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Adopter FAQs

What is my dog's history?

Many of our adopters want to know the history of their dogs. As owners of rescue dogs, we all completely understand. The truth though, is that in most cases we do not know their history. Many of the dogs were picked up as strays and not claimed by an owner. Others were surrendered by their owner for no real reason. What we do know, is that they are fortunate to be coming to your home and we look forward to hearing all about their new adventures with your family!

Can I change my dog's name?

Most of these dogs have not had their current names for very long, so changing their name is not a big deal at all. As soon as you decide to change your dog’s name, let us know! We love to know their new names and also like to have the correct name on their medical forms!

Is Crate Training a good idea?

Most of our dogs are introduced to crates in their southern foster homes, however, crate training is a work in progress for some of them. They all ride in crates during transport. Regardless of their age, we do recommend purchasing a crate for them. Most of our puppies have been with their litter-mates until they are placed on the transport vehicle and sent to us, so they may need to adjust to sleeping alone in a crate. Here is a link to an article from “The Whole Dog Journal” that should answer most of your crate training questions.

What should I feed my dog?

The rescues and shelters in the south rely on donations of food. These dogs eat several kinds of foods (dry kibble) in the south, and have been doing so for several weeks. Our experience with our rescued dogs is that they all do just fine if they start on a high quality dog food upon arrival. When your dog comes home, feed them a very, very high quality diet. Speaking of that, if you’re not sure what to feed? Check out Dog Food Advisor here and choose a 4-5 star food. (Here’s something interesting…Iams, Science Diet, and Pedigree are not on the list. You’ll be shocked when you see how low quality these foods really are…

Will I receive medical documentation for my dog?

All of Mary’s Dogs have all of the required vaccines according to their age, are spayed/neutered, have been given flea preventatives, heart worm medication (if old enough), have been wormed and have been micro-chipped before they arrive. All of our dogs go to the vet just 2 or 3 days prior to transport and are thoroughly checked before they are individually given a Health Certificate in order to travel on transport.

Once they arrive in NH, they are in quarantine for 48 hours (a NH State Law requirement) and just before being released to you, a vet performs a medical exam on your pup and issues a New Hampshire Health Certificate. So, unless there is a medical emergency, your pup does not need to see your veterinarian immediately. Their individual vet records remain with them during their quarantine.

You will receive that document when you pick up your dog/puppy. Your pup’s microchip information will also be part of that document. You will have to call the company (ex. Home Again) listed on your med form and transfer the microchip information to your name. For some of the companies, you will need to mail or fax a copy of your contract in order to register your dog in your name, without a fee. You will be getting a signed copy of your contract, in the mail, along with additional microchip information.

What if my dog is on a medication?

If your dog arrives in NH needing any medications, those medications will be given to you in your Mary’s Dogs welcome bag. All medications will include instructions for how and when to administer them to your dog, as well as follow up instructions as needed.

When can I pick-up my new dog?

Your pup will arrive at the quarantine facility where they will stay for 48 hours. Our vet, Dr. Jardon, will examine all of our Mary’s Dogs. Once your dog has arrived, we will send an e-mail to let you know how they are doing and to update you on pickup. Though we hope that all dogs will go home after just 48 hours, our main concern is sending home HEALTHY dogs so if your dog is positive for a parasite or has a cough, they will have to stay in quarantine until they have been treated and are able to receive a NH Health Certificate.