Adoption FAQ

Do you conduct out of state adoptions?

We do not ship dogs. Unless the applicant can come and meet the dog in person, we will not adopt out of state. Although our borders are open to dogs in need no matter where they are from, they are closed when it comes to adoption in case a dog needs to be returned to us.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog through Dogs without borders?

Adult dogs over 1 year: $325
Puppies under 6-12 months: $375
Puppies under 6 months: $425

Are you a registered charity?

Yes, Dogs Without Borders is a non-profit 501(c)3 Corp.

What does the adoption process include?

The first step is an Adoption Application, followed by a quick interview with a Dogs Without Borders representative and then a home visit to ensure the dog will be going to a safe environment. Upon adoption you will be asked to sign an Adoption Agreement.

We ensure each dog is current on shots, micro-chipped, and spayed/neutered and you will be provided with your new dogs vaccination/health records, spay/neuter certificate, and micro-chip number when the adoption is completed. If you are adopting a puppy that is too young to spay or neuter, Dogs Without Borders is responsible for sending you to a clinic of our choice for the procedure to be completed at our cost once the puppy is old enough for the procedure.

What should I expect during a home inspection?

We look for a safe and positive environment for a dog but it depends on each specific dog’s needs. In general, we make sure there are no ways a dog can escape, such as gaps in a fence, or balcony that may pose a major risk. We also look for evidence of harmful chemicals such as rat poisons, roach hotels, automotive supplies (such as antifreeze, it happens to taste sweet to animals) or things like loose wires that could pose a threat (especially if adopting a puppy!).

Keeping your trash behind closed cabinet doors, or in a trash can with a secure lid are highly recommended. If we find a potential hazard, depending on the danger level, we may wait until the hazard is fixed prior to allowing the dog to move to its new home.

What if the dog doesn’t work out in my home?

If for any reason your adopted dog does not work out in your home after a basic adjustment period, Dogs Without Borders will accept the dog back to re-home. However, we ask for your patience in finding a suitable foster home before you can relinquish it. If the dog must be returned immediately, it is up to the owner to board it at a boarding facility until a proper volunteer foster home is found. Since we do not have our own facility, we cannot take returned dogs on an immediate basis. We are also here to guide you through any complications that may arise in terms of behavior or health issues. We are not certified trainers or veterinarians, but we do know a thing or two about dogs and hope that our guidance will help prevent unnecessary re-homing of a dog.

Can I take a dog home on a trial basis?

Yes! All adult dogs will go home with you for a free, week long Trial Adoption (aka foster-to-adopt) This is based on an approved ADOPTION application.

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.

If at the end of the week 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.

In general, very young puppies are not up for trial periods as we prefer not to disturb their environments until a firm commitment is made. Since they are puppies, their true personality has not yet developed and it is the new owner’s duty to form and shape the puppy’s behavior as it matures.

How can I meet your dogs in person?

We hold seven adoption fairs a month, 2 every weekend, except for the last weekend of the month (and holiday weekends). You may find our locations and times here. Many of our foster parents are glad to accommodate meeting a dog during the week, by appointment, in their home.

How do I prepare my home for a new dog?

We recommend that you start with the basics, a collar or harnessleash and a tag with a legible phone number on it. Be sure that the collar fits snugly not allowing more than 2 finger widths to fit between the neck and the collar.

At least one dog bed that can be moved around from room to room as your new dog will prefer to hang out in the same room you are. A crate; not all dogs need a crate, but many dogs thrive while having a place to “nest”, especially at night or when you are gone for short periods of time.

Dog bowls for food during mealtimes and water to be available at all times, some chews such as dog-specific bones or bully sticks, good quality dog-treats, a couple of toys to start (most dogs prefer plush toys that squeak and can fit in their mouths), and high quality dog food (we prefer grain-fee).

Not all dogs have the need to chew, but many do, especially puppies! Scan the floor for items such as pencils, paperclips, coins, etc.

If you have children, ask them to keep their special items, plush toys, crayons, etc. in a high location away from the dog’s reach. Your new dog may not be able to distinguish between its squeaky toy and your child’s favorite teddy bear.

Taping or tucking electrical, phone, and computer cords up and way from reach is especially important.

If you have an open trash can in your kitchen, you may want to move it behind a cabinet door such as under the sink. If this is not possible, replacing an open trash can with a secure lid is highly advised.

Keep cleaning supplies and poisons locked away! Rat poisons, roach hotels, and other poisons should not be used when having a dog or puppy in the house. If they must be used, make sure they are picked up before a dog can find it and chew on it like a toy (we are speaking from experience here).

Our adoption fair locations are equipped with knowledgeable staff and great supplies to get you started. Ask us for a coupon!

What is a Dog License? Is it included? How do I get one?

A dog license is required for all dogs and horses in LA City.
Dogs and horses (any equine) are required to be licensed in the City of Los Angeles. Cats are not required to be licensed. License tags identify guardians of lost animals. Each license tag has a unique number assigned to your animal alone. People who find an animal with a tag need only call our telephone number printed on the tag for quick guardian identification and reunion with the lost animal. If a licensed animal is lost or taken to a shelter, LA Department of Animal Services can identify the guardian by the tag number and contact the registered animal guardian. Animals with licensing information are held in the shelters while the guardians are contacted.

If you do not license your dog you can be issued a ticket by the  “doggie police” when you are walking/hiking in areas such as Runyon Canyon, Baldwin Park Hills, Griffith Park, etc.

We do not include a dog license in your adoption fee as only the dog owner can register a license.

You can now register a new dog license, as well as renew online.

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