Bringing Your Dog Home

How do I get my dog?

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Most of the time, you will meet your dog at a foster home which will be scheduled directly with the foster family at a time convenient for you and them. Other times, we may mutually decide it is best for you and the dog to pick the dog up directly from a professional transport. For adopters from Virginia to Maine along the I-95 corridor, we utilize USDA-licensed professional transport companies that have routes through these areas. Transport is a nearly weekly event and if the dogs originate in the South or Midwest our dogs generally leave the Southern or Midwestern area on a Friday and arrive at their destination on Saturday. We strictly adhere to all laws regarding the transport of animals and we are very careful about who we allow to transport our dogs. Each dog is crated separately in an appropriately-sized crate with water available at all times. Dogs are walked every few hours on the transport. All transport costs are included in the adoption fee, including a health certificate and vet check prior to transport. The following transport companies may provide transport for our dogs, so please ask your coordinator which transport company will be handling your dog:

Got Orphans Transport:

Alpha Dog Transport:

We do have other transports we use on occasion and there are other companies available for other areas. Please inquire if you are in an area not covered by our regular carriers.

We also on rare occasions transport dogs by air. Be aware that there are special rules for air travel. Dogs may not travel unless the temperature is above 20 and below 85 at both the departure and arrival cities. Air travel requires the purchase of an airline-approved crate which we can do for you. We will assist you in coordinating any air travel required. The cost of the air transport is the cost of the ticket, the crate and accessories. We do not charge for our time or any handling costs.

Transport pick up points for Alpha Dog Transport

Parsippany, NJ stop

7:00 AM
199 Smith Rd.
Parsipany, NJ (Sheraton)
Map link: Google Maps - Waterbury CT stop »

Waterbury, CT stop

10:00 AM
410 Reidville Drive
Waterbury, CT 06705
Approx Exit 25 84.
Going east on 84: Get off exit 25 — go straight thru 2 lights — there is a big lot easy to pull in and out and plenty of parking — big sign Raymour Flannegan furniture store is there.

Coming west: Get off exit 25 — left at light over the highway — light just over highway — right and down to Raymour Flannegan 146 or 95.
Google Map link: 410 Reidville Drive - Waterbury, CT »

Plainfield, CT stop

12:30 p.m.
Plainfield, CT drop directions: traveling northbound on I-395 — we will be at the Rest Area between Exits 89 & 90. There is a Mobil Station.
Map link: Mobil gas station / Near Interstate 395 »

Nashua, NH stop

2:30 p.m.
Nashua, NH drop directions: See Google map below.
Map link:

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What happens once I am approved?

Once you are approved, we will set up a transport date and make reservations as appropriate. We have an on-line adoption contract for you to fill out and the adoption fee can be paid on-line by credit card.

What can I expect of my new dog after transport?

When you first get your new dog, you can expect him or her to be out of sorts for a few days. Transport is stressful and your dog may be reserved when you get him or her. Your new dog may be thirsty and not hungry, so don't be surprised if he or she doesn't immediately hit the food bowl. We feed feeding Eagle Pack lamb and rice food now as the result of the food scare, but any quality food is fine. We do recommend you avoid anything with corn as an ingredient as it is a known allergen.

Your new dog may be really tired or wired and ready to romp - it's all up to the dog. Your dog is completely vetted and should not need anything other than a well visit down the road. If you have a puppy, we will include a list of what is left to be done in the puppy vetting process for you to share with your vet. Do be aware that your new dog is not vaccinated for lyme disease. Most of our dogs are vetted in the South and lyme disease does not (allegedly) exist there and the vets do not carry the vaccine there. You need to discuss that with your vet if this is an issue of concern in your area. It is a controversial vaccination and we urge you to discuss it with your vet. Your dogs medical records will travel with him or her and we will let you know when the last frontline and heartgard was given to your dog.

When your new dog arrives, expect an adjustment period. We always tell people to resist the temptation to take your new dog everywhere and introduce extended family. Your new dog needs to know what its new environment is before we start introducing new people. After a few days when your dog seems calm is the time to broaden horizons. We crate train our dogs unless you are told otherwise and we suggest you continue to crate your new dog until they earns their inside privileges. Our links page has some great information on how to crate train your dog and some housebreaking rules as well. The key to a successful transition is to let them “chill out” for a few days. Remember that the dog is in a new place with new smells, new people and a whole new routine. They will figure it out quickly, but they want to watch and observe things first to get the lay of the land.

If you are introducing your new dog in a home with other dogs and or cats, special care is required. Please see the links page for more information on how best to accomplish this. Under no circumstances should food be part of the equation.

Do bring a leash to transport, some water for the dog to drink and maybe some towels. They leave here fluffy and clean, but they sometimes show up a little worse for the wear.

Your dog is in excellent health. We send each dog to the vet for a health check up just before transport to check for any issues and to perform a fecal exam. Transport sometimes causes minor sniffles — there's a huge climate change from the South to you among other things. We do vaccinate for kennel cough, but be warned that it is like all colds very contagious and the vaccine does not cover every strain. If a cough is kennel cough, it will sound like the dog is trying to clear its throat and your dog may have a runny nose. If you see this, please let us know. We always tell people to pay attention to anything that would cause us concern. Fever, vomiting and/or blood in the stool are things that would cause us concern. Diarrhea sometimes happens because of stress and changes to what they've been eating. If that happens, you can switch a dog to a bland diet like chicken and rice for a day or so. They have all had clear fecal exams before they leave so there should be no parasite issues.

Puppies need to be rescreened for parasites a few weeks after transport as we find that they seem to be unhygienic creatures who think nothing of romping through all manner of gross things and they can pick up a worm. Regular preventatives like Advantage-multi keep these at bay and we rarely have an issue with an adult dog. Do keep an eye out for any bladder issues. When they hold it in their crates during transport they can develop bladder infections. It is rare, but happens. If you have any problems at all, please let us know immediately. We are especially concerned with any respiratory issues and transport is reason enough to alert us to anything. We strive to send very healthy dogs.

Check our page on common dog illnesses for more detailed information.

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