See below for policies and procedures related to Adoption and Relinquishment
- The adopter must be 18 years of age or older.
- The adopter must be adopting the dog for him or her self and not as a gift for someone else.
- The adoption process starts with an application found here on the website. I will review the application and if it looks good, I will contact your references that you give on the application. The first reference is your vet reference. If you have pets now, you should be able to supply a vet reference. You will need to make sure you have let your vet know that I will be calling and give permission for me to ask questions about the care of your current pets. If you don't have current or recent pets, please list the vet you plan to use. I won't be calling them since you don't have any history but I want to know you are planning. You will be asked to make an appointment for your vet to see the puppy in the first 14 days. The second reference is a non-relative who can be used as a character reference and who could vouch for your ability to handle a puppy and hopefully has been to your home to know if it is accommodating for a pup. If all checks out, I will contact you to come and meet the pup. If all is well, the adoption can completed that day. If at any point in the process I feel I need to do a home visit, I will schedule that but in my opinion, it's the person not the house that needs to be right for the pup.
- RENTERS: You are not automatically discluded from adopting if you rent. You will be required to provide contact information for your landlord and submit either a letter from your landlord or a copy of your lease agreement which states you are allowed to have pets in your home, any limitations as far as size or breed, and, if a pet deposit is required, proof that it has been paid.
- The standard adoption fee is $250. I may decrease the fee for older dogs or dogs who have been at the rescue longer and aren't receiving much attention on the adoption sites.
- Any puppy that is not spayed/neutered yet will require a $50 spay/neuter deposit that will be refunded when a copy of the spay/neuter certificate (which should be done at least by 6 months old). Most area vets and clinics will not spay or neuter a pup younger than 5 months old. We try to get them done if we can but that is not always possible.
- While we would love to be able to help everyone who needs their dog rehomed, the safety and well-being of all the dogs in the rescue must be considered.
- A dog can only be relinquished by the owner of the dog. Please don't relinquish another person's dog that you agreed to care for. Contact the current owner to relinquish it.
- All relinquished dogs must be dog friendly. They will all be living in our home and we cannot have a dog-aggressive dog starting fights.
- All dogs must be current on their vaccinations including rabies.
- Preferably all dogs will be spayed or neutered before being relinquished. Some exceptions may be considered.
- All dogs must be free of parasites and be current on flea/tick prevention, worming and heartworm preventative.
- All paperwork for the dog must be relinquished with the dog. This includes all vet records, the spay/neuter certificate, the current rabies certificate, vaccination records, record of last flea/tick treatment and heartworm preventative, any original paperwork received when the dog was purchased/adopted, etc.
- A relinquishment form must be filled out and signed. This form confirms the transfer of the dog to the rescue and severs all rights to the dog.