Pound Puppy Rescue

Redwood City, California

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About Pound Puppy Rescue

Pound Puppy Rescue in Redwood City, California is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2001. They rescue approximately 400 puppies every year, primarily puppies aged 3 months and younger and their pregnant or nursing mothers, from overcrowded, dirty, rural shelters where they have little chance of adoption.

These puppies are transported from their rural shelters to one of Pound Puppy Rescue's volunteer foster homes, where they'll stay until they're at least 8 weeks old. These selfless foster families are the lifeblood of the organization, providing love, care, and socialization (with both dogs and kids) for every puppy that comes through Pound Puppy Rescue's metaphorical doors. This ensures happy, healthy, well-adjusted puppies are adopted out to loving families where they have the best chance at a lifelong home.

Pound Puppy Rescue also has low-cost spay/neuter program for low-income families. Make sure to contact them for more information.

Ready to save a puppy's life? Read below for more information on Pound Puppy Rescue's adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

50 Woodside Plaza
Redwood City
Not provided
Website: poundpuppyrescue.org

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Pound Puppy Rescue Adoption Process

Interested in adoption a lucky pup from Pound Puppy Rescue? Here's how their adoption process works:

  1. Check out Pound Puppy Rescue's Petfinder listings of available pups.
  2. See one you're interested in? Complete an online application.
  3. Give Pound Puppy Rescue up to 72 hours to process your application, at which point they'll reach out to you via email or phone. If you haven't heard back after 72 hours, please reach out using their email address, info@poundpuppyrescue.org.
  4. Pound Puppy Rescue will work with you to find an upcoming Adoption Fair to meet your potential new pup. You can also speak with one of their Adoption Counselors to learn more about the process, the pup in question, or any other pups they think might be a good fit.
  5. On the day of the Adoption Fair, bring your a copy of your completed application. Please arrive on time, as all interviews are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there's no advantage to being first or last.
  6. Puppies do not go home on the day of the Adoption Fair. If your family is selected as a potential match, Pound Puppy Rescue will conduct a home visit to ensure your home is a good fit.
  7. Sometimes Pound Puppy Rescue receives multiple applications for the same animal. Each puppy's well-being are of the utmost importance, so Pound Puppy Rescue works to find the best home for each animal.
  8. If your family is selected, congrats! All that's left is to complete the adoption paperwork and pay the appropriate fee.
  9. Enjoy your new-and-improved life with a loving pup!

A few final notes about Pound Puppy Rescue's adoption process:

  • They do not adopt puppies to homes with kids under 6 years old, as 80% of all puppies adopted to these families ultimately are surrendered back to the rescue.
  • They do not adopt to families outside the San Francisco Bay Area, with rare exceptions, as further distances make home checks challenging.

Pound Puppy Rescue Adoption Fees

Pound Puppy Rescue's adoption fees vary from pup to pup, so please ask your Adoption Counselor for more information on the cost to bring your new best friend home.

Regardless of the fee, it covers your puppy's spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming (if necessary), and a "jump start" training session to get them in tip-top shape! Your fees also help cover the costs to transport, feed, and care for each puppy with fees rarely covering the entire cost of rescuing each puppy in need.

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.


  • 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
Pound Puppy Rescue
Redwood City
directly using the contact info above.

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