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PO Box 711
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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Adoptable Pets

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Adoption Application

You can also check out our Petfinder page at: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NC469.html to see all of our Adoptable Pets and our Happy Tails!

Our Adoptable Pets




Thank you, for considering adopting a rescued companion animal.

Upon receipt of your application, we will send out requests to your 3 personal references and contact your vet (please contact your vet to give permission to release your past info to H4S) within 2 business days. We will be back in contact as soon as all info is received & re-reviewed.
Upon approval, to secure the dog/pup of your choice, H4S requires the full adoption fee, via PayPal.com > our PP acct: at
mailto: howlin4spirit@gmail.com

Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you the adoption contract, and all pertinent information you will need to get ready for your pup's arrival on the SATURDAY following their spay/neuter surgery recovery.....all puppies are required to complete a 5 wk quarantine(receiving 3 puppy boosters, 2>3 dewormings) and be spayed or neutered).

ALL available pups/dogs up for adoption are in and will remain in foster care with Howlin4Spirit in Rutherfordton, NC until they have completed the required vetting, as listed above.

When the pup/dog is recovered from their surgery, they will be transported to all points along the eastern seaboard via Happy Dogs Rescued Pet Transport service. Their fee is $100 to all points as far as Allentown/NYC and Long Island and $125 to all points N, as far as Albany, NY and Manchester, NH(>Burlington, VT every other wk), with SATURDAY ONLY delivery.


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Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals. Especially for animals who are suffering, for any that are hunted or lost, or deserted or frightened or hungry, for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.-Albert Schweitzer

Our Purpose

Rutherford County has NO shelter for adoptable animals. The only available space for strays & owner-released pets is a high-kill Animal Control facility, run by the local Sheriff's Dept, and inmates from the local jail, which is located next to the county landfill where all potential adopters must drive down an unsavory road lined with drug dealers. Strays are given 72 hours for their owners to claim them. Owner-relinquished pets are given NO time IF space is limited, which is almost always the case, with only 18 runs at this county's only facility. Their only hope is the occasional adopter, or rescue groups willing to make space for them. Rutherford County was a thriving community of textile industries, until NAFTA helped move 90% of our factories to other countries. H4S a non-profit organization made up of hardworking volunteers working together for the good of saving homeless adoptable animals in our area, as fast as we can. We offer low-cost speuters for those who qualify & for strays who will have an opportunity for a good home, we can help defray costs, whenever possible. We also have plans for an educational program where we will supply any teacher willing to teach the importance of compassion towards their furry friends, speutering, the proper care of pets, and what they need to do if they see any neglect or abuse.

H4S was created in Jan, 2004 when our founder walked into Rutherford Co, NC Animal Control, the only facility for the animals in this county, and learned that their adoptable/success rate for the dogs was a mere 3%. Our founder, having spent many summers volunteering at another shelter, knew she could make a difference for at least some of those on death row at RCAC. So, she dove into the situation.
By February, 2004, H4S had formed a small group of volunteers in the surrounding rural communities in Rutherford Co, where dogs and cats are often dumped off and left to, fend for themselves, wander up to homes begging for food and shelter. Through constant networking with local rural communities about our program, people are contacting us about the many strays being abandoned in their areas, as well as owner-relinquished pets. Some merely have been left to fend for themselves. Some have been left tied up without water or food, or merely abandoned when their owners moved away. In some cases, the pet's owners have been hospitalized or have gone into nursing facilities & can no longer care for them. There is an abundance of reasons why the animals in our area come to need H4S's help. Working with rurally-located folks greatly helps to reduce the numbers of strays and homeless adoptables going into our already filled-to-capacity, outdated 'high-kill' Animal Control facility(with only 18 runs).

Strays tend to have lowered immune systems through neglect and the lack of proper medical attention and available nutrition, which leave them extremely susceptible to contracting the deadly diseases our Southern climate harbors.

Once in our program, they have a much better chance of survival through immediate medical attention, proper nutrition and loving foster care with socialization with both people and other dogs.

Since H4S was created, we have pulled together winning medical support through Rutherford Vet Hospital's , with their 3 vets attending to all the animals needs, they are invaluable to this rescue effort, as we couldn't do what we do without their excellent medical care, dedicated support & respect for our mission and all the animals.

Every animal we rescue, over the age of 8 weeks old is spayed/neutered, dewormed, vaccinated & microchipped, & every dog over the age of 4 months is tested for heartworms. If they should test positive, they are immediately treated. They, too, deserve a second chance, possibly their first chance, at a loving home and family to share their lives with.

Many groups will not rescue a heartworm positive animal because of the high cost of treatment, but we will not turn our backs on the adoptable ones(we do not pass any medical expenses on to new owners).

