PetConnect Rescue


Potomac, Maryland

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About PetConnect Rescue

PetConnect Rescue in Potomac, Maryland was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Their mission is to save the lives of as many homeless companion animals as possible. Most of their animals have been pulled from overcrowded shelters between Maryland and Georgia where they've been marked for euthanasia. All rescued cats and dogs are then placed in foster care until a loving forever family can be found.

As a private, non-profit organization, they rely entirely on their volunteers, kind donations, grants, fundraising, and adoption fees to keep operating.

With so many animals in need of forever homes, you're sure to find the right pet for you at PetConnect Rescue. Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

Address:
PO Box 60714
,
Potomac
,
MD
20859
Phone:
(877) 838.9171
Email:
info@petconnectrescue.org

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from PetConnect Rescue? Here's how their process works:

  1. First, you must be at least 21 years old to adopt from PetConnect Rescue. Your current pets must also be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations. If you rent your home, you also need to provide proof of landlord approval for pets.
  2. Start your search online by viewing available animals on either the shelter's Facebook or PetFinder page. All adoptable animals are in foster care, so you can't meet them in person before submitting an application. However, you can find detailed information about their health, personality, and behavioral traits in their online profiles to help you find your perfect match.
  3. See an animal you'd like to meet? Call PetConnect Rescue before submitting your application to make sure the animal you're interested in is still available.
  4. Submit your dog adoption application or cat adoption application. Make sure to include the ID number of the lucky animal (or animals) that caught your eye.
  5. An Adoption Coordinator will contact you to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. PetConnect Rescue's friendly staff will be able to give you plenty of information on the animal's background, medical history, personality, and special care needs so you can make sure they're a good match for your home and lifestyle.
  6. Meet the animal at their foster home. Spend 10-15 minutes interacting with your new potential pet to make sure they're everything you're looking for. Remember, the animal's foster family knows them better than anyone, so ask away!
  7. Next up is a home visit to ensure you have an appropriate and safe environment for your chosen pet. Advice and support for any possible improvements may also be given.
  8. Ready to make things official? Finalize the required paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  9. Bring your new best friend home!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at PetConnect Rescue are as follows:

Dogs

  • Puppies (under 7 months): $375
  • Adults (7+ months): $350
  • Senior: $250

Cats

  • All cats: $150

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery and basic age-appropriate vaccinations.

Any animals that haven't been spayed/neutered at the time of adoption will have an additional $100 deposit added to their fee. This deposit amount will be returned when you provide proof their surgery has been completed.

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!

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

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