Adoption FAQs

Adoption FAQs

Considering adoption but need more information? Review our most frequently asked adoption questions or email rescueatragom [dot] org.

What does each status on the Our Dogs page mean?

Adopt Me: The dog is available for adoption and we are currently accepting applications for this dog.

Closed to Applications: Many families have submitted applications for the dog and we are no longer accepting applications, or the dog is working with an applicant for a potential adoption.

Hospice: The dog will live out the time they have remaining with their foster home.

Unavailable: The dog is not yet ready to be adopted, and we are not accepting applications for the dog.

Pending Adoption: The dog has found its forever home. 

Adopted: The dog has moved to its forever home.

How are adoption fees determined?

Our adoption fees help offset the cost of rescue, which includes necessary medical, behavior and training expenses. The fee doesn't directly correlate to the expense incurred for each dog; the expense for each dog can vary greatly due to individual need. Instead of charging fees based on the individual dog, we chose to set a flat fee structure based on age, with adoption fees for younger dogs being slightly higher than for older dogs due to the higher demand for younger dogs.

Why do you charge higher fees for Goldens from Turkey?

The cost of rescuing the dogs from Turkey are much higher than cost of rescuing U.S. dogs due to the transportation costs that RAGOM incurs to bring them into our organization. The Turkish Golden adoption fees only offset this cost and does not cover the full expense of their rescue.

How does a dog's age affect adoption considerations?

A dog's age is a very important factor when considering adoption. Just as human needs and expectations change as we progress through life's stages, dogs also experience significant changes from birth to old age.

  • Puppies require significant time, patience, and energy to address housetraining and obedience training. They also tend to jump, chew, and make a mess!
  • Youngsters (approximately 18 months to three years) still need training and lots of exercise.
  • The behavior and demeanor of an adult dog in a new environment depends largely on prior experiences. Patience and consistency are essential.
  • Adequate time to adapt to a sudden change in their circumstances and proper senior veterinary care are essential when adopting a senior dog.

For more detailed information, review A Dog's Age Is an Important Consideration When Adopting.

What should we do if we can’t wait for a RAGOM puppy?

We rarely have young puppies available for adoption. However, if you truly want to bring a puppy into your home and cannot wait for a RAGOM puppy, please find a reputable breeder.