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In order to be considered for adoption we must first have an application on file. Once this is complete we will be in contact with you regarding potential meeting and adopting. If its a dog with lots of interest it can take a few days to review applications. You can expedite this process by ensuring application is answered fully and accurately, and you have given permission for your vet to release information to us. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
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. While its unclear if the seizures are as a result of epilepsy or if something else caused them and they are temporary, we do have to take a bit more time to monitor him, get a clean bill of health so we can have him neutered.
He will then be put up for adoption at a later point. His adoption fee will be $300 and training will be required.
He is microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations.
Adoption Procedures: We only consider your home for adoption after we receive an application. Once this is complete we then move on in the process to adopting your new best friend.
Once we receive an application we review it to see if the particular dog(s) might be a good fit for your home/lifestyle and that you meet the required needs of the dog. Once this is done we proceed to check veterinary references. This is to ensure that pets you have or have had in the past were cared for, altered, and up to date with necessary medical care.
Once you have been through this initial screening we then set up a home visit to ensure that the home is a safe home with little concern about their personality matching yours. We also want to ensure that the home is set up for the same energy levels or medical needs they may or may not have (dog that can't climb stairs, or not enough room to walk, etc.) These steps are important to ensuring that we are finding the proper home for the dog to be FURever!
A few requirements of adoption are:
*We currently do not adopt out of state unless its a dog that 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 state when there is plenty of homes in the area that are willing to adopt them. So 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.
*We do not adopt to homes with smoking indoors due to health concerns for the pets.
*Some of our adoptions may require you to be a homeowner, have a fully fenced yard (not invisible fencing) or are required to attend an obedience training class. This is due to the high rate of returns in dogs that are not properly exercised or trained and make it difficult to re-home. Each dog will be properly labeled on the website as to what their needs/requirements may be based on the individual dog. We have been doing this a long time, we hope you understand that we consider the needs of the dogs first and foremost, their best interests are priority #1.
Frequently Asked Questions: 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 the bully breed to put them at risk. Click on article below for more information.
Why Invisible Fencing isn't a good solution
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.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Statement
American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines on Behavior Management