Do you adopt Rottweilers to renters?

Typically we do not adopt any bully breeds to renters due to breed restrictions on a large number of rental properties.  While we understand that your current residence may not have breed restrictions, should you ever move it is extremely difficult to find landlords willing to accept bully breeds.  The majority of owners that contact us for surrender are doing so because they are moving and can’t take their dog.  When we place a dog, we want it to be forever and we want to minimize the risk of returns as much as possible.

Does the dog I’m applying for chew furniture?

Some dogs do chew — mostly the younger ones.  Your best bet is to give your dog plenty of chew toys, like Nylabones, to satisfy their urge to chew.  A lot of dogs will chew out of boredom so if a dog is incessantly chewing, we would suggest adding more exercise to this daily routine.

How do I surrender my dog?

We are a foster based program; we do not have a shelter.  Dogs in shelters will take priority over owner surrenders.  Our foster homes are ALWAYS full and we have dogs waiting for a foster home to become available.

If you need to surrender your dog, we will need you to fill out an Owner Surrender Questionnaire to tell us more about your dog and why you are surrendering.  You will be required to spay/neuter your dog and bring them up to date on vaccinations and heartworm testing.  For owners unable to afford this, we consider each dog on a case by case basis.  We require a behavior evaluation that we will set up with a certified safety elevator.

All of this takes time and on average it can take several weeks to several months for us to have a foster home available.  We are unable to take dogs with a bite history or dogs that do not get along with other dogs.  Please include pictures of your dog when emailing us.

I’m interested in adopting a specific dog. Can I meet the dog?

Due to the large number of emails we receive, we cannot respond to individual emails asking if a dog is still available. Generally, if a dog is listed on our Petfinder page, they are available for adoption.

Our dogs are in private foster homes and for that reason we ask that you fill out an application prior to a meeting being set up. Dogs can also be met at our adoption clinics.

Is the dog I’m applying for house broken?

Most of our dogs come from shelters; some have never lived inside.  It will require some effort on your part to train the dog to go outside to use the restroom. Even dogs that are house broken will have accidents in a new environment.

What is the adoption process?

Our adoption process includes an application, interview, home visit, and personal and vet references.  If you currently own a pet, please make sure that he/she is up to date on vaccinations and on heartworm preventative prior to filling out the adoption application.

All adoption fees go toward vetting, transportation, and training.  We do not use donations or adoption fees for salaries or other related expenses.

Why do you require training classes for puppies?

Most dogs in shelters are there because no one took the time to train them when they were young.  The earlier you start training your puppy, the happier you and your dog will be when he or she isn’t 10 pounds anymore.  Puppies grow up to be dogs.  The cute mouthing as a puppy will be perceived as biting as the puppy grows up.  We want all of the dogs in our program to have the best chance at success.  In addition to puppies, we also require training for some of the adult dogs as well.

Why does the application ask about yards and fences?

We try and ensure that our adoptees are a good fit for their potential forever families. For some dogs, this means that having a secure yard to run around is important; for others it may not. We assess the needs of each dog individually, and so we request that each potential adopter or foster family answers these questions honestly to ensure a good match between the dog and the family.

Why won’t you adopt to homes with small children?

The dogs in our program have, for the most part, have very rough lives.  They are scared, nervous, and shy, and may have certain personality traits that are not conducive to living in a home with young children.  Each case is dependent on the dog and the child’s doggy manners.  We always want to make sure that everyone is safe.