Erica's Waggy Tails, Inc.
Below, you will find some questions that are commonly asked relating
to adoption, fostering, and our processes.
If the FAQ does not answer your question(s), please email us and we will respond within 24-48 business hours.
Do you have a facility?
No, there is no rescue facility, building, shelter, or physical
address. Erica's Waggy Tails, Inc. is a foster-based rescue. Each dog
is located with a different foster family, foster homes are through out South Carolina.
What is the adoption fee?
The typical adoption fee is $255 unless otherwise specified. The most
an adoption fee will ever be is $350 if extensive vet care was done on
the dog such as heartworm treatment, surgery, or an emergency. The adoption fee is only a very
small fraction of what is typically spent on each dog. We would not be
able to continue saving dogs without the adoption fee.
Adoption fees will be non-refundable. There is no trial period that
exempts you from this. We put in hours of work and tons of money into
these animals and the adoption process. If you are returning your
animal even after 24 hours, you have just donated $235 to our rescue.
So please make sure you are ready to put the time and energy into your
new pet. They are going to need time and patience to adjust to a new
home. And as always, if you need to rehome your pet for any reason,
they are REQUIRED to come back to us, this is non-negotiable. If we cannot take the dog back, I will try to help find another reputable rescue that can.
All dogs are available for adoption unless and until a $150 non refundable hold deposit is given. This non refundable fee goes towards the adoption fee.
How do I apply to adopt?
How do I apply to foster?
What's the adoption process?
Once the application is approved, there's a home
Check, then a meet and greet with all family members and all current pets. From there, you're welcome to start a 1-week home trial to
see if it's the right match before making the adoption final. The
trial begins on the same day as the meet and greet unless you decide
not to go forward with the adoption process. The adoption fee and
signed adoption contracts are due before the start of the home trial.
If you decide not to adopt, the adoption fee is non-refundable (unless an exception has been made).
What do you know about the dog’s background?
We usually don't know anything at all about a dogs background. Most
times, they were either a stray or an owner surrender, or seized by animal control because of neglect/abuse. That is all we
Can you tell me more about fostering?
Fostering is free for you, everything is provided (if available),
including a crate, blankets, bowls, toys. Food, heartworm preventative
and flea and tick preventatives are always provided. You may choose to
buy their food as a donation. You must be able to bring your foster dog to vet appointments, transport your foster dog to and from appointments safely in an appropriate sized crate in your vehicle, and you may be required to help bring dogs to meet and greets.
I want to foster a dog, is the dog house-broke/"potty trained"?
We pull dogs from shelters that are on death row, we cannot tell you
if the dog is house broken or trained yet, because we don't know! We
usually don't know much about the dog until after it is in foster care
and we learn more about the dogs personality and if the dog knows any
basic training. It is recommended not to expect these things. Most
times, all we can ask of the shelter is to tempermant test the dog and
make sure it is healthy. Even once a dog is house trained in a foster home, you must still expect accidents from the dog in a new environment during a meet and greet and home trial.
Can I come meet the dog that I want to adopt?
Before setting up a meet and greet, an adoption
application must already be filled out and approved. You must be very
serious about adopting if you are going to set up a meet and greet.
What is the best way to reach someone?
By email at [email protected] This allows for a quick way to
respond and something to go back and look at later if needed. A
facebook comment is not a proper way to communicate as there are too
many notifications and they do not all get checked. All emails, Facebook, and applications are monitored by only one person, so please be patient.
We all work full time jobs and have families and our own pets, so a phone call is also
not the best way of contact.
What vet care does the dog have?
All dogs have an exam, are up to date on vaccinations, up to date on
heartworm preventative and flea and tick preventative, spayed or
neutered, micro-chipped, as well as any other necessary medical needs. Erica will get basic bloodwork done of the budget allows. We normally do not have it in the budget to do dentals so that is something that a new owner may have to get done after adoption. Senior dogs will either have solely a rabies vaccine done to prevent over vaccinating and if the budget allows there may be a titer test done to test immunity in place of vaccinations.
Do you know the dog's birthday?
We do not. The age is an estimate given by a licensed veterinarian.
Where can I donate?
Paypal to [email protected] or use the website donate button,
there is also an option to make it a monthly donation!
I would like to donate an item, what are your needs?
We ALWAYS need food (we feed Diamond Naturals Beef or a higher quality
food), Heartgard, Flea and tick, Medicated shampoos, wet food. We have
an Amazon Wishlist that can be sorted by Priority: