All of our animals live in volunteer foster homes.
- We do not have a physical facility where adopters can visit and meet multiple dogs at once, although we do sometimes have adoption events where a number of animals may be present. While in foster care, we are constantly getting to know and assessing each animal so we can best match him into the ideal home for his individual personality and needs. Each new animal will be introduced on our Facebook page when it arrives then added to our website as he becomes available for adoption.
- The length of time between when the animal arrives and when it is put up on the website varies.
Puppies/kittens born in care are generally not listed until 4 weeks of age, at which time they become available for PRE-adoption, then adopted at 8-10 weeks. All our animals will also be spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and dewormed prior to leaving their foster homes. Canines are tested for heartworm disease/tick disease, felines for leukemia and FIV. All animals stay on heartworm and parasite prevention while in care . Dogs that have behavior or health issues may not be listed on the website for an extended period of time. Healthy, well-behaved dogs typically will be put on the website within a week of arriving into their foster home. Adoption is not based on first come first serve and we review ALL applications prior to selecting an adoptive home.
- Each of our animals will have his or her own application to complete. Please refrain from applying for an animal and intending the application for another animal who is not yet listed. When the animal that you are interested becomes “available” and is listed on this website, please fill out the application thoroughly. Answer all applicable questions and tell us why your home would be the best place for this pet to go. Remember, the more information we have, the better we will be able to asses if your family is the best match. If you do not have a specific animal in mind and would like our guidance in choosing who might be the best fit for your household, activity level, and personality, please fill out our “generic” application.
- Once your application has been submitted, please be patient. Remember we are all volunteers with jobs, families, and other obligations. It may take up to 10 days to review your application and check all references. We always try to answer every application regardless if you have been chosen to adopt or not, but human error does occasionally occur so if you have not heard from an adoption counselor or foster family within the allotted time, we encourage you to call or email us. Please be sure you have provided us with an accurate number for your veterinarian. You may even choose to call them so they are expecting us and aware that you have accepted our reviewal process. Some vets require a waiver signed to release records. After your application is processed and approved to adopt through CVRR, the foster home will contact you with any questions and to get to know your family better to assess if that particular animal seems to “fit” in your home. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions about the process, and voice inquiries specific to the animals background, personality, or any concerns you may have.
- We encourage you to bring your current dogs to a meet and greet when adopting a canine. We do not ship or transport our dogs without observing an introduction. Adopters from out of town are absolutely encouraged to adopt from us but will need to make the road trip to Virginia to meet the dog, and most likely take it back home with you that same day, if all goes well. We do offer trial period of one week for adult dogs and cats and kittens/puppies over 4 months, but to discourage animals from being shuffled from home to home without careful thought and consideration, we have a 50 dollar non refundable depositit. If the animal becomes your family it is applied to your adoption fee
- If your application is not selected, we don’t think any less of you or your home. Most likely we had an abundance of amazing applicants and yours simply was not the one chosen for a reason specific to the animals needs or temperament. If you are approved to adopt, but we feel the desired animal is not the best match, we encourage you to be patient and stay in touch with us through the process of finding the best furry family member for you.
- Once an applicant has been chosen, but before the adoption is finalized, we will mark the animal as “pending” on our website. If an animal does not work out for any reason in a house hold, our contract requires that the pet be returned to our care. We encourage interested applicants to review the contract we have posted on our website.
- Our average adoption fee for puppies/kittens, purebred, and common small breed dogs is $225 (occasionally a more rare breed will have a 250 dollar adoption fee). Average adoption fee for medium and large mixed breed canines is $175. Senior adoption rates vary from $75-$100. Each and every person involved in CVRR is a volunteer. We have no paid staff. Your adoption fee goes to cover your animals expenses. Once those needs are met, any remaining money is invested in our special needs animals, our seniors (who often cost us more than double the amount we ask in an adoption fee), or to help pay important things like insurance.
- As a rescue, we do not adopt out litter mates (meaning you cannot adopt two puppies from the same litter.) We do this as we feel that it is best not only for the puppies, but also for you. Litter mates can become overly attached to one another, to the point that it can become a major problem both for the puppy and for the owner. If you would like to read more about why adopting litter mates is not a good idea, read this post.
Once that animal has joined your family don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us. Training questions, medical questions, behavioral quandaries…. we are here for the life of your pet. Thank you for considering adoption through Central Virginia Regional Rescue. We love our animals…we think you will too.