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You will want to have your veterinary and/or personal reference information handy, as well as landlord information if you are a renter, to fill out the application completely.
• We will not pursue an incomplete application
• Once complete, you can speed up process by contacting your vet's office and giving them permission to release information. We may dismiss the application if this is not completed.
• Volunteers handle dozens of applications at a time so we do not guarantee contact with everyone. We try our best, but we are working around jobs, kids, and of course, dogs.
•Adoptions generally take longer than 4 days to process but there is no set time frame. We do the best we can as a non-profit, so please be patient.
Dallas was surrendered to a shelter by his owners because he was in need of medical care that they were not able to provide him. Our rescue immediately stepped in to rush him to emergency for having seizures. Although we cannot be sure without a really expensive MRI Scan if he truly has epilepsy or if he was just in such poor physical condition that his body was shutting down, we have been under guidance with a veterinarian to slowly wean off the seizure meds to see if he will continue to need them for life. We have lessened his dosages successfully but are continuing to go down as the weeks pass. Should he get adopted before off completely, the adopter would able to follow up with their own vet for assistance. If he does need to stay on the meds, they average about $70 every 60-90 days, but we are hopeful it will decrease a bit more.
Dallas is considered high energy and would do best in a home where a dog enjoys play that can be somewhat 'rough' in nature. His breed is mouthy so he likes to vocalize and nip at the other dogs while playing. He attends daycare with other dogs weekly and does well, but some dogs (like senior dogs) may not enjoy this. He requires a fenced in yard due to his energy level, he wouldn't be happy with just walks on a leash.
Dallas is crate trained and is working on manners but he does have a difficult time refraining from jumping on people still. This work would need to continue.
His adoption fee will be $325 and training will be required with a professional who focuses on positive reinforcement.
He is microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations.
Once we receive a complete application, we will do reference checks and set up home visits/meet and greets which can take more than a few days. We are volunteers with full time jobs and families so we ask for your patience.
A few requirements of adoption are:
*We currently do not adopt out of state (or more than 3 hours away) unless the dog in question has limited options and has been waiting for an extended period of time in our rescue. In most cases of puppies, we have so many applications it makes little sense to transport them out of area and use more resources up to do so. With that in mind, we have limited our out-of-state options to those who have less applicants coming in.
*Your current pets MUST be spayed/neutered. This would negate our entire mission statement if we did not ensure the safety of all of our dogs and ensure that we are helping to END unnecessary euthanasia due to over breeding/overpopulation. We have made exceptions for severe medical conditions or age that would be too risky.
*Dogs are individuals and have specific needs. We evaluate each of our dogs and develop adopter criteria for each one in order for adoptions to be successful — for life. These are often non-negotiable if listed on the dogs individual profile.
Some requirements that may be listed are as follows:
• Homeownership vs. renting
• Fully-fenced yards vs. non- fenced; invisible fence is never allowed
• Training with a professional force-free/positive reinforcement trainer
• Cohabitation restrictions (cats, dogs, small animals, young children, etc.)
• No indoor smoking (all adoptions)
1. I applied to adopt a dog but we have an invisible fence not a solid fencing, can we still adopt?
-unfortunately invisible fencing is not full proof fencing and does not protect your own dogs from other loose dogs entering your property. Many dogs get out of invisible fencing and then are too afraid to return back to the yard, and there are just too many concerns with their safety to put them at risk. Click on article below for more information.
2. Do you negotiate on your adoption fees? If I want to take the dog to my own vet for spay/neuter can I get a discount on adoption fees?
-Unfortunately 80% or more of our dogs cost hundreds more than we actually adopt them out for. When a dog has a major medical concern the rescue pays out of our adoption funds to get the dog the necessary help it needs to get it to an 'adoptable' status. We rely heavily on donations and adoption fees to be able to care for these dogs who otherwise would have died, so we are insistant on our fees staying the same in order to continue rescuing future dogs. Without the set fee we are unable to rescue, and cannot afford basic care on dogs. Please understand that very few dogs (even ones that are free to us) are not free....our vets may provide a SMALL discount, but it still cost on average $300-400 to get a dog fully vetted. Our adoption fees are always under this, so as you see it is a loss. If you choose to use your own vet to spay/neuter, we allow that within 30 days of adoption; however we are unable to provide adoption fee discounts due to the reasons stated above.
3. Can I meet the dog before the home visit? Why Can't I take the dog home the day I meet them/fill out an application?
-if you wish to meet a dog before the home visit, our suggestion is to attend an adoption event if they are going to be in attendance. The rescue has had numerous situations where people that are not serious about adoption have requested visits to see the dog and then never fill out applications, or set up home visits. We have made the decision that if you take a few moments of your time to do those steps first, it shows your commitment to the dog and we then will proceed to meeting the dogs. This cuts back on many wasted hours for our volunteers who drive all over free of charge to do these meets/home visits.
The rescue must be very careful about our adoption process. Unfortunately we do see dog abusers apply, people that have no funding to care for a dog, hoarders, etc. and it is the rescues sole responsibility to ensure the safety of our dogs. We want to be sure that our dogs are going to a home that they will always be provided for and will not be returned. Because of this, we do not allow the dogs to go home upon first meet at an adoption event. We must proceed with vet references and home visits first.
4. Can we adopt more than 1 puppy from a litter?
-No, here is an article explaining our position clearly : LITTERMATE SYNDROME
5. Why does it matter what type of training we use and who we take our dog to train with?
-Because Training is an unregulated field, sadly many individuals who have had no formal training or keep up on updated standards and practices, this could be potentially dangerous to our dogs. Using inhumane methods such as choke chains, shock collars, prong collars, and 'alpha' or 'dominance' based theories are outdated, debunked methodologies that can cause physical and psychological damage to our dogs. Although you have committed to caring for your dog, if you have caused irreparable damage by using these tools and then return the dog we are responsible for this and are not willing to see this done to our dogs. Instead we are able to provide you with a list of excellent recommended trainers who not only are humane and kind, they are always continuing their education to be the best at what they do. Professionals like this are sometimes the best for even the easiest of puppies in order to create a success story for you and your family.
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NOTE: Some shelters have physical locations you can visit; some of these shelters may only have pets for a limited time, so please do not wait for a reply—just go visit the shelter! Other organizations are rescue groups run by busy volunteers who may take a while to reply. You can find information about the shelter or rescue group caring for this pet, and their adoption procedures, on the pet's details page on Adopt-a-Pet.com.