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Tier Haven Rescue, Inc.

Louisville, KY

Adoption Policy

Tier Haven Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit animal rescue agency based in Louisville, KY that specializes in German Shepherds and similar working breeds. Tier Haven realizes that many German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) find themselves in shelters due to a lack of training and understanding of the breed. Tier Haven is a no-kill, foster based, rescue which limits the number of dogs we can care for at any given time. Therefore Tier Haven relies on its adopters to be able to continue helping new dogs and we also have a separate policy for owners seeking to surrender their dogs, which you can find below our adoption process.

Tier Haven requires an adoption application to be completed and processed prior to meeting or adopting any of our dogs. As a completely foster based organization Tier Haven relies on the application to help ensure that adopters are meeting dogs that are suitable for their household and that the dogs are meeting adopters committed to their individual needs.

The application is completed via email and you may email to obtain an application. When submitting an application please contact your vet clinic and provide them with a release of information and also inform your personal references that they will be contacted.

Once your application is processed you will be contacted by a volunteer to discuss potential dogs and arrange a meet and greet. Since we are a foster based group we only allow up to three (3) dogs on each meet and greet to keep it manageable for everyone. Meet and greets are often held at public locations to respect the privacy of our foster homes and they are scheduled at the discretion of the foster homes.

Tier Haven charges an adoption fee of $300 + taxes for each dog. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart-worm test, micro-chip, and monthly preventative care while with our organization. Tier Haven relies on the adoption fee to continue helping future dogs therefore we are unable to reduce the fee for any reason.

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2018 Kentucky has begun requiring rescues to charge sales tax on all adoption fees. This will add $18 to each fee and is sadly not something we can avoid.

Surrender Policy

Tier Haven accepts owner surrenders on a conditional basis due to the large number of dogs in kill shelters. If you have a dog you would like to surrender you must email pictures and the reason for surrendering to Tier Haven does charge a fee for surrendering a dog; $80 for a fully vetted dog (vaccinations, altered, heartworm test) when vet records are provided, $100 for a partially vetted dog (vaccinated but not altered), and $150 for un-vetted dogs. We also reserve to right to decline requests for the surrendering of a dog.

Ways to Support Tier Haven

Tier Haven relies on the generosity of our donors to continue providing the best care possible for our animals and keeping our doors open to new animals. There are many ways to support Tier Haven and a number of them you are probably already doing!

A) Kroger Community Rewards - select Tier Haven (IV240) as your charity of choice and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to our group.
B) IGive - Simply download the IGive Button to your desktop to be alerted when your online shopping is donation eligable.
C) Amazon Smile - shopping through amazon smile allows you to keep your prime benefits and select a charity to support! Tier Haven is an amazon smile partner and grateful for all our amazon smile donors.
D) Amazon Wish List - You can purchase needed items for the dogs and have them shipped directly to our foster homes through . Bonus points if you use Amazon Smile when you do this!
E) WoofTrax - Simply download the app onto your phone, select Tier Haven as your charity, and remember to turn it on while you're out for a walk.
F) Young Living Essential Oils - Support Tier Haven while supporting your wellbeing! Use member #3144252 to be placed in our team and have your purchases benefit the dogs.
G) Monetary donations can be sent via Paypal to or mailed care of Tier Haven to 2400 Bush Ridge Dr, Louisville, KY 40245

If you have any questions regarding our donation options please reach out to our media manager via our Facebook page and thank you for your support!

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