adopt a pet?
Each day hundreds of animals are euthanized in shelters across the country. Pet overpopulation due to breeding and lack of spaying or neutering a pet results in too many unwanted animals in shelters. Farm Friends Rescue pulls most of their dogs from small rural shelters before they are euthanized. You, the adopter, are part of the rescue team when you choose one of our pets because it frees up space for us to rescue more at-risk animals in shelters. Please consider adopting your new friend from a rescue organization. Adopt, don’t shop!
Adopting is easy!
How do I adopt a pet?
If you see one of our pets you are interested in, you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a message on our FaceBook page, or leave a message on this website. Let us know a little bit about yourself and why you want a particular animal. We will usually put you in communication with the pet’s foster family so they can describe the pet in detail. Our foster’s can also schedule a visit with you so you can meet the animal. We will then send you an adoption interest form to complete online. Farm Friends Rescue allows for a two-week trial period with no obligation to the potential foster family. Only at the end of that period will the adoption be finalized and we will post a “Happy Tails” notice on our social media sites.
Are there any adoption requirements?
Yes. Any potential adopter is asked to fill out an online adoption form sent to them by the rescue. Farm Friends Rescue asks for references and who the potential adopter has for regular veterinary care. We require a home visit to determine if the pet will be in a safe and loving environment. Once these things are completed, there will be a two-week no obligation trial period. This is the time the new family and the animal get to know each other in the family’s home. If at any time during that period things don’t work out, the animal will be returned to the rescue. However most times, it is a happy union and at the end of the two-week period the final adoption agreement (contract) is signed by the adoptive family and a rescue representative. The adoption fee is a paid at that time and we take a family photo to share on our social media sites. We require periodic updates on how the animal is doing in their new home. Normally adoptive families send us pictures via email or social media. Our rescue has a closed social media page just for our foster families and adoptive families to show off their new pets!
Is there a fee?
Yes. Most of our animals cost well beyond what we charge in adoption fees. Vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, and additional veterinary care can cost the rescue upwards of three to five hundred dollars. However we want to make adoptions affordable so we keep the fees low. We depend on donations from supporters to bridge the gap.
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Are the animals healthy?
All of our animals are seen immediately by a veterinarian when they come into our rescue. Each animal is given appropriate vaccinations and blood tests for various potential illnesses. Dogs and cats are spayed or neutered and microchipped. Male horses, goats, and other livestock are sterilized as well. If any animal needs extended veterinary care or medication due to injury or illness we provide that as well. Because we are based in central North Carolina, ticks are prevalent everywhere. Many of our dogs contract tick-borne illnesses prior to coming to our rescue. We treat those with antibiotics. Heartworms are also too common with dogs that we rescue. Treatment methods vary but we follow the advice of our veterinarians when treating an animal that is heartworm positive. Some of our animals have other disabilities as well and we always inform potential adopters about the health history of each animal.
What if it doesn′t work out?
Sometimes adopted animals need to be returned. Life circumstances that change is usually the reason. If an adoptive family can no longer care for their animal, that animal comes back to the rescue. It’s basically a guaranteed return that is written in the adoption agreement that the new family and the rescue signs.