How to Adopt

Placing our home fostered rescue dogs and cats as a true happy family member for life, is our most important and rewarding mission. We look for a match based on the animal's activity level, training needs, care, personality and behavior traits.

We do not have a shelter or office. Most dogs & cats show their true personality after they have lived in a foster home for about two weeks. Our rescue dogs & cats are cared for, trained and loved by volunteer foster homes. See below for more detail information on vet care, adoption, food, dog/child & training tips. FAQ

5 Steps to adoption (Adoptions only in the SF Bay Area)

Farrah, rescued 2012

Farrah, rescued 2012

  1. Application: Please read and fill out our on-line application. Your application will inform us about yourself/family and the type of companion animal you would like to adopt. We will try to find the perfect match or help you in your search with our extensive network of other animal shelters and rescue organizations. Also view "Guardian Assistance" and "Other Shelters" listed in our Find a Pet page.
  2. Contact: A volunteer FFR Adoption Counselor will contact you within 72 hours if the dog or cat is available and a match. The counselor will coordinate a meet with your family and foster home at our weekend adoption showcases.
  3. Meet: You and your entire family/household (incl. your current dog/dogs) meet the dog or cat at our adoption showcase and talk to the Adoption Counselor and foster home.
  4. Home Visit: If a match, the Adoption Counselor will set up a home visit. Home visit is for the animal's safety and respect for our foster home's emotional bond to their foster dog or cat. If you are renting your home, we will need "Written Landlord Approval" for the pet you wish to adopt prior to our home visit. If you own your home, provide name(s) on Deed (FFR may ask for proof of home ownership documentation (e.g. property tax bill in your name, deed showing title in your name, or mortgage statement in your name).
  5. Adoption: Meet and complete Adoption Contract and pay adoption fee to bring your new furry kid home! Vet records will be sent to you. We will register the animal's FFR Home Again ID Chip for you. Life time registration included with current Home Again ID Chip.

With each personal adoption from Furry Friends Rescue (FFR), you will receive a profile of your new furry friend from their foster home, training tips to help you and your new dog or cat get off to the right start to insure a forever home for life. The animals have been abandoned at least once already so you need to make the life-long committment to the dog/cat. However, should the animal not work out, we will take them back for life or help with new placement thru FFR. We will refund your adoption fee if under 30 days. We highly recommend you and your new dog attending Dog Training classes. There is mandatory training for puppy adoptions. See Behavior/training tips/classes.

About Our Rescued Animals

Every rescue dog, puppy, cat & kitten are seen by vet, vaccinated, dewormed, ID Micro-chipped, FFR ID Tag (dogs only), and Spayed/Neutered.

  • Dogs/Pups vaccinations: DHPP, Bordetella, & Rabies (when 4 mos).
  • Cats/Kittens vaccination/test: FVRCP. FeLV tested (depending on age or based on current shelter/HS/SPCA protocols, (FIV test is not accurate til 6 mos. of age)
  • Additional care as needed: Grooming, receive flea protection and any other necessary vet care, including special medical or emergency needs.

We microchip every dog, puppy, kitten and cat that we adopt out. For more information on microchipping and it's benefits to you and your companion animal, see www.homeagain.com and www.24petwatch.com.

**Note: Adoption in Northern California - SF Bay Area Only**

Food: For optimal health, we feed and only recommend feeding a variety of high quality holistic and fresh foods & treats (made in the USA).

Most of our dogs and cats have had a rough start in life. We want to make sure we place them in a committed and loving family FOR LIFE. So we go through a thorough adoption process to ensure the best match for both animals and a family. Thank you for your understanding!

Criteria for Adoption

Adoption fee usually do not cover all our expenses (vet care, boarding, supplies, grooming, emergency/special medical needs) for every dog or cat.

Dogs

  1. Indoor Family Member dog. Must sleep indoors in home (not garage).
  2. Fenced and contained yard so the dog has the freedom to go outside from the house to the yard for their potty business. Fence must be secure and TOO tall for the dog to jump over or escape.
  3. Must be walked daily or receive adequate exercise.
  4. Family must comply with all state, local laws and ordinance relating to keeping the dog including the leash laws.
  5. Every rescue dogs are vet examined, vaccinated (DHPP, Bordatella, Rabies), de-wormed, spay/neutered, ID Micro-chipped (See www.homeagainid.com (1-866-738-4324) or www.24petwatch.com (1-866-597-2424) for more information.), groomed, receive flea treatment and any necessary vet care. Some special medical needs and emergency care cost us about $1000 - $6000 for their vet care. Normal vet cost per animal would be about $300-$600 plus.
    To help defray some of our vet bills on each healthy animal, we charge adoption fee as follows:
    • Teen-Adult Dogs (8 months - 6 years old): $325 (Mix), $350-$400 (Purebred), Chihuahua/mix & Pit/mix: $200 or please help match vet bill cost to FFR (usually about $350 - $700)
      Once we rescue a dog, we take him/her to the vet for a health check up and provide him/her with any treatments needed, wash and groom, updated shots, microchip, and set them up with supplies (collars, leashes, toys, food, etc). Most of the time the vet bill and other cost easily goes more than our adoption fee $325.
  6. Family must provide the dog with annual vaccinations and any necessary veterinary care as needed
  7. Adoption from FFR is only consumate upon a home visit.

