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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have submitted your application successfully you will receive a confirmation email. Our volunteers will review your application for completeness and will contact you with any questions. Please note that we require your current pets to be up to date on their vaccinations and on heartworm preventive (dogs).  Your references and your veterinarian will then be contacted. When this is complete, a volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit. After your home visit  you will be in contact with our Adoption Coordinator. She will discuss any dogs you may be interested in or make recommendations for dogs she thinks will be a fit for your household. You will then meet the dog or dogs individually or in groups.  Should you have any questions you may e-mail us at

We ask our volunteers and fosters to go through the same process that our adopters do. Please click on the “How To Help” button which will take you to our volunteer application.

We understand that often a particular dog just touches your heart! Feel free to contact us by email to see if a dog is still available. However, we cannot hold a dog while your application is processed so we urge you to submit your application quickly and notify your references that we will be contacting them – this can speed up the process.

Once puppies have had their second set of vaccinations they are available to be fostered with “puppy provisions”.  This means that a potential adopter can foster the puppy with the agreement that it is returned at a date indicated on your contract to be spayed or neutered and then the adoption can be finalized.

All dogs receive an exam by a veterinarian, all vaccinations required for their age, Spay or Neuter surgery, microchip, heartworm testing, fecal test and deworming.

We do not have a traditional animal shelter.  Our dogs are in foster homes throughout the state.  Many of our fosters have full time jobs, so there are no “regular” hours as you would find in an animal shelter.  Once you have completed an application and are approved, arrangements will be made to visit the dog or dog(s) you are interested in.

We want every adoption to be a perfect fit for all involved. We ask that potential adopters “foster to adopt” any dog for a one week period before finalizing the adoption. However, if at any point in the future there is a problem with your adopted dog, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

DDRTX does not adopt outside of the state. The logistics of getting a home visit done and then a dog to the potential adopter and returned (if it does not work out) are just too difficult and time consuming.

DDRTX adopts within Central and South Texas. Due to the location of our volunteers, foster homes, the logistics of getting a home visit done, setting up meet and greets and transporting the dog to adopter we can only adopt in Central/South Texas.


Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Coryell, Dewitt, Dimmit, Falls, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hays, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Limestone, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, McLennan, McMullen, Medina, Menard, Milam, Mills, Nueces, Real, Refugio, Robertson, San Patricio, San Saba, Travis, Uvalde, Victoria, Washington, Williamson, Wilson, Zavala

If you have a question, and need to contact us, we ask that you email us at