This can depend on several factors. We are volunteers with jobs and families, so your applications will be reviewed when volunteers are able to get to them after work. If the rescue you’re interested in hasn’t been spayed or neutered or is awaiting other medical treatment, that could cause a delay as well. It may seem like a long wait when you’re excited to bring a new family into your home, but we want to ensure that you get a happy, healthy dog.
Our listings are updated frequently. Listings remain active until the adoption contract is signed. We will accept applications on animals until that process is complete in case the adoption falls through.
By law, rescues cannot accept stray dogs. Lost dogs must first go to Animal Services for a 5-day stray hold to give the owner an opportunity to find them. After the hold period, they can be adopted or pulled by a rescue.
We are not allowed to enter another person’s property to take pets that are abuse or neglected. Please report animal abuse or neglect to the police or, if local, to Chatham County Animal Services.
GRRR only accept dogs and cannot take animals of any other species. We do accept owner surrenders of dogs if we have a foster home available. However, we are primarily a small breed rescue and do not often take dogs larger than 30 pounds. You will have a much better chance of being able to surrender a dog to us if you are able to foster the dog yourself. Most of the animals in our care are pulled from municipal animal control facilities.
Timing of a response will vary based on the dog. Some dogs have multiple applications on them that need to be reviewed before reaching out to applicants. Some have recently been spayed or neutered and aren’t yet ready for a meet-and-greet. Since GRRR is a collection of volunteers with jobs and families, please remember that you may not get an immediate response. Please be patient – we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
For most dogs, we don’t require that you have a fence. However, we do strongly encourage it. Dogs always benefit from having a fenced yard where they are free to exercise and remain safe from harm. If a prospective owner is committed to providing regular exercise, some rescues can do well without a fenced yard. For example, a senior dog is more likely to thrive in that sort of environment than a puppy. We require a fence for a small percentage of our dogs, usually ones that need to run frequently in order to stay healthy and happy. We do assess prospective homes with safety in mind, so not having a fence in a high-traffic area could be an issue. It will depend on the the dog and the circumstances, so feel free to apply for any rescue that interests you so we can discuss your particular situation.
We try hard to place our dogs locally, or at least within an hour’s drive from the Savannah area. We like to maintain relationships with our rescues and their new families, so having adopters close by is important to us. Occasionally, we will adopt further away, especially if we have a special needs dog or one that is particularly difficult to place. Regardless of your location, we will require a home visit before an adoption can take place.
It is the policy of GRRR that all potential adopters complete an Adoption Application, have an interview with an Adoption Coordinator, and allow a home visit in order to be considered as a forever adoptive home for our rescue pups. GRRR will determine the best match for each animal based on the application information and interview. At any point throughout the process, GRRR may recommend a different dog based on the suitability of the dog to your family and home environment.
Completion of the application and interview process does not guarantee an approval or guarantee the adoption of a particular animal. GRRR is a privately run 501(c)(3) organization and reserves the right to refuse any adoption that is not in the best interests of the animal based on our policies and standards.
As a rescue group, we operate quite differently than animal shelters. Since GRRR is not a place of business but a collection of volunteers, a rescue representative is not always available. We therefore must limit contact with the rescue dogs to only those people who have applied and have been approved for a meet-and-greet.
GRRR does not have a physical shelter/facility. We rely solely on foster homes for our rescue dogs. Volunteers are the heart of our rescue effort and assist the rescues in acclimating to a loving and nurturing environment. Unfortunately, we simply do not have the resources to field phone inquiries at all times. Many of your questions can be answered right on our website. We would appreciate that you ask any questions you cannot find the answer to via our “Contact Form”.
Your first step before meeting or discussing any rescue pup is to fill out an Adoption Application for review and approval. Once approved, a volunteer will call you to answer any questions and discuss setting up a meet-and-greet.
Adoption fees vary, depending upon the age of the dog, but typically range between $100-$250. Please contact a GRRR Representative for the fee for the dog you are interested in. The fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, starting on heartworm treatment or preventative care, and any other medical care the dog needed when it came into rescue.
The most important way you can help is to be a foster parent. By fostering you are saving a life, allowing GRRR to pull another dog in need of rescue. It is an intensely rewarding process!
