Frequently Asked Questions

Adoption - General

Why do I have to agree to share my information with Boehringer-Ingelheim (BI)?

Saving Grace is in partnership with Boehringer-Ingelheim (BI) and participate in their free preventatives program. Upon adoption, BI receives your contact information and will reach out about future services. You will have the opportunity to opt out of communications at that time.

How can I help my dog if they have separation anxiety?

Some pets show distress when separated from family members.  It isn’t clear exactly what causes separation anxiety – some pets may be genetically predisposed, or it may be a learned behavior. Either way, there are things that you can do to help prevent separation anxiety, and ways to lessen the anxiety when you’r not there.

Some great resources:

Fear Free Happy Homes Website

Some great videos about separation anxiety and what you can do about it.

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“I’ll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety”

Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand. An essential part of any canine library! Would make an excellent hand-out in classes, for vet offices, or humane societies!

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How to Help with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs can be treated with these tried and tested training methods. How to help a dog with separation anxiety depends on the dog and his symptoms – here are ways you can calm an anxious dog who hates to be alone.

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What if I fall in love with my host dog and want to adopt?

If you are sure you want to adopt your host dog, you will need to submit an adoption request . Once the application is submitted, please let our host team know so they can coordinate with the adoption team and get back to you on next steps.

This process allows for your application to be seen and attended to more promptly.

Adoption is not guaranteed but we will do our very best to make the adoption possible.

How much does it cost to care for a dog?

A small donation can save a life…..will you commit to helping us?

Ever thought about how much it costs to care for a dog? Proper care is more than just feeding and providing shelter for an animal; it also includes medical care, housing, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, grounds upkeep, etc.

At Saving Grace, we think our dogs are pretty lucky. They don’t go to a shelter or kennel; they come home! During their stay with us, we provide food, exercise and most importantly, love. Now, the love and attention are free by a small army of dedicated volunteers, but we do incur lots of costs for their daily upkeep.

Many of these animals have never had medical care, so one of the first steps is providing them proper treatment and addressing health issues. Talk to any veterinarian about the costs of treating animals – especially those that Saving Grace has rescued. The list is very long – but we do this not only for the benefit of our animals but also for your peace of mind. You can be assured that the animal you adopt has had the best care possible.

Though we are sure the dogs would like to roam free all day and night, we have several fenced in areas for the dogs to have quality time outside. As good as this is some of these dogs still want to get out, so we have to make sure fences, gates, and nighttime sleeping arrangements are all maintained to keep the dogs safe. Grounds maintenance is a daily affair on the farm and imperative to the health and well-being of the dogs entrusted in to our care.

Shelter, Food, Comfort and Care for 80+ Dogs every month/365 Days a Year

To address all these costs, we do charge an adoption fee of $375. Even though we are a 501-C3(b) organization (which makes your donation tax deductible), we do not receive state assistance or regular, substantial donations like other local animal shelters. Saving Grace depends 100% on private donations to keep our doors opened.

The adoption fee only covers a fraction of the cost to care for the dogs in the manner they deserve, so we need your donations to help us continue our work. Sometimes these animals are with us for quite a while before they are adopted, which means it may be some time before we can collect an adoption fee to help off-set expenses. Since our organization has a solid reputation in the state for helping abandoned and neglected animals, we often are asked to take puppies from puppy mills when they are shut down. These animals specifically are with us for weeks and often times months before we can offer them up to good homes. Saving Grace is at the ready to help any dog in need, and without groups like ours these animals would have nowhere to go.

We know a financial contribution of any amount is a big deal. We don’t take that for granted.

We value our loyal donors and want you to know these monies go right to use saving and caring for the dogs we rescue throughout eastern North Carolina. The generosity of people like you is the reason we can continue this life saving work, rehabilitating discarded and abandoned animals into amazing family members.

Won’t you consider helping us on an ongoing basis with a monthly donation? A small amount can save a life and these dogs deserve only the best life has to offer.

Puppy getting medical exam
Rescue dogs at airport

What Should You Do if Your New Dog Won’t Eat?

You’ve brought your new dog home, and it refuses to eat. Argh, now what?

While it can be a nerve-wracking experience, it isn’t uncommon for an animal to take a day or 2 to settle in and start eating consistently.

