Q. What are your hours, and where are you located?
A. Hopes Haven is located in West Salem. Since many of our dogs are lucky enough to have foster homes, all meet and greets are done by appointment only to give time to coordinate with all parties. Appointments are made once the founder has approved your adoption application.
Q. Who should come to our appointment?
A. Anyone in your family that will be regularly interacting with your new dog should come to the appointment, if possible. The most crucial family member to bring? Your dog(s). Although there may need to be some time for the established dog and new dog to adjust to each other, there is a better chance of success if they meet in neutral territory, and the founder will be able to assess at the appointment if it appears that the two just will not be a good fit.
Q. I was thinking I might want to foster, but I’m not sure what that entails…and what if I fall in love with my foster dog?
A. If you foster a Hopeful, we can provide food if you’d like or you can feed what you feed your own dog if you don’t want the hassle of having to manage two brands. We do not expect you to spend money of your own on your foster dog (any concerns about health should be voiced to us so that we can make arrangements with our own vets) other than the cost of gas to transport your dog to its appointments. The main and most important thing we need from our foster families is lots of love. If your foster dog needs house-training or help with some behavioral issues, your work with those issues is what helps prepare the dog for its forever family, and a foster parent’s input on likes and dislikes, cute traits, funny habits can help enrich the dog’s bio to catch the eye of a prospective family.