Medical References

If there are any questions regarding vetting of your foster, please contact a board member. 

Basic Vetting



  • <16 weeks - Vaccinations start at 6-8 weeks and are done until the puppies are 16 weeks old. It is a series of 3-4 vaccines given 2-4 weeks (depends on vet recommendations). If the series is interrupted, it may have to be restarted.
  • >16 weeks - If the dog has no known prior vaccinations, they will need a series of 2 vaccines 2-4 weeks apart. If they have a prior vaccination, a yearly booster is given.

Bordetella/Kennel Cough

A one-time vaccine. Puppies should receive it between the ages of 6-8 weeks.


Given at 12- 14 weeks. It is typically done prior to transport in adults and will be done at the time of spay/neuter in younger dogs. If a dog is already fixed and does not have the vaccine, they should get a rabies vaccine prior to adoption.


This is included in the 2nd and 3rd distemper/parvo vaccination we use: DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptosporosis, Parvo, Parainfuenza,) for pups, the initial lepto vaccine is administered at 8 weeks of age or older and repeated 3-4 weeks later.



Given monthly either as part of the Nexguard Spectra or as an individual pill. Adopters are required to continue it for 1 full year after adoption (per the adoption contract) and then can decide to do it year round or seasonally per their vets recommendations.


Fosters will receive dewormer upon arrival. It will either be a pill form given a series of 2-3 times a week apart, packets of panacur sprinkled on food 3 days in a row, or as part of the Nexguard Spectra.


Given monthly either as part of the Nexguard Spectra, as an individual pill, topical solution, or flea collar.


Spay/Neuter is included in adoption and can be done at one of our 3 clinic locations. We try to get a dog spayed/neutered prior to adoption as much as possible. If adopted prior to the procedure, the date needs to be communicated to the adopter. If they cannot make the date chosen by the foster, the foster should assist the adopter with transporting the dog to the appointment.

Our rescue currently uses 3 clinics:

  1. Transit Animal Hospital – 6020 Transit Rd, Depew NY 14043
  2. Operation Pets – 3443 South Park Ave, Buffalo NY 14219
  3. Rochester Community Animal Clinic – 985 Bay St, Rochester NY 14609

Postop the dogs should be wearing a cone, limit activity, and do not bathe to ensure the incision heals well and with no infection.

For more information reference the spay/neuter sheet in the folder contents within the foster references.


The microchip will be inserted at the time of spay/neuter or by our medical team if the dog arrives already fixed. The adopters information will automatically register to the chip once the adoption is finalized.