Read more here on to learn what to do if your new dog turns its nose up at your food offerings.

Helping dogs integrate with current family pets

Dogs are pack animals, and in most cases, enjoy the company of others of their species. Many dogs are able to cohabitate with other types of animals.

NOTE: It is important when helping pets establish a relationship that someone is always present to monitor interactions. 

Tips for helping dogs get started with other dogs:

Take lots of “pack walks”

This is especially important on initial introduction when you are bringing your new dog home. Meetings and activities early on in neutral areas are helpful for first meetings and welcoming. Physical and structured exercise is a key activity in establishing a healthy routine for your dog. This is crucial to a dog both physically and mentally. Walking as a group can help further the bond between dogs as well as the humans that provide this activity.

Always keep food (and bones) separate

Dogs have an instinctual habit to guard their most basic resource from other animals – food. It is always imperative to respect your animal’s need for this. All animals’ food in your home should be separate so that your dog understands there is no need to protect or guard their meals from other animals. Although it is less common for dogs to protect resources from humans it is always beneficial to teach children as well as for adults alike to respect an animals’ needs and space while eating.

Toys, and beds can be resources too

Although it is less common, some dogs may have a need to be possessive of toys or certain other belongings in the home. It is most common that the established dog would claim these as their own toward the new addition to the family. If you experience guarding of any items in the home it is best to remove the items until a later time that the dogs have built a more solid relationship, routine and foundation. If you are unsure, it is always best to remove these items initially.

Provide separate spaces and outlets

Your newest addition needs a space to retreat and decompress from the wide variety of changes and activities they are undergoing. Your current dog will likely need this time as well, as they adjust to a new member of the home and change of dynamic. Providing separate crate and down time in addition to separate training and outing time is just as important as bonding time. Your newest friend will likely need a good deal of attention and training to get settled but make sure your current dog receives ample special attention too to prevent frustration and jealousy. 

Do not leave your new dog unattended

A dog new to an environment adjusting to a multi-pet or family member home should never be left unattended without the supervision of an adult. Your new dog lacks understanding of their new routine, rules and boundaries. Crate training is always a helpful technique if your new dog must be left alone. Do not leave a dog that is not bonded with the other pets in your home for any amount of time.

Be present

When integrating dogs in a new environment with others, an adult should always be present. A dog new to any situation should never be left unattended with another dog, a child or in an unfamiliar area. Being present requires that this adult remain aware and attentive (phone down, computer/tv off etc.). 

Tips for helping dogs get started with a cat:

Meet on leash

It is always helpful if you are unsure how your new dog and cat will react to one other if you manage the first meeting on leash. This will give you peace of mind that you have control of the initial meeting, and your dog an understanding that they cannot and should not chase. Your cat is then free to react and leave the area if they feel necessary.

Provide your cat their own “safe” space

Your cat should have their own space where they do not have to interact with a dog when desired. This space should contain their food (which is in most cases unhealthy for a dog’s consumption), their litter setup, and a space to sleep and rest apart from their canine housemates. Setting your new dog and cat up for success with the use of baby gates, cat doors, and other forms of barriers from this allotted cat space are some of the most efficient options.

Do not leave your new dog unattended

A dog new to an environment adjusting to a multi-pet or family member home should never be left unattended without the supervision of an adult. Your new dog lacks understanding of their new routine, rules and boundaries. Crate training is always a helpful technique if your new dog must be left alone. Do not leave a dog that is not bonded with the other pets in your home for any amount of time.

Other small animals:

As a result of a dog’s natural prey and chase drive – all other small animals of any kind should remain diligently separate. This includes birds and other fowl, rabbits. guinea pigs, other small rodents, and reptiles. If your family possesses small animals of this kind it is important to have a proper setup and family plan in place to ensure the safety of these current pets.

Common Concerns with Newly Adopted Dogs

Remember, chances are that just about everything they encounter will be “new” to your new pet when you get them home. Some will adapt easily – others may display some signs of stress or anxiety. Some common examples of such behavior:

  • Decreased appetite or nervousness being observed eating
    • Try feeding your new pup in their crate to make them feel safe.
  • Loose or lack of stools and or frequent or infrequent urination
    • Your veterinary professional will rule out medical reasons for this at your wellness exam.
  • Restlessness or panting
  • Decreased energy
  • Cowering or hiding – especially from loud noises

Although your dog may experience some of these concerns to some degree please contact a veterinary professional if your dog’s behavior or health appears concerning.

