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Thank you for considering adopting a dog from a high kill shelter in southern California.

Please fill out the adoption application. This will be evaluated to make sure that the adoption and new home is a perfect match and the dog will be adopted to the best family applying.

 Most of these dogs have been abandoned for numerous reasons, the majority because of irresponsible pet owners. They are dumped at the shelter or left abandoned on the tough streets because they are too old, have medical issues, had accidents in the house because they weren’t let out to relieve themselves, bark because they are bored or lonely, chewed on something because of boredom or teething, leftover from breeders or puppy mills. Maybe because they moved, or a new baby came along, or that they have too many dogs.  Also, so many people don’t spay and neuter their dogs and they keep reproducing, resulting in millions of dogs being euthanized every year. Sadly, there are many bait dogs that have been horrifically used for dog fighting. The majority of shelter dogs have collars- a symbol that they were once someone’s loyal and loving pet, but discarded like common trash and forgotten about.  These dogs have little chance at life when they are turned in to the shelter or found roaming the streets as strays because of the overcrowding and cost associated with shelters.

When these dogs are surrendered by their owners, sometimes they give information about the dog, but mostly, these dogs have no history, so therefore, little is known about the dog beside the possible breed and sex. Often you can tell about the dog by his/her behavior/personality, whether it be fun and spunky, quiet and shy, or sad and cowers in fear from abuse. Please remember this, as your new family member may need a little extra TLC, attention in potty breaks, assurance that he/she is forever safe and no form of harsh punishment will be tolerated whatsoever.

When given a chance to live, they are pulled from the shelter, almost always spayed or neutered and given basic required vaccinations; Bordetella, DHLPP, Rabies and sometimes  microchipped. They are then taken to boarding until they wait for transport towards their new home. Sometimes unforeseen illnesses happen, and because of this, the dog’s health cannot be guaranteed. Sometimes, Kennel Cough ( Bordetella) a common cold in dogs, will happen several days after getting the dog. This is usually a harmless condition and will go away on its own or can be treated with simple antibiotics. If dogs get it even though vaccinated, they contracted it before they got the vaccination. It is recommended that you take your new dog to your vet to get a check-up and any follow-up vaccinations if needed along with parasite and heartworm testing.  Once adopted, you will be responsible for any medical needed. We of course, try to adopt only healthy dogs, but sometimes unforeseen illnesses occur.

 It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to make this all happen. From the photographers taking their pictures, pullers, the boarding facility, groomers, transporters, fosters, rescues and the final adopters to make this all possible for a dog to find their forever home.

          The cost of your new dog varies. There are no monies being made by any adoptions. All money received goes directly back to the cost of the dog. These costs include: pulling and transport, boarding, vetting and any grooming needed, health certs and heartworm test. If any further vet visits happen before adopting, those costs are calculated into the final costs as well. Adoption costs are approximately $500.00-$750.00. The majority of the time, the adoption cost do not cover all the expenses rescues take on.

 Adopting a dog is a full-time commitment and for the life of the dog.  Please remember this when considering adopting an animal. Ask yourself if you have the time to play, train and be with your new dog. Are you prepared for any sudden medical expenses, or do you have arrangements for your dog if something happens to you?  A dog is a part of the family and should be treated as such.                                                                                                                                    

Family Tails Dog Rescue will not be responsible to any damage or harm done by any of the dogs that are being fostered or have been adopted from them.

PLEASE NOTE: We are a rescue that has zero tolerance for any sort of discrimination whatsoever. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

                                                                                                                                     Please call for more information on any of our dogs, not before 9:00 am or after 9:00 pm @ 360-969-2014   or email

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