Frequently Asked Questions
Little Nuggets Rescue Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, local veterinarians, and local animal shelters we are able to rescue many animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care (medical needs, food and shelter), and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.
All applicants MUST fill out an application to begin the adoption process. You are more than welcome to call for a phone interview, but I may not be able to answer promptly as I am busy working at the shelter. You may fill out an application by visiting here. We prefer applications from individuals at least 30 years of age or older. If we indicate that a dog is not appropriate for young children, we generally do not recommend that dog for families with children under twelve years of age.
- When ALL PARTIES are ready to finalize the adoption, we will provide you with copies of the adoption contract and the dog’s vet records. A CONTRACT MUST BE SIGNED FOR THE ADOPTION TO BE FINALIZED. The adoption fee ranges from $100.00-400.00. Please note that we fund the medical care, food and boarding costs from our own pockets. We are not subsidized by any state or national programs. The adoption fee marginally covers what we have spent in the case of a healthy dog. For those requiring surgery, dentals or other special procedures, our costs far exceed the adoption fee. We occasionally discount the fee on a case by case basis.
- Because we are licensed by the state of Georgia, we are also required to complete a home visit. We also check Vet references. ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE VET REFERENCES!
- There are instances, particularly in the case of young puppies who cannot be released to their new homes right away, where we may request a non-refundable deposit. Unfortunately, this was implemented after several individuals completed the application process, other applicants were turned away, and these individuals “changed their mind” leaving the dog in question without a new home.
- We maintain frequent contact with you throughout the first year of adoption.
How to check out a rescue: by Coalition for Animal Rescue Reform
We encourage everyone to look into any rescue they are supporting and if you are sending an animal to a rescue, it’s absolutely critical you thoroughly investigate them.
- If the rescue has a facility, absolutely make sure someone checks out the facility in person if you are thinking of sending an animal there. If you are sending a pet(s) there, you have every right to see where they will be staying.
- Do they spay/neuter all animals before adoption including puppies and kittens? If not, you might as well be dealing with a breeder. Preventing more unwanted pets is the most basic part of animal rescue. Spay/neuter contracts do NOT work!
- Ask for a vet reference and also verify they spay or neuter.
- Ask to see a copy of their adoption application and ask them if they do home visits.
- Google the rescue’s name, director’s name, any email addresses and phone numbers associated with the rescue.
- They do not allow anyone at their facility.
- They do not spay/neuter all pets BEFORE adoption.
- They are angry that you are researching them and asking questions.
- They post on their Facebook pg that they can’t afford the vet care of the animals already in their care, yet they are still taking in more animals.
- They have threatened to close their doors in the past.
- They have animals in boarding and are still taking in more animals.
- They are banned from pulling from their local shelters.
- They don’t spay/neuter or vet pets upon intake.
- They don’t do home visits or have an adoption application.
- No one has ever heard of them.
- They are not licensed or a nonprofit 501(c)3