The very first thing you should do is “Like” our page on Facebook! You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/atlanticsmalldogrescue By liking our page you should receive updates in your news feed as we post dogs who are available for adoption. However, sometimes you can miss updates, so you should also check out our “Available Dogs” photo album on Facebook often to make sure you haven’t missed a little one you’d be interested in! That album is where you will find every dog who is currently available, along with a write up on their personality and link to our adoption application. If they’re not posted there, that means they’re either waiting for assessment or medical treatment or have been adopted. If a dog has an adoption pending, they should have “adoption pending” right next to their name so it is easy to tell. Once they are adopted their photo will be moved to our “Adopted!” photo album and be marked as adopted.
I don’t see a dog I’m interested in here, or I have a very specific type of breed in mind, what do I do?
If we do not currently have a dog available that you are interested in, please check back often! Our intakes mostly rely on owner surrenders, so our numbers vary drastically, and we can sometimes get in 5 dogs in one week and then not get in any dogs at all for a month! Rescue is unpredictable, and we can never say when we will have any type of dog in care. As a 100% volunteer organization we do not have the resources or person-power to maintain a list of people who are interested in a specific type or breed of dog. Because of this we ask that you not submit an adoption application until you have found a dog currently in our care that you are interested in. If we do not have a dog you are interested in, please check out www.petfinder.com! Petfinder is a web database that most rescue groups use to advertise their available dogs. You can use this website to search based on breed, age, size and location, making your life easier, and you can reach almost all of the rescue groups in the area with one search! And just like us, those rescue groups have sporadic intakes, so make sure to check back often for new dogs.
I’ve found a dog in your care that I want to adopt, now what?
Great! If their photo is in our “Available Dogs” photo album and they do not have an adoption pending, then click that link in their photo description! That will bring you to our website where you can fill out our adoption application and submit it for processing. You will receive an auto-reply email after you submit it, and then you will hear back from one of our Board Members just as soon as we get to it! We will read your application and call your references. If those two steps go well, then we will arrange for a home visit to be done at your home with all family members present. The volunteer will meet with you, and bring the dog if possible. After that, if all is well and we believe you are a match for the dog is when we will arrange for your adoption to take place, we will sign a contract with you, and take your adoption fee and you get to take your pup home for the rest of his or her life!