Golden Dogs (7 yrs+).

Sabrina

Sabrina, rescued 2013

Please read adoption criteria at Dogs section.

Spunky, Lovable and well behaved and Experienced mature dogs, 7 yrs+... Read more

  • Dogs (7 yrs+): $200, Chihuahua/mix & Pit/mix: $100 or please help match vet bill cost to FFR (usually about $350 - $1500)
    Once we rescue a dog, we take him/her to the vet for a health check up and provide him/her with any treatments needed, wash and groom, updated shots, microchip, and set them up with supplies (collars, leashes, toys, food, etc). Most of the time the vet bill and other cost easily goes more than our adoption fee $200.
  • Meet our currently available Golden Dogs

Read the benefit of adopting a mature dog and How to Calculate Your Dog's Age. Small and toy breeds don't become "seniors" until around age 10. With healthy food and care, most are "middle age"!

To get the process started, use our Online Dog Application

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Puppies

Noel, rescued 2010

Noel, rescued 2010

  1. Someone must be home every 3-4 hours to care for and train the puppy.
  2. Indoor Family Member dog. Must sleep indoors in home (not garage).
  3. Fenced and secure yard so the pup has the freedom to go outside from the house to the yard for their potty business. Fence must be secure and TOO tall for the dog to jump over or escape from when they are full grown.
  4. Must provide pup with daily walks, exercise and social time.
  5. Family must comply with all state, local laws and ordinance relating to keeping the dog including leash laws.
  6. Every rescue puppy is vet examined, vaccinated (DHPP, Bordatella, rabies at 4-5 mos.), de-wormed, ID Micro-chipped, groomed, receive flea protection and any necessary vet care. Some special medical needs and emergency care cost us about $1000 - $6000 for their vet care. To help defray some of our vet bills & supply expenses, our adoption fee is:
    • Puppies (8 weeks - 7 months): $350 (Mix), $400 (Purebred), Chihuahua/mix & Pit/mix.: $250 + $100 refundable deposit for spay/neuter and completion of puppy training classes (refunded upon proof of completion). If pup is already spayed/neutered then the refundable deposit is $50 for the training (refunded upon proof of completion of training). Upon adoption & depending on age, additional booster vaccinations, deworm & rabies need to be completed by adopter.
  7. It is crucial that puppy training classes are attended (See our Behavior/Training page) to aid in socialization skills (and to show the owner how to train the puppy)
  8. Suggested books: The Perfect Puppy : How to Raise a Well-Behaved Dog by Gwen Bailey and Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar. We'd love it if you joined iGive.com and purchased these books through Barnes&Noble.com. If you start your shopping from our iGive.com link then part of your purchase will be donated to FFR.
  9. Family must provide the dog with annual vaccinations and any necessary veterinary care as needed.
  10. Adoption from FFR is only consummated upon a home visit and adoption contract.

Recommended reads:

To get the process started, use our Online Dog Application

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Cats & Kittens

Tulip and Daisy

Tulip & Daisy - Rescued 2010

Must read article: Why Young Cats Should Be Adopted In Pairs

  1. Indoor Family Member Cat.
  2. They cannot de-claw the cat.
  3. Family must comply with all state, local laws and ordinance relating to keeping the cat.
  4. Family must provide the cat with yearly vaccination and any necessary veterinary care as needed.
  5. Adoption counselors must be able to meet with all family members who will be living with the cat.
  6. Renters must provide a "Written Letter of Approval" from landlord allowing the pet.
  7. Every rescue cat & kitten are seen by vet, vaccinated with FVRCP, deworm, spay/neutered, ID chipped, receive flea protection as needed & FeLV tested (depending on age or based on current shelter/HS/SPCA protocols, FIV test is not accurate til 6 mos. of age), ID Micro-chip: See www.homeagainid.com (1-866-738-4324) or www.24petwatch.com (1-866-597-2424) for more information. Some special medical needs and emergency care cost us about $1000 - $6000 for their vet care. Normal vet cost per animal would be about $300-$800 plus (more for special medical need & middle age to senior cats). To help defray some of our vet bills on each healthy animal, we charge adoption fee as follows:
    • Kittens: $150, Pairs: $275 or please help match vet bill cost to FFR (usually about $170 - $450 each)
    • Cat: $90 or please match vet bill cost to FFR (usually about $150+)
    • Adult 3 years+ : $50 adoption fee
    • Senior for Senior: Cat 7 yrs+ to seniors (65 yrs+), adoption fee waived.
  8. Adoption from FFR is consummate only upon a home visit and adoption contract.

To get the process started, use our Online Cat Application

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Other Useful Information

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"Adoption is for Life"

Adoption is for Life "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." -- Unknown

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About Furry Friends Rescue

Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) is an all-volunteer non-profit Bay Area companion animal rescue organization, comprised entirely of experienced volunteers who collectively have rescued hundreds of companion animals and placed them in loving homes.

Since November 1998, we have saved over 12,000 animals and the numbers are growing every day—along with 6000+ Guardian, Shelter & Rescue Assists! Our volunteer home foster about 120 dogs and cats...Read More

Interested in Helping?

We can always use your help! If you are interesting in volunteering, see what volunteer positions are available! If you are interested in fostering, visit Foster Home Network page and fill out the application.

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