Adoption FAQ

If you are interested in giving one of our wonderful animals a forever home, we encourage you to visit Fuzzy Friends Rescue to meet them first. This will give you the opportunity to see if you bond with the animal you are interested in. We strongly encourage your entire household to visit our rescue. It is best to have each and every family member visit with and agree upon your new animal friend. It is also important for your new animal friend to have a chance to meet the entire prospective family. Be sure to select a time to visit our rescue when everyone can come.

How much is the adoption fee?

The adoption fee for each animal available at Fuzzy Friends Rescue has been set on an individual basis. Please see the online description for each animal to obtain the adoption fee.

The difference in adoption fees is to help us cover the expense of caring for the younger animals since they require more vaccinations and medical expense than a lot of the adult animals. Also, the older animals are often over looked and the reduction in their fee will hopefully help place them in homes so they may live out their retirement years being loved in a home environment.

ALL adoption fees include: any vaccinations that are given from incoming date to adoption date, heartworm test on dogs over 6 months old, Feline Leukemia Test/FIV test on all cats and kittens, spay or neuter surgery, microchip and microchip registration, and any other medical procedures performed prior to adoption (i.e. de-worming, heartworm treatment, life-saving surgeries, and repairs for broken bones). This also includes a personalized identification tag for dogs or a Hide, Perch & Go box for cats. ADOPTION FEES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE.

What is the process for adopting an animal from Fuzzy Friends Rescue?


• Be at least 21 years of age

• Have legal identification with your current address

• Provide proof of deposit & authorization to have a pet if you rent an apartment/home

Once you complete an adoption application, veterinary history for past or current pets will be verified, and the application will be sent to our review board. This process takes about 2-3 business days. If approved, you will be asked to come back to the facility to complete the formal adoption process. Please email with any questions.


For puppies age 1 year and younger, the single most important part of your application is the information about your recent (within 10 years) vet history. We are looking for our adopters to show a consistent history of routine preventive care for past and current pets.

For adopters without recent pet experience, we recommend starting with a dog or cat over 1 year of age. Please see a staff member for suggestions on a pet who will fit your lifestyle!

Please understand that Fuzzy Friends Rescue reserves the right to deny an adoption for any reason.

The national average indicates that only one in ten animals remains with its adoptive family for life. That is a staggering and unacceptable statistic. The remaining nine animals are often tossed around through multiple homes, taken to a kill-shelter, lost, or worse.

At Fuzzy Friends Rescue, we make every effort to place the RIGHT animal in the RIGHT home. Our trained staff members will help you select the best match for your lifestyle. When you arrive at our facility, you will be greeted by someone who will assist you. Next, you will have the opportunity to look at all the available animals. After you have selected an animal to visit with, you may go to one of our “Get Acquainted Rooms” where you can spend some one-on-one time with the animal of your choice. If you decide the animal is right for your family, you may complete an adoption application.

Not only does adoption give an animal a second chance at happiness, but it’s also money well spent as you can see in the comparison below:

The “Adopted Dog” vs. The “Free Dog”

The Adopted Dog:

– The Dog (Included in the Fuzzy Friends adoption fee)

– Spay or Neuter surgery

– Rabies Vaccination

– DHLPPC Vaccination

– Kennel Cough Vaccination

– H3N2 and H3N8 Canine Influenza Vaccination

– Worm Check

– De-worming if necessary

– Heartworm test and they are started on prevention

– Microchip implant and registration for the lifetime of the pet

– Hide, Perch & Go box for cats

– Personalized ID tag for dogs

The “Free Dog”:

– Spay or Neuter surgery = $152-$265

– Rabies Vaccination = $10-16

– DHLPPC Vaccination = $27- $44

– Kennel Cough Vaccination= $13-$15

– Worm Check = $20-$22

– Heartworm Test = $32-$39

– Microchip Implant & Registration= $35-$60

Total Cost of “Free Dog” = $289 – $461

Is the health of my new pet guaranteed?

No one can predict when an animal will get sick. Generally, only animals that appear healthy and that appear free of any symptoms are shown for adoption. We do have some special needs animals that are available for adoption and any known temporary or permanent ailments or conditions will be fully disclosed.

We want to thank you for choosing to adopt your new family member from Fuzzy Friends Rescue! We would be delighted to help you choose the right match for you and your family.

Does Fuzzy Friends Rescue have a return policy?

Fuzzy Friends Rescue has made a life-time commitment to every animal we rescue. The return request is evaluated by our Director on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding our return policy, please contact us at 254-754-9444.

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