Thank you for adopting!
Congratulations on adding a new family member!
This page should help answer questions you may have when you get home.
The first few weeks of your new pet’s life with you will begin with registering your information on the dog’s microchip and will often include follow up vaccinations or vet appointments.
The majority of Rescue Rovers Dogs have a SmartTag Microchip.
Your dogs chip number was sent to you prior to you filling out the adoption contract. If there was NOT a company name listed next to the chip number, it's a SmartTag.
STEPS TO REGISTER SMART TAG MICROCHIP:
All SmartTag microchips placed as part of your adoption are currently registered to Rescue Rovers. We strongly encourage you to change the information on the microchip to your information. If you have received a paper, you can mail that in with your information as well.
Customer Support: (888) 379-8880 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST)
24/7 Emergency Support: (866) 603-6863
STEPS TO REGISTER OTHER MICROCHIPS:
If your dog was previously microchipped and has a different brand, you will need to contact that company to see what they require to change the info. Here is a list of other microchip companies’ info:
AVID 1-888-466-3242, email: email@example.com
Bayer ResQ 1-877-738-5465
Home Again 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242) firstname.lastname@example.org
Microfinder/Petlink email: email@example.com
911 petchip www.freepetchipregistry.com
***if you do not know what brand the microchip is you can look it up at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org
Your vaccination records will be sent to you both by email and by post within about 2 weeks of adoption.
If you need records more quickly, you can contact us. But please, keep in mind that Rescue Rovers is staffed entirely by volunteers and It may take us a moment to get back to you.
Our puppy vaccination schedule begins at 6 weeks or when we get the puppy from the shelter.
Our vaccinations may start earlier than your vet recommends; this is because we follow the high-risk protocol put out by ASPCA.
Puppies are vaccinated according to the following schedule:
1st set: Bordetella and DHPPV
2nd set: 2 to 5 weeks later - Bordetella and DHPPV
3rd set: 2 to 5 weeks later - DHPPV
Dogs 4 months:
1st set: Bordetella and DHPPV
2nd set: 2 to 5 weeks later - Bordetella and DHPPV
Dogs over 6 months:
1 shot series: Bordetella and DHPPV
If you have adopted a puppy who Is younger than 4 months they will still need their Rabies Vaccination and may need one last set in the series of Bordatella and/or DHPPV. You will be contacted by our medical team to schedule your Rabies Vaccinations. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your final set of shots in the series.
We recommend not taking your puppy to public locations until vaccinations are completed due to increased exposure to illnesses. Once completed, these vaccinations are good for 6 months to one year from date given. The cost for these vaccinations is included in the adoption fee if performed by a Rescue Rovers volunteer. If you do not keep on schedule, the vaccination series will be void and you will need to start it over at your own expense. If you choose to have your puppies vaccinations done at your own vet, you do so at your own expense. Should you choose this option, please email the verification of completed vaccinations to email@example.com
Spay and Neuter
***If you have any medical issues with a dog that was recently spayed or neutered, call The Spay and Neuter Clinic 801-262-6414. If you take your dog to your personal vet for post spay/neuter complications, RR is unable to reimburse you.
Your Next Step: Routine Tests & Wellness:
Rescue Rovers, a non-profit organization, does our best to provide basic medical coverage for the dogs we rescue while in our care. This generally covers microchipping, spay/neuter, Rabies, DHPPV and Bordetella vaccinations as described above. It is the nature of rescue that we do not have the financial means to supply screening and many tests that are available, usually low cost, through your own vet.
Rescue Rovers does not perform routine blood/stool tests on our dogs.
Therefore, we encourage you to take care of your new pet through regular wellness checkups and continued vaccinations. At the time of adoption, we suggest you schedule a visit with your personal vet, at your expense, for a physical examination. They may recommend a dental cleaning or basic tests such as a blood and/or fecal test to identify any unforeseen ailments such as heartworm, giardia, coccidia, intestinal worms or even suggest a modification to their diet, etc.
For any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing Your New Dog Home!
This is the point in the process when many people make the biggest mistake, frequently out of excitement over having a new family member. They drive home, bring the dog out of the car and to the front door, throw the door open, take off the leash, and let the dog loose to explore her new home . . . and the poor dog has no idea what’s going on or where she is. It may look like she’s excitedly investigating as she runs from room to room, sniffing everywhere, but she isn’t. You’ve just thrown her into a completely alien environment with no direction, and these early associations are going to stick. The place is unfamiliar, it smells different, and there doesn’t seem to be any way out.
These tips will help make the transition as easy as possible for you and your new pup! We also recommend the video 3 Dog Days which is available free on Amazon Prime and offers more great tips about bringing a dog home.
Keep it Mellow! Moving is stressful, and this is not your pups first move! He recently moved from a shelter to his foster home, and now he has another adjustment to make. New places and new people are exciting, but overwhelming. Give him time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing him to strangers. Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming him, or (even better) advise kids to let the dog approach them for the first few days. Keep the mood mellow and calm, limiting too much excitement for the first week to give your new dog time to settle in. This gives your new dog a chance to bond to you and lets you get to know him and his personality.
Set a Routine. When your dog knows what to expect from her people and environment, she’ll be much more likely to relax and show you her true personality! Your dog may be a bit uneasy at first as she gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of her as well as what she can expect from you. A routine helps with house training and is reassuring to your dog. From day one, your dog will need brief periods of crating or tethering to allow her to relax and recharge. Think of this like nap time for toddlers and remember that stimulation without rest leads to naughty behaviors.
Get a Jump Start on Training! The earlier you start, the faster and easier it will be to teach good manners and the better the lessons will stick. The two most important things to teach your dog are house training and appropriate behaviors around people and dogs.
House Training - As soon as you get home take him to his potty area immediately and spend a good amount of time with him so he will get used to the area and relieve himself. If he potties, be sure to praise and/or treat him. If he doesn’t, try again soon. Remember, potty training is best done with positive reinforcement so be ready with treats every time your pup goes outside, and treat him immediately when he potties in the right spot. When he does have an accident inside avoid spanking or rubbing his nose in the mess, these things don’t help him learn and instead teach him to fear you.
Appropriate Behaviors - Keeping a leash on your dog is the easiest way to make sure his interactions with other people and dogs don’t get out of hand, because you can correct or pull them away easily. Build a bond with your dog before exposing them to too much. Reward verbally, with affection or with treats when your dog does a good job.
This page has all the contact information for the trainers we work with and recommend. Training has been shown to be the most important factor when it comes to keeping dogs in their homes!
Remember, dogs take time to adjust in a new home! We recommend reading this page about just how long it takes dogs to settle into a new environment
Thank you again for adopting! By giving one of our dogs a loving home you've allowed us to save another in his place