Our Adoption Process
Our office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The best way to reach us is through email: email@example.com. We all have jobs and families, so please understand that our time to answer the hundreds of email we get daily is limited. EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE DOGS IS INCLUDED IN THEIR PROFILES. Sometimes the dogs have not arrived yet when we post them, but we will happily post additional information after they have been in foster care.
Photos of our available dogs and all of their information is on our “Available Dogs” page. Our adoption applications are on the bottom of this page. Of course, we are always available to answer questions about our dogs at our weekly adoption events!
**Please note that we require all adults in the home to be present at time of adoption. We also require that you bring other dogs in the home to the event so that we make sure the dogs are a good fit!
FAQS: In addition to the information available on our website and at adoption events, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers here to help you:
1) Where do you adopt dogs and where are they available for adoption?
We hold our weekly adoption events on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the:
PET SUPPLIES PLUS - 17205 S Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80401
We sometimes have Wednesday adoption events from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please check the profiles on the "Available Dogs" page to see which dogs will be at that event.
Following our adoption events we then delete the dogs that have been adopted from our website. The dogs you see on our website each Tuesday after the event are currently available.
2) How much are your adoption fees?
Our adoption fees are:
• $375 for puppies 6 months of age and under
• $300 for dogs 6 months to 12 months of age
• $275 for dogs from one year to 6 years of age
• $150 for dogs over the age of 6 years.
Adoption fees cover our transport costs, spay or neuter with our vet, current vaccinations at the time of adoption and microchipping. If your dog has not been spayed or neutered, the state of Colorado requires that we withhold a $50.00 deposit that we return to you when you email us the receipt for your dogs spay or neuter.
3) Is this dog good with other dogs and children and is it healthy?
All of our dogs are behavior tested, medically vetted and given age appropriate vaccinations prior to coming here. We ONLY accept non-aggressive dogs that are good with other dogs and children. Unless our assigned foster family has a cat, we sometimes are not sure of cat interaction.
**Adopting to families with children: we are always cautious when there are children involved. We have no way to know for certain if you have taught your children to be gentle and respectful with dogs. If your children are not taught to be soft with dogs, please don't adopt a dog; you are setting your new dog up for failure and your child will potentially be at risk. There is no dog that enjoys having their ears/tail/legs being pulled or being climbed on or ridden. If your child plays rough with a dog you are teaching that dog to be aggressive. If children (or adults) allow a puppy or adult dog to put their mouth on them, you are teaching that dog that's it's okay to nip and play bite. The best way to train a dog not to do that is NOT by hitting them, which will also teach aggression. Disengage with the behavior and when they stop, offer them a toy or other reward. We advise that all of our dogs undergo training unless your are very experienced with positive training.
4) Is there any other way to adopt a dog than at your adoption event?
Generally, no. Once in a while we will make a dog available for a private adoption, but it will be *noted on their profile on our website. Everyone else is only available for adoption at our adoption events - that’s why we have them!
5) I live in another state - do you transport? No, and we do not adopt out of state.
8) Can I adopt for my (mother, father, friend, etc.)?
No; we only adopt to people who will actually be adopting the dog and ALL adults living in the adopted dog’s home MUST be present at the time of adoption. If there children under the age of 10 and/or are any other dogs in the house, you will need to bring them to the adoption event as well.
9) How do I fill out an adoption application?
Our adoption application is located at the bottom of this page in a downloadable Word document. Please fill it out and bring the HARD copy of the application with you to the event. We also have extra adoption applications on hand at the adoption event.
OUR ADOPTION PROCESS
We do not do pre-approved applications or "holds" on dogs because we have to meet you first before approving your application! Because we don’t typically do home visits (with the exceptions of certain breeds), it is extremely important to us that we interview and screen all potential adopters very carefully. We will ask appropriate questions in order to protect our dogs. We so appreciate your understanding!
We always have a lot of people at our adoption events and it will be chaotic if we don't follow procedures. We need the hour prior to the events, from 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. to set up for the event, which begins at 12:00. If you choose to come early, we will be busy organizing ourselves for the event. During that hour we ask your understanding that we can't stop and answer questions, get dogs for you, etc. or we will not be ready to open at 12:00 - thank you!
There is often a line at our adoption events. At the adoption event you will first sign up on the sign-up sheet when you arrive. WE DO INTERVIEWS IN THE ORDER OF THE SIGN-IN SHEET. If there is a person ahead of you on the sign-in sheet and they are a great fit for the dog, we will most likely adopt to them, but please wait a few minutes to make sure that person is actually going to adopt that dog. Sometimes people leave prematurely when they could have adopted their dog of choice!
Here are just a few common sense reasons why we decline an adopter:
• We don't adopt out large breeds of dogs or puppies to apartments. We will be looking for homes with a secure, fenced in yard appropriate for a large breed dog. When we say a dog needs a yard, we mean a fenced in yard.
• Puppies cannot be left alone for more than 2-3 hours. If you are someone who is away all day or evening while working, an adult dog that can be left alone for a longer period of time would be a better choice for you.
• We do not adopt tiny puppies or very small adult dogs to homes with babies or toddlers.
PLEASE be very certain when you are choosing a dog to adopt that it is the right dog for you, your lifestyle and family. Choose carefully. Returning a dog is not like returning merchandise to a store. Dogs are living creatures and we respect them as such. While we will always accept a returned dog, there will be no refunds and no exceptions. Please be sure to take your adoption seriously.
PLEASE be aware that our dogs are usually adopted very quickly. We often have more than person interested in the same dog and/or have more than one application for a dog. It helps to be flexible - we have so many great dogs! We very much appreciate your patience and understanding of this!
This is what your adoption fee covers:
• Transport costs; to assure the safety and well being of our dogs, we typically transport our dogs ourselves, from high kill shelters in other states or rural Colorado.
• Spay and neuter surgery with our preferred veterinarians.
• Bringing your dog current on vaccinations and any other medical expense incurred for the dog while in our care.
• Microchipping for all dogs.
Please bring a current photo ID with you to verify age.. We do not take personal checks. We accept cash and credit cards only.
Please click on the link below to download and print our adoption application. Please bring a hard copy of your application to the event.