We are a small 100% Volunteer run rescue located in Chesapeake, VA. We focus on small scale but quality adoptions. We generally only have 1 or 2 dogs at a time which allows our volunteers to get to know each dog. Our goal is to find the perfect match for each family. We offer a trial period to all of our adoptions. To get started check out our adoption process and adoptable dogs below.

Current Adoptable Dogs

These are our currently available dogs. See a match? Check out our adoption process below. Click on the dogs profile for more information then give us a call at 757-447-7773 to set up a meet and greet. We are generally able t receive calls from 9am to 8pm, if we are unable to answer please leave a message. We receive a large number of calls please allow up to 48 hours for a reply. 

Don’t see a match? We keep a list of people currently looking for dogs. Fill out our Pet Match Form and we will contact you when a perfect match comes along.

Adoption Requirements/Policies

 Adopter Requirements/Adoption Policies

Adopter Requirements and Standards

  1. Due to state/local regulations adopters must live within 90 minute driving distance of Chesapeake, VA 23322. BTTR does not offer same day adoptions. All adoptions require at least 2 trips to our facility in the hickory area of Chesapeake (one to meet and one to pick up). Puppies under 6 months, heartworm positive dogs, and special needs dogs may require additional trips to BTTR for vaccines, surgery, or medications. BTTR will notify you of any additional trips needed before adoptions the dog. 
  2. BTTR requires a fenced in yard for all puppy and most adult dog adoptions. Dogs cannot be left unattended in fenced in areas when the owner is not home or for extended periods of times.  Extra care is to be taken with puppies and newly adopted dogs if the home has a dog door.
  3. Balconies, decks, dog pens, porches (concrete only) and invisible (electric) fences do not qualify as fenced in yards.Electric fences do not prevent other animals or people from entering your yard and harming your pet. Yards that are extremely small, full of hazards, or do not have secure enough fencing may also be rejected.
  4. Adopters must be willing to allow a BTTR representative to visit their home and verify that your fencing is secure, and make any necessary repairs before bringing home the dog.
  5. Adopters of puppies, heartworm positive dogs, and dogs needing additional medical care through BTTR must be willing to bring the animal to BTTR’s facility or to a vet chosen by BTTR for prearranged appointments, medication pickups, and non-emergency related care.
  6. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. All adults in the household must agree to the selection of the chosen beagle: including parents, relatives, roommates, etc. BTTR strongly recommends that all family members meet the dog before adopting the dog.
  7. Adopters cannot adopt dogs as gifts. Dogs cannot be sold, given away or rehomed to another individual (including family), shelter or rescue. All animals must be returned to BTTR if the adopter can no longer care for them.
  8. Adopter’s current animals must be up-to-date on vaccines, spayed/neutered, and on heartworm prevention (unless a medical condition prevents doing so). Adopters must provide adequate food, water, shelter, attention, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, medical care and licensing for the life of the animal. BTTR will contact your veterinarian to verify your pet’s health record.
  9. Beagles will be placed with adults to be kept as companion animals, not as guard or hunting dogs. They are to be accepted as family members and must receive proper nourishment, medical care and attention.
  10. All future veterinary care, including but not limited to vaccinations, city/county licenses, injures, and any genetic/pre-existing conditions are the responsibility of the adopter unless pre-arranged with BTTR.
  11. All dogs will be neutered or spayed prior to adoption without exception. Any animal not altered prior to pick up will be considered “foster-to-adopt” until after the spay/neuter surgery.
  12. BTTR will not place puppies in homes if no one is home for extended periods during the day. Puppies can generally need to be let out every 2-3 hours during the day.
  13. BTTR does not adopt out puppies to homes with children under the age of 4 because puppies tend to nip, scratch, chew, have accidents, and jump up. Children under 4 are too young to be able to participate in training the new puppy.
  14. BTTR receives limited information on an animal’s history. BTTR makes no guarantees about an animal’s age, breed, or temperament. BTTR cannot guarantee the size, looks, or parentage of puppies.
  15. BTTR offers a trial period for all adoptions. Adopters that return dogs during the trial period (generally 1 week) will receive a full refund.
  16. Adopters cannot keep dogs on a chain, tether, in a pen or in a shed or garage. Dogs will not be kept in a home where they are allowed to run off-leash except while supervised in a secure fenced in area.
  17. All beagles must wear collars with owner identification tag (phone number) at all times. If your beagle is lost, a tag may be the only way to have him/her returned to you. BTTR will microchip all dogs and will register the microchip in the owner’s name. Adopters are responsible for keeping the registered information up-to-date and for any fees associated with updating.

