We know that fostering or adopting a dog is a huge responsibilty!  Here are some frequenly asked questions and answers to help make this process as simple and enjoyable as possible for you! 


Do I need a fenced yard to adopt/foster a dog?

While having a fenced in yard is great, we do not require this to adopt/foster a dog from us.  Making sure that your pup has a place to safely exercise, play and do their "business" is good enough for us! 

Are there any fees associated with fostering a dog?

Since fostering is a valuable volunteer service for our rescue and allows us to rescue more dogs, we aim to make sure that we absorb all costs associated with it.  We provide food, medications, veterinary care, leashes, collars and a crate (if needed).  

How long would I foster a dog for?

There is not a "set" length of time that a dog stays in foster care.  It could be a few days, weeks or even months.  We ask that you keep the dog in your home until he/she is ready to be adopted.

What types of dogs do you rescue?

We rescue dogs big and small - a variety of breeds -  we love them all!  All of our dogs come from high-kill shelters in the rural south.  We do our best to test their temperment prior to bringing them into our rescue to make sure that they interact well with humans and other dogs.

What if I can no longer keep my adopted dog?

If you are no longer able to care for your adopted dog, it is our strict policy that you return them to our rescue or transfer ownership to the person listed on your application.  

I do not live near Union Dale, PA.  Can I still adopt a dog?

Absolutely!  We adopt to folks in and around the "Northeast PA Area" but also have found homes for our pups in other parts of PA, NY and NJ.  

Do you provide training for new dog owners?

We include training information and materials in our welcome packet to new adopters and also work with trainers who can provide advice or ongoing training/education.  Our staff is also available to assist with acclaimiting your new pup to your home! 

What health issues should I be prepared for?

While all of our pups up to date on shots, vaccinations and preventatives and are deemed "healthy" upon adoption, there are still some things to be aware of.  

Though our pups have tested negative for heartworm (unless otherwise noted as Heartworm Positive) we sometimes can see a "false negative" if the heartworm larvae were too small to be detected by the test at the time it was given. Because it can take the larvae up to six months to grow large enough to be detected, we recommend that all of our dogs get retested in six months.

Please note that sometimes, we also see a "false negative" for worms. For this reason, we recommend that all dogs get re-tested for worms (via a fecal at your vet) at your first vet appointment.

How can I meet the dogs?

The best way to meet our adoptable dogs is to attend one of our adoption events.  You can see these on our Events Page or on our Facebook Page.  You can also email us at info@itsruffwithoutaroof.com to schedule a 1 on 1 visit at Eva's Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp in Union Dale, PA, which is where we board our dogs.

I want to adopt but am not sure I'm ready for the commitment.
Can I foster a dog first and see how it goes?

We always encourage a 1 week foster-to-adopt trial to be sure that the dog is a right fit for you and your family.  

How should I prepare my home and family for a new dog?

First and foremost, make sure that you have all of the basic items that your pup will need - crate, food, treats, leash, collar, etc.  Make sure that your home is tidy and there is nothing laying around that your pup can "get into."  Be prepared that the dog may need some help with housebreaking and basic commands.  Remember that our staff are here to support you!  The most important thing is that you and your family give your new dog plenty of patience and love and he/she gets used to the new environment.

I would like to volunteer. What opportunities are there?

There are two main ways that you can volunteer with our rescue.  

We are always looking for help with adoption events.   We need volunteers to help handle/walk the dogs as well as answer questions for folks who are interested in adoption.  

You can also become a foster parent.  Taking a pup into your home to foster not only helps the dog but also helps the rescue as a whole as this frees up space and enables us to rescue more dogs! 

I'd like to donate food/ crates/ leashes/ toys/ money/ etc. How can I do this?

Since we are a non-profit, all volunteer organization, donations are a vital part of our operations and success.  Please e-mail us at itsruffwithoutaroof.com for more information.