Most of our rescues are transported to spay/neuter-regulated states in the northeast, where the numbers of adoptables are few and responsible adoptable homes are many. The rescue groups taking our animals are extremely responsible when rehoming each animal.

This means that we only work with groups that are NO-kill, who check all personal and vet references, perform strict home visits and do follow-up visits with the furever families, to ensure that the animal & the adopter are comfortable with the new additions in their lives.

H4S also rehomes seniors & 'special needs' furkids, as they are especially important to us and the least likely to be accepted into the northern organizations/shelters. We also feel that we should never jeopardize their health on long-distance transports. Besides, this way we know where they are, and we can continue to check up on their progress and, hopefully, get updated pictures with their furever families. Many 'special needs' and senior female beagles remain at H4S's sanctuary for the remainder of their lives, as they are the least likely to be adopted and very much appreciated and loved, here.

Through adoptions, sponsorship, and money out of our own pockets, we have been able to keep this program alive and running smoothly,
since January, 2004 with over 8,500 rescued!

Help is always needed to help fund our free or low-cost speuters for the stray animals low-income families have taken in & for the rescues H4S takes into our program.

Understandably, many no-kill shelters do not want to be a 'band aid' for the South's over-population problems, so H4S must work extra hard to have all our animals speutered, in good health and ready to find responsible homes with a happy spirit when they arrive in the North.

We thank God, for the enlightened, responsible families who open their homes and hearts to these adoptable animals, rather than buy from breeders and pet shops when there are so many adoptable animals sitting in shelters or rescued from neglected situations who are waiting for a helping hand and unconditional love to share.


educational volunteers:
H4S works with local teachers to help educate Rutherford County's young children about the importance of spaying & neutering and how to properly care of their family pets, and how to identify animal abuse.

To offer your support, in any capacity, please contact: howlin4spirit@gmail.com
Howlin4Spirit Companion Animal Rescue, Inc.
P. O. Box 711
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
email: howlin4spirit@gmail.com

We realize, in a logical perspective, that we are not going to be able to
broadly change the World.
But, we know we can be an advocate of change.
We know that we cannot rescue every animal in need,
but little by little, we can help one animal at a time.
We know we CAN make a difference!

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Thank you for considering adopting a rescued companion animal.

If interested in adopting one of our rescued sweethearts, please copy and paste the application below in to a new email, complete all questions, including 3 email addies for your personal references, and return to this addie, at your most earliest convenience.
PLEASE, be sure to ask your personal references to look for our questionnaire and also contact your vet's office and give them permission to release their pet's medical history to our rep(we will be caling them within 2 business days).
Upon receipt, we will review your application, and if it seems like a good fit for both you and our choice of pups, we will send our requests to your 3 personal references and contact your current vet's office for their reference. 

You MUST be at least 25 yrs of age to apply.
Upon receipt, we will review your application, and if it seems like a good
fit for both you and our choice of pups, we will send our requests to your 3
personal references and contact your current vet's office for their reference.
At which time we will arrange a home check, if we feel one might be necessary, for the safety of the pup.
Upon receipt of your 3 personal references, & approval of application, we
will contact with you, immediately. H4S requires a $78 'good faith' deposit
via PayPal.com, to hold the pup of your choice until our next scheduled transport.
The balance due on the adoption fee will be expected at the time of delivery.
Meeting locales depend on your location; we make several stops along our route.

Weekly transport is also available for an extra $200, via P.E.T.S(as seen on Animal Planet)

If you have had one of our current pup's pictures/bio pull at your heartstrings, we suggest that you complete our application ahead of our scheduled transport so that we may have ample time to review your application.
All our rescued pups are in foster care, in Rutherfordton, NC (Howlin4Spirit Companion Animal Rescue and Senior Beagle Sanctuary) and will be transported to their pre-approved families via licensed and bonded 'SAVE THEM ALL' OR HAPPY DOGS' Rescued Pet Transport Service, on their next available transport (if your application is approved and adoption fee is received by H4S by Wednesday, we can usually have your new family member 'home' on the following Saturday).
All adoption donations include;

Adults and pups 3 months or older are current on monthly heart worm and flea/tick prevention. 
Each adopted pup will come with:
* current health certificate - issued within 5 days prior to transport
* all medical paperwork from day #1 with Howlin4Spirit, including vet's surgery notes.
* a new Martingale collar and 6' leash
* beef knee cap bone & hardy chew toy

