FAQ

How do I find out what animals are up for adoption?
You can see our animals currently looking for forever homes here. We suggest following us on Instagram and Facebook too, because we often share announcements about new arrivals via social media before officially listing them for adoption.

How do I meet a dog I saw online?
You must first complete an adoption application and be approved to adopt. We do not arrange meet and greets without an approved application. If you’re sure you want to adopt but don’t know which dog or cat yet, we recommend completing an adoption application now anyway so that we can try to pre-approve you, which speeds up the process once you do see an animal you think may be the one. We welcome you to attend our adoption events to meet available dogs. Information on our events can be found on our Facebook page. (You don’t need to submit an application to attend an event.)

Why do you keep your dogs in foster homes?
It is much healthier for a dog to be in a home than in a cage while he/she waits to be adopted, and we can learn much more about the dog’s personality, needs, training level, etc. this way so that we can make as accurate a match as possible when it comes time to find a forever family. Click here to find out about becoming a foster parent!

How do I contact you?
Please read through our website before you contact us. Most of the inquiries we receive are answered on pages like this. For media or donation questions, email hipinfo2015@gmail.com. For volunteering, email hipinfo2015@gmail.com.

Where do your animals come from?
Our adoptable dogs come from high kill shelters in New York City, New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas. We do not know a dog’s history other than what is offered to us from the shelter.

What kind of veterinary care do your adoptable dogs and cats come with?
Puppies are altered prior to adoption, typically at 6-8 weeks of age. However, if for some reason a puppy is unable to undergo surgery prior to adoption, the adoption fee plus a $150 refundable spay/neuter deposit. Upon receipt of proof of spay/neuter, you will be refunded your $150.00.

Puppies are adopted out with appropriate shots for their age/weight. If puppies are adopted out before all vaccines can be completed, boosters and second shots are required and the responsibility of the adopter.

All dogs will be given their first and if time permits, second DHLPP, bordetella, rabies (IF age appropriate), and will be tested for heartworm (age appropriate), and treated for intestinal parasites prior to adoption. However, please remember that our dogs come from shelters in rural areas. Certain intestinal parasites may not present themselves while the dogs are in our care. Worms are a common problem for dogs, especially young dogs and puppies. They often require multiple dewormings to ensure your dog is worm free. Hounds in Pounds provides 1‐2 (sometimes more) dewormers while the dog is in our care. Many dogs will require a third or fourth dewormer.

Our dogs are also up to date on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention before you take them home. You must continue these monthly treatments as a condition of your adoption. Heartworm and flea preventative after the adoption is not provided to you.

What is the adoption fee?
We do not give discounts or run “specials” on adoption fees. No exceptions.

Owning a dog, or any pet, is a big financial commitment. The adoption fee is just a small example of this. If an applicant cannot afford the adoption fee that is an indication they may not be financially ready to adopt a dog. Additionally, though the adoption fee does not cover our expenses for each dog, it does help recoup some of the cost and helps us keep the rescue running. Adoption fees are NOT refundable
Dogs adopted to Georgia Residents-$325.00

Dogs adopted to all other states

Puppies 8 weeks to 6 months-$510.00

Puppies 6 months to 1 year-$490.00

Dogs 13 months to 6 years-$475.00

Dogs 7-9 years-$450.00

Seniors-$400.00

Seniors for Seniors pay a reduced fee for our senior dogs.

Adoption fees are payable via Paypal, Venmo, Cash or Certified Check ONLY.

How long should I expect it to take for my adoption application to be processed?
It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Part of that depends on how many applications we are processing at the time, and part of that depends on how quickly we can reach your references and have home checks done etc. Because we sometimes receive hundreds of applications each week, we are unable to reach out to every applicant upon receipt of the application. If your application is approved, you will hear from us. If your application is not selected, you will receive an email from us.

Do I have to fill out a separate adoption application for each dog I’m interested in?
Nope, one is fine unless it’s been over a six months since the last time you submitted an application. If you are already approved to adopt but the dog you were originally interested in was already adopted, just email us at hipadoptionteam@gmail.com when you see another dog that you might want to meet.

I live in Vermont (or Indiana or California…), can I still apply to adopt a dog from you and do you ship animals?
You’re welcome to apply to adopt a dog from us, but we rarely adopt out animals farther than Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and the surrounding states. This is because we try to reduce the amount of travel stress that our adoptable dogs would have to endure. If you do apply to adopt a dog and you live out of our standard adoption zone, please be prepared to find a local rescue group that will conduct a home check on our behalf, and please also be prepared to come to GA or NJ to meet/adopt the dog if your application is approved. We do not “ship” animals, even if your application has been approved. No exceptions.

How old do you have to be to adopt?
You must be at least 21 years old in order to adopt from us. We do not doubt that you could provide a loving environment, but the number of animals that are given up or rehomed within the first few years after adoption is much higher among adopters who are under age 21 than among adopters who are over 21. Generally, this seems to be because there are more major life changes ahead the younger the applicant — new jobs, roommates, living situations, etc. Our number one priority is each animal’s health and wellbeing, so we must be as careful as we can when trying to place animals in homes that will be stable longterm. We are very sorry to disappoint those of you who are younger than 21, but we do encourage you to foster for us in order to “get your dog fix” while helping save lives (as long as you are 21 or older).

I’ve been approved to adopt an animal. What should I have ready when I come to finalize the adoption?
Please bring a valid ID and the adoption fee (cash, certified check or money order only). Please also be sure to bring a leash and collar or harness if appropriate.

I filled out the adoption application, but it doesn’t seem to submit properly. What do I do?
Please try updating your browser and submitting the application again, or try using a different web browser.

I’m adopting a puppy! When is it safe to let her out on the ground with other dogs?
It’s safe to let your new puppy on the ground and with other dogs as long as your puppy has had its final round of puppy vaccines, which usually happens between 12 and 16 weeks. If you’re adopting a puppy younger than this, you’ll definitely need to wait until your vet says you’re good to go. If you’re adopting a puppy in this age bracket, whether the puppy has had its final round of vaccines will depend on how old the puppy was at the time of the first round of vaccines, which can very depending on how old the puppy was at the time of rescue. We will clarify for you exactly where the puppy stands with vaccines before or at the time of adoption. For puppies that have not yet had their final round of vaccines, you’ll want to avoid letting them walk around on the ground in areas that are highly trafficked by other dogs, such as parks, dog runs, and pet stores. Puppy play dates are okay as long as the other dog is up to date on vaccines and not carrying anything contagious.

If the adoption doesn’t work out for some reason, can I return the animal to you?
According to the adoption contract you sign, you are legally obligated to inform us if you are no longer able to keep it for any reason at any point after adoption.