What are your adoption               fees?

Our adoption fees vary per animal, and are listed on the profile for each animal.  Please just click on their picture for more information.

    What are your hours?

As a foster based rescue, every person with Pawsitive Tails is a volunteer.  Because we do not have a facility, we do not have “open” hours but can be contacted between 8am and 6pm.  Because our volunteers also work full time jobs, please be patient when awaiting a return call. 

                  Where are you located? 

Pawsitive Tails does not have a physical location.  All of our dogs live in loving foster homes throughout the Kansas City and Topeka area.  This allows fosters to get to know each dog personally, so we can find the very best home for them.

  How do I know if the dog that I want is                         available?

Click on the picture of the dog. If the dog is on hold it will state “on Hold” at the top, that means that specific dog has an approved adopter.  In that instance, we can only put your application in as a backup in the instance that adoption doesn’t work out.  We process applications in the order in which they were received and schedule meet and greets accordingly.  There is a possibility that the dog is not yet on hold, but does have an application in front of yours that hasn't been processed yet. If a dog has a meet and greet, but has not yet met the approved adopter, they will still be on the website.

  What is the best way to       reach Pawsitive Tails?

The best way to reach us is to email at info@pawsitivetailskc.org. 

While we do have a phone number, we rely on a volunteer to answer the phone at certain hours.  Emails are always answered quickly. 

Can I stop in to visit dogs    and play with puppies?

No.  We require an approved application to be on file before meeting our dogs/puppies.  In addition, our dogs live in foster homes, so we must work around the foster parents’ schedule.

   Can the foster bring the dog to           my home to meet me?

For puppies, we require that the meet and greet take place at the fosters’ location.  This is to protect the health of the puppies in our care.  You are welcome to bring your fully vaccinated dog to the meet and greet.  Meet and greets for adult dogs may be scheduled in a neutral location.  We do not require our fosters to travel for meet and greets.

  Am I required to have a                fenced yard?

We do not require that you have a fence, we do require that you have a plan for how the dog will receive adequate exercise.  Some dogs will require a fence, and we will give that information in their bio on the website.

      Where does my            donation/adoption                    fee go? 
We are completely foster based, and run 100% by volunteers.  Every hour spent running Pawsitive Tails is spent by a volunteer. This means we have no overhead and every dollar brought in goes directly back to the dogs in our care. 

       How long does the application                             process take? 

The time that approval takes can be dependent on how quickly we are able to confirm your veterinarian and reference checks. Adoption time is also dependent upon everyone’s schedule for the introduction and home visit. Please keep in mind that we are a volunteer run organization so schedules can vary.  If everything goes as it should, approval takes about 48 hours, and the time from application to adoption can all happen within a week.

              What is included in the                                      adoption fee?

All of our animals come up to date on age appropriate vaccines, which include:
Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1, Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease),  Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
If puppies are adopted at a young age, they will still require a puppy booster vaccination of which the adopting family will be responsible for.

Rabies is included for those over 4 months.  Our dogs over 6 months of age are tested for heartworms and if negative, kept on heartworm prevention throughout their stay.  (We do ask that adopters continue this very important prevention.  Heartworms are cheap to prevent and expensive to treat).  If dogs test positive for heartworms, they are treated per our vet partners' recommendation.  All dogs/puppies are kept on flea prevention for the length of their stay with us.  Our dogs/puppies all come spayed or neutered and microchipped. NO animals will be sent home without being spayed or neutered, there are absolutely no exceptions to this policy. 

           What is your process?

Our first step in the process is to have you fill out an application which you can find under the "adopt" tab and above the pictures of adoptable dogs.  Please fill it out completely, as incomplete applications will NOT be processed. Pawsitive Tails is made up of an entirely volunteer "staff".  We simply do not have the man power to track down missing answers.  Once your application is approved, we will forward your information to the foster.  All of our fosters are volunteers who have families and jobs, so please allow 24 hours for the foster to contact you, after application approval.  We do the majority of our communicating thru email, so please add info@pawsitivetailskc.org to your "safe" list to ensure you get our emails and can respond in a timely manner. The foster will set up a time for you to come meet the dog/puppy that you are interested in.  If the foster attempts to contact you and leaves a message, please return their call within 24 hours.  After that time, we may move on to the next applicant in line. Please plan to schedule this meeting within 48 hours of contact with the foster. If the meet and greet goes well, and the foster believes you are a good fit for the dog, the dog will be put on hold for you.  We will then schedule a volunteer to contact you to schedule a home visit. You will then be notified of the date and time that you may pick up your new family member.

     Can you hold a dog

                for me?

We can only hold a dog/puppy for an adopter if they are not yet ready to be adopted. If the dog/puppy has been spayed or neutered and is ready to go home, we cannot hold them for more than 24 hours once you have met with them.  As for puppies who are not ready to go to their furever homes just yet, they will be put on hold after a meet and greet until they are ready to go home.  We cannot hold them past this date.   Please schedule the meet and greet within 24 hours after being contacted by the foster.  Please meet the puppy/dog as soon as possible, if you can't meet the puppy for a week, it's possible that someone else may meet the puppy/dog before you are able to.  We cannot hold a puppy/dog for you while waiting for you to meet them, when there are other interested parties.  After a meet and greet, please let us know within 24 hours if you would like to adopt the puppy that you met.  If you do not notify the foster, or email/call Pawsitive Tails within 24 hours of your meet and greet, we may move on to the next application.  We will not notifiy you before moving on, as it is up to you to contact us within 24 hours. 

  What is the dog/puppy I’m interested                             mixed with?

In most cases, visual breed identification is unreliable, even by “trained” eyes.  So for the majority of the dogs/puppies, we are merely guessing, with our vets' assistance, at the predominant breed or a mix of breeds based on certain features.  This is only a guess, and no guarantees are made as to the breed of the dog unless we have done a DNA test.  If you live in a breed ban area, it is your responsibility to make sure the dog does not violate the requirement of your city.  All of the information that we have is given to you.  So if a dog is listed as a Pointer mix, that means it’s features most resemble a Pointer, and we have no way of knowing for sure what else the dog may be mixed with.  We strive to get to know each dog on a personal level, and describe them based on behavior and personality, rather than simply by breed. 

Pawsitive Tails is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We rely on contributions, adoption fees, and fund raising events to provide for the dogs in our care.


Kansas City Area

and Topeka


email: info@pawsitivetailskc.org

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