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, the best way to arrange that 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 you to complete the approval and then set up a time for you to meet the dog of your dreams!
What is the Happy Bark adoption process?
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.
Home visit. We do virtual home visits, unless you prefer an in-person home visit. We only ask for a few pictures of the common areas of the home and the outside area to ensure the dog will live happily-ever-after. Send those over to us via email and we are good to go! This is an easy, non-intrusive process to ensure your new dog (and your household) will be happy with the new addition. 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.
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.
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?
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 and we will be in touch. Submitting an application isn't a commitment to adopt, but it does serve as the first step in meeting a dog in our foster home network.