Soft Paws Rescue
We are an established 501c3 Nonprofit Rescue with Home Base locations both in Santa Rosa, California and Bend, Oregon. We are a foster home based rescue meaning all our dogs are in foster homes with people/families, not in a shelter like environment., all our dogs who come in go to our central location shared with another local rescue CCREW, to quarantine and so we get to know them to properly fit them into foster homes available.
Soft Paws Rescue focuses on all breeds of dogs, puppies, seniors and special needs doggies!
We accept Owner Surrenders and we take dogs on death row at high kill shelters, move them into foster homes and get all dogs fully vetted prior to being adopted.
Our Founder, Mersadies McDowell, oversees our Bend, Oregon location and specializes in working with hydrocephalus puppies, and special needs dogs.
Our Co-Founder, Victoria Melling, oversees our Sonoma County, CA location and specializes in Pregnant Dogs, Whelping and Motherless Bottle Puppies.
Every dog that comes through Soft Paws Rescue lives in a foster home. We do not have a physical facility where people can visit and meet multiple dogs. Each dog will be introduced on our Facebook page when it arrives and will then have his or her own profile created and put up on our website.
The length of time between when the dog arrives and when it is put up on the website varies. Puppies are not typically listed on the website until a few weeks prior to adoption (10 weeks of age). They will be micro-chipped and up-to-date on their shots. Dogs that have behavior or health issues may not be listed on the website for an extended period of time. Healthy, well-behaved dogs typically will be put on the website within two weeks of arriving into their foster home.
During those two weeks we are constantly assessing the dogs temperament. We need time to be able to determine the dogs quirks and what type of permanent home will be ideal for the dog. We do not have a waiting list nor do we accept adoption interest for a dog prior to him/her being listed on the website. Adoption is not based on first come first serve and we review ALL applications prior to selecting an adoptive home.
Applications are sent via email or downloaded from our website, Please answer any and all applicable questions and tell us why your home would be the best place for this pup to go. Typically, for any given dog we receive upwards of a dozen applications and reviewing them all is a tough task.
Once your application has been submitted, please be patient. You will receive an automated email confirming it was received. If your application was selected as a potential adopter, we will notify you and begin the approval process. We will talk to your family over the phone/Text, get clarification on any questions we may have will also answer any of your questions. We request to inspect your home Via in person or Photo's/Video's to ensure its a pet-friendly, safe environment for the dog. Not all dogs have the same needs so we don't have a generalized "standard home" in mind.
We require you to bring your current dogs to the fosters home (or nearby park) for a meet and greet. We do not ship or transport our dogs without observing an introduction. Adopters from out of town are absolutely encouraged to adopt from us but will need to make the road trip to Oregon or California, to meet the dog, and most likely take it back home with you that same day, if all goes well. If you're not sure which dog would be the best fit, email us and we can help guide you in the right direction.
If your application is not selected, we don't think any less of you or your home. Most likely we had eight out of ten amazing options and yours just unfortunately wasn't the one we picked. Please stay in touch with us and let us help you find the perfect addition to your family. We will notify you if the dog is currently pending adoption and then again when the dog is adopted. You can also follow our Facebook page for updates on the dog you're interested in.
Once that pup has joined your family don't ever hesitate to reach out to us. Training questions, medication questions and anything in between are encouraged. We thank you for coming to Soft Paws Rescue to adopt your next dog. We think very highly of our dogs and enjoy sharing them with the world.
For specific questions, please contact us.