discuss a plan for daily exercise for your dog. If the dog you are interested in may not be suitable for your living arrangements, we will help you find a dog that will fit your environment and living situation.

Do LFBHR dogs need a fenced yard?

It depends on the dog. To be safe, we will ask that you not let your adopted dog off leash unless it is in a secure, fenced area. REMEMBER, it may take your new rescue dog at least 3 months to feel safe and secure in your home. Rescue dogs are prone to wandering off until they feel “at home”.

If I am the first one to apply for my dog, will I get him/her?

We are not a first-come, first-serve organization. We committed to our rescue dogs and we try very hard to find the “best” match for our dogs and our adopters. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can.

If the dog I am interested in is adopted, will you help me find a different dog?

Of course! As long as your application has been approved and cleared as a potential adopter we will keep your information on file. You won’t have to reapply for another dog. Again, we will try to help you find the best match for your lifestyle and living arrangements.

Can you guarantee a dog’s breed?

No. Many dogs end up in shelters because they were strays; some may have been surrendered by their owner who either does not know or does not share their pet’s history with the shelter. Most of the dogs we rescue do not have a know history regarding their age, breed, training, experiences, etc. The best we can do is make an educated guess.

What happens if my new dog is having trouble in his new home?

Call us! We want to help you! We are happy to advise via trainers and other resources at our disposal. Small problems can turn into big problems in a heartbeat! We have volunteers who are experienced with rescues and want to help with whatever issue you and your new pet are facing.

What should I do if I cannot keep my LFBHR dog?

Because we are committed to the best interests or our rescues, we ask that you contact our organization if you cannot adequately care for your adopted dog. We reserve the right to rescind the adoption within 30 days based on the circumstances and plans for the dog. This agreement is in the adoption contract.

Please be certain to carefully read our adoption process