Potential adopters should fill out an Online Adoption Application. Alternatively, you can download, fill out, and submit an application to our club address. A $10.00 application processing fee must be submitted with your application. This fee offsets application processing and costs associated with a Criminal History Check. After receiving your application, one of our volunteers will then check your vet references, do a criminal background check for animal cruelty charges (as required by VA State Law). If you rent your home, we will contact your landlord to discuss whether it is permissible for you to own a pet. Once all the necessary checks are completed, one of our volunteers will contact you to arrange a home visit to ensure that the home is a safe and happy environment for your new companion. The adoption process averages about 2 weeks. After adoption, we will be available to answer questions you may have about your Shar-Pei. We are not veterinarians but will provide guidance when able.
What is the adoption fee?
The adoption fee is $275 for dogs under 7 years of age and $175 for dogs over 7. All dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and micro-chipped before leaving rescue. Adopters will also be given an “adoption kit”. Entropion surgery is also done upon vet recommendation. Before the average rescue dog enters its adoptive home, an average of $300 - $500 may have been spent for medical treatments & foster care. We care for each Pei as if it were our own pet.
Where do these dogs come from?
Most of our rescue Shar-Pei come from Shelters, Animal Control facilities and owner surrenders.
How do I know that a Shar-Pei is right for my family?
Once a dog is received into rescue, they are placed in a foster home. While in the foster home, the dog’s temperament is evaluated to determine how well it gets along with children and other pets. Our foster homes are Chinese Shar-Pei lovers who open their homes and invest a lot of time and effort into providing a loving and stable environment that some dogs may never have had before. Should things not work out, the Pei may be returned to rescue.
How big do they get?
Despite the AKC guidelines of standard breed size 18” – 20” tall at the withers and 45lbs – 60lbs in weight, we’ve seen purebred Shar-Pei as small as 13” tall and 30lbs to as large as 23” tall and 70lbs.
What should I feed my Shar-Pei?
Because of potential kidney problems in the breed, the Shar-Pei should be fed a low protein meat based food such as a chicken or lamb based diet.