The Dog Adoption House has been a dream of FOTA. We noticed such a difference in the dogs when removed from the shelter that we wanted to open a house where an animal can show its true personality. In June, 2013, our dream came true with a grant from Pennington Family Foundation. The house is open every day of the week, with a maximum of 35 small, medium, and lage dogs. Each size has their own play yard where they are exercised hourly and given lots of love and attention. We think of the house as a doggie daycare. The dogs come to play for the day and then go back to their foster families or back to the shelter after a fun day away.
FOTA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that began in January 2010 to improve the conditions for the animals at EBR Animal Control including purchasing two buildings used for vet services and a place for kittens. At that time, FOTA established off-site adoptions for the shelter and began the volunteer and foster program at the shelter.
In 2013, FOTA changed directions and became a rescue;thereby, pulling animals from the shelter to be a part of our family. PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) is a FOTA program that helps re-home dogs while still living in their homes. Our goal was to open a house in south Baton Rouge to adopt out our animals.
We wanted a home like environment where people could relax and see the animals interact when not stressed in a shelter.
Fosters are a critical aspect of our program. Fosters allow us to pull more dogs that can attend the house.
2016 Board Members
Founder and Executive Director: Paula Schoen
President: Sharon Coleman
Vice-President: Holly Harris
Secretary: Brooke Cormier
Treasurer: Jack Warner
Positive Alternative to Shelter Surrender (PASS)
Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) is a Friends of the Animals program. Do you have a dog that you need to rehome? Please consider our PASS Program. PASS is for owner rehome only. PASS is for dogs only. You MUST live in East Baton Rouge Parish and you MUST be able to foster your dog.
Other requirements for PASS acceptance:
Your dog must, at minimum, have current rabies, 5/1, bordatella, and a heartworm test.
Discussion with your vet may be required.
Owner must submit a rehome application and email photos
The Rehome Review Team will review and decide if we proceed to the next step.
Next step is behavior/temperament assessment. A meeting will be set up with our trainer, the dog, it’s owner, and as least one Rehome Team member, if possible.
Copy of vet records and being able to show that your dog is current on it’s vaccinations is required at the assessment. If you do not provide them, the assessment will be canceled until you can provide the necessary documents
If you dog is approved after the behavior assessment, the first week at the house is a probationary period.
The time frame for PASS rehoming is 2 months. At the end of 2 months, the dog is released from our PASS program. However, you may request an extension and the Rehome Team will review and advise.
Friends of the Animals reserves the right to release any dog from the PASS program at any time.
You retain full ownership and liability of your dog while in the PASS Program.
We will list your dog on our Adopt-a-Pet, Petfinder, and RescueME adoption sites. We will network your dog on our Facebook page. You may attend our adoption events with your dog. When space is available, we will schedule your dog time at our Dog Adoption House. This will be coordinated with Cheryl, the PASS Program lead. All supplications will be reviewed and screened by PASS. The approved applications will be shared with the owner and meet and greets for the dog will be set up.
If you would like our help rehoming your dog, please complete our rehome application which will be forwarded automatically to us after you complete and submit it online. you must also then email 3 GOOD photos of your dog to fotapassprogram@gmailcom.
Rehoming application: All fields of the online form must be completed. If any don’t apply, simply state that for the answer. If you do not receive an auto reply saying successfully submitted, it means that something in the application was left unanswered and you will need to resubmit it. We will then contact you after the Rehome Review Team reviews your online application and receives the 3 photos. Here is the link for the online application: http://free.allforms.mailjol.net/u/9b69e7d2.php
What to do if you find a dog:
Alert PASS about the dog then surrender the dog to shelter, Companion Animal Alliance . We will review to determine if the dog is one FOTA can pull. The shelter can be reached at 225-774-7701 and is located on 2680 Progress Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807.
If you want to hold the dog and do an active 7-10 day search for the owner before surrendering please post the dog on the Lost Pets of Baton Rouge Facebook page, then access the “To Do” list posted in the menu bar near the top of the page which is next to the”photos” button. There you will find other information and tips on how to do an owner search for a lost dog.
You can also find more tips on the lost/found pets page on the Lost Pets USA site. Remember to have a plan. It is illegal to rehome a found dog without doing a diligent, proper search for the owner.
Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender
(225) 366-PASS (7277)