FAQs

Where is your shelter located?
We are a foster home based rescue. Instead, our adoptable dogs are in foster homes all over the Central Kentucky area. This helps us in two ways. First, it allows us to save as many dogs from being euthanized as we can find foster homes for since we aren’t limited by a certain number of kennel runs in a building. Second, it allows our fosters to really get to know the dogs and help us place them into homes that will be a good fit for both the dog and the adoptive family. We also have a location now at 295 Petersburg Rd, Boston, KY 40107.

How can I meet your adoptable dogs?
The first step in meeting one of our adoptable dogs is to fill out an adoption application here. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to set up a meet and greet with the dog(s) you are interested in.

Where do your adoptable dogs come from?
Almost all of our adoptable dogs come from the Nelson County Animal Shelter, where they were scheduled to be euthanized. Some of these dogs were found as strays and some were surrendered by the owners who were no longer willing or able to care for them. A small number of these dogs may be courtesy listings, meaning these are dogs who are currently still living with their owner while we help place them into a new home.

How much is your adoption fee?
Our adoption fee is generally $150.

What is included with the adoption fee?
Your adoption fee helps pay for the cost of your dog’s spay/neuter, heartworm test, fecal test, veterinary evaluation, and vaccinations. Additionally, your adoption fee may help defray the extraordinary vet expenses we incur with some dogs, such as treating parvo, heartworms, and other conditions.

I need to contact you about a specific dog. What is your phone number?
The best starting point for contacting us is to send an email to info+barktownrescue+org. Because our dogs are in foster homes, it is easiest for us to respond to your email after we have a chance to speak with the foster, or to put them in touch with you.

How long does the application process take?
After you fill out an adoption application, we try to let you know if you have been approved within 48 hours. However, this is not always possible since we have to contact your veterinarian and references, and most vet’s offices are closed on weekends. If you have not heard from a Barktown representative within 3 days of applying, please send an email to info+barktownrescue+org to check the status of your application.

How do I know what dogs are available?
You can see the dogs (and sometimes cats too!) that we have available for adoption by clicking here: (link to adoptable animals). We do not take a dog down from our adoptable animals page until he/she is officially adopted. This means that some dogs that are listed may have a pending application. If you see a dog you are interested in, please apply. An adoption may fall through, and we always like to have multiple applications on a dog so we can be sure the adoptive family is the right fit for the particular dog.

Will my dog have any training?
All our dogs have lived in a home before coming to you. Our fosters work hard with puppies especially to make sure they are on the right track as far as housetraining. Some fosters have more experience with training than others, so your new dog may have learned some basic commands in their foster home. We strongly believe that a well-trained dog is a happy dog and we encourage you to deepen the bond with your new pet by enrolling in an obedience class. We have several trainers we work with in the area and are happy to put you in touch with one of them, just send us an email at info+barktownrescue+org.

Can you help me re-home my dog?
If you have a dog that you are no longer able to care for, we are happy to help you find a new home for your pet. However, we cannot provide a foster home for your dog since we are always full and try to keep foster homes open for dogs that are scheduled to be euthanized. If you are willing to “foster” your dog while we list it on our website and screen applicants, we would love to help. Send us an email with your contact information, information about the dog (personality, housebroken, spayed/neutered, etc.), along with some recent photos to info+barktownrescue+org, and we will list him or her on our website.

How can I support Barktown Rescue?
There are many ways for you to help out. We are always looking for foster homes! To apply to become a Barktown foster, click here: foster application. We have many items on our Wish List that we need year-round, especially dog food. You can view our Wish List here: how you can help. We rely entirely on donations from the community. You can make a tax deductible donation by clicking here.