1. Do I need to drive to the foster home to meet a new dog, or will the dog be brought to me? back to top
It is the opinion of Come Bye BC Rescue that it is always best to meet a dog in his/her customary environment. When a dog is introduced to new people outside of his/her "normal" environment, you will not always see the true personality of the dog. Therefore, it is Come Bye BC Rescue's policy that prospective adopters go to meet/adopt the dog(s) they are interested in adopting at at the dog's foster home.
2. Will my current pet have a chance to meet the new dog? back to top
Come Bye BC Rescue strongly encourages adopters to bring their current dog(s) to any meeting with the dog they are interested in adopting. Come Bye BC Rescue makes every attempt to cat test all dogs that are brought in, and that information is made available to prospective adopters. Therefore, it is not necessary to bring cats to new dog meetings.
3. If I am the first to apply for a dog does that mean I am the one that gets to adopt him/her? back to top
Applications for Come Bye BC Rescue are processed in the order they are received. Not all foster dogs are a good fit for every home. Come Bye BC Rescue works very hard to make sure that there is a hopefully a "forever match" between the adoptive dog and the adoptive home. If all potential adopters are equally suited, then the first applicant is given priority. The Come Bye BC Rescue board gives significant consideration to the opinion of the foster home. Therefore if the foster home feels one of the potential adopters will fit the dog's needs better than another, the dog will go to the best home for his/her needs.
4. How soon can I set up a meeting to meet the dog I want to adopt? back to top
It is the policy of Come Bye BC Rescue that only approved applicants can set up meetings with available dogs. The application process takes 1-2 weeks on average, but can be longer depending on reference checks and the scheduling of the home visit.
5. I have e-mailed the contact for the dog I want to adopt but have not heard back, what should I do now? back to top
Come Bye BC Rescue typically returns all e-mails to prospective adopters within 48 hours. If you have sent an e-mail and it has been longer than 48 hours, please send another e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. There are times that e-mails do not get delivered, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as it is out of our control.
6. If I am saving a dog why does it cost $250-$275 to adopt through Come Bye BC Rescue? back to top
There are many costs that any rescue incurs that are not apparent to potential adopters. Many of our dogs come from shelters that charge fees to release a dog to rescue. A majority of the dogs brought into rescue have had little or no vet care. Prior to adoption Come Bye BC Rescue has all dogs tested for heartworm disease and if negative they will be started on heartworm preventative. If a dog tests heartworm positive, the dog is treated for heartworm disease. Each dog is spayed or neutered and brought up to date on vaccinations. In addition, if we notice any apparent health concerns we will consult a veterinarian. Medical procedures for our foster dogs may include blood testing or screening, dental work, xrays, hip surgeries, eye exams and others. While many vets offer discounts to rescue organizations, these procedures can still be quite costly. The adoption fees help us to recover the shelter release and veterinarian fees.
7. Where do you get your dogs from? back to top
A majority of the dogs we take in come from animal shelters or animal control facilities where they would otherwise be put to sleep due to overcrowding. If a facility takes in a dog, whether an owner relinquishment or a stray, they have the option of contacting rescue organizations. When Come Bye BC Rescue is contacted about a border collie (or mix) in need, we evaluate or assess the dog to see if we feel the dog is of sound temperament. If we have an "open" foster home, we will bring the dog into our rescue. If Come Bye BC Rescue does not have any open foster homes, we work with other border collie and all breed rescue groups to hopefully find an open foster home for the dog. We will also take dogs whose owners are no longer able and/or willing to care for him/her (there are many reasons owners relinquish their pet).
8. Are the dogs housebroken/trained? back to top
One of the best things about adopting a dog from our rescue is that they are all living in private foster homes. All of our foster dogs are in their foster homes for a minimum of two weeks. Most of our dogs are in foster care for two months. This allows us to evaluate the personality traits of the dog, as well as start the dog on basic house manners. At the time that you correspond with the foster home about a dog you are interested in adopting, any behavioral issues that we are aware of will be discussed. Come Bye BC Rescue works very hard to assure that dog and owner are a good fit. We feel that to make a good fit we need to be honest with you about the personality and habits of any dog in which you are interested.