Frequently Asked Questions
Four Paws Rescue is a private, non-profit, volunteer-run organization
that is dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats. Four Paws has been
rescuing dogs and cats since 2000. We rescue stray and abandoned cats,
dogs, puppies and kittens from high-kill shelters, place them in caring
foster homes (if available) and then adopt them into loving, life-long
Most pets we rescue are
from pounds in Utah and Idaho. It is these pounds who bear the
responsibility of taking in, caring for (and then often euthanizing),
the thousands of abandoned dogs, and surplus cats, that irresponsible
pet owners create. We bring these deserving pets into our care to
find them homes.
We rescue many varieties of small to large breed dogs and cats, mostly
mixed and some purebred. Keep checking this site for available
pets to get a better idea of the types of pets we rescue.
YES. The reason dogs and cats have to be rescued in the first
place is that there are too many of them, and not enough homes!
Most pounds and shelters are completely full 100% of the time
and must make room for new intakes by euthanizing the ones
already there. The best way to attack the overpopulation
problem is to attack the root of the problem, and prevent
more puppies and kittens from being born. Every dog and cat that Four
Paws rescues is spayed or neutered before being adopted.
There is a shelter but we do not have the funding pay for
staff and to operate during business hours. We show dogs at
Layton PetsMart adoption Saturdays or by appointment. Cats can
be seen at the Logan PetsMart cat room or by appointment.
An adoption leader conducts an Informal Adoption Counseling
session with the potential family or owner. The process can
being with an email, a phone call, or during an adoption event at
PetsMart. If session began by phone or email, we often conduct an
in-person interview so we can get to know you better. We determine
the type of pet the potential adopter is looking for and try to find
a suitable match.
Once we feel the potential adopter has been the
rescue's criteria and the pet could be a good match, the adoption
can occur. The animal can be adopted on the same day. We also
allow for the adopter to try the pet in their home for a week to
see if things work out. If the pet is too young for a spay/neuter
surgery, arrangements will be made before leaving for the surgery
or any booster vaccinations.
Our interviewers do a great job of
matchmaking. Most interviews and adoptions do take place at
adoption events at PetsMart, where we can get to know you better,
and where you can see many different dogs and spend some quality
time with ones you are interested in. We work hard to make
successful "mutt-matches", so we help guide you to the dogs/puppies
that we think are a good fit for you/your family.
Nearly every Saturday,
we have adoption counselors and assistants at the Layton
PetsMart with adoptable dogs. Please check out Events link
for up coming adoption events.
Adoption fees range from $75.00 to $200.00. This fee is
used to help us pay for costs associated with the rescue and
care of your new dog/cat. It towards items such as: spay/neuter,
vaccinations, any medical care, and food. The adoption fees don't even begin to cover all
our costs, but it certainly helps!
Foster homes are always needed! Four Paws provides vet care,
guidance, and other essentials (crate, collar, ID tag), and
we are responsible for finding the adoptive home. If you're
interested in providing a temporary home for a dog, or even a
litter of puppies or kittens, please read about Foster Care on
the site. If you need more information before you complete a
foster care application, you can call 435-752-3534 and leave
us a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.