A: We rescue primarily unwanted companion animals, focusing mainly on dogs and puppies of all ages and breeds. Most of the unwanted animals we rescue come from crowded animal shelters, other rescues, abusive/neglectful situations, private surrenders, or are abandoned.
Q: Does Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue sell animals?
A: No. Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue does not sell animals. We do, however, charge an adoption fee for all of our animals. This adoption fee goes towards helping the rescue cover the expenses of rescuing animals and running our rescue. These expenses include the cost of veterinary care, food, supplies required to care for our animals and run our rescue, boarding of animals (when needed), and transportation costs.
Q: Does Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue profit from rescuing animals and placing them in forever homes?
A: No. Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue does not profit from rescuing animals. We are currently waiting for non-profit corporation approval from the State of Pennsylvania. Following this, we will be applying for federal non-profit status in order to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our rescue is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who dedicate their time to help animals in need. All donations to our rescue, sponsorships of our animals, and adoption fees go towards helping our rescue cover the expenses of rescuing animals and running our rescue. These expenses include the cost of veterinary care, food, supplies required to care for our animals and run our rescue, boarding of animals (when needed), and transportation costs. In the event we receive more money than we have spent/are currently spending, this money is saved and used at a later date to cover the expenses of rescuing animals and running our rescue.
Q: What is included in my adoption fee? Will the animal I adopt be spayed or neutered prior to their adoption?
A: In addition to a new furry friend/family member, your adoption fee includes the satisfaction of saving not one, but two animals (the animal you adopt and the animal/animals we will be able to save as a result of your decision to adopt a rescued animal)! Your adoption fee includes up-to-date veterinary care of the animal you adopt. This care includes microchipping and all necessary medical care. This care includes vaccines, heartworm testing (if old enough), up-to-date heartworm prevention medication, up-to-date flea and tick prevention medication, and spaying or neutering if at least 6 months of age and healthy enough to be spayed or neutered.
Please note that spaying or neutering your adopted animal is not optional. It is required. We require that all animals not already spayed or neutered at the time of their adoption be spayed or neutered once they are at least 6 months of age or, if not spayed or neutered for health reasons, when it is determined by a veterinarian that they are healthy enough to be spayed or neutered. This requirement is included in our adoption contract. We follow-up with all adopters of animals who are not spayed or neutered at the time of their adoption to ensure that this requirement is met. Please visit the Links & Resources page of our website to learn about why spaying and neutering animals is so important.
Q: Why does the adoption fee sometimes vary between animals?
A: Our adoption fees vary between animals for a few reasons. Our rescued purebred and “more desirable” animals often have a higher adoption fee in order to allow us to save the lives of animals that may be considered “less desirable” animals. For example, in charging a higher adoption fee for a purebred Chihuahua puppy rescued from a puppy mill, we can then turn around and rescue a senior dog that has cancer or a dog that has been hit by a car and requires expensive veterinary care. Another example of “less desirable” animals we can help through varying our adoption fees are dogs that have been abused and require more time and care prior to going to forever homes. These animals typically will have a lower adoption fee than the purebred Chihuahua puppy mentioned above, despite their care typically being much more expensive than the care of, in this example, the purebred Chihuahua puppy. This practice is common among many rescue groups and is done so that we may help more animals in need and regardless of their age, breed, history, current health, or medical needs.
Where do the animals rescued by Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue stay
until they are
A: Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue is not a shelter. Our animals are cared for in carefully screened and approved foster homes until they find forever families. While in foster homes, our animals are provided with food, clean water, shelter, medical care, and lots of love and socialization from our amazing foster families.
Q: Why are many of the animals rescued by Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue transported to Pennsylvania from states in the Southeast?
A: In the Southeastern portion of the United States the pet overpopulation problem is much more severe than it is in Pennsylvania and other Northeastern states. This is especially true for puppies who are killed daily in shelters in Southeastern states. These animals are killed in gas chambers, by heart stick, and through euthanasia. Through rescuing these animals and making them available to families in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware area, Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue is able to save many lives. Many people in the Northeast adopt puppies from pet stores, breeders, and puppy mills because there are so few puppies available in their local shelters. Through rescuing puppies in Southeastern states, we are able to save their lives and, in many cases, prevent another animal from being purchased from a pet store, breeder, or puppy mill in our area. We have rescued both adult dogs and puppies from many southern states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. These animals receive veterinary care and health certificates from a veterinarian and are quarantined for a required period of time prior to being transported.
Q: Can I visit the animals?
A: Yes! We would love for you to meet our rescued animals. You are more than welcome to visit our animals at any of our adoption events, however, in order to meet our animals outside of our adoption events, we require that you first complete an Adoption Application. Once your application is approved we will contact you to set up a home visit and a time for you to meet our animals. In some cases, we may arrange for you to meet our animals prior to an approved home visit, however, we always require an approved application (including approved veterinary and personal references) prior to arranging a visit with you to meet our rescued animals. Our Adoption Application is available on our website and may be completed on a computer or by hand and emailed, scanned/emailed, or faxed to us.
A: The time it takes to complete our adoption process varies, but usually takes one to two weeks. Your adoption process may be longer or shorter than one to two weeks, depending on your and our volunteer's availability to complete each step of our adoption process. We do our best to contact your veterinarian(s) and personal references as soon as possible. Following approval of your references, we will contact you to schedule a time to complete your home visit. We will also set up a time for you to meet the animal(s) you are interested in adopting.
Q: I want to surrender an animal to Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue. What do I need to do next?
A: If you would like
to surrender an animal to Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue, please email
us information about your animal/situation, including your contact
information and pictures of the animal, and we will contact you as soon
as we are able.
Unfortunately, we cannot help every animal, but in the event we cannot
take your animal we will do our best to help your animal find another
rescue or a forever home.
Q: Why must I notify Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue if I can no longer keep or no longer wish to keep my adopted animal?
A: Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue carefully screens all interested applicants to help ensure our animals are adopted into safe, responsible, and loving forever homes. In the event one of our animals requires a new home, for any reason, we require that we be notified so that we can help ensure the animal is placed into a suitable home with a responsible, loving forever family. If the current adopter would like the animal to be adopted by someone he/she knows, we require that the interested adopter complete one of our adoption applications and go through the same screening process that the original adopter went through. We appreciate your understanding regarding our required notification process in the event you can no longer keep or no longer wish to keep your adopted animal. Please understand that everything we do is done in the best interest of the animals we rescue.
Q: I would like to receive updates about Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue’s rescue efforts such as adoption events, fundraisers, and animals in need of forever or foster homes. Is there a way to do this?
Q: Where can I find helpful information about animals in general, including animal care, training, and helping animals?
A: We have a great Links & Resources page on our website with lots of helpful information that is divided into categories for easy viewing/access to helpful websites/material related to animals. Please visit this page and share it with your friends and family! In addition, please let us know if you know of any websites you would like to share with us that you think may be a great addition to this page of our website.