Frequently Asked Questions
Adopting a Salfid Dog
What is the adoption process?
The first step in the adoption process is to fill out our online application. Once that is received we will review and get back to you within 3-5 days with our final decision. If approved, the next step will be to set up a meet and greet. If you list an existing vet, please be sure to call them prior to submitting your application and give us permission to speak to them. We DO NOT HOLD any dog for any reason. We work on a first come, first serve basis. We take Cash, Check or Credit for our adoption fees, any credit transactions come with a $10 processing fee.
Can we adopt if we live out of state?
Yes, we do out-of- state adoptions. However, certain dogs require a home that is closer to the rescue. We reserve the right to deny a dog for this reason.
When adopting from out-of-state, we do require you to make all trips to and from the rescue for any reason. We will not transport the dog to you.
Are there restrictions to adopting a Salfid Rescue dog?
We do not have any set restrictions. However, we will use our experience to determine if a dog is the right fit for your home. If we feel the dog you are interested in does not fit, we will try and direct you to a different dog, where possible.
How long does the adoption process take?
As an all-volunteer rescue, we do try and keep up as best we can with the volume of adoption applications. We also know that dogs/puppies benefit greatly from a permanent home environment. With that said, we try to review applications within 48-72 hours. Once approved, a Meet & Greet is set up at the potential adopters’ earliest convenience. As long as the dog is ready to go (examples: appropriate age & cleared by the vet), he/she can be adopted at the Meet & Greet. Most adoptions take 1-2 weeks.
Do you guarantee size, breed or temperament of a Salfid Dog?
We do not guarantee size, breed or temperament. Anything listed is our best guess as most dogs come in as strays or owner surrenders prior to coming to Salfid Rescue.
Do we need to spay or neuter?
All of our dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered before adoption. We WILL NOT adopt any of our dogs into a home with unaltered animals.
***DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, ALL SPAYS AND NEUTERS HAVE BEEN HALTED IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA IN ORDER TO CONSERVE PPE. Adoption fees have been lowered to $375 for puppies. Adopters MUST sign a waiver guaranteeing Salfid Rescue you will alter your puppy once you are able to do so.***
What do we do if we are having issues or can no longer keep our dog?
Salfid Rescue can take dogs back depending on the reason for needing to re-home and only if we have the space at that time. You will be required to fill out an owner surrender form to officially surrender the dog back into our care. Adoption fees are refundable within 2 weeks of the adoption date. After that time, any dog returned will be taken back into our care, but you forfeit the adoption fee.
Fostering a Salfid Dog
What does it mean to foster?
Fostering means caring for a dog until he/she is adopted to their forever home. Salfid Rescue will pay for food, supplies, and medical bills while in foster care. Dogs benefit greatly from being in that home environment prior to being adopted out. As a foster, you will play a great part in preparing them for their new home. In the case of our older dogs, fosters must commit to bringing their foster dog to at least one event per month.
What if my foster needs to go to the vet?
If you feel like there is something wrong with your foster, please notify a Salfid Rescue team member. All vet appointments will only be made after gaining approval from a Salfid Rescue team member. Once an appointment is made, if you are able to take your foster yourself, we welcome you to do so. If you cannot for whatever reason, please let us know so we can arrange someone else to get him/her there.
What if I need to go out of town while fostering?
We understand life does not stop when you foster. If you need to go out of town, please notify a Salfid Rescue team member ASAP so we can arrange for alternative lodging for your foster while you are away.
Can I adopt my foster dog?
All adoptions must be done through the official Salfid Rescue adoption process. Any potential adopter must fill out an application, which will be reviewed by a Salfid Rescue team member. Once an approval is garnered, a team member will notify you to finalize the adoption. Generally, fosters are given first 'dibs' on their foster dogs.
Re-homing a pet
Does your rescue take pets an owner can no longer care for?
Salfid will take owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis. Our ability to take in an owner surrender is dependent upon available foster space, financial ability, health, etc.
In what ways can I donate to Salfid?
There are SO MANY ways to donate to our cause! Visit the Donate section on our website, www.salfidrescue.org, for more information.
Monetary donation through Paypal
Supplies, food, etc. through our Amazon Wishlist
Designate Salfid Rescue Inc. as your charity on Amazon Smile
Do you and your dog love walks? Download the Walk for a Dog app and designate Salfid Rescue Inc. as your beneficiary
Donate your time! Salfid Rescue could always use volunteers to help out at adoption events. Email us at for more information!
Salfid always needs puppy food (Chicken Soup for the Soul dry puppy). Contact a Salfid Rescue team member for specifics!
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