Adoption Process

  1. Read through our Adoption Requirements and Policies
  2. Check our our Adoption Fees, Whats Included, and Adoption Perks when Adopting a BTTR Beagle by clicking here
  3. Take a look at our adoptable dogs.
    1. If you see one you like fill out an adoption application by clicking here.
    2. If you don’t see a match fill out our pet match form below to be added to our list of people looking for dogs.
  4. Check your email (including spam folder) within 24 hours of submitting your application for a response from us. If you don’t get one send us an email or give us a call.
  5. Once we have received your application one of our volunteers will give you a call to talk about the dog you are interested in and see if they will be a good match for your family. We will also be able to answer any questions you have about adopting from us.
    1. If it’s a good match we will get you set up to go out and meet the dog(s).
    2. If the dog isn’t a good match we may be able to offer an alternative or add you to our list of people looking for dogs
  6. We do meet and greets by appointment only to ensure we have volunteer’s available to answer your questions. We don’t have our address posted publicly after several issues with people coming by when the kennel is closed, opening gates, and letting dogs out. We will email you the address and directions about where to park and who to call if you get lost or need to reschedule.
  7. Once you arrive for your meet and greet one of our volunteers will take you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. They can also answer any questions you may have about the dog
    1. If it’s a match one of our volunteers will call you to set up a home visit
    2. If it’s not a match we can add you to our people looking for dog
  8. One of our volunteers will contact your pets current veterinarian to verify your current pets health record.
  9. One of our volunteers will come by your home to take a look at your fencing and make sure it is beagle proof. They will bring along vet records, adoption contracts, and food for your new dog. You will make payment (check/cash preferred, credit cards accepted via paypal).
    1. If your fence has no issues we will set up a time for you to come pick up your new dog
    2. If your fence needs some minor repairs you will need to make them and provide proof or repairs (photos) before picking up your dog
    3. If your fence has significant issues or you application is found to be inaccurate BTTR may decide against the adoption
  10. In order to pick up your dog you will need to have the following items: properly sized collar or harness with an ID tag/plate/embroidery with your phone number on it and a way to transport your dog home. Crates are preferred, passengers can hold young puppies. Drivers can NOT hold the dog in their lap and dogs cannot be left loose in the car until you know how they will act. The last thing anyone wants is a car accident on the way home. Dogs cannot ride in pickup truck beds.
  11. Follow up with us regularly over at least the next week to update us on how the dog is doing. Most dogs have a one week trial period. BTTR offers training support for the life of the dog. We will NOT register the dog’s microchip in your name until the trial period is over and things are going well. We LOVE pictures and have a large online album of happy tails. A BTTR volunteer may check in with you after a few months (especially with puppies) and offer support for any issues you are having. Unaltered dogs, or those that need additional medical care from BTTR are foster-to-adopt until the treatment is completed. Adopters of foster to adopt dogs must remain in contact with BTTR until the adoption is complete
  12. Keep BTTR updated if you have any issues with your dog, if your contact info changes, or if you need to rehome your dog. If your pet ever goes missing let us know we are happy to help you look or post fliers on our website.
  13. Adopt again! We have many repeat adopters! Beagles are pack hounds after all.

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