Frequently Asked Questions

What are Wonder Dogs' Typical Adoption Fees?​

  • Adult > 1 year ~$175 - $250

  • Puppy < 1 year ~ $225 - $300

  • Specialty Breeds $300+

View the dog's profile for the exact adoption fee amount.

Why are your fees so high? Can I have a discount?

As a volunteer-run, non-profit organization we rely on adoption fees and donations to support our rescue. Unlike government run shelters, we do not receive any public funding to help the animals in our care, who often come to us after being refused by our local shelter. We provide each dog with the care they need, no matter the cost, so there are times the adoption fee we charge does not come close to covering the vet bill for some dogs. It is for this reason that we believe our adoption fees are reasonable and appropriate for the work we do, and we do not offer discounts on the adoption fees. 

Are all Wonder Dogs' adoptable dogs vaccinated?

All dogs are spayed or neutered, have received core age-appropriate vaccinations*, are microchipped, and heartworm tested prior to being adopted, as well as on heartworm preventative in their foster home.

*DHPP/DA2PP (canine distemper, adenovirus/hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) and rabies. Puppies less than 6 months of age may not have received a rabies vaccine and will not yet be heartworm tested, though often they are started on heartworm preventative.

Can I come visit a dog I saw online?

Not unless we are having a public event or you are an approved applicant. We are a foster home based rescue, which means all of our adoptable dogs live in foster homes with families until they are adopted. We do not have a shelter or kennel like some rescues because we don't feel a shelter or kennel environment is the best environment for our dogs. In order to meet an adoptable dog, you must fill out an application and be approved to adopt before we can arrange a meet & greet. Once approved, one of our adoption counselors will contact you to arrange a meeting.

I have a dog that I cannot keep anymore/I found a dog. Can you take it?

We focus on rescuing dogs that are in danger, either because their time at the shelter is up, or because they have already been dumped by an irresponsible person. While we appreciate you trying to find a home for your dog instead of turning them loose, 99.9% of the time our foster homes are full and we cannot take in owner surrenders. We recommend you try to rehome your dog yourself using services like Home to Home

I applied for the dog I saw on Facebook but then saw that it was adopted to someone else. Why wasn't I contacted?


We do not operate on a first-come, first-served basis. We review applications and choose applicants who we feel will best fit the needs of each individual dog. We try to process applications as quickly as possible, but all of our volunteers work full-time jobs, have families, and have dogs of their own.

Please be sure to check your email. Each adoption counselor operates a little differently, so you may receive an email, phone call, or text about your application. If we do not receive any response within 2 days of reaching out, we will assume you are not interested any longer and move on to the next applicant.

We do contact every applicant regarding their application, but you may not receive an email from us until after a dog has been adopted if you were not chosen. This doesn't necessarily mean your application wasn't good - it often means your application wasn't the best application we received for the dog you applied for. If there is a specific reason you were denied, we often will explain this (for example if you applied for a dog that requires a fence, if current animals are not up to date on vetting, etc)

We keep all applications for 6 months, so if you see another dog you would like to adopt within 6 months of applying, you just need to email us and we will review that app.


If you have other pets, please contact your vet and let them know we may be calling to obtain information. Many vets have adopted a policy of requiring a release to speak to anyone about your pets. If we have to get a release it takes more time to process your application. If you have copies of vet records, you can email them to us to speed up the process.

If your current dog is not up to date on vaccinations or heartworm prevention, but you have an appointment scheduled, please put that on the application. We will not perform the adoption prior to confirming that everything is up to date, but it saves us time.​

For details on our Adoption Process, please visit the Adopt Page.