About One Tail at a Time, Inc.

Adoption Fees

One Tail at a Time Rescue, Inc. is a registered approved non-profit 501(c)3 all breed dog rescue in the state of MA.  We are a 100% volunteer based organization.  One Tail at a Time rescues dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters mostly in the rural south because that's where help is needed most.  All of our rescued dogs are placed in volunteer foster homes until they find their forever homes. We follow strict guidelines to ensure our animals are healthy. Every dog or puppy arrives with a health certificate from the state they originate. Upon arrival to MA they are examined by a veterinarian, isolated for 48-hours, and issued a MA health certificate. Immunizations are updated per veterinary protocol, dogs are micro-chipped and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. (No dog or puppy will be placed prior to being altered, so please don't ask!) Dogs are de-flead and de-wormed, and any medical condition identified prior to or upon arrival is checked and treated by a licensed veterinarian. Dogs older than age 6 months are heartworm tested (and negative). All dogs have negative fecal tests prior to transport, but we do recommend a followup test done by adopters after adoption. Adopted pets should have a vet checkup with your own vet within 10 days of adoption.  We strive to adopt dogs who are healthy, happy, and friendly - and ready to go to their new homes without added expense to adoptive families. An adoption fee is required to pay for costs incurred and to continue rescue efforts.

​​​Contact Us:

Email: onetail@onetailatatime.com

Address: PO Box 100

               Amesbury, MA 01913

​​Adoption Process FAQs

​​Q. Can I meet the dog prior to adoption?

A. ABSOLUTELY! In fact, we require that all family members be present for the "meet and greet" with your potential new dog. (this includes other dogs already in the home if at all possible) An Adoption Counselor will be present, as well as the foster family so that you can ask any questions you may have about food, potty training, sleep schedule, etc. One of our top priorities is correctly matching families with their new dogs! 

Q. How long does the Adoption process take?

A. Typically, after we receive an application that we think might be an appropriate home for a certain dog, we will email you within 24 hours with any initial questions. Once references are checked and the application is "Approved", we will schedule a time and place for you to meet the dog you are interested in. This will typically happen within 5 days. If the "meet and greet" goes well, in most cases the dog can go home with you the same day!  (NOTE: We can not "Hold" dogs while you go on vacation, business trips, get your home ready, etc. Please make sure you are ready to bring a new dog home before filling out our application) 

Adoption fees vary based on the age of our dogs. Typically our fees are $475 for puppies and $400-$450 for dogs over one year (this can vary based on the individual dog). This fee includes:   

*Transport to MA from originating state

*Health certificates and exams from state of 

 origin and MA licensed veterinarian

*Spay/neuter surgery

*Fecal exam and worming

*Distemper combo vaccination(s) following 

  vet guidelines

*Rabies vaccination (4 months and older)

*Heartworm test (6 months and older)


*Heartgard (one month)

*Collar & Leash

*Original vetting paperwork

*Going Home Bag with food, treats, toy, etc.