All potential adopters are required to be 25 years or older & where there is a hound or guardian breed being considered for adoption, and in homes where children reside or will be visiting, a secured fenced-in yard is required.
You will need to copy and paste the application provided below in to a new email, using Microsoft Word, answer each question completely and send to: howlin4spirit@gmail.com, at your very earliest convenience.
PLEASE, check to be sure that your COMPLETE answer to EACH question appears on the application BEFORE sending it to us, as we need your COMPLETED answers to be able to properly match you, your family, habits and environment with the RIGHT-matching pup. IF your answers run off of the page, you will need to resend the CORRECTED/COMPLETED version again, and this could jeapordize your chances of being matched with your 1st choice of pups. BEST to get it right the 1st time!
Application Process
Upon receipt of your application, we will acknowledge your application in an email and immediately send out a questionnaire to your 3 personal references.
Please, contact and ask your personal references to reply at their most earliest convenience, to help us process your application in a timely manner, to help your chances of getting the pup you want most.
Also, please call and give your vet's office permission to release your information to us. We will be contacting them within 2 business days.
As soon as we have heard back from your 3 personal references and spoken with your vet's office, We will be back in contact with you to discuss and solidify the adoption.
Upon approval of this adoption, & to hold the dog/pup of your choice, we require the entire adoption fee to be sent to our secure PayPal.com acct at: howlin4spirit@gmail.com.
Upon receipt of the adoption fee, we will respond by sending you the adoption contract and all pertinent information you will need to be ready for your pup's arrival, and we will reserve a cozy spot for your new family member on either 'SAVE THEM ALL' OR 'HAPPY DOGS' Rescued Pet Transport's next available transport(SATURDAY DELIVERY ONLY).
Save Them All & Happy Dog's transport fees: $100 to points as far North as NYC and Long Island, and $125 to all points N of NYC/Long Island, as far as Manchester, New Hampshire OR Albany/Syracuse, NY area, to be paid to Happy Dog's driver upon delivery. All pre-approved adopters living in NYC or on Long Island must be able to meet Happy Dog's transport at Vince Lombardi/NJTnpk, mm109, OR Jericho, NY if you are located on Long Island.
If, for any reason, the adoption does not work out, our contract includes a clause which requires that the dog must be returned to H4S.
OR, IF you feel that you have found a better match for the dog, H4S MUST approve the transfer of the dog BEFORE the dog is allowed to be re-homed.
This way, the future of the adopted dog/pup, and yours, will never be in question.
If interested in adopting one of our rescued sweethearts, please copy and paste the application below in to a new email, complete all questions, including 3 
email addies for your personal references, and return to this addie, at your most earliest convenience. You MUST be at least 25 yrs of age to apply.

PLEASE, be sure to ask your personal references to look for our questionnaire and also contact your vet's office and give them permission to release their pet's medical history to our rep(we will be caling them within 2 business days).
Upon receipt, we will review your application, and if it seems like a good fit for both you and our choice of pups, we will send our requests to your 3 personal references and contact your current vet's office for their reference. 

Date: Pet interested in:

1 Name of applicant:
Name of applicant's spouse/partner:
2 Address:
City, State, & zip code:

3 How long at this address:
4 Telephone #s:(h) (w) (c)
5 Email address:
6 With whom are you employed:
Spouse/partner's employer:
7 Occupation:
Spouse/partner's occupation:
8(a) # of children living in this household: Their names/ages:
(b) # of adults living in this household:
Their names, ages and occupations:

(c)Is anyone living in this household either pregnant or trying to become pregnant:
9 What type of environment do you live in: Rural___Suburb___City___
10 Housing: Apt___House___Duplex___Mobile___Twnhs____Other___
11 Do you own or rent:

(a)If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to own a
companion animal under 25lbs? over 25lbs?
(b) Name and telephone# of landlord:

12(a) What other dogs/cats have you previously owned and what happened to
them....state pet's name, age, if speutered, reason for giving up/or cause
of death-include yr pet passed & pet's vet's tele#) :

(b) What other dogs/cats currently live in your home:(name,
breed, sex, age, if speutered & any health issues they may have):

