We won't be able to process your application until we receive your $50 Non-refundable Application Fee.
To help us be more efficient with our time, we have a non-refundable application fee. This helps us determine which adopters are truly committed to the process and discourage "window shoppers". If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
SHUG is an all volunteer organization and processing your application takes time. We take our responsibility to the dogs in our care very seriously. It is particularly frustrating for our volunteers when they spend their lunch breaks and evenings working on an application only to find out that the adopter isn't really ready to adopt at this time. It's even worse when they move on to the next application only to discover that the family has already adopted somewhere else. The reality is that we can only process so many applications in a timely manner.
Many people ask us why foster homes also have to pay an application fee. The answer is that we screen our foster homes just as carefully--and take just as much of our volunteers' time--as we do with our adopters. Not only do we want to make sure that our foster homes are awesome--but many of our fosters end up becoming adopters! Foster parents at SHUG are volunteering their time, home, and hearts to give a dog the chance of a wonderful life. When they fall in love, we honor that commitment by always giving foster families "first dibs" on their fosters. When a foster family "fails" and falls in love with their foster and is unable to let them move on to another home, it is a cause for celebration at SHUG.
Submit Your Non-refundable Application Fee ($50)