Dogster Dog Adoption & Rescue FAQs
How can I find a dog near me to adopt?Is there a fee for adopting a dog from Dogster?
Start at our Adoption page and use the 'Find an adoptable dog' search box in the right column. You can search by breed, size, age, gender and zip code. The search can be very precise so consider specifying fewer fields to see more results. From the search results page you can refine your search or change the geographical search area.
Dogster does not charge a fee to adopt a dog through our site. Dogster does not allow for anyone to profit from or charge a premium to adopt a pet. The exception is for dogs being adopted through a rescue organization that require an adoption fee to cover specific medical and operating expenses. Under no circumstances should you pay any money that was not for the direct care of the animal. Ask for receipts and expense lists. Do not adopt from anyone that appears to be profit-motivated. Contact Dogster immediately if you believe someone is trying to sell pets they are claiming are adoptable.
There is a dog I want to adopt, but I can’t find a link how to adopt them!
You can tell if a dog is adoptable by the presence of an ‘Adoption Contact:’ section to the immediate right of the top photo that says 'This dog needs a forever home. Use our contact form to speak with the guardian.’ Simply click that link and send the guardian an email or look for other directions on how they prefer to be contacted. If you do not see this link the animal is very likely not-adoptable. We recommend using our Adoptable dog search tool to find only adoptable dogs
Can I buy or sell a dog on Dogster?
No. Here’s why. While there are many wonderful ethical breeders, we find that the ones that advertise on websites and newspapers, are not wonderful and ethical. Since it’s not possible for us to review each breeder, and because there are thousands of wonderful animals languishing in shelters and being euthanized each week, we do not allow for the buying or selling of pets on our site ever.
I contacted the guardian of an adoptable dog but they did not respond. What can I do?
People actively trying to find a home for a pet are usually very quick to respond. If you’ve contacted them twice and not heard back it most likely means either the animal needs a home different than you can offer or the pet is no longer adoptable. On each dog page there is a field that says “I’ve Been On Dogster Since:” If that date is older than 3 months ago, there a good chance the dog is no longer available.
How do I post a dog that needs adopting?
Once logged in, click the " Add a dog " top button and complete the profile. Make sure to check the very last box which says “This dog needs to be rescued/adopted by a new guardian now.” Once you add a photo for them, they will be viewable by all site visitors and featured in our Adoptable dog Search.
Can I post a dog that I am not the guardian of, but I know needs a new home?
Yes, if you have the permission of the current guardian and you are the only person posting that animal you may post them. You will accept the responsibility of communicating with interested people. We are very grateful if you can help dogs in need by filling this role, but please only do so if you have the explicit permission of the current guardian and no one else has posted this animal.
Can I post dogs that I see on other shelter websites?
Only if you have the explicit permission of the shelter. Please take care to not interfere with the shelters action or violate their policies. It’s heart breaking for a member to see an adoptable dog on our site only to find out it was already adopted via the shelter by someone else.