​   Furry Friends of the Foothills

501(c)3 Non profit Organization

Adoption FAQ


Why do I need a veterinary reference?

We will call to check all vet references. If your current pets are not current on their shots by more than two months, or are not spayed/neutered, we will deny the application. It is important for your pet’s lifetime health that they receive their annual shots.  It is also essential that pets are kept current on their monthly heartworm preventative and rabies vaccinations.  Heartworms are not only deadly to your pet, but the treatments to eliminate them far exceed the cost to prevent.


Do you allow for out-of-area adoptions?

We do allow for adoptions to homes outside of the Yadkin County area, however, it may take longer for the adoption to take place due to the time involved in locating a rescuer in your area to conduct the pre-adoption home visit on our behalf. Additionally, we will not ship pets. You will need to make arrangements to meet with one of our adoption coordinators to complete the adoption.  Out-of-area adoptions require a non-refundable 50% deposit for adoption.


We want a pet, but not indoors?

If you are intending to keep the pet as a yard pet, we will typically deny the application. Our pets are raised as indoor animals, and our foster homes spend a tremendous amount of time socializing them as such. In some cases, we receive pets that are conditioned for indoor/outdoor or outdoor living only. The information will be located in the pet’s profile. We also highly recommend you visit your local animal control facility to rescue an animal from there.  Furry Friends of the Foothills Pet Rescue will assist you with obtaining an animal from Yadkin County animal control with a sterilization fee for the pet.


What if my pet gets sick after the adoption?

You are responsible for all medical care after the adoption agreement is signed, unless other arrangements have been made.  You will receive copies of all veterinary records with your adoption contract so that your vet will know your pet’s medical history.

If there are any health concerns with the pet you are adopting, the pet will remain in our care until our vet has given a clean bill of health. This may include kennel cough, skin issues, and parasites. Additionally, no pet will be released for adoption until after the spay and neuter has been completed.


Why is the adoption fee so high?

Furry Friends of the Foothills charges $300 for Dog/Puppy  adoptions. The fee only covers a portion of our investment into the care of your adopted pet. Your pet has been part of a foster home environment where they have received love, socialization and training. In addition, pets are current on all vaccinations as needed for their age unless otherwise noted, spayed/neutered prior to adoption, which averages $450 per pet, and Micro-chipped. In the case of pets who have been treated for heartworms, this cost runs $300 to $800 per treatment. Taking all the costs of feeding and other supplies as well, our adoption fee is really very minimal.


Will the pet be spayed or neutered?

Per Furry Friends of the Foothills Rescue mission, all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Your adoption fee covers the cost of the spay or neuter.  If you adopt a Furry Friend before it is of age we will gladly refund $50 back to you once you have provided proof from your Vet that the spay/neuter has been verified.

What is a home visit and why is it required?

A home visit is an in-home pre-adoption interview. You will be visited by a Furry Friends of the Foothills volunteer and usually the pet you are wanting to adopt. This is to verify the information provided on the adoption application as well as explain our adoption policies. This also allows you to see how the pet may behave in the new environment.


What if my current pets are not spayed or neutered?

If the current pets in your home are not currently spayed or neutered, we will deny the application. Many territorial and behavior issues are related to un-sterilization, and it can cause issues when a new pet is brought into the home. If you are interested in having your pet spayed/neutered so that you may adopt one of our pets, we will happily reconsider your application once proof of spay is provided.  If you are a low income family you may apply with the Yadkin County Humane Society for Spay/Neuter assistance.


Why do I have to fill out an adoption application?

Furry Friends of the Foothills Pet Rescue puts much more than just money into our pets. They are treated as a member of their foster family. We want to ensure that the pet you want to adopt is the right fit for your family as well. We use the applications, vet reference check and in-home interview to ensure this.


How long before I may adopt my pet?

Our organization is run by volunteers only. We do not have any paid staff. As such, applications are reviewed after 6 pm, and adoptions may take 5 to 10 days to complete. This may seem like a long time for you, however, we want to ensure our pets are going to the best home for them. Please be patient.


Where may I see the pets available for adoption?

Furry Friends of the Foothills does not currently have a shelter. Our pets are all in foster homes. Appointments for meet and greets will only be set after an adoption applications has been completed and reviewed by our adoption coordinator. Pets may appear at one to two public events per month. Visit our events calendar for dates.


Is this pet still available for adoption?

Our adoptable pets page is updated daily. Pets that have adoptions pending will have a note at the top of their profile page. If you are interested in a pet with litter mates, please include a second choice as we review applications in the order they are received, and your choice may already have an application pending review. Even if an adoption is pending, we will still accept applications in the event that the first one falls through.