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Our Mission

Speak for the Unspoken is a foster-based animal rescue with locations all over the midwest. We rescue special needs dogs and give them their best lives.

Our goal is to educate the public of the dangers of merle to merle breeding in hopes of putting an end to careless breeding; but more importantly, we want to show the public that "special needs" dogs are just as amazing as "normal" dogs. We believe that special needs dogs are capable of doing all things with proper training and patience.

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SInce 2012, Speak for the Unspoken has successfully fostered, rehabilitated, and re-homed many animals both "normal" and with "special needs".

Adoption Policy

Before completing our online application please read the following:

Our adoption process involves multiple steps and it typically takes up to 2 weeks from the time we receive your application to the time your adoption is finalized. We reserve the right to deny any application without explanation.

All of our dogs and/or puppies are in foster homes. We do not schedule “Meet and Greets” without an approved application. Our Adoption Fees start at $325 per dog, $75 per cat or kitten.

We can adopt an animal ‘out of state’, but you must be willing to travel to where the pet is being fostered, and transport the animal yourself after the adoption.

If you have other animals (dogs/cats) in your home, they must be up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention (dogs), and spayed/neutered. We will verify this with your veterinarian. If your animals are not up to date, your application will be denied.

Please make sure to fully complete your application; leaving questions blank or not including all requested information will delay your application.

Once your online application is submitted, it can take our volunteers 5 to 7 business days to process it. If we have questions about your application, we will email you. Please make sure to add our email, to your email so our messages do not end up in your spam folder!

Once your application is approved by the processors, it is sent to the person fostering the dog you have applied for. They will make the decision on whether the animal that you applied for is the right fit for you and your home. They may also choose to initially contact you via email or phone. If you do not respond promptly to their email or phone call, they will move on to the next applicant.

Your application will be saved on file for 1 year and will be used for all dogs you would be interested in that time-frame. No need to keep filling out applications!

Adoption application approval means you are approved to adopt an animal from us, it does not mean you are necessarily approved for the animal you applied for. There may be specific circumstances in your home that do not make it a good fit for one animal, but it may be a fine fit for another.

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