Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by people about Wet Nose Rescue. Just start by following one of the links below. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Wet Nose Rescue came into existence in 2008 and was granted its non-profit designation by the Internal Revenue Service in February of 2008. The founders are Kim and Stephen Leslie. Wet Nose Rescue is also incorporated as a charitable entity in the State of Pennsylvania.
Our adoption center is located at 14425 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Our entrance is on Philmont Avenue. We do not kennel dogs at that location, that's where we do adoptions, dog training and have a small store where adopters can buy what they need when they adopt. This is also the location where our out of state transports arrive when we bring dogs in from out of state. Since we are an all volunteer organization, at this time hours at this location are by appointment only and we work from our home office in Feasterville, PA.
We get our dogs from a number of different sources, local surrenders from families who may have to move or for financial reason cannot keep their dog plus there are numerous other reasons people give when saying they can no longer keep their pet. We work with both local and out of state shelters that need help in placing homeless dogs and puppies. We are currently working with a shelter in Bamberg, SC called Mary Ann Morris Animal Society, better known to us as MAMAS. We try and transport dogs from that shelter once every two weeks. Wet Nose Rescue can only work with shelters that are registered with the State of Pennsylvania.
If you see a dog or puppy you are interested in, either on our website or at one of our events, please fill out the online application, make sure you complete all of it. Once we receive it we will check your references, if you currently have a pet or have had one recently we ask for a veterinarian reference, if not, we ask for a personal and work reference. Wet Nose Rescue asks that you give us at least 48 hours before calling us to check on the status of your application. We do not operate on a first application in basis, instead we try and match the right family with the right dog. Once you are approved and we call to set up a meeting with the dog, we will meet at our adoption center and you will have a chance to interact and make certain this is the right match, if you currently have another dog, you may bring your pet to see how they interact. At the time of adoption you will get all the medical records.
All applications are kept on file and we check references on all applications, so as long as you are an approved applicant if there is another dog you are interested in, all you would have to do is call us, you would never have to submit a second application.
No, absolutely not, there is no charge to submit an application.
The vast majority of our dogs are mixed breeds and when we post dogs for adoption on our website we do our best list them according to what appear the breeds/mixes by facial and bodily features but there is no way we can guarantee a breed. With a puppy we can many times estimate how big it will be as an adult but once again, there is no guarantee.
To adopt from Wet Nose Rescue, it is a requirement that you have your dog spayed or neutered, it is a Pennsylvania State Law and it is also a major health issue. Spaying or neutering your dog cuts down on the incidence of breast and testicular cancer in males. We do require a $50 deposit for spay/neuter at the time of adoption which is returned to you once we receive proof from a veterinarian that the procedure has been done. At the time of adoption we can also give you the names of lower cost spay/neuter clinics.
We will always work with you to try and find the perfect companion for you and your family. If the dog you first wanted or applied for has been adopted, remember, we do transports from the shelter we work with once every two weeks so we are constantly getting more puppies and dogs. We can also check with the shelter and see if they have the type of dog you're looking for so it could be included in the next transport. We keep all applications on file.
Once you submit your application, we ask that you give us 48 hours to review you application and go through the process of checking references and at times it may take longer if the volume of applications is large. After 48 hours you can call us to check on the status of you application. If you currently have an animal we ask for a veterinarian reference, if not, we ask for a personal and work reference. Some vet's offices require the client's permission to release information to us so it is best that you speak to your vet ahead of time and give permission. Once you are approved and come to meet and pick up your dog, we will sit down with you for a period of time and you will get all the medical records as well as a complete adoption kit from us. You will be able to interact with your new friend to make sure it's the right match and we will answer any questions you may have.
As long as we don't already have an approved application on the dog, the foster family will always have first choice to adopt, we simply ask you call us as soon as you have made that decision so we don't approve and notify another family.