FAQ's & Policies

Spotlight on Darcy!

Darcy

Meet Darcy-

This loving angel has had a tough time of it but you would barely know it. Darcy is loyal, shy, curious, submissive, playful, smart and oh so loving. Seriously, Darcy is the most loving girl ever- she cannot get close enough to give and get love! Darcy is house trained, crate trained and walks EXTREMELY well on a leash- she enjoys going for long walks and is learning to be a jogging partner. She loves other dogs - she is playful- loves to romp around and wrestle with other dogs. Darcy is good with kids- she willingly goes up to them and asks her belly rubs! Darcy enjoys playing with toys- she likes to surround herself on the couch with them- and she likes to chew on bullysticks and a good bone. Darcy is learning to play fetch and LOVEs it- she is very proud of herself each and overtime she brings a toy back! Like I said- she is a love! And Darcy loves car rides- she is always eager to go for a ride!! At night she likes to sit on the couch and hang out with you as everyone unwinds from the day!! Darcy is still a little skittish and is working through things that scare her. She bonds quickly to the female in the house and will look to her for guidance. Darcy is a homebody- she is very comfortable in her home and her yard hanging and loving!! Darcy needs a loving, mellow home that will support her and provide her with the love, positive experiences and care this sweet girl deserves and in return you will live with a true faithful companion- truly her humans best friend.

At Spot’s Last Stop, we approach every adoption on a case-by-case basis and we work very hard to make sure that every dog that comes into rescue finds an adoptive family that is ideal for them. We reserve the right to deny an application for any reason, but here are a few of the things that we do ask of all of our adoptive families:

Our Policies


In order to be eligible to adopt a dog from Spot’s Last Stop, you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of adoption.

We require that the adopter either owns the home at which the dog will live, or else has secured permission from their landlord with respect to the adoption of the dog and the residence of the dog within their home.

If you live with roommates or family, we ask that you discuss the addition of a dog into the home with them, and seriously take their feelings into consideration prior to beginning the adoption process.

We require that all animals in the prospective adoptive family be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on rabies and distemper/parvo vaccines, and heartworm tested and on prevention. We feel that “responsible” pet owners fit in this category. If you are interested in having your current resident pet(s) spayed/neutered so that you may adopt one of our pets, we will happily reconsider your application once proof of spay/neuter is provided.

Spot’s Last Stop requires adoptive families who adopt a dog that is under the age at which they can be altered (spayed/neutered) to bring the dog to a pre-appointed veterinarian for their spay/neuter once the dog reaches 6 months of age. As a rescue group, our #1 goal is to eliminate the pet overpopulation problem, and by ensuring that each of our rescued dogs will be spayed/neutered, we are doing our part to control this epidemic.

We will not adopt a dog to a home if it puts you over the city allowed animal limit, whatever that number may be.

We require adoptive families to be aware of and agree to remain in compliance with the local leash/license laws for their hometown and surrounding cities.

Every dog adopted from Spot’s Last Stop must and shall reside indoors, in the adopter’s home, and live as a family member and companion only. Adopter’s agree that unless a special exemption is provided in writing by the Executive Director of Spot’s Last Stop Canine Rescue, adopted dogs will not be kept outdoors including: overnight, during the adopter’s working hours, or at any time left alone outdoors while the adopter is not at home.

Dogs need to receive daily exercise/ playtime. We ask our adoptive families to provide each dog with an appropriate amount of daily exercise/playtime throughout their lifetime. This will help prevent destructive behavior (e.g. digging & chewing) as well as help to prevent other long-term behavioral issues from occurring.

The adopter shall ensure that the dog receives proper veterinary care, which includes, at a minimum, an annual visit (i.e. “wellness exam”), sick visits, and any additional care on an as-needed basis in following with the veterinarian’s recommendations. The dog shall always receive regular flea/tick medicine and appropriate heartworm preventative, as well as all necessary vaccinations. In addition, Spot’s Last Stop does recommend that adopters consider investing in pet insurance to help cover costs over the lifetime of the dog.

The dog shall not be subjected to cosmetic surgery of any kind (i.e. tail docking, ear cropping, etc.) at any point throughout its lifetime.

FAQ's


What is the adoption process at Spot’s Last Stop?

Completing the adoption application is the initial step in the adoption process (it does not, however, guarantee that the adoption will occur).

Once we review your application, if we think you may be a good match for the dog, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you to do a brief phone interview.

If it is decided that the process will continue to move forward, you will be scheduled for a meet-and-greet with the dog. This is a time to go to see the dog at his/her foster home, and we encourage you to bring along all family members (including resident animals). An Adoption Coordinator as well as the dog's foster will be present at this time to answer any remaining questions you may have about the dog.

Please note that even if you do have a meet-and-greet with a dog, it is not a guarantee that you will be able to adopt them. Sometimes several people meet the same pet, and we will have to make the decision of who will get him/her based on the needs of the animal.

The Adoption Coordinator will then take some time to discuss the potential adoption with the dog’s foster family and, if they feel that it is a good fit, they will be in touch with you (generally by the morning after the meet and great) to arrange a time to finalize the adoption contract and arrange a time for you to bring your newest family member home.

How long will the adoption process take?

Depending on the dog and the foster’s schedule, the adoption process generally takes anywhere between 2 days – 1 week.

I am interested in learning more about a dog. Who can I contact?

For more information about a Spot’s Last Stop dog, please email adopt@spotslaststop.org, and a SLS volunteer will be in contact with you shortly.

