There are certain conditions that must be met before applicants can be deemed eligible for adoption:
- Saved By Fate does not place female dogs together if they are within 3 years of age. This policy was put in place after multiple instances of females in the same home reaching the age of maturity, and one or both became aggressive with each other, causing fights. The SBF adoptions team does everything in our power to ensure that our dogs stay in their forever homes and are not returned to us so that we can focus on saving the lives of more dogs.
- Saved By Fate will only consider applicants who live within a 4-hour drive of Lexington, Kentucky, unless the applicant has been referred to SBF by a board member. We do not have the means to transport or conduct home visits outside this radius.
- Homeownership will be verified, or we will call the applicant’s landlord/property management company to obtain approval for the applicant to adopt.
- All current pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations (for dogs, at least their Rabies and Distemper/Parvo vaccines). Indoor-only cats may be an exception to our vaccination requirements. In the event that applicants choose not to vaccinate for personal reasons, or if vaccinations were not recommended by the applicant’s vet for age or medical issues, SBF will review on a case-by-case basis.
- One to two personal references will be called and interviewed.
- A home visit will be conducted to ensure that the residence and property is safe and fit for a dog. Although we do not require fences for every dog, applicants with completely fenced-in yards will be preferred.
- In most cases, a meet and greet with the SBF dog and the applicants’ current pets is required before the applicant can start the 2-week adoption trial period. No individual meet and greets will be scheduled until an applicant is fully approved, however, anyone can meet our adoptable dogs at our public events.
- SBF reserves the right to deny any applicant if we do not feel as though the applicant’s values align with those of the organization as our mission.
Our adoption fees are $250 for puppies up to a year old, and $200 for dogs over a year old. We do offer a discount to previous adopters and in certain foster-to-adopt situations.
SBF adoptions start off with a 2-week trial period to ensure that the SBF dog is a good fit for your family and current pets. The adoption fee is due the day an adopter starts the 2-week trial period. If the adoption does not work out within those two weeks, the adopter will be refunded all but a $50 donation, or they can put the fee towards another adoptable dog.
After an application is submitted, a member of our Adoptions team will respond within 72 hours. Please do not reach out to SBF before then. We are all volunteers and get to applications as soon as we can.
If at any point during the application process, you adopt elsewhere or wish to withdraw your app, please let us know ASAP.