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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the adoption fee? When do I pay it?

The adoption fee is $550 and $650 for bonded pairs and $250 for seniors over 10 years of age. This fee is collected at the time of the adoption and can be paid in cash or through

If you are interested in a puppy or dog that has not been spayed or neutered, there is an additional $100 deposit due at the point of adoption. This fee is fully refundable once proof of spay/neuter has been provided.

Can I meet the dog before I submit an application?

All of our dogs are cared for in private foster homes. We cannot make arrangements for private meet and greets until an application is received and references have been checked. That being said, if any of our dogs are at a local public event, you can certainly meet them there.

Will you transport the dog to me?

Generally yes, as long as the home is not more than 18 hours from a dog’s foster home. If you are unsure, please email

If you live out of the state of Florida and are willing to fly to pick up the dog, please let us know when you are submitting an application. We will not allow a dog to be flown in the cargo of a plane.

Will I get to speak with the foster home?

Once your vet and personal references are checked, someone from PPARAS will call you. If we feel your home is a good match for a particular dog we will ask the foster home to speak with you as well. This allows you a chance to ask any specific questions you may have and likewise for the foster home.

Why does PPARAS require a home visit?

PPARAS requires a home visit to ensure the home and property are safe for the dog. We are not looking to see if a house is immaculate, but rather for safety issues. Is the fence secure? Will it keep the dog in and other dogs out? Are the stairs gated for safety or can they be if the dog cannot safely use stairs unsupervised? Are electrical cords out of the way to avoid the dog chewing on them.

In a lot of ways preparing a home for a dog is like baby-proofing: you need to get down on the dogs eye level and see what could injure them.

Why do you have to be 25 to adopt from PPARAS?

We feel that it is necessary that the primary care giver of the dog be an adult that is physically and financially able to care for the dog long term.

In addition to concerns regarding the needs of the dog, the adoption contract is a legally binding contract and must be signed by an adult.

How long does the adoption process take?

The time from start to finish for each application varies. We do call your vet and all personal references. Depending on how quickly we are able to speak with them will really dictate how long the application takes. We also do have to schedule a home visit. This can take time depending on where you live and how easy it is for you to schedule a meeting with everyone present.

In general puppies take longer to process since demand is greater and PPARAS is evaluating multiple applications for each dog.

Please remember we are all volunteers and have other jobs and responsibilities in addition to PPARAS. 

Why is there a spay/neuter deposit?

The $100 deposit is intended to make it easier for PPARAS to get that paperwork from the adopter. The deposit is fully refundable once proof of spay/neuter has been received by PPARAS. This fee is in addition to the adoption fee.

What happens if there are multiple applications for the dog I’m interested in?

Every application received is reviewed. We do not work on a first come first serve basis but rather strive to make the best match for each individual dog. Often, we receive multiple applications that would make great homes however we must choose only one. When there are multiple applications, it can take a little longer for us to process since we are ultimately comparing applications and references.

How can I tell if my application went through?

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you have not heard from anyone in 3 days, please email

How long until I hear from someone about my application?

We try to acknowledge all applications in 24 hours. However, when we have a lot of applications coming in at once it can take 48-72 hours. If it has been longer than 3 days since you submitted your application, please email

If you have additional questions, please email