Here you will find some of the questions we are asked most frequently. If you don't find the information you're looking for here, feel free to contact us with your questions by using this form: Contact LifeLong Rescue.
- Who are we?
- Where do our cats and dogs come from?
- How much does it cost to adopt a cat or dog?
- How much should I budget for a pet?
- Where is your shelter located?
- How can I meet the pets you have available?
- I can't make the scheduled event. Can you hold the cat or dog for me?
- Do you know the breed and parents of the rescue cats and dogs?
- How big will the puppy get?
- What is your adoption process?
- How are the interviews conducted at the adoption events?
- How do you determine who gets to adopt a cat or dog?
- Why do you require home checks?
- Why don't you adopt dogs to families with children under the age of 6 years old?
- Do you provide adoptions outside of the Dallas, TX area?
- Which cities will you adopt to?
- How do I become a foster?
- Do you accept youth (under 18) volunteers?
- What are the volunteering opportunities?
- Who are we? [return to
LifeLong Rescue is 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2000. We rescue dozens of dogs and cats every year. We are a completely volunteer run organization based out of the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area whose purpose is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs, cats, kittens and puppies that have been abandonned in mostly rural areas. This often means locating these dogs or cats, winning their trust and bringing their health back to an optimal level. Our hope is that all dogs and cats placed through our organization will never experience being homeless or unloved again.
- Where do our dogs come from? [return to top]
Most of our cats, dogs, kittens and puppies come to us from rural areas outside of the immediate Dallas Fort Worth Texas area where they have been abandoned. Many shelters do not have the means to rehabilitate or care for these sorts of stray dogs and cats — many of which are pregnant moms who need extra TLC. Few of these dogs or cats would have any chance at all of even making it into a shelter. Most them either live short and horrific lives as strays or are captured and promptly euthanized. These are the true underdogs of the rescue world.
- How much does it cost to adopt a dog, cat
puppy or kitten? [return to
The adoption donation for pets varies depending on the dog or cat. Please contact Lifelong Rescue @ firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our adoption donations. Adoption donations include spaying/neutering, microchip implanting, removal of all parasites (deworming) and vaccinations, including all three boosters for a puppy or kitten.
- How much should I budget for a pet? [return to
The cost to take proper care of a pet can vary widely. Some cost to consider when adopting are listed below. Pet insurance can significantly defer pet care cost.
- Food – High quality food will pay off in the long run, it is important to provide your pet with a healthy diet.
- Annual physicals including vaccinations
- Teeth cleaning – During your pets annual physical your veterinary doctor should let you know when a cleaning is necessary. Decay and plaque buildup on a dog/cat’s teeth can lead to kidney failure and many other life threatening health issues.
- Emergency veterinary care
- Aging pets will require additional cost due to medication, veterinary visits and special diets.
- Where is your shelter located? [return to top]
Although our goal is to someday have a facility, we currently do not have a shelter. Our dog and cats are fostered in private homes by volunteers.
- How can I meet the dogs or cats? [return to top]
Lifelong Rescue will schedule a personal meet and greet once you have complete the Adoption Application.
- I can't make the scheduled event. Can you hold
the dog or cat for me? [return
We are unable to hold a pet for a potential adopter. We try to select the best home for a pet and if you should be a suitable perspective adopter, we can attempt to work with your timelines, but cannot guarantee a pet be held for you. Should another suitable home be approved during any delay in adoption, we will select the best home. However you would have to first be familiar with the dog or cat to be considered.
- Do you know the breed and parents of the rescue
pets? [return to
Normally we do not know the parents of the dogs and cats, so we cannot say which breed they might be. Most dogs or cats rescued were abandoned. Whatever information we have will be posted with the dog or cats photo on our website.
- How big will a puppy get? [return to top]
Lifelong Rescue makes no guarantees as to the size a puppy will grow up to be. We can only give you our best guess when not dealing with a pure bread puppy.
- What is your adoption process? [return to top]
Our adoption process is involved because we do everything in our power to ensure the adopters are aware of the time, energy, and patience it takes to be a guardian and that they will be committed to the life of the pet. The first step is completing an online application. The second step is to come meet the pets and our organization at a scheduled event where the pet you're interested in will be shown. At the event one of our adoption counselors will interview you and go over your adoption application. It normally takes a week to be notified if we feel you are a good match for one of our dogs or cats. The third step is a home check to ensure a safe environment for the dog or cat.
- How do you determine who gets to adopt a
dog or cat? [return to
Our goal is that any pet adopted through our rescue receives a lifetime commitment from his new family no matter what physical or behavior problems may arise throughout his/her life. The adoptions themselves are based on several criteria and finding the best match for both the pet and the adoptive family. Everyone will have the same opportunity to be considered regardless of the order in which they interview.
- Why do you require home checks? [return to top]
We require home checks to ensure the safety of the pet. We check the yard to make sure the fencing is high enough to caontain a dog and that there are no areas by way of which a dog or puppy can escape. We check inside the home to ensure there is an area to confine a dog while potty training and to ensure there are no children under the age of six living in the home, if you are adopting a dog.
- Why don't you adopt puppies to families with children
under the age of 6 years old? [return to top]
80% of puppies adopted to families with children under the age of six are returned to a shelter. Puppies are extremely cute when they are little but large breed dogs triple in size within just a few months. A pup's normal behavior is to jump and bite. When a gangly 30-40 pound puppy is biting and jumping on small children the child suffers and usually the puppy is then banned to the yard. A puppy needs a rigorous schedule of supervision, training, and exercise. This is very difficult when there are children in the home that also need constant supervision. For these reasons we encourage families to either wait until their youngest child is at least 6 years old or consider adopting an older dog for the family.
- Do you provide adoptions outside of the Dallas
Fort Worth, TX area? [return to top]
We rarely make an exception to adopting out of the area. Since we require home checks it is not feasible for our volunteers to travel long distances. The rare exception would be another local rescue in your area making the home visit.
- Which cities will you adopt to? [return to top]
If you are more than 1 hour outside of Dallas Fort Worth Texas, then most likely you are too far from us. Please contact email@example.com to confirm you are within our adoption geographic area. Some of the cities we adopt to are as follows: Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Iriving, Garland, Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Grapevine, Carrollton, Anna, Rockwall, Mesquite, Keller, Southlake, University Park, Highland Park, Grand Prairie, Cockrell Hill, Addison, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Duncanville, Lewisville, Little Elm, Prosper, Midlothian, Parker, Murphy, Justin, Joshua, Forney, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Sachse, Roanoke, Rowlett, and others.
- How do I become a foster? [return to top]
If you're interested in becoming a foster for LifeLong Rescue, please visit this page: FOSTER APPLICATION
- Do you accept youth (under 18) volunteers? [return to top]
Becuase the pets are all fostered in our private homes, we do not have a facility for volunteers. We do occasionally need youth volunteers at our adoption events to sit in the pens with the puppies but a parent or guardian will need to be with you the whole time. Therefore, we generally ask that your parent volunteers with you at the same time.
- What are the volunteering opportunities? [return to top]
- Fostering (see above)
- Transport (to & from vets, shelters, etc)
- Home Checks
- Website Maintennance & Development
- Event Coordination
- Foster Coordination
- email us for details!