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Helpful Information


What is the adoption process?

Welcome Paws Rescue adoption process differs from conventional adoption process. Since all dogs fly from Korea to meet the designated family, there is no "meet and greet" step in the process. The entire process will take approximately 60 days depending on availability of flight volunteers. During this period, pets will be vaccinated with Rabies, DHLPP, Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus, and Canine Influenza which are required by USDA, CDC and AWA. Please make sure to understand your responsibilities as the adopter throughout the adoption process as outlined below prior to making the decision to adopt a canine from us:

  1. Submission of adoption application. Welcome Paws Rescue will contact the applicant once the application has been reviewed which usually takes 10 business days.

  2. Interview with all household members. 

  3. Home check, uncontacted due to Covid and its variants

  4. Adoption agreement and payment of adoption fee to finalize the adoption

  5.  Arrival and pick up at U.S. airport

  6. Periodic check in with Welcome paws to share dog's adjustment to new home 


What is your Adoption Fee?

Adoption fee is $700-1200. Following is the breakdown of the fee:​

  • $300 Airline flight fee

  • $450 medical expenses to neuter/spay, vaccinate and microchip

  • $50-$100 travel crate

  • $175-250 US Customs & Border Protection mandated customs brokerage and bond fee 

  • Miscellaneous expenses

***Average expense for adoption prep exceeds $950, however the purpose of Welcome Paws Rescue is not in profit generation. All our volunteers and rescuers have one united goal, finding rescued pets their forever loving family. 
​**Dogs that are over 70 lbs will require additional fee for a larger crate and an oversized baggage fee. 


Are the dogs healthy?

Yes, our dogs are fully vetted and vaccinated. We run a multiple tests to make sure they have clean bill of health. 


Is there any hidden charges?

No, the adoption fee covers everything. 


Where do the dogs come from?

We primarily save dogs from the meat trade and high kill shelters in South Korea. It is estimated that more than 30 million dogs are slaughtered for food in Asia annually. 

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