ADOPTIONFAQS

Where are Happy Bark dogs from?


Happy Bark dogs come from overcrowded shelters in other areas of the country. We are very blessed in our area to have several animal shelters and rescues that serve the needs of homeless dogs in our community. As a result, we are able to focus our time and resources on other areas where those dogs are less fortunate and are facing uncertain futures.




How do I meet a Happy Bark dog?


Happy Bark foster homes are positioned throughout Erie County, so a Happy Bark dog may be living right in your neighborhood! If you find a dog on the website you are interested in meeting, just get in touch with us via our various contact methods and we will set up a meeting. Another way to meet a dog is to submit an adoption application. This does not commit you to adopt a dog, but it is always the first step in the adoption process. When we receive your application we will reach out to set up a time for you to meet the dog of your dreams! Don't forget to also check our events calendar to see when Happy Bark foster homes will be coming together to showcase all the dogs Happy Bark has to offer!




What is the Happy Bark adoption process?


We do our best to place great dogs into great homes. We think you will find our adoption process to be painless (and maybe even enjoyable!):

  1. Submit an application. Have you already met a dog you love or found a great dog on our website? If so, you can submit an application directly from that dog's profile. If you haven't found the right dog for you just yet, you can submit a general application and we can work with you to find the dog of your dreams.

    We will review your application to ensure both you and any dogs we adopt to you will live happily ever after.

  2. Home visit. We will stop by at a time convenient for you. This is an easy, non-intrusive visit to ensure your new dog (and your household) will be happy with the new addition. It's also a great time for you to ask any questions you may have. This visit may not even be necessary if a member of the Happy Bark team has already been to your home, or if you are a previous adopter.

  3. Meet and greet. We partner with you to ease the transition of a new dog into your home. Depending on your individual need, we will schedule a time for your family and dog(s) to meet the Happy Bark dog, just to make sure everyone will be great friends.

  4. Welcome your new dog. A quick adoption agreement is in place. You agree to provide appropriate care, housing, exercise, and love. We agree to always be there for you when you need us if questions or issues arise. Even if the adoption doesn't work out, we agree to take the dog back and find him/her another home.




What is the adoption fee?


Most Happy Bark dogs have an adoption fee of $250. From time to time, a dog may have a higher adoption fee to account for more popular breeds or puppies. We don't believe one dog is "worth" more than another, but if a higher adoption fee in those rare cases can help pay the higher expenses for our longer term residents, then we say that's cool! If a dog has an adoption fee other than $250, it will be noted on that dog's profile. Adoption fees help cover the costs of the various expenses an animal rescue organization incurs. Everyone at Happy Bark is a volunteer, so your adoption fees go directly to efforts to save more dogs.

Our adoption fees are very low compared to the costs of buying a dog from a pet store or a breeder.




What are the adoption requirements?


Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and be able to demonstrate the ability to provide responsibile ownership and complete care to a dog. Adopters must also agree to the terms of our Adoption Contract.




Where is Happy Bark located?


Happy Bark follows a foster home based model of rescue. This means we do not have a physical brick-and-mortar location. Instead, adoptable dogs live in volunteer foster homes all across our operational footprint. A Happy Bark foster home may be right in your neighborhood! If you find a dog on our website you want to meet, just fill out an adoption application or contact us for more information and we will set up a time for you to meet the dog.





Erie County, Pennsylvania

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