Since our inception in 2014, we have been able to facilitate the adoptions of over 450 dogs. We are very happy to say that most of these dogs are still in their loving homes, and thriving.
Unfortunately, and for several different reasons, dogs do get returned. Although this makes us sad, it is often in the best interest of the dog.
Our goal is to place each dog with the perfect family, and find the perfect family for each dog. We do this by having you meet with our dog team, trainers, and sit down for an in-depth interview with a team member and/or the rescue. We ask lots of questions and check vet references as well as personal references. We send a great deal of material to you before the event so you may prepare yourselves for not only the event, but also post adoption. This information includes material on decompression, the two week shut down, crate training, and more.
In addition, we ask you to read an article and to write an essay on how you plan to introduce your dog to your new home and family. What steps are you willing to take to make this work? We've heard many times: "I'm a trainer", "I've always had dogs" and "I'd never return a dog", yet many times people truly don't know how different it can be to adopt a rescue/shelter dog. These dogs will not be their true selves until they've had time to decompress. They may have accidents, be shy or withdrawn, need leash training, and so much more. Please ask yourself, are you truly up to this task?
This is a lifetime decision we are helping make for this dog, so here are a few things to keep in mind:
We HIGHLY recommend that you fill out an application prior to the event. This will give us time to check your vet and personal references. If you choose not to fill out the application in advance, there is no guarantee you can complete the adoption process at the event. Once we've had a chance to review your application and check your references, we will be in touch.
Are you hoping to adopt one of the many adorable puppies coming to our event? All adopters wanting to adopt a puppy are required to read and sign our puppy addendum form. There is a link below to download the form and review. Please initial, sign and email it back to us and we will attach it to your application. You will also be emailed this form if you have requested one of the puppies on your application. This DOES NOT guarantee you a puppy.
Almost all of the articles say the same thing; TIME AND PATIENCE.
...Did we mention time? If you are serious about adopting a rescue dog, it is imperative to give them the time they need to adjust. These articles will help give you a better understanding.