FAQs

General

Q: What’s the difference between an adoption rescue and transport rescue? 

A: A transport rescue is here to help facilitate saving animals by finding them placement in other areas with trusted rescue partners.

Q: Where do you get your funds to operate?

A: All funding comes from our supportive followers, rescue partners and business partners.

Q: How does everything work?

A: Our rescue partners are all foster based, once they see a dog or cat that they can help (breed/age and size taken into consideration) with an open foster or adopter for that particular pet, they send a “tag” request to the shelter. Since they are usually hundreds of miles north of us, you can imagine the logistics would’ve been impossible without the support of Passport for Paws. Once that tag is confirmed on a shelter pet, we step in and find a foster for them until we can set up their transport. Usually, they can be ready for transport in 2-4 weeks, on average.

Q: Where do you find your animals?

A: Mainly at full shelters in the DFW area. On occasion, we do help strays or homeless animals, but our focus is code red or full shelters facing euthanasia.

Q: How do you evaluate animals?

A: We rely completely on shelter volunteers to assess our pets before consideration.

Q: Why do the majority of the dogs go to Minnesota?

A: Briana lived in Minnesota, and was involved with multiple non-profit animal organizations while living there. The deplorable shelter conditions in Texas are not seen in Minnesota where strays and overbreeding has been non-issue. Many believe this has to do with stronger laws for spay and neuter in the Northern states, also demographics/culture in general, and additionally the harsh winter weather. There are other rescue coordinators that are helping the same way as P4P does for Texas dogs to move large quantities to Washington and Massachusetts by the bus-loads, as well.

Fostering

Q: if I pay for medical items how do I get reimbursed?

A: You must provide a copy of itemized receipt to us, and we will reimburse you for the cost of APPROVED medical cost within one day.

Q: What should I expect on the day I say goodbye to my foster pet?

A: Typically, 2-3 days prior to transport departure, we will send a reminder to all Fosters with specific departure information. If you are unable to meet the transport, notify us, and we’ll arrange a volunteer to pick up your animal. Every animal needs to have paperwork with a current Rabies vaccine and Distemper/Parvo vaccine as well as a leash.

Q: What happens if my foster pet gets to their destination and doesn’t get adopted?

A: All dogs will be fostered through their respective rescue organization UNTIL they are adopted. It doesn’t matter if this takes 5 years, or 1 week, that is what rescue does. No animals are euthanized if they aren’t adopted quickly enough. All animals will have a background check done, a home-visit, and a basic adoption application to get to know the adopter – rest assured, these animals WILL find homes.

Q: Where exactly is my foster animal going when he/she arrives to their destination?

A: Currently, P4P’s rescue network reaches ELEVEN different nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. The rescues will receive their respective pet straight off of transport where they will be seen by a veterinary team to examine their overall health. They will be treated for heartworm disease, spayed/ neutered, booster vaccines, microchipped, and fecal exams. They will eventually be trained for any behavioral issues they may have (timid/fearful, food aggression, toy-possessive). These are all non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue organizations working to save animals.