FAQs

ADOPTION

All interested adopters need to fill out an application on our website. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer Road Dog adoption coordinator, and occasionally by the foster as well. If the information you provided in your application indicates that you might be a good match for the dog, we will contact you with next steps.

Next steps can include, but are not limited to, phone interviews, providing pictures and videos of your home and all areas the dog will have access to, reference checks, and setting up a meet and greet. Please note that if you reside in a rented residence, you will be asked to provide proof that you have landlord permission to have a dog (or another dog if you already have one) in your home. Proof can be a copy of the rental agreement or a letter from your landlord. Please also note that you will be asked to provide proof that all of the dogs in the home are fixed. We may call your veterinarian to be sure your dogs are up to date on vaccines and annual exams.

Things change very quickly in rescue and we do our best to keep the list of available dogs on our website as updated as possible.

Upon submission of your application you will receive an automatically generated reply that indicates your application was received. We try our best to send individual responses to everyone, but it takes an average of 2 weeks. Also be sure to check your spam or junk mailbox because oftentimes our emails end up there.

Yes! We happily adopt out-of-state if your home is the best fit for the dog in question. The only state we cannot adopt to at this point in time is Hawaii due to quarantine periods and logistics of getting the dogs there. All out-of-state adopters are responsible for making travel arrangements to either drive or fly the dog back home. If flying, we need proof that the dog will be in the cabin as we do not allow dogs to fly cargo. Road Dogs DOES NOT ship dogs.

Adopting outside of the United States is very difficult due to customs clearance, mandatory quarantines and the logistics of transporting a dog.  However, we have been able to adopt a few dogs to Canada where it is easier to get a dog there without having to deal with these types of issues.

Since bulldogs tend to be “high maintenance” they have a tendency to be overwhelming both emotionally and financially for new dog owners. Any bulldog owner needs to be prepared for the following: A great deal of financial responsibility, pet insurance, high quality food and dietary supplements, daily cleaning care of skin folds, high potential of food and environmental allergies, higher risk of orthopedic problems, high risk of overheating & exercise exhaustion, breathing abnormalities, potential need for a dog trainer, and strong leadership/ownership due to behavioral stubbornness.

Adoption fees depend on many different factors including, but not limited to, breed, age and known medical issues, and can range from $300 to $1,500.

No, this is not possible as the person who will own the dog needs to be the one applying, providing all their information and doing the meet and greet with the dog.

If you adopt a Road Dog and once in your home you find he/she is not a good fit, please let us know and we will take them back into the rescue. Please remember a good rule of thumb is it takes an adopted dog 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to start to know your routine and 3 months to start to feel at home.

Yes! We encourage meet and greets with your current dog to ensure a good fit for everyone who is affected by bringing a new dog into the home. However, please know that dog-to-dog meet and greets are not always a clear representation of how two dogs will behave in a home together. As stated before, please remember a good rule of thumb is it takes an adopted dog 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to learn your routine and 3 months to start to feel at home. It’s during these periods of time that you, as the new owner and pack leader, need to be observant of the dog’s behavior and interactions. They will not “figure it out” on their own; they need your guidance.

FOSTER

All interested fosters need to fill out an application on our website. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer Road Dog foster coordinator. If the information you provided in your application indicates that you might be a good potential foster, we will contact you with next steps. Next steps can include, but are not limited to, phone interviews, providing pictures and videos of your home and all areas the dog will have access to, and reference checks.

Please note that if you reside in a rented residence, you will be asked to provide proof that you have landlord permission to have a dog (or another dog if you already have one) in your home. Proof can be a copy of the rental agreement or a letter from your landlord. Please also note that you will be asked to provide proof that all of the dogs in the home are fixed. We may call your veterinarian to be sure your dogs are up to date on vaccines and annual exams.

We do not have dogs that are looking for fosters listed anywhere, most of them come into rescue and are placed into a foster home almost immediately with people who have already applied online. We do send out emails monthly to approved applicants with incoming dogs that need homes and we post on our social media asking for fosters for specific dogs as well.

Upon submission of your application you will receive an automatically generated reply that indicates your application was received. We try our best to send individual responses to everyone, but it takes an average of 2 weeks. Also be sure to check your spam or junk mailbox because oftentimes our emails end up there.

As an LA based rescue, most of our resources and partnerships exist within this area. Since our fosters often need regular vet visits to address medical conditions as well as regular general health maintenance we do try and keep our fosters located closer to our preferred veterinarians. Additionally, placing a foster outside of Southern California can be difficult in the event things do not work out for some reason, it can be very difficult and costly to get the dog back into our care.

On rare occasions we are asked to rescue a dog out-of-state.  In the event that happens we do search our applicants to see if anyone is located close to where the dog currently is, so it never hurts to submit an application if you are out of state! If you hear of a bulldog breed near you in need of a new home, and you are willing to foster it, please reach out to us and we will see if we can make it a Road Dog.

Unfortunately we are not currently setup to have fosters located outside of the United States.

This is hard to say and we cannot guarantee a specific time period. As a rescue, our number one priority in placing dogs in their forever homes is that it is a great match for that dog’s specific set of needs and sometimes that takes longer to find with certain dogs than it does with others.

Road Dogs will cover all medical and food, so really it’s just love, care and a good home that you will need to be able to provide!

Reimbursement is fairly easy and quick! All you need to do is send a copy of your receipt to us and we will send you money. As of now we only reimburse through PayPal, so if you do not have an account you will need to set one up.

This is not something we do at this time, however if you take a foster dog into your home and it does not work out we will find another home that is a better fit for the dog. Given the unknown background of many of our rescues, we ask that if foster homes have other pets and/or small children, all introductions be taken very slowly and interactions are always monitored.

If you foster a Road Dog and once in your home you find he/she is not a good fit please let us know and we will find them a home that is a better fit.

It goes without saying that we ask our fosters to provide love, care and a safe environment for our dogs. However, you will also play a crucial role in our whole adoption process! Since we often know very little about a dog due to the various ways in which they enter our rescue, you are the ones who really get to know them, their personalities, their likes/dislikes, and other little quirks they may have.

You will be asked to help us write a bio on them, provide feedback on adoption applicants and bring your dog to meet & greets with a potential adopter. You will be required to send regular picture and video updates on your foster, the more often your dog is seen, the better chance they have at finding their perfect home in a timely manner. And, as a rescue that deals with a lot of medical dogs, you will need to be available to take your dog to the vet and/or specialist as needed to keep them in the best health possible.

No problem! Just contact your foster coordinator as soon as possible so we can make necessary arrangements to have your foster cared for while you are away. We are also happy to consider a trusted family member or friend should you have one that would like to doggy sit for you.

Since you are the one who spends the most time learning about your dog and the environment that would be the best fit, we need you to be a part of the process.  You’re the person who is best equipped to speak on their behalf!  Some people are more involved than others, however, at the minimum you will need to help in writing a bio for the adoption listing, give feedback on applicants that have already been reviewed by Road Dogs and possibly conduct meet and greets with potential adopters.

Foster homes are usually given first priority when it is time to place the dog in their forever home, however, there are certain situations in which this is not the case. Sometimes a dog will be placed in foster and a potential adopter is already lined up, or a previous adopter will express interest and may be given a priority, so in these instances the foster home wouldn’t be allowed to adopt. Otherwise, you’d be given the opportunity. There will be an adoption fee even if you have been fostering the dog.