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Rocket Dog Rescue is progressive, non-profit organization initially completely run and funded by home-based volunteers. Though they now have a physical adoption center, they still rely on their foster volunteers and pride themselves on their innovative approach to saving dogs.
Any donations they receive go directly toward the treatment and care of the dogs they've saved. Not only are they highly organized and have an incredible network of volunteers, but they're tech-savvy. They use their website and strong online presence to promote adoptions and save as many dogs' lives as possible.
Rocket Dog Rescue also holds training events and educational classes to help spread their love, passion, and belief that all dogs should be treated with compassion and given a second chance to live happy lives.
Congratulations on your decision to adopt a dog from a shelter! It's both personally and practically rewarding. If you're ready to save a life and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can apply to adopt on Rocket Dog Rescue's website. To successfully adopt a loving pooch you must meet the following criteria:
There are also special requirements for those who want to adopt a Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mix including being 25+, have permission to keep the dog, and have relevant breed experience. You must also pass a home visit and receive mandatory training.
Adoption fees at Rocket Dog Rescue are $280 for all puppies and dogs.
Your adoption fee covers up-to-date shots, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.