FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Do I Adopt a Pet?

Thanks for your interest in adopting a rescued hound from Hound Rescue. Below are some frequently asked questions we get about adopting, as well as the steps we need you to take in order to adopt one of our hounds.

What is Hound Rescue's adoption fee?
  • $300 for puppies (under one year)
  • $250 for adults (1 – 7 years)
  • $200 for seniors (over 7 years old)

*Note: $75 refundable deposit is required on any dog that is not spayed/neutered prior to adoption, to be refunded upon completion of procedure

What does the adoption fee include?

Each rescued dog will be assessed for the following:

  • Current vaccinations
  • De-worming/fecal test
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm, flea & tick prevention
  • Additional medical treatments as needed (i.e. heartworm)
Are there any adoption requirements?

Check out our Available Dogs. If none are available, please e-mail us to let us know what you’re looking for so we can add you to our waiting list.

If there is a hound(s) you’re interested in, please complete our application (there is a link at the bottom of this page). We evaluate applications in the order they are received.
NOTE: We make every effort to keep the website up-to-date, but be aware that the specific dog you’re interested may not still be available. In this case we encourage you to consider other hounds listed on our site.

Once we have received your application we will review it and contact you at the e-mail address you provide. Then we work with you to determine if the hound you’re interested in will be a good fit for your situation or suggest ones that might be a better fit. Note that we also require a home visit prior to adoption.

I am under 18 years of age. Am I allowed to adopt?

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or legal guardian complete theadoption application with you. We will interview you and your parent or legal guardian during
the adoption process.

Is a fenced in yard required to adopt from Hound Rescue?

A fenced in yard is optimal but not required. Many of our dogs would be good fits for apartment living. During the adoption process, we will let you know which of our dogs would be best for your living environment. Note: a beagle must be ON LEASH ONLY if outside but not completely fenced in.

If I rent, do I have to notify my landlord before adopting a dog?

Yes. We require permission to contact your landlord to verify that pets are allowed, and that any required deposits have been made prior to adoption.

I would like to adopt a dog, but nobody is home during the day. Will I be allowed to adopt?

Most of our adopters have full-time jobs and must be out of the house for several hours a day. If the dog is kept safely indoors (confined in a crate or room if need be), then leaving your dog at
home alone for up to 8 hours a day is fine.

Do you adopt to hunters?

Our dogs are only adopted out as family pets and/or companions. It is our policy that Hound Rescue dogs are not used as hunting, fighting, or barn animals, or for experimental research.

How to avoid picking the wrong pet?

Please review the beagle breed info online to learn more about the breed and whether a beagle will be a good match for your family.

What if I adopt and then change my mind?

Within our two week “trial period”, you may return your newly adopted dog to Hound Rescue for a full refund of the fee. After two weeks, you may return your dog to Hound Rescue, without a refund.

Note: If at any time after adoption, you find that you must re-home your dog, contact Hound Rescue immediately (per your adoption contract). Hound Rescue dogs are always considered part of our program and we are here to help you make the best decision possible for you and your dog.

Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?

All of our dogs go through general vetting and most are healthy. If one has an issue it is let known up front and is considered during the adoption process.

Tips for New Beagle Puppy Parents?

We’ve compiled some tips for new puppy pictures here:

Tips for New Beagle Puppy Parents

Tips for New Beagle Rescue Parents?

We’ve compiled some tips for new beagle rescue parents here:

Tips for New Beagle Rescue Parents

FILL OUT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION

How Do I Foster a Pet?

Thanks for your interest in fostering a rescued hound from Hound Rescue. Below are some frequently asked questions we get about adopting, as well as the steps we need you to take in order to foster one of our hounds.

What are the responsibilities of a Foster?

A Foster provides food and water, indoor shelter, love, and socialization. A Foster will also communicate with Hound Rescue volunteers, provide updates (including photos and/or videos
for website), provides transport to/from adoption events and vet appointments (or coordinate with transportation coordinator, as needed).

How long will I keep my foster dog?

Each situation is unique. Some rescued dogs need a foster home for a few short days, others much longer. Hound Rescue will work with you to determine the best match, based on the dog’s needs and your availability.

How much driving will I do, as a Foster?

Fosters generally drive to and from vet visits, adoption events and Adopter meet-and-greets. Hound Rescue’s primary veterinary clinic is in Cedar Park, Texas. The amount of driving necessary is case-by-case, dependent on your location, the location of Hound Rescue adoption events (generally, these are held in the Austin area) and the location of potential Adopters. Hound Rescue is available to help if a transportation issue arises, with adequate notice.

What happens if the dog does not fit in with my family or dog?

It is important to realize that fostering requires a bit of “trial and error”. A dog’s history and temperament is largely unknown at the time of rescue. If a dog does not fit in with your family or pets, we will work with you to identify another foster family as quickly as possible. If it is possible, we request that you foster until a replacement is found.

Can I adopt the dog?

Yes, some of our best adoption matches start as Fosters! Please let Hound Rescue know as soon as possible, that you would like to be considered for adoption. We will begin the process right away. Please keep in mind that Hound Rescue is actively searching for an adoptive family for your rescued dog, so the sooner we know you are interested in adopting, the better.

What am I responsible to cover, financially?

Most Fosters provide food for their foster dog(s), but if you need assistance, please discuss options with Hound Rescue. Other expenses include collars, harnesses, blankets, toys, treats, etc. Hound Rescue can often provide a crate on loan, if needed. If you want to foster but need help with supplies, please do not let finances hinder your decision to foster! Let Hound Rescue know what you can provide, and we will work with you.

Will the dog be vaccinated and current on flea/tick/heartworm prevention?

