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Our adoption fee helps cover the cost for veterinary services and other needed care in order for your new pet to be adopted. The adoption fee includes:   


  • Spay/neuter as required by law for all shelter animal adoptions   

  • Adult DHLPP (yearly) vaccine or 3-stage puppy vaccine    Heartworm test and monthly heartworm preventative while in our care   

  • Flea/tick preventatives.   

  • Bordetella vaccine to prevent the spread and/or contraction of kennel cough   

  • Rabies: one year vaccination with certificate provided   

  • General worming   

  • Intestinal parasite screening   

  • Micro-chipping


Professional grooming and other services are also available, at an additional, reduced cost.


We do not make a profit on any adoption fees. Our mission is to find good homes for all the dogs that come into our rescue. Please understand that as a non-profit organization, we can only afford the basic vet care for our dogs. We will always strive to make sure an adoptable dog is as healthy as can be, but our funds are limited. Donations and/or our own out-of-pocket money is used to treat all animals.


For out of state adoptions that require a health certificate for the pet to be transferred, an additional charge of no more than $30 may be required.


The actual cost shall match the charges that our vet will require.


All costs involved in transporting a dog out of state will be the responsibility of the adopter. We will, of course, help with securing reliable and responsible transportation, but any liability rests with the transportation provider.


Little Dog Lifeboat Rescue is licensed and inspected through the New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture. We take in the homeless, abandoned and sick/injured dogs and nurture them back to adoptable status. We are a non-profit organization that survives on donations from adopters and the general public.


We adopt to homes in New Jersey, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Eastern Maryland. We will occasionally make exceptions for applicants interested in adopting special needs or senior dogs.

Our dogs are fostered in New Jersey.   If approved, you will need to drive to the foster home with your family and pets to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.

Applicants must be at least 28 years old with a stable home and career.

We place dogs in age appropriate homes, and believe that an older dog is the proper match for a senior applicant.

We do not adopt to families with children under the age of 10 years.

Preference will be given to homes with small dog experience.

We require that all pets in your home be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. All dogs should be heart worm tested and on preventative medication. If you do not currently own a pet, you are still required to list the name of the veterinarian you will be using.

We charge adoption fees for our dogs. Higher adoption fees for younger dogs help to pay for medical treatment that may be necessary for older dogs. 


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