How Pre-Adoption Works
If you are an approved adopter, you have the ability to put a deposit of $150 down to hold a dog coming into NH. This fee goes towards the full adoption fee. Once the dog is cleared to go home, you have 24 hours to pick them up and pay the remaining adoption fee.
If, upon meeting the dog, the adopter decides it is not a good match, the $150 can be transferred to another dog but it is otherwise NON-REFUNDABLE. For the exception of a failed cat test (dogs only) – if the dog fails a cat test and the pre-adopter has cats in the home, the hold fee is refunded.
All animals that enter our facility must quarantine for 48 hours and visit our vet before they can go home. Once the dog is declared healthy by our vet, they are able to go home. The adopter may pay normal boarding costs for up to an additional 2 days.
If the pet does not clear vetting:
- NH Residents– If you are a NH resident and have no other dogs in the home, you may elect to Foster-to-Adopt (FTA)*. If you choose to FTA then 50% of the adoption fee is due and the adopter has 24 hours to pick up the pet. If the NH Resident decides not to FTA, the $150 is refunded and the hold is lifted, making the dog available to all interested parties.
- Non-NH Residents Releasing the Hold – the pet is no longer kept on hold and the hold fee is returned. This is our preferred option.
- Non-NH Residents Keeping the Hold – If you live out of state and would like to keep the dog on hold, you will be responsible for boarding costs ($30/night) incurred until the dog is cleared by our vet. We do not suggest this route as there is no guarantee for when a dog will be medically cleared, and you could incur weeks of boarding costs.
*Fostering is only available for dogs with medical or behavioral conditions. Fostering is not available for fully healthy dogs.