Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I help?
A. We are in always in need in fosters for the dogs. It is a great way to help out a dog and does not cost you anything. It is a way of having a dog but you don’t have to worry about the long-term responsibility of the dog because we will cover all expenses until the dog is adopted. If you need to take a break from fostering your dog just lets us know and we will find a new foster.

Q. I’m interested in being a foster.  What is required of me?
A. We will provide (veterinary care, dog food, dog crate, toys, etc.). All you have to do is provide love, affection, and care for a dog such as basic training, socialization, and healthy behavior practices.  Please update us on how your foster dog is doing.  We rely on our fosters to provide updated images and biographies for our available dogs.  This will help them find their forever home faster.

Q. I can’t be a foster parent for a dog.  How else can I help?
A. Our organization relies upon volunteers to help set-up, participate in, and break-down our adoption events.  Please contact us for volunteer opportunities.  In addition, we are in need of items to help care for our rescue dogs.  Here is a list of the following items that we need: Dog Food, Dog Crates, Leashes, Collars, Dog Toys, Dog Treats, Newspapers, Blankets, Dog Beds, Dog Houses, Donations to help cover medical expenses.

Q. How are your fees determined?
A. Our fees are similar to that of other private rescue groups. We are a private non-profit that does not get any help from the government. We rely on the adoption fees and donations so that we can save dogs.

Q. What does the adoption fee cover?
A. We spay and neuter our dogs prior to adoption.  In addition, they will be up to date on their vaccines.

Q. Where does my donation/adoption fee go?
A. Adoption fees pay for medical care, vaccines, and food of the dogs that are in foster care. We also use a substantial amount of donations/adoption fees to spay/neuter the dogs of low-income families in Mexico. We have a volunteer that goes door-to-door in Mexico and asks people if we can spay/neuter their dog or cat. We fix 20 dogs/cats per week in Mexico on average.

Q.Where can I meet the dog that I am interested in?
A. Since we do not have a central shelter we hold adoption Events. This is the best place to meet a dog that you are interested in. We do not bring every dog to every event so it is important that you let us know that you will be attending to see a particular dog. We may also be able to set up a meet-and-greet with the foster family but that depends on the foster family.

Q. How does the adoption process begin?
A. Fill out the application form.  Once your application has been reviewed and approved, we can arrange for a meet and greet.  Alternatively, you can meet our dogs at our adoption events but you will need to let us know if you are interested in a particular dog as not as dogs are at all adoption events.

Q. What/who should I bring to the meet and greet?
A. Family members and any other pets you have to see how the dog you’re interested in will interact.  This will help ensure that it is a perfect match.

Q. Why can’t I adopt the dog?
A. We do reserve the right to refuse an adoption. If your application for the adoption of a pet is not approved, we will do our best to explain the reason(s). A denial is not a rejection of you as a person; it is a refusal to place a pet in a situation that we do not feel is a good match or does not meet our policies. For example, your pets must be spayed or neutered in order to adopt a dog.

Q. Can I adopt a pit bull?
A. A New Life Charitable Foundation requires that pit bulls may only be placed in homes where the adopter is the homeowner. We are not able to place pit bulls in rental homes.

Q. I adopted a dog last week and it is sick.
A. We do our best to ensure that the dogs are healthy prior to adoption but sometimes they do get sick. Both stress and diet change can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, so keep an eye out for these or any other signs of illness (many of which may also be brought on by stress and stress can be brought on by a change in location or being separated from littermates). If you think the dog you adopted needs to see a vet please contact us. We will get you an appointment with our vet and we will cover the expenses. However, we do not cover any expenses at a vet other than our own and when we make the appointment.

Q. I took the dog that I adopted from you to my vet because it was sick, I want ANLCF to reimburse me for the expenses.
A. ANLCF only covers medical expenses incurred at one of our vets and only when we make the appointment for you. We will not reimburse you for any expenses at any other vet. The adoption contract describes this in detail.

Q. What can I expect when adopting a dog/puppy?
A. Adopting a pet is like having a child.  You will need time, patience, energy, and of course money to financially support your new addition to the family.  It takes dedication and patience to raise a dog.  Adopting a dog is a great commitment, so keep in mind that a dog will react to its environment based on its personality.  How a dog will react and interact with its environment is largely dependent on its past experiences.  Adoption should be well-thought out and taken seriously.  If you are a family, ensure that all family members agree to adopting a dog.

Q. I am looking for a puppy but do not see many on your website.
A. We have many puppies that are always becoming available that we do not have time to post our our website as they typically get adopted at the first adoption event they attend. They are rescued from families that have not fixed their dogs in Mexico. When we rescue these relinqushed puppies we fix them and the previous owners mother dog as well free of charge to the relinquisher.