Things That May Be New to Your Dog

Dogs that have not been largely indoor members of a family home prior to joining Saving Grace may not have experienced some of what most pet owners consider “normal” everyday activities. Examples include:

  • Walking on lead – especially in more urban areas
  • Basic manners and commands
  • Bathing and other routine grooming
  • Riding in the car
  • Stairs and slippery flooring
  • Televisions, vacuums and other appliances
  • Visiting public places – pet stores, parks, outdoor restaurants
  • Toys, playing fetch or other games
  • Eating meals on a consistent schedule

Even dogs that have experienced these, are in a new place with new people which makes things a little different than what they were used to prior to their adoption.

Key Ingredients for Success

  • Ensure your dog has a consistent and adequate daily exercise routine – This will be different for every dog based on age and possible breed mix. Different dogs require different levels of exercise and activities. Dogs that are not properly stimulated will display a variety of bad habits out of frustration. Working breed mixes will require the most vigorous training and exercise regimens.
  • Seek out a professional training schedule – Whether you have raised 1 dog or 10 (or NONE) – it is always beneficial to work with a professional. This keeps learning consistent (especially for families) and helps to keep families more involved and motivated and committed to the training investment. Dogs enrolled in classes tend to be more engaged and compelled to learn when working outside of the home. Training is essential to bonding as well as the continued success and understanding of expectations and boundaries. Dogs and owners gained added confidences from 
  • Invest in your dog’s health and wellness – Get to know your veterinary professional. Ask questions and research available options for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Discuss with a professional, the best approach to your new pet’s diet, medications and continuing health routine. A veterinarian you can count on to stay up to date with animal health, and trust with your personal pet’s needs is peace of mind to any pet owner. 

Investing heavily in training and diet/health are the two best investments you can make for your new companion. Dogs are not impressed by fancy bowls, collars beds etc. – spend your savings where it counts! For Saving Grace’s recommendation sheet for all of your pets needs click here

Crate and House Training

The Saving Grace team works to lay the groundwork for your new dog’s crate training. The dogs are housed in a group building and crated for periods throughout the day each day and overnight. Crating in your home will be different as there is not a group of other crated dogs for companionship. House training will be the responsibility of each dog’s new family. Every home environment, schedule, setup and routine is unique. This is something you will have to work on together.

Follow these links for tips on crate training and house training.

Host a Dog Sleepover

Step 1 What is a Sleepover?

Find out more about our Sleepover program.

Step 2 Pick a Date

Sign up for each time you'd like to have a Sleepover guest.

Step 3 Pick them up

Pick up your sleepover guest, and find fun things to do!

Step 4 Bring them back

It is tough to let them go, but maybe they'll become a permanent member of your home!

Foster a Dog

Step 1 Understand what it takes

Fostering isn't for everyone. Could it be a good fit for you?

Step 2
Apply to become a foster

Show your interest and let us get the process started

Step 3 Attend a Foster Orientation

Pick a session from the calendar to find out more about the program.

Step 4
Accept an Assignment

Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

Adopt from Saving Grace

Happy Tails

Stories shared by happy adopters

Step 1 Understand the responsibility

Make sure you understand how adopting a new pet will impact your life.

Step 2
Apply to adopt

Start the formal process that will get you an appointment to meet available dogs.

Step 3 Take them home

Once we all agree you've found your new pet, pay the adoption fee and take them home (after stopping at the Supply Co)!

Step 4
Love them!

Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

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aka “The Funny Farm” 
13400 Old Creedmoor Rd,
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

Saving Grace Robeson County

273 Kenric Dr.
Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

Saving Grace Wake Forest

13400 Old Creedmoor Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

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273 Kenric Dr.
Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

Volunteer for Saving Grace

Step 1 Explore our volunteer options

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Step 2 Fill out the application form

Step 5 Sign up for shifts/tasks

Step 3 Attend volunteer orientation

Step 6 Keep coming back!

We Need Fosters!

Not all our dogs are ready to stay at the Funny Farm – our Fosters help get them ready for adoption!

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