The pound I got Bentley from does not require an adoption fee. Does not do vet references, no home checks(I know usually only rescues do that), and the only thing you do is get the dog fixed in thirty days. But we didn't even have to sign papers to get Bentley! So are all/most pounds like this? I know the HS does a little more and you have to have a vet Ref. and there is an adoption fee.