Q. What is your adoption process?
A. We are very careful about placing the right dog in the right home. Please keep in mind that we are not selling dogs and going through our screening process does not ensure you will be approved to adopt a dog from us. Here is how it works:
STEP 1. Submit Online Application
STEP 2. A representative will call you to discuss your application.
STEP 3. Submit photos of your home, yard and household members for review by the team.
STEP 4. Home visit, or video chat in lieu of visit.
STEP 5. Sign agreement, pick up your new best friend!
Due to increased volume of applications and inquiries, we will not be able to get back to every one. Please be patient as HARA is run solely by volunteers with full time jobs. Feel free to follow up if you have not received a response after a week.
Q. Can I meet the animal first?
A. If the animal is being fostered locally, we can set up a meeting after the initial application has been accepted.
If the animal is being fostered abroad, the first time you will be meeting the animal is at the airport, after your adoption has been confirmed. We understand that this is a large commitment without having met the animal, and therefor try our best to provide as much information on the animal (profiles, videos) as we possibly can. We are in close touch with each foster family and they know the animal best, usually the animal has been with the foster family for 2 months or more.
Q. How do you know what breed mix they are?
A. The simple answer is - We don't. That is part of the intrigue and beauty of a rescue dog. The breed mix is our best guess based on experience with hundreds of dogs and knowledge of dog breeds in the local area or rescue. We do not conduct gene testing due to high cost, and because the results are unreliable (especially so with an international rescue dog).
Q. I have an existing pet and want to make sure they are a good fit.
A. The most important factor is a proper introduction between existing pet and new pet. If this is done correctly, most pets will coexist peacefully. Please always consider your existing pet's personality, we also encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have. We can provide personalized tips to ensure that the process is as stress-fee as possible for you, your family, and your pets.
Q. What is the adoption fee?
A. Taiwan dogs - The adoption fee starts at $380 for dogs over age of 1 year and puppies under 1 year of age start at $425 to subsidize for senior dogs ($425 for NYC regardless of age),
South Korea dogs - Minimum donation of $525 for adult dogs over the age of 1 year and $625 for puppies 1 year and under. Spay and neuter is not included for puppies from South Korea under the age 6 months. It is mandatory that our dogs will be fixed by 8 months old and it is the adopter’s mandatory responsibility. Failure to provide proof of spay/neuter will result in the adoption being forfeited and HARA will repossess the dog.
We leave it up to our adopters to decide how much they would like to contribute. Our Taiwanese rescues cost an average of $1200 per animal (more if there are medical issues such as injuries or parasites). Our South Korean dogs are from Jeju Island, which means they take two separate flights to reach the US and thus resulting in a much higher cost. The adoption fee is considered your contribution to this amount. The rest is funded by donations and volunteer efforts from the dog’s home country - They would rather see these animals find a home, than to starve or be euthanized. Local efforts are also being made to spread awareness and educate the public, in order to address current issues and to minimize the number of animals that need saving. Slowly but surely, we will get there!
Q. What is included in the adoption fee?
A. Spay/Neuter (South Korean puppies under 6 months of age will be unfixed), vaccinations, medical treatments if necessary (you will be provided with all medical documentation), microchip, a crate during transport (to be returned to us for future rescues or can be purchased from us), harness/collar and leash, the flight for international adoptions, and a lifetime of love!
Q. Why international rescues?
A. We believe that adopting a dog, is like adopting a human child. It does not matter where they were born, every dog deserves a chance at life and a loving home. There are dogs in urgent need, especially in parts of the world where animal cruelty laws are not in place, or enforced. We take extra care to ensure that our international rescues are not displacing local dogs in need, and that our international rescues meet all health guidelines upon entering the United States.