If you are unable to foster, we are always looking for help with a variety of tasks:
– Bathe the rescues as they come into our care.
– Assist with adoption events.
– Transport rescues to their new homes, both short and long distance.
– Conduct home visits for prospective adopters.
– Assist with fundraising.
– Assist with social media.
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Please fill out the Foster or Volunteer application, and express your interests and your skills.
GRRR is always looking for foster families to provide temporary homes for dogs/puppies that have been recently rescued and are waiting to be adopted. GRRR will take care of all veterinary expenses (at our participating vets) and provide food and supplies when available. Along with providing these animals with the love and attention, the foster will provide transportation to veterinary appointments and any adoption events. Foster families are the lifeblood of our rescue organization. Fostering provides many homeless dogs the opportunity for a second chance at life. Without foster families, our rescue organization simply could not exist. If you think you would like to take a foster animal into your home, please complete and submit the Foster Application to start the review process.
Rescued dogs need love, patience, and a commitment to their care and training. A large majority of our dogs are strays with an unknown housebreaking history. Even with dogs who are known to be housebroken, it is best to treat your new dog as if it were a new puppy for the first few weeks until it is clear that the dog is housebroken or knows where it is supposed to go potty.
DO NOT let your dog off leash in any unfenced area for any reason. Until you know that your dog cannot jump your fence, do not leave them in the yard unsupervised. Your rescue dog will need time to bond with you and to become acclimated to its new home. Rescued dogs can be easily disoriented in new surroundings and become lost. It will take time to learn the new routine and what the house rules are.
Crate training is a great way to aid in housebreaking as well as a useful alternative in providing a secure place for your dogs to rest if you are going to be away for a few hours. Most rescues crate train easily. Ask a GRRR volunteer about crate training if you want to learn more about it.
Your rescue dog will need routine veterinary care including monthly heartworm prevention, and some adopted dogs may need several trips to the vet for special needs or medical treatments. For adopted rescues, attending a dog obedience course with your new dog will help speed the bonding process between you and your rescue dog. GRRR Volunteers are always available to answer questions or provide any other assistance to help you and your rescue dog make a smooth transition.
You will have the opportunity to speak at length with the Foster Coordinator before bringing a new dog into your home. It is important to remember that even dogs without a history of abuse or neglect have gone through traumatic circumstances by being in Animal Control and moving into a new home. Most dogs will be scared at first and need time to warm up.
Introductions to new family members, especially other dogs, should be made slowly. We encourage introducing any dogs you own to the foster dog on neutral ground (such as a dog park or even just down the street) in order to avoid territorial aggression. Remember that bonding, whether with a human or another dog, won’t happen instantly. Go slowly and allow the foster dog and your family time to adjust.
We encourage crate training. It is a helpful way to introduce a dog into a new home. It helps with potty training, and it keeps the naughtier dogs from getting into things when you are away from home. A large majority of our dogs are strays with an unknown housebreaking history. Even with dogs who are known to be housebroken, it is best to treat your foster as if it were a new puppy initially until it is clear that the dog is housebroken or knows where it is supposed to go potty. If you have any questions about crate training, please contact your Foster Coordinator.
DO NOT let your foster dog off leash in any unfenced area for any reason. If you have a fence, don’t leave the dog unattended until you are certain that he or she cannot climb or jump the fence. Foster dogs can be easily disoriented in new surroundings and become lost. It will take time to learn the new routine and what the house rules are.
As a foster parent, you will know your foster best. You will be an important part of the adoption process, including assisting in selecting the best home for the rescue.
Please DONATE! We are a non-profit organization and rely completely on donations and adoption fees to keep doing what we do. Adoption fees do not cover the medical expenses in many, many cases. And when there are larger expenses, due to a surgery needed for example, we have to fundraise in order to help pay for expensive vet bills. Even $5 or $10 at a time is very helpful, as it adds up quickly! Please find the “Donate” button to use Paypal, or email us about mailing a check.
You may also “Sponsor” a rescue dog by pledging “X” dollars a month! This is especially appreciated when rescues have expensive and long term rehabilitation requirements.
Do you know a corporate or local business that might be willing to donate or become a corporate sponsor? Please contact us, and we would be happy to give you the required paperwork.
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