Phone: 314-750-7484
Fax: 636-660-1541
We are a 100% volunteer-based, no kill, 501(c)(3), foster-based rescue

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE DOES RETRIEVERS & FRIENDS OF ST. LOUIS GET ITS FUNDING?

Retrievers & Friends of St. Louis (RFSTL) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  We rely entirely on generous donations from our supporters and fundraising events. 

HOW CAN I FOSTER A DOG FOR RFSTL?

Homes interested in fostering should complete the Foster Home Application available on our website. A volunteer will contact you to set up a home visit and go over the Foster Home Contract.  Once approved, you will be contacted if one of our rescue dogs would be well suited for your home.  Foster homes will assume the responsibility of transporting the foster dog to all veterinary appointments, adoption events and, when necessary, training classes. We prefer that the foster family have a adequately fenced yard to ensure a safe enviorment for the dog.

Foster homes are what allow us to rescue more dogs, and we appreciate the commitment they make to the rescue and the pups.   Often, a foster home is the first home the rescue dog has known in a very long time, if ever.  As such, there may be growing pains, as the foster family assists their foster dog in learning manners, house-training and in some cases the touch of a human.  For all the effort foster families put into working with their dogs, it will come back to them many times over.  

WILL YOU ADOPT YOUR DOGS ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES?

We generally focus on finding adoptive homes for our dogs in the bi-state area.  Occassionally, we may entertain transporting a rescue dog outside that area.  This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

WHERE DO THE DOGS YOU RESCUE COME FROM?

Owner Surrenders

It is a painful decision but owners are sometimes forced to give up their dogs.  The most common reasons include military deployment, illness, divorce, new baby, relocation and an inability to provide the necessary care for the dog (veterinary care, medication, food, training, grooming, etc.).

Animal Control and Shelters

Stray dogs are a huge problem in this country.  They often wind up in animal control or high kill shelters where they have a very limited period of time to be adopted or else be euthanized. If the dog is old or has special needs, they often receive little attention from the facilities or potential adopters, which may lead to their euthanasia.  As a non-profit rescue, we have the ability to pull these dogs whose lives are at risk from animal control and high kill shelters, saving their lives in the process.

Breeders

It is common practice for dog breeders to retire their older breeding dogs.  Occassionally, they may also have younger dogs that need to find a home.  When this happens, breeders contact rescue organizations like ours to assist in finding well suited forever homes for these dogs.

ARE THE DOGS YOU PLACE HEALTHY?

All of our dogs receive a comprehensive veterinary examination, all the necessary shots (including rabies), microchipping, spaying/neutering and are heartworm tested.  Each rescue dog is started on heartworm and flea/tick preventative.  Any medical condition(s) we discover are treated before the dog is made available for adoption.  It should be noted, however, that we do not guarantee the general health of any dog and can only disclose what we know at the time of the adoption.

HOW MUCH ARE THE ADOPTION DONATIONS?

The adoption donations are:

  •          $395 for puppies 8 weeks through 11 months
  •           $325 for dogs 11 months through 7 years

  •           $175 for senior dogs

These donations help us offset costs associated with veterinary care, training and many of the other day-to-day expenses incurred in order to find forever homes for our rescues.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A FENCED IN YARD TO ADOPT A DOG FROM YOUR RESCUE?

Retrievers & Friends of St. Louis requires that all Foster, Foster To Adopt and Adoptive homes provide a completely/adequately fenced yard.  For homes with electronic/invisible fences, it is required that the fence be professionally installed.

For Foster, Foster to Adopt and Adoptive homes that are apartments or condos, placement is at the descretion of RFSTL and on a case-by-case, dog-by-dog basis.