Coastal Pet Rescue


Savannah, Georgia

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About Coastal Pet Rescue

Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, Georgia is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 2003. They change the lives of homeless pets in Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham Counties through their foster program and small-capacity shelter, Camp Pawsawhile Retreat.

Coastal Pet Rescue provides the following services to the people and animals in their community:

  • Rescue, foster care, veterinary care, and spay/neuter surgery for animals in county animal shelters that would otherwise be euthanized
  • Foster care for animals surrendered by their owners, who either can no longer care for them or wish to have them
  • Adoption of rescued pets to qualified homes that have been appropriately screened and counseled by adoption coordinators and foster parents
  • Training of leadership team members and volunteers in the areas of humane education, animal welfare, animal behavior and care, and disaster response
  • Education to the public in the form of adoption counseling, pet behavior consultation and training, hurricane evacuation planning, media interviews, and classroom presentations

Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Coastal Pet Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

Address:
7430 Thomas Ave
,
Savannah
,
GA
31406
Phone:
(912) 228-3538
Email:
info@coastalpetrescue.org

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

Coastal Pet Rescue would love to help you find a pawfect match! Here’s their simple adoption process:

  1. View the pets available for adoption on the rescue’s website.
  2. Complete an adoption application.
  3. Wait for a volunteer to review your application. Please be patient! Coastal Pet Rescue’s adoption team is all volunteers, and it may take 1-2 days to receive a response.
  4. After reviewing your application, a volunteer will reach out to schedule a home visit, which includes a pre-adoption interview. They'll usually bring along the animal you're interested in to see how your potential pet behaves in their new environment. This also gives the animal a chance to interact with any potential four-legged siblings.
  5. If everyone is happy, it's time to make things official by completing any required paperwork and paying the adoption fee.
  6. If your new best friend came for a visit, they can stay! If not, arrange a time to bring your new companion home.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Coastal Pet Rescue are as follows:

Dogs

  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $250
  • Adults (1+ years): $200
  • Seniors (7+ years): $100

Cats

  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $60
  • Adults (1+ years): $50

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, heartworm testing for adult dogs, FeLV/FIV testing for cats, and a 30-day pet insurance policy (if activated).

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Coastal Pet Rescue
in
Savannah
,
Georgia
directly using the contact info above.

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