Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How do I go about adopting a dog?  You will need to fill out an application on line at: TVGRR Adoption Application and pay a $20 application fee. Once your application has been received and processed, your application coordinator will be in touch with you either by email or phone.

  2. Why is there an application fee?  The application fee is a non-refundable fee of $20. The application fee helps TVGRR cover veterinary medical costs and boarding fees.

  3. Why do you do vet checks and home visits?  We want to ensure the dogs have a safe place to live and are well cared for. Our priority is to make sure the dog has found his or her forever home.

  4. How long does it take to go through the approval process?  The answer to this question depends upon your application coordinator and your availability. We like everyone in the household to be present at the time of the home visit, but we understand that is not always possible. We are all volunteers with full time jobs, families and dogs, so we need to work around our schedules as well as your schedules.

  5. What if I don't hear from my application coordinator?  The first two things you should do are check your e-mail, including your junk mail, and your voice messages. Frequently, we call the applicant and they either don't answer or their voice mail box is not set up or full. Also, many times we find that our emails go into junk mail. After ensuring the first two items aren't the problem, please contact One of our volunteers will contact you.


  1. Do you adopt dogs out of the Knoxville area?  Yes, we adopt to out of state residents, with the exception of Hawaii. We do not adopt dogs out of the United States.

  2. I don't live in the Knoxville area. How do you do a home visit?  If you are not local to the Knoxville area, we ask local rescues in your area to help us out. We also ask for pictures of your home, generally 3-4 inside pictures and 3-4 outside pictures. In addition, we do a satellite view of your home.

  3. How do I get the dog if I live out of the area?  You are responsible for picking up the dog. There are dog transports to the North East. There is a fee associated with the transport (~$150) as well as a health certificate (~$50), which the adopter is responsible for. These fees are in addition to the adoption fee. The adoption fee and health certificate fee must be paid prior to putting the dog on the transport. The transport fee is paid to the driver of the transport.


      1. Where do you get dogs from?  The dogs in our program are owner releases, found as strays or somehow end up in a shelter.

      2. Can you provide the dog's history and/or personality?  Generally the answer is no. However, we do try very hard to place the dog in a foster home where the dog can be evaluated. We try to provide as much information to the potential adopter as we can. We encourage the adopter to talk to the foster parent, once the application is approved.

      3. Where is your shelter?  We do not have a shelter. We are an all-volunteer organization. The dogs in our program are either in a foster home or boarding with either a veterinarian or a boarding facility.

      4. How can I see a dog I am interested in?  Generally, you will need to have an approved application and work with your application coordinator to meet the dogs. However, many times we have our available dogs at our adopt-a-thons, which are held twice a month. (please see times and locations on our website)

      5. Do I have to take the dog you assign to me?  We do not assign dogs. We provide guidance to the adopter to ensure the best possible fit for the family as well as the dog.

      6. How often do you get puppies?  We occasionally get puppies and generally they are golden mixes. We never know ahead of time when we will get puppies.

      7. What if I adopt and I don't want the dog anymore? The dog is required to come back to TVGRR, per the contract you sign upon adoption. If you are not local to the Knoxville area and can't keep the dog anymore, you are responsible for getting the dog back to TVGRR.  

      8. What about the health of the dog?  If we don't have any health history of the dog, they are taken to one of our local veterinarians for shots, heartworm test, spay/neuter, and general wellness checks.  We do treat the dogs if they are heartworm positive and/or have any major health issues such as mange, injuries, etc. We do not x-ray hips. Upon adoption we provide the adopter with the vet records that we have.

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 855-558-3100
  • Address:  P.O. Box 32973
  •                Knoxville, TN 37930