The first step in the adoption process is to complete an application here on our website. We do not have a physical shelter so it is not possible to meet the animals prior to completing the application. We try to schedule meet and greets regularly so that interested applicants can meet some of our available dogs.
Before completing an application, please note the following items:
1. Our goal is to place our animals with the applicant who best matches the animal's particular situation and needs. Filling out an application for an animal does not guarantee you will be approved to adopt that animal.
2. One of our most important requirements is an exceptional vet history for current or past pets. This is why we ask for a vet reference. We verify that previous or current animals in the home are up to date on shots and have been spayed or neutered (unless there is an underlying health problem preventing same). This is a requirement and will NOT BE WAIVED.
3. While we don't always require a fence, we do for certain dogs. We try to place this on the animal's bio so you will be aware before completing an application.
4. Some dogs will not be placed in a home with cats or small children. This doesn't mean the dog is aggressive or "not good with kids". Some dogs are just high energy, jumpy, or simply young and have the potential to knock over a small child. Other dogs have a high prey drive and chase cats and small animals. We make these determinations based on our experience with the animal. However we cannot test our dogs in every single possible situation. We do our best, but all adopters are expected to use caution and common sense when introducing their new dog to new and unusual situations.
5. Some dogs will not be placed in homes with same sex, similar breed dogs. For the most part, our pit bull-type dogs, bulldogs, mastiffs, boxers and their mixes will not be placed in homes with other same sex, bully breed dogs. Some will not be placed in homes with a same sex dog of ANY breed. Again, we try to place this information on a dog's bio page so that you are aware of this requirement before completing an application.
6. If a dog has been proven to be particularly good with kids - we will say so on the dog's bio. Again, adopters are expected to use common sense and small children and dogs should never be left unsupervised - no matter how "good" the dog is with kids.
7. We are careful when adopting dogs and puppies to people who rent because many landlords have a weight limit for dogs. Since most of our dogs come from shelters and are of designer breeds (a/k/a mixed), we cannot guarantee how big a puppy will get. We can make an educated guess - but if there is a weight limit in your lease and you are applying to adopt a puppy, we have to take that into consideration. Please verify your landlord's pet policy before completing an application.
8. Our dogs and cats are brought up to date on all shots, heartworm tested and treated if necessary, wormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered (age appropriate). However, most of our adoptables come from shelters or puppy mills and have unknown backgrounds. While we do our very best to make sure you are adopting a healthy dog or cat by having them examined by a vet (and any health issues that are found are treated), we cannot predict nor will we be responsible for, future health problems.
9. Because we are all volunteers with jobs, families, our own furry friends and our fosters, it may take a few days to get a response to your application. Don't despair! We are working on it. Our goal is to find a perfect match, so that our dogs, cats and small fuzzies get wonderful forever homes. For this reason, we ask a lot of questions on our application and our follow up calls and emails. These questions are designed to help us make sure the animal you are interested in will be a good match for your home and situation.
10. Our foster families work hard to get to know the animals in their care, to learn about their personalities and their good and bad points so that the adoption will be a success. If for some reason there is a problem and the adoption is not working out, all animals MUST BE RETURNED TO US. This is part of our contract and we will enforce it. We do not want our animals to end up in shelters or to be given away.
11. There is an adoption fee. The fee varies depending on the dog. These fees are used to pay for medical care and grooming. Our volunteer foster families provide food, toys, leashes, collars, bowls and other supplies from their own personal funds and we thank them for their continued generous contributions and support.
12. If you are considering fostering, please be aware that foster families are temporary places for the foster pet and foster families will not be considered for permanent placement of any foster in their temporary care.
After the application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the animal's caretaker who will do an initial interview over the phone and we will schedule a home visit with the animal you are interested in.
All of our animals are spay/neutered prior to placement (age/health permitting) and are up to date on routine shots and wormings. Our dogs and cats are microchipped as well.
We thank you for considering a rescued pet and promise you that it is worth the effort!