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ADOPTION APPLICATION

Adoption is not the end, but the beginning.

Adopters, like dogs, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are single and live in a studio in NYC; others have large families and big fenced in property. Some have owned dogs their whole lives, others are novices. What we look for in adopters though, is one thing: commitment. We see pet guardianship as a lifelong trust. There is a life dependent on you, and it’s a responsibility unlike any other.​

How to commit?

Realistic expectations: Get the dog that fits your life. You’re not going to change, don’t expect the dog to. You’re a couch potato, get a low energy dog. Have kids, consider what temperament is best. Think before you leap. It’s a big decision, not an impulse.

Patience: A shelter dog needs time, to adjust, to settle in, to feel safe. They’ve been traumatized. Even the most housetrained senior dog might have accidents, or chew something up out of stress. Be patient.

Exercise: Nothing balances a dog more than exercise. Walk, run, go to the doggie park. Moving forward is how a dog propels their body, their thinking. An exhausted dog is a happy dog.
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Training: Obedience training is essential, whether individual lessons or a group at Petco, just do it.

Nutrition: Dogs, like people, can become irritable, hyper, depressed if fed the wrong diet. There’s great dog food out there, and horrible. Do your research, because it does make a difference.
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Leadership: Dogs need to know their place in the pack. It’s their nature. If they don’t have that, they’re confused and stressed, and unwanted behaviors appear. Leadership is key, and comes through positive training and consistency.

Rebound Hounds screens applications, checks references, does home visits, then follow up, and accepts a donation. What we're really looking for though, is that COMMITMENT. If you’re really ready to take it on with your heart, spirit, and intellect, you can be a great guardian to a deserving shelter animal. And we guarantee it’ll be the best thing you ever did.

PLEASE NOTE

If applying for a dog on the
TO BE DESTROYED list
You must be available by 
EMAIL AND PHONE
otherwise we will not be able to check your application in full.

ADOPTION FEES

$500

Small breeds/puppies up to 6 months of age

 

$400

Adult

 

​$300

Seniors over 7 years of age

APPLICATION FOR DOG ADOPTION

Not every person who desires to adopt a dog should do so. It is our policy to make certain that each person who adopts a dog is aware of the responsibilities of pet ownership and is capable of and willing to accept those responsibilities morally, physically, and financially. By completing this questionnaire, you will aid us in determining if you and your family are indeed ready to become responsible pet owners. Should you agree that adopting a pet is a commitment throughout the lifetime of your companion animal, please fill out this questionnaire.

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Names of all persons living in your household, their relationship to you and their ages:

Please list three personal references (only ONE family member) and their relationship to you:

YOUR HOME
Type of dwelling?
Do you have a yard?
Fenced?
Is there a pool on your property?
If yes, is it fenced?
Your Home has:
Own or rent?
If not a homeowner, do you have the landlord’s permission to have a dog?
YOUR PETS
Do you presently own a dog?
Have you previously owned a dog?
Have you ever trained a dog?
CURRENT PET(S)
Altered?
PAST PET(S)
Altered?
Have any of your dogs/dogs ever had puppies?
If yes were they breed for:
Has any member of your family ever experienced animal related allergies?
YOUR NEW DOG
What is your primary reason for adopting this dog? Please choose one.
Where will the dog live?
Do you have any of the following?

What provisions would be made for the dog if you had to move to a place where no pets are allowed?

Under what circumstances would you not keep the dog? Please select all that apply.
What would you do if the dog grew bigger than expected?
If the dog becomes ill or injured, are you financially prepared to provide medical care?
If yes, is there a maximum amount you would spend?
Are you financially prepared to provide proper food and grooming for your dog?
Do you have a dog walker/day care provider for the dog?

Please list all names and phone numbers of all care providers:

ADOPTION CONTRACT

1. No person who is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed to adopt.

 

2. Dogs will NOT be kept on a chain because of health hazards, lack of exercise and potential dangers chains may cause such as teasing and trapping the dog with no escape.

 

3. Dogs will NOT be used as hunting or guard dogs.

 

4. Adopter will abide by all city and county animal control ordinances, specifically any leash laws to prevent the dog from roaming and becoming a nuisance animal.

 

5. Dogs will NOT be sold, traded, or given away for any purpose. It is not to be abandoned. Adopter agrees to return the dog to Rebound Hounds if they are unable to care for it.

 

6. Adopter agrees that dog will be part of the household, well cared for and treated with love and respect. Adopter will assume full responsibility for its well-being, including providing adequate and wholesome food, fresh water, shelter from the weather and any veterinary treatment needed to provide for the continued health of the dog.

 

7. Rebound Hounds reserves the right to refuse to adopt out any dog for any reason. Further, Rebound Hounds’ veterinarian reserves the right to refuse to adopt out any dog for any reason, including the health of the dog.

 

8. Rebound Hounds is not responsible for any injuries (including rabies), maiming and /or death incurred to any persons or other animals in respect to this dog.

 

9. Rebound Hounds is not responsible for any damage or destruction to personal or home property caused by this dog.

 

10. Rebound Hounds does not guarantee a dog’s temperament or behavior once in the home.

 

11. Adopter is subject to all requirements for adoption set down by Rebound Hounds application, approval, home visit, and a NON-REFUNDABLE donation fee ($400 FOR ADULT DOGS; $500 FOR PUPPIES UNDER 6 MOS; $250 FOR SENIORS OVER 7) paid to the rescue.

 

12. Unspayed/unneutered dogs shall be returned to Animal Care and Control shelters for surgery. Unless prior arrangements have been made with Rebound Hounds, if adopter opts to seek private veterinary or low cost/certificate spay/neuter programs for surgery, they do so at their own expense.

 

13. Adopter must be physically able to handle and exercise their adoptive dog daily and sufficiently.

 

THE ABOVE IS A LEGAL AND BINDING CONTRACT. BY SIGNING BELOW, THE ADOPTER(S) AGREES TO COMPLY WITH EVERY CONDITION LISTED ABOVE. THE ADOPTER(S) FURTHER AGREES TO IMMEDIATELY SURRENDER AND RETURN THE ADOPTED DOG(S) TO REBOUND HOUNDS SHOULD REBOUND HOUNDS DETERMINE THAT THE ADOPTER(S) HAS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE CONDITIONS LISTED ABOVE. SHOULD REBOUND HOUNDS BE REQUIRED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION IN ORDER TO SECURE THE ADOPTED ANIMAL(S), ADOPTER(S) SHALL PAY ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SAID LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS CONTRACT AND BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT I WAIVE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SUE REBOUND HOUNDS AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS AND/OR REPRESENTATIVES.

 

In the event of my death or incapacity, this Contract shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives.

(If submitted electronically, typed name serves as legal signature)

Thanks for submitting!