Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
TMAR's Volunteers & Directors all have full time employment and families to care for aside from our rescue duties. So please be patient with us as we will review all adoption applications as soon as possible and respond.
Please understand that our organization is completely run by unpaid volunteers, who dedicate their free time to help these dogs aside from having full time employment and families to care for. If your references are unavailable, it will delay the process, since those must be checked before moving forward. The entire adoption process takes time; we are unwilling to sacrifice being thorough when the dog’s future is at stake. We thank you for your time and patience throughout our adoption process.
Steps 1 – Fill out an Adoption Application
The first step is to have you fill out an adoption application located on the Forms page at www.texasminiaussierescue.org. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, training beliefs and background with animals in order for us to help you find a Mini Aussie who is the best match for your home. In addition please review our Adoption Contract also located on the Forms page.
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, TMAR has a lack of foster homes with children, Therefore we are unable to place our dogs in homes with young children under the age of 8 years old. We only have a few foster homes that volunteer their time and expertise. We are always in need of foster homes and continue having to turn down rescuing Mini Aussies in shelters due to a lack of foster space. If you are able to help, please complete our Foster Application located on the Forms page to become a foster home.
Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review
Our application review volunteers will initially screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. If not you will be contacted to either fill out another application or provide additional information.
Step 3 – Veterinary References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if all your current and/or previous pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations as well as current on heart worm preventative.
If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify the spay/neuter, vaccination and heart worm preventative status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be stopped until you can provide this information.
Step 4 – Landlord Approval Verified
If it is determined that you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have a dog in your home. If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 5 – Personal References Contacted
Our volunteers will contact your two personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you to be a responsible pet owner.
This is the portion of the process that can take the most amount of time. It is helpful if you contact your references and ask them to return our calls in a timely manner.
If our reference checking volunteers have any major concerns about adopting a dog to you, based on communication with your references, your application may be denied at this point in the process.
Step 6 – Home Visit and Applicant Interview
Our organization requires home visits to determine that the dog will be living in a safe environment. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment and determine which dog(s) in our program might be the best fit. The home visit volunteer will do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and to advise on any areas of concern. All household members must be present for the home visit.
Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Since the majority of our volunteers are based in Dallas/Fort Worth and its surrounding areas other locations in Texas may be too difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit at this time. We will let you know ASAP if your application needs to be denied due to our inability to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit. We do not approve out of state adoptions.
If our home visit volunteers have any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 7 – Meeting between Approved Applicant & Available Dogs
Our organization does not have a shelter where the dogs can be visited. Our dogs are in foster homes. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our adoptable dogs until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you have been approved, a volunteer (usually the foster) will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. This meeting may occur at the foster’s residence or your home.
Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular dog. For some dogs we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the dog before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit for the dog. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the dog, does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, you may be denied adoption of that particular dog but you may be allowed to adopt another dog.
Step 8 – Adoption
Once you have been approved to adopt one of Texas Mini Aussie Rescues available dogs you are required to sign an adoption contract and to provide payment of the adoption fee. Please see the Adoption Contract on the Forms page.
The adoption fee for an adoptable Mini Aussie through TMAR is $300.00 which helps to cover veterinarian expenses in regards to spay/neuter surgery, rabies, vaccinations, microchip, exams, heart worm testing, heart worm preventative, flea and tick preventative and treatment for injuries or illnesses as well as any other care realted expenses as needed. Each dog comes with its own matching collar, leash, harness (if available) and TMAR identification tag that is kept on the dog until the adopter is able to replace it with an identification tag of their own. Because veterinarian services and care are expensive the adoption fee is used towards helping TMAR continue to rescue more Mini Aussies in need. All of our dogs are fully vetted prior to becoming available for adoption.
We have a two week refund period meaning if you decide the dog is not a good fit for your home and you return him/her within the two week refund period we will return your adoption fee to you or possibly match you with another dog that is a better fit for your home. The adoption fee will be deposited upon receipt and refunded only if the adopted dog is returned within the two week refund period.
Although we do our best to work with our adoptable Mini Aussies on correcting undesirable behaviors and learning a few basic commands our dogs are not obedience trained nor do we present them as such, and we strongly urge our adopters to enroll in a training class within the first month or so of adoption. This will help to shape the behaviors that are important to you and your lifestyle and to encourage your adopter Mini Aussie to be the dog you want them to be.
If at any time you are having issues with your adopted dog, please contact TMAR or email your contact person to inform us. A volunteer will be in touch with you asap.
Step 9 –Post Adoption Follow-up Visit
Our adoption contract contains a clause that allows one of our volunteers or a representative the ability to perform a follow-up visit. We may require such a visit to check on how the dog is doing in its new home or if we feel that the terms of the adoption contract are not being met. Texas Mini Aussie Rescue is committed to the life, health and wellbeing of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog’s life. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the dog, we require, by contract that the dog be returned to us.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.