Frequently Asked Questions
What are your adoption requirements?
Our adoption guidelines/requirements are available on our Adoption Info page- http://www.ohiofuzzypawz.com/info/adoption
Why are we so selective about who adopts our dogs?
We put a huge amount of time, love, and expense into each little fluff in our rescue. We designed our process to filter out undesirable adopter situations. Unfortunately, some good adoptive families may get filtered out in our approval process. We also regularly receive multiple applications on our pups and we try to determine which of the applications best meets the dog’s needs. Our primary commitment is to our dogs, not the potential adopter. Our goal is to make sure our dogs will never again find themselves in the horrible situation from which we rescued them.
Why do some dogs have special adoption requirements?
First of all, thank you for reading over the dog’s bio. We spend a lot of time assessing our dogs and including as much information in their individual biographies as possible. Our goal is to find the home that is the last home that the dog ever needs. Many of our dogs come into rescue with limited background information and many of our dogs come to rescue as survivors of commercial breeders, or puppy mills. Typically, the mill survivors range from completely shut down to somewhat backward or shy and most are flight risks. The dogs are much more comfortable around other dogs and look to them as a mentor. For that reason, we generally require a companion dog living in the home because it will help the transition process. We also may require a secure, physically fenced yard. Most of these dogs have no concept of walking on a leash or even walking on grass, in addition to being a huge flight risk because they do not come when called. They are a work in progress and will require a patient, understanding home to help them continue their socialization.
Common adoption requirements:
Companion dog – Many dogs, in fact most puppy mill survivors, require a companion dog already living in the home. The mill dogs are much more comfortable around other dogs, in many cases, and having that companion dog in the home gives the newly adopted puppy mill survivor a buddy, a mentor that they can rely on and follow to continue to learn how to be a dog.
Only dog – Some dogs, for a variety of reasons, are not overly comfortable around other dogs. They may have come from a home where they were an only dog or just prefer being with their people. In these instances, we will indicate on the bio the behaviors that we’ve seen in their foster home and why we believe that being an only dog would be best going forward.
Secure, physically fenced yard – We do not have an across the board policy that requires a fence for every dog. We do, however, assess each dog individually and some dogs require a fenced yard. The fenced yard may be required because the dog does not walk or potty on a leash. This is true of many puppy mill survivors. The dog may have an activity level that requires additional time to expend their energy more than just a walk would do. Some dogs are a flight risk due to a lack of socialization and if they are also not comfortable walking on a leash, the fenced yard provides a protective area to help continuing training the dog.
No fence – There are some dogs who are master escape artists and take every opportunity when given to try to escape a fenced yard. In these instances, we may recommend that they go to a home that does not have a fenced yard and that they must always be on a leash outside.
Strong veterinary history – Some dogs have been through a lot medically and may need to be monitored going forward for any resolved medical issues or medical issues that may need to be managed. In these instances, we will want a strong, verifiable veterinary history of at least several years to show that you have cared for current or previous dogs and have experience dealing with a potential medical issue.
Why is there no phone number for your shelter listed on your website?
We are not a shelter. We are a private, all volunteer, foster home based organization. We do try to have our adoptable dogs attend regularly scheduled events. We try to provide as much information as possible on each of our dogs so that you have a general sense of their demeanor and temperament. The first step in our process is to submit an online application at www.ohiofuzzypawz.com/forms. Once an application is received, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to talk to various volunteers within our group, and you can always email any questions you might have.
What is the cost to adopt one of our dogs?
The adoption donations/fees are based on the age of the dog and are not negotiable. The adoption donations range from $200 to $500. The donations are set so that older dogs, who as a rule, have a great deal more vetting that is required, also have a fair opportunity to be adopted.
Why are the adoption fees more than the local shelter?
OFP does NOT profit from the adoption donations, and our organization is 100% volunteer. We also receive no government funding unlike a county shelter. Adoption fees are put in a fund that is used to help cover the basic medical expenses and boarding costs. Each dog we take in spends quite a bit of time at our veterinarian's office where they are given a full examination including vaccinations, heartworm testing, heartworm prevention, fecal testing and de-wormer, if necessary, treated for fleas/ticks if necessary, spay or neuter surgery if the dog is not altered, and a dental teeth cleaning. All OFP dogs are also microchipped. Many of the dogs we take in have not had regular routine care and the adoption donations/fees many times do not even cover these basics. Any additional medical needs have to be paid with donations we receive.
Why are we always being asked for donations? Shouldn't the adoption fees cover everything?
Ohio Fuzzy Pawz believes that every dog deserves a second chance at life (which possibly may be the first chance to ever experience love). Therefore, we rescue dogs in ANY condition, meaning many of the dogs we get are in need of extensive medical treatment. Adoption fees only cover the basics mentioned above. We do not have a facility and only have spots based on the number of foster homes available. Many times, we must pay for our dogs to be boarded until a foster home opens up. This is not the ideal situation, but it's definitely better than the poor pups being put to sleep at the animal shelter.
How can I contribute to the on-going rescue work of Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue?
We can always use new volunteers to foster our dogs until they go to their forever homes!
VACATION FOSTER : Please give a pup a place to crash for a night or two or a couple weeks when our long-term fosters go out of town or the pup is being transported on the way to its forever home.
TRANSPORT : Please help with transporting dogs to adoption events or to their forever homes.
PHOTOGRAPHERS : Take pictures of our new dogs so we can get their adorable little faces posted online quickly!
EVENT VOLUNTEERS : Spread the word about our rescue by helping to man our booth or donate items to sell.
DONATE : Please donate if you are able. It's tax-deductible! Check our our Facebook page often to keep up to date on our needs. We always have dogs that are in need of special medical treatment above and beyond the basic medical care that our adoption fees can fund. In times when there are excessive numbers of needy dogs at the shelters, we need extra funds for boarding until foster homes become available.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please go to http://www.ohiofuzzypawz.com/info/display?PageID=10913 to submit an online application.
SUBMITTING AN ADOPTION APPLICATION