adopt from this Rescue?
“My Shelter Days are over, done, because you, my master, took me home.”
Find out how to adopt one of our dogs:
Why Adopt From Us?
Our dogs have been allowed to decompress from the stressful shelter environment and are fostered in a loving home with structure. They are dog-tested and stranger-tested, and we can better advise you of their temperament.
We will ALWAYS take our dogs back regardless of the reason (eg: you can no longer care for the dog, or you are no longer willing to care for the dog).
Are there any adoption requirements?
When you adopt a dog, you are opening your home and your heart for that dog and committing to love and care for that dog for the remainder of its life. It is a promise to provide adequate food, shelter, medical care, and love.
For the safety of our dog, we require the following of our adopters:
- Adopters must fill out an Adoption Application
- Primary caregiver must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must submit to a home check (virtual home check ok during COVID pandemic).
- The adopted dog must be kept as an indoor dog.
- If your home has a yard, that yard must be fenced and secured (some exceptions made on a case-by-case basis at the Rescue’s discretion).
- If you have a pool, that pool should have a fence/barrier (some exceptions made on a case-by-case basis at the Rescue’s discretion).
- You agree to never allow the dog to wander off-leash when not in a secure and fenced area; you will obey all local leash laws applicable to your jurisdiction.
- You agree to never drive with your dog unsecured in an open truck bed, or unsecured in your car with the windows open enough that the dog can fit through.
- You agree to treat the new dog as a member of your family.
- The adopted dog must be returned to the rescue immediately if you become unable or unwilling to provide care for that dog any longer (we will always take our dogs back for any reason).
- You will not attempt to re-home the dog by yourself or “give” the dog away to any friend or family member without the Rescue’s prior written consent (we will not unreasonably withhold consent).
- Exercise best judgment when handling the new dog and introducing them to your current pet.
- You must report any and all bite incidents or observed dangerous behavior to the rescue immediately.
- The adopted animal’s microchip shall remain registered to the Rescue; we need to be notified if our dogs ever get picked up as lost/stray/abandoned.
- You must keep the dog’s vaccinations and preventative treatments up to date at all times. (This includes rabies, Bordetella, distemper, flea/tick prevention, and any other preventative care recommended by a licensed veterinarian in your area. In southern California, heartworm preventative is not required in most areas; for all other regions, we require heartworm prevention unless otherwise dictated by a licensed veterinarian.)
While the Rescue would never knowingly place a dangerous animal in a home, please remember your new dog has gone through a lot of changes and instability recently, and is probably stressed, distrustful, scared, or all of the above. You do not know this dog. Use common sense and practice best judgment for the dog’s sake and for your sake.
Adoptions are not first-come-first-served. We do our best to place our dogs in the best home possible.
The Rescue reserves the right to deny adoption to anyone for any reason. The Rescue also reserves the right to reclaim the dog as property of the rescue upon being made aware of any evidence of breach of adoption contract, severe neglect, or abuse to the dog.
Is this dog right for me?
Some factors to consider when choosing a dog:
- Size. Some dogs can live in a small apartment as long as it gets adequate exercise, while others thrive in larger spaces with a yard.
- Your Schedule. Will your work/school/family schedule allow you to give your dog the attention and training it needs? Some breeds require more attention and exercise than others.
- Your activity level. Some dogs are high energy, and others are couch potatoes. Pick the one better suited for your activity level.
- Breed. Different dog breeds have different inherent traits. Make sure you pick the one that is more compatible with your lifestyle.
- Age. Do you have time to raise a puppy? (Potty training, obedience training.) (Note: Puppies do not stay small forever. There is no guarantee how big they will get or how small they will stay.)
- Finances. Dogs are expensive. Large dogs are usually more expensive. They might get sick or injured, and they will require vet care. Are you financially responsible enough to care for your dog.
The above is by no means a complete list of things to consider. Our rescue will help you evaluate the above factors along with many other factors when considering a potential adopter. If we do not think a particular dog is a good fit for you, we will deny your application.
Are dogs available for adoption healthy?
Prior to being made available for adoption, our dogs are examined and declared free of any major diseases and/or illnesses. Any chronic health conditions or injuries, if known to us, will have been stabilized and will be fully disclosed to the potential adopter prior to finalizing the adoption.
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