Hound Rescue assesses each rescued dog for the following:

  • Current vaccinations
  • De-worming/fecal test
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm, flea & tick prevention
  • Additional medical treatments as needed (i.e. heartworm)

As a foster, you will likely be involved in this process (i.e. vet visits). We will work with you to ensure that necessary preventatives and medical care are completed prior to transferring the dog to your care, in consideration of the health and wellbeing of your current pets.

Will I pay for veterinary bills for my foster dog?

No, Hound Rescue will pay all medical bills for our foster dogs. However, we do require you check with us before making any trips to the vet. We have a relationship with designated clinics that give us "rescue" rates and are familiar with us.

What happens if the dog gets sick?

Please check in with Hound Rescue before taking your foster dog to the vet. If it is an emergency and after-hours, we understand it may be necessary to utilize an emergency vet.

Does Hound Rescue have a preferred vet clinic? Am I required to use it?

Hound Rescue’s primary vet clinic is in Cedar Park, Texas. On occasion, we utilize a few other clinics in Central Texas, as well. It is strongly preferred that our primary clinic is utilized whenever possible for our foster dogs. We do understand that urgent visits and emergencies come up from time to time, so please communicate with Hound Rescue as quickly as possible when you encounter the unexpected.

What food should I feed the dog?

A good rule of thumb is to feed your foster dog the same food you feed your own dog. Also, keep in mind that dogs coming from a shelter have been fed whatever is on hand, has been donated, etc. The transition to your brand might be a bit hard on the dog’s stomach. It is a good idea to transition with plain boiled chicken and plain rice. (Start with 100% chicken/rice and slowly add new food and decrease chicken/rice over the period of a week or so.) Please ask your contact at Hound Rescue if you would like recommendations on specific options.

I have other dogs. Do I need to do anything with or for them before I foster?

Make sure your dogs' vaccinations are up to date and that they are on heartworm-preventative medication. Otherwise, you should be okay! Hound Rescue dogs receive these vaccinations: Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies. They also receive flea, tick and heartworm preventatives.

Do I need to train the dog?

Basic training is often necessary. Many rescued dogs are not house-trained or crate-trained. If there are dogs in the home already, the process is often easier. Hound Rescue is available to help with training issues that you encounter, including professional training if needed, for particularly challenging issues.

Is a fenced in yard required to foster from Hound Rescue?

A fenced in yard is optimal but not required. Many of our dogs would be good fits for apartment living. During the foster process, we will let you know which of our dogs would be best for your living environment. Note: foster dogs must be ON LEASH ONLY if outside but not completely fenced in.

If I rent, do I have to notify my landlord before adopting a dog?

Yes. We require permission to contact your landlord to verify that pets are allowed, and that any required deposits have been made prior to fostering.

I am under 18 years of age. Am I allowed to foster?

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or legal guardian complete the foster or application with you. We will interview you and your parent or legal guardian during the foster process.

I would like to foster a dog, but nobody is home during the day. Will I be allowed to foster?

Most of our Fosters have full-time jobs and must be out of the house for several hours a day. If the dog is kept safely indoors (confined in a crate or room if need be), then leaving him/her home alone for up to 8 hours a day is fine.

Tips for New Beagle Puppy Parents?

We’ve compiled some tips for new puppy pictures here:

Tips for New Beagle Puppy Parents

Tips for New Beagle Rescue Parents?

We’ve compiled some tips for new beagle rescue parents here:

Tips for New Beagle Rescue Parents

How Do I Donate to Hound Rescue?

Thanks for your interest in donating to Hound Rescue. Below are some frequently asked questions you may have before donating, as well as steps to donate.

Note: it is always a good idea to consult your tax professional regarding tax credit for your donation(s) to any 501c3 organization

What is Hound Rescue?

Hound Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of abandoned dogs in loving homes across Texas. We provide canine health and rescue education to the community.

Hound Rescue:

  • Rescues hounds in danger of euthanasia from shelters
  • Helps hounds that have been removed from neglectful or abusive situations
  • Shelters rescued hounds until a suitable placement can be found
  • Provides basic medical care and training to hounds to make them ready for adoption
  • Educates current and potential hound owners about these breeds
  • Finds kind, loving families for rescued, homeless, or abandoned hounds
How are donations used by Hound Rescue?

Each dog that becomes part of Hound Rescue is assessed for the following:

  • Current vaccinations
  • De-worming/fecal test
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm, flea & tick prevention
  • Additional medical treatments as needed (i.e. heartworm)

Many of our rescued dogs require additional and ongoing medical care, which accounts for most of our annual operating budget. We also purchase other supplies as needed, for example: crates, collars, toys, food, and treats.

How can I donate to Hound Rescue?

We appreciate your support! Donations can be made by:

  • Personal Check: Hound Rescue, P.O. Box 2808, Austin, TX 78755
  • PayPal: info@houndrescue.com
  • Hello Fund: https://app.hellofund.com/view/ve3ln7wB
  • Amplify Austin: https://www.amplifyatx.org/donate?campaign_id=30319
  • Other Options:
    • Amazon Smile: On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time (for instructions, type “Amazon Smile” into your Amazon search bar)
    • Randall’s: Hound Rescue can receive 1% of all purchases that are made through their Good Neighbor Program. By linking your Randall’s Remarkable card to Hound Rescue’s organization number (#12031), Randall’s will give back to Hound Rescue on a quarterly basis
Does Hound Rescue accept material donations?

Absolutely! We appreciate and make good use of material donations. Examples of items we regularly need (new or gently used):

  • Crates
  • Collars
  • Harnesses
  • Beds
  • Toys
  • Leashes
  • Food
  • Food Bowls
  • Treats
  • Poop Bags

Please click the link below to access Hound Rescue’s Wish List on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/JOMDK7W8OCSJ?ref_=wl_share

 

Didn't Find Your Answer?