13. Are there any other types of animals currently living in your home (if
so, please describe):

14. What do you know about the breed in question(have you researched this
breed's traits/habits)?:

15. Are there any specific habits/problems you are not willing to work with?
If so, please specify:

16. Sexual preference: M F No preference

17. How did you hear about our rescue:
18.(a) Do you have a fenced-in yard & is it connected to the house(entire
yard only , front yard only, backyard attached to back door, etc):
(b) what is the height & dimentions of the fenced-in area:
(c) Please, describe your fencing materials(chainlink, wooden stockade,
vinyl rail...2, 3 or more rails...is it reinforced with wire/what kind of
wire..chicken/field/hog....or upright slats...etc):
(d) What type of gates(describe as you did in above question):
(e) Can they be opened by children:
(f) If you don't have a fenced-in yard, how will the animal be exercised and allowed to elliminate:
(g) who will supervise outdoor activities:
(h) Do you have(check all that apply): Pet door____Kennel run____Dog house____
Stake____ Tie-out or cable-run____Crate____None____
19. Do you have a swimming pool?
Is it fenced-in separately from the rest of the yard?
20. What member of the family will be taking the MAJOR responsibility for the care of this animal:
21. Does anyone in your family have allergies to ANY animal:
22. Has anyone in your household had a problem with impulse control-if so, please explain:
23. What are your plans for this animal: (a) protection/guard:______ (b)companion:______
(c)child's pet:_____(d)pet therapy:_____(e) agility/flyball:_____ (f)obedience:______(g)herding:______(h)ranch work______(i)other(explain):__________________________________
24.(a) Have you ever trained a dog in obedience classes?
(b) Are you planning on taking your adopted dog to an obedience class?
25. Have you ever sold, given away or surrendered a pet?
If so, please provide details of situation:
26.(a) How much time are you willing to give the dog to adjust to it's new environment & family members?
(b) This dog may not be housebroken. Are you willing to take the time to work with the animal?
(c) Do you understand that if this dog is any kind or variation of a hound breed, you will need to have a securely fenced-in yard or vow to keep the dog on a leash at all times, when outdoors?
27. Will the animal live in the home? If not, where?
28. What shelter will be provided outside (doghouse/patio/deck overhang, garage, etc):
29. Where, exactly, will the animal sleep at night and be kept when there is no one at home(crated, free roam of home, laundry/kitchen area, fenced-in yard, garage, etc):
30(a) On the average, how long will the animal be left alone during the day:
(b) What is the activity level of your household:
_____busy-visits by friends, meetings, children, parties at home
_____noisy-TV, stereo, machinery, tools, kids playing
_____moderate-normal comings and goings
_____quiet-homebodies, few guests
31. Do you believe in dog crates? If so, for what exact purpose(s)?
32. If you had to move & your new landowner does not allow pets, what will
you do with your companion animal (CA)?
33. When you go on vacation, will your pet accompany you or who would care for it?
34. Under what condition(s) would you consider giving up your companion animal?
35. Who is the veterinarian you currently use, or have used for your previous animal's health issues (IF used within past 5 yrs.).
Provide ALL info...animal hospital's name/vet's name:
telephone #:
(b) do you use heartworm prevention, if so, what brand do you use?
36 How will your animal travel to the vet, or other places (i.e, crated, doggie seatbelt, loose in a car/van, tethered or in crate, floor of vehicle or in box in bed of truck?):
37 May we call your vet and inquire as to your previous/current pet's health care?
If not, why?
38 Are you willing to allow an H4S's representative to periodically visit
your home? If not, why?
39 List names & email addresses of 3 personal references (NOT related to
you), whom you have known for at least 3 years:



40. If you are disabled, or should have any special needs, please be sure to
let us know; this will help us to find the BEST companion for you:

41 What arrangements have you made for your companion animal(s), if you
could no longer care for them(i.e., deployment, moving over seas, extended hospital
stay, nursing care facility, death)?

42 &, finally, please tell us a little about yourself and why you feel you
could provide a good home for a rescued companion animal:

****Our goal in rescuing and re-homing animals is to provide them with a
loving home for the rest of their life. The adoption fee covers their
medical costs associated with the animal, medical and daily care during their
foster period and transport.
All animals adopted by our group MUST BE spayed/neutered prior to
finalizing the placement. All H4S's adoptables are in foster care in Rutherford Co,
NC and will be transported to your area on the 4th Saturday of each month,
after age-appropriate quarantine is complete and being spay/neutered and
micro chipped.
Your signature below states that you understand any future medical costs
are your responsibility and we have made full disclosure regarding our &
our vet's knowledge of the health of the animal.
Sometimes, for reasons beyond anyone's control, the adoption does not work
out. In this case, the animal must be returned to Howlin4Spirit CARes at the
adopter's expense. Howlin4Spirit drives transports along the eastern
seaboard as far as CT, 1X month.
Adoption contributions are not refundable, for any reason.****

By signing this application, I attest to the fact that I am 21 years of age
or older, and that the above information provided is correct:

spouse/partner's signature(if married):


Rescue to complete information below:
Date of confirmation:

Confirmed by(at vet's office):

Did the veterinarian still have records?

Were vaccines kept current?

Was heartworm prevention used on a monthly basis?

Date of last visit?

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