ADOPTING A DOG Link to the Application
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Billings
When you adopt a rescue dog, you are making a commitment to care for his health, solve his behavior problems, give him praise, provide leadership, reduce his stress, give him plenty of exercise, good food and to not physically or emotionally abuse him for behaving badly.
If need be, you must be willing to take him to an obedience training class to help establish your leadership, and control over his unexpected behaviors. This is what it takes to adopt a rescue dog. Now you must ask yourself–am I really ready?? We’re not going to lie … adoption is a process that requires persistence, dedication, love, and more patience. It is this way because we love our animals and we will stop at nothing to ensure them the respect and home they deserve. Many of our dogs are coming from challenging situations. A potential adopter must be patient so that we can find the best match and examine all of the factors and ultimately do what we do best: save lives.
Have you found your dream dog on our site? We’re so happy that we can be a part of the process. Please understand that our animals, being rescued animals, came from difficult situations, and we and our fosters have poured countless dollars and vast amounts of of time to helping the dogs prepare for another big life change … a change that will hopefully be their forever home.
OUR ADOPTION PROCESS
Rescue Dog Village dogs are boarded and placed in foster homes until permanent, loving homes are found. We do not have a facility to visit – our dogs stay in private foster homes until adopted. We do our best to get to know each dog in our care so that we may be able to match them to the home best suited for their needs.
If You See A Dog That You Are Interested In Adopting, The Process Is As Follows:
STEP 1: THE APPLICATION
Fill out an application. Each prospective owner fills out an adoption application. We usually have no history of our rescue dogs and are therefore very careful about placing them in households with children. You will need to provide employer information, explain why you want the dog, and describe your yard, your other pets and your former pets, if any.
STEP 2: VET CHECK
- Call your vets office and give them permission to speak to us
- If one of our volunteers contacts your vets office and they do not have permission to speak to us, it will hold up processing your application or
- Result in closing it due to the volume of applicants we receive daily.
- Provide all information about your vet
- Vet’s Name
- Phone Number
We respect and value our volunteer’s time and they do NOT HAVE TIME TO LOOK UP YOUR VETS INFORMATION. We appreciate your help and respect to make sure we have all the information we need.
NEVER OWNED A DOG OR DO NOT HAVE A CURRENT VET PREFERENCE:
If you’ve never gone to one before, you will need to provide a reference. The group will contact them to ask about your ability to care for a pet.
STEP 3: THE HOME VISIT
Your application will be reviewed and sent to a volunteer in your area. The volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit within one week. We require that everyone in the immediate family, including your current dog (if you have one) come to the appointment to meet your potential new dog. Adopting a dog is a big family decision and requires a commitment from everyone. If you currently own a dog, it must be up to date on shots, spayed/neutered and wear an i.d. tag. Dogs from animal shelters can be amazing escape artists. By visiting your home, we can help you identify potential escape routes, and keep your new dog safe and secure.
STEP 4: THE ADOPTION
Before you bring your new dog home, you must sign an adoption contract with Rescue Dog Village. Please remember that adoption contributions barely cover our expenses. Additional donations are greatly appreciated and will help us continue our life-saving work.
IF ANYTHING PREVENTS YOU FROM KEEPING YOUR DOG:
Sometimes situations arise which cannot be helped. If, for any reason, you are unable to keep a dog you’ve adopted from Rescue Dog Village, the dog cannot be given away. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed since the adoption. You must either return the dog to Rescue Dog Village, or obtain approval from RDV to transfer ownership to a friend or relative. If you and the dog you would like to adopt seem to be well matched, we will respond to your application by email. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding the status of your application.
PLEASE FILL OUT AN APPLICATION OUR DOGS WILL THANK YOU
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