About the Project
The Red Dog Project is a collaborative effort between private foundations, businesses and individuals passionate about helping high risk, or “project” dogs throughout America by rescuing them from shelters and pounds and teaching them basic socialization skills. The program mission it to find perfect forever homes for the dogs while also providing a meaningful experience for those who care for them. All costs associated with the program are paid by the charity Dog Days Adoption Events, a 501(c)3 organization located in Connecticut.
We’re always looking for help with the Red Dog program – look at the many volunteer positions by CLICKING HERE.
About the Dogs in Our Program
All dogs in the THE RED DOG PROJECT and at DOG DAYS events are up to date on all age appropriate shots, spayed or neutered, dewormed, heartworm tested and usually microchipped. We expect good health but dogs are living beings and, as such, they may feel punk after the stress of an adoption event and/or a new home. Make sure you speak with our representative before at the adoption check out table so they can review your veterinary paperwork to answer any of your questions.
RED DOG PROJECT dogs have been in foster for a few weeks before they come available for adoption. They have been taught basic commands like “sit”, “leave it”, “wait” as well as good manners: no jumping etc. They are usually housebroken but may have accidents when placed in a new and unfamiliar environment. We will give you a notebook from the dog’s handler detailing the dog’s daily schedule, general characteristics and specific likes and dislikes.
We will send a volunteer to your home a few weeks after the adoption to see how everyone is adjusting and answer any questions you may have about your new family member. Please remember that all of these dogs have come from high kill shelters or desperate living situations and it’s only in their best interest, and yours, that we confirm the adoption match was a good one.
How to Adopt or Foster
Please fill out our foster/adoption application, we will begin by calling your veterinarian (if you have one) so it’s helpful if you could let your vet know that you’re going to rescue a dog! Please ask him/her to give permission to speak with our representative.
Talk to us! Tell us what you’re looking for, what would work best for your family, your lifestyle, your activities – we’re here to help you meet the PERFECT dog!
Meet the dog of your dreams! Gather everyone in the family, including your current dog, and we’ll either come to your location or you come to us to meet your new pooch!
Meeting Your New Dog
RED DOG EVENTS:
About once per month the dogs will be available at our adoption center at 105 Elm Street in Old Saybrook, CT. We will send you an email once your application has been approved and let you know where you can meet the dog you’re interested in adopting.
ADOPTION EVENT REQUIREMENTS:
It’s important that ALL family members in the household where the dog would live be present at the event as well as your “resident” dog if you have one.
Our adoption fee is $385.00 and is payable, in full, at the time of actual adoption. Our fee covers all of the vetting listed above as well as supplements, additional vet care, training, toys, bedding etc.
After the Adoption
A few weeks after the adoption and at your convenience a volunteer will visit your home to see how everyone is adjusting and answer any questions you may have about your new family member. Please remember that all of these dogs have come from high kill shelters or desperate living situations and it’s only in their best interest, and yours, that we confirm the adoption match was a good one. This is a great time to ask any training questions too!