Is the dog I am interested in still available?

We try to keep our website current. If a dog is listed on our adoptable dogs page, then we are still accepting applications on the dog.

If I am the first one to apply for a dog, do I get him/her?

No. We do not place dogs on a first come, first serve basis. Our main goal is to act in the best interest of each dog. We will evaluate all interested potential homes based on the needs of the particular dog, and we try our very hardest to find the best match for both our dogs and adopters. Being first doesn’t hurt, but it’s not a guarantee.

Do you check my references?

Yes. Please let anyone you have listed on your adoption application know that you have done so, so that they are aware that they will be receiving a call from one of our Adoption Coordinators.

Can I bring my current pets to meet a dog that I’m considering adopting?

Yes, we strongly encourage bringing your current pets, along with all of the members of your family, to the meet-and-greet.

Do I need to have a fenced yard in order to adopt?

We prefer homes with fenced yards. While this is not necessarily a strict requirement, we firmly take it into consideration when processing applications. If you meet all of our other criteria, but don’t have a fenced yard, we will process your application to see if we may still have a match for your family. You must have a plan in place for exercise/potty needs of the adopted dog.

Can I adopt more than one dog at a time?

No, we will not adopt multiple dogs into the same household at the same time. We encourage you to bring one dog into the home at a time so both the dog and owner can establish a relationship and routines before adding another new dog.

Do you allow people to take a dog on a trial basis or foster-to-adopt?

Yes! We offer a program called “Foster to Adopt” which gives you the opportunity to trial run a dog in your home for a short period of time. This is a great way to see how your other pets get along with a new member of their pack or to test the dog if someone in your home suffers from allergies. If you suffer from allergies, please let us know so we can recommend a suitable breed for your condition.

In a foster to adopt situation, there will be a time period of 4 days for puppies and 6 days for adult dogs before an adoption coordinator will contact you to discuss how you would like to move forward.

If at the end of the trial period you do not feel that the dog is a good fit for you, we can either re-home the dog with a new foster, or hopefully you will continue to foster the dog until a permanent home is found. It is preferred that you continue to foster the dog so that they maintain a stable living situation until they can be adopted.

Enrolling in the Foster to Adopt program is subject to an approved adoption application for the specific dog you would like to take home.

Has my new dog already been spayed/neutered?

All dogs over the age of 6 months will be spayed or neutered before they are adopted out. As per the adoption contract, it is required that puppies adopted under the age of 6 months must be spayed/neutered by SLS’s pre-appointed veterinarian by an agreed up on date (usually when the dog reaches 6 months of age).

What is included in the adoption fee?

Spot’s Last Stop takes a number of factors into consideration when determining the adoption fee for each puppy or dog. The adoption fee helps cover proper vetting of each dog including vet checks, spay/neuter, shots, medications and supplies. Additionally, a portion of each adoption fee does go to help support other groups in our network as well as help to fund SLS’s operational costs.

Are your adoption fees negotiable?

No, adoption fees are not negotiable and are to be honored as stated by Spots Last Stop. Adoption fees have been carefully calculated to help fund the rescue's operations as well as cover vetting costs and provide support to those in our network.

What if I’m having problems with the dog I adopted from SLS and I need help?

Let us know- the sooner the better! Small problems that start early on become big problems as time passes. We are able to recommend some great trainers and have a lot of resources to share with you. Moreover, because we work with a large network of volunteers who have been doing this for a long time, we probably have experience dealing with whatever issue you may be facing. Let us help!

What if my new dog doesn’t work out- will you take him/her back?

In most cases, we will take our dogs back if necessary; in fact, we require you to return all dogs to Spot’s Last Stop if you can no longer care for them (unless the return is due to a significant behavior or health issue that SLS is not equipped to deal with). We hope our adoption process, though, will prevent any issues from arising - that is why we have an in-depth application, phone interview, and a meet & greet.

If any behavioral or training issues arise at home, we will work with you to resolve those issues. 99.9% of the time, a problem that you might be facing can be corrected with consistent training, increased exercise, and/or medical treatment.

Can I get my adoption fee refunded if my new dog doesn’t work out?

No, we do not offer refunds for adoption fees. We do, however, have an adoption trial period that is effective for 7 days after the adoption takes place. If Spot’s Last Stop is notified within the trial period, and the dog is returned within that time, you may be given an adoption fee “credit”. It is at the discretion of the SLS Director to deny this credit based on the situation resulting in the return of the dog.

This credit may be used only by you, and is to be applied to the adoption fee of another dog with an adoption fee of equal or lesser value. Adoption credits are valid for a maximum of 60 days from the date of return, and SLS reserves the right to deny replacement credit for any reason.

Can I contact other adopters who have adopted the mother/father/littermate of my dog?

We love when our adopters and their dogs are able to keep in touch with one another! For this reason, we have created a Facebook group for those that have adopted from SLS, where those that choose to participate may do so.

Other Considerations


Training benefits every dog, young or old. Spot’s Last Stop recommends reward-based positive reinforcement training (the animal is rewarded when the desired behavior is performed and unwanted behavior is ignored). It is the most humane and effective training method, it sets the animals up to succeed, it is enjoyable for the dog, and it positively enhances the relationship bond between the animal and adopter.

Keep in mind: Rescue dogs need and deserve your patience, whether it be house training, getting along with the other pets, or just settling in. Be prepared, as they will need time to adjust to your home and family.