Adoption Policies and Application
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To start the adoption process of one of our wonderful Keeshound, Please click this link to fill out our adoption Application
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Rescue wants to make adopting a Keeshond Rescue dog an enriching
experience for the Potential Adopter, our rescued Keeshonden, and the
Keeshond Rescue volunteers. Keeshond Rescue works very hard to get to
know the Potential Adopters and their lifestyle so that we can offer
them the best selection of Keeshond Rescue dogs we have available.
Adopting a Keeshond Rescue dog is not meant to be easy, however. Most
people who adopt a rescue Keeshond from Keeshond Rescue not only
understand, but they also appreciate all that we do to place our dogs
in good, stable homes. Some people, though, have told us that we make
adopting a rescue Keeshond too difficult or time consuming. Pet stores
and back yard breeders (those breeder’s who advertise in the
newspaper), make getting any kind of dog very easy. These dogs are
generally an impulse buy. By taking our time and checking all
references, Keeshond Rescue eliminates impulse buyers. Keeshond Rescue
also maintains that if getting one of our Keeshonden is too easy, then
the new owners may also find it too easy to decide that they no longer
want the dog.
In accordance with Keeshond Rescue’s goal of matching our rescued
Keeshonden with the right home and environment, we have set forth the
following adoption policies:
I. Type of Home
A. All Potential Adopters must keep their dogs inside as house pets.
II. Initial Handling of Adoption Application/ Request
B. Potential Adopters must provide regular veterinary care — including
yearly shots and medical examination — and maintain the dog on
heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives.
C. Potential adopters must provide a loving, caring, nurturing home for the rescued Keeshond.
D. Potential adopters must submit a $50.00 non-refundable donation with
their Adoption Application. Once approved for adoption, this $50.00
donation will be applied to their donation at the time of adoption.
A. Keeshond Rescue handles each
adoption application individually, on a case-by-case basis. (We
consider each adoption to be that dog’s forever home, meaning its home
for the remainder of its life, so we work to find the right environment
for the dog and the right dog for the environment.)
B. All approved adopters must come to meet the dog or dogs available to
make sure that dog and adopter personalities mesh well. All members of
the adopter’s household, including any & all dogs that adopters
already own, must come.
C. Keeshond Rescue does not ship dogs sight unseen. However, on rare
occasions, we will ship a special needs dog to a superbly qualified
D. Exceptions to these rules require a majority vote by entire the Board of Directors.
Turbo Kees Foundation, Adoption Policies III.
Processing Adoption Applications
A. Keeshond Rescue takes one to three weeks to process an adoption application.
IV. Approved Applications
B. Keeshond Rescue first checks all references. If the references are
favorable, we schedule a home visit. All household members must be
present during the home visit, no exceptions.
C. The Keeshond Rescue volunteer who conducts the home visit forwards
the home visit and reference reports to the Adoption Coordinator.
D. The Adoption Coordinator or the Chairperson can approve or deny the
application, as can a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors.
(In the case of a denied application, Potential Adopters have the right
to request that the Adoption Coordinator submit their application to
the Board of Directors for further review. The Board’s decision is
final in all cases.)
A. When an adoption application
is approved, the Potential Adopter is allowed to view and select from
all Keeshonden who are both available and appropriate for the Potential
Adopter’s household and lifestyle.
V. Post Adoption
B. Keeshond Rescue processes all applications on first come, first
served basis. We cannot hold a dog or dogs upon receipt of an adoption
application. Because space for new rescues is always at a premium,
Keeshond Rescue must place all dogs as we can. The Board of Directors
can make exceptions to this rule.
C. When Potential Adopters visit the foster home to meet the dog or
dogs they are interested in adopting, the Foster Care person has the
right to refuse the adoption if he or she feels that the adoption is
not in the dog’s best interest. In that event, the Foster Care Person
notifies the Adoption Coordinator, who reschedules a visitation and
reviews the Foster Care person’s comments with the Potential Adopter.
D. At the time of adoption, all Adopters must sign an Adoption
Agreement contract, and provide a minimum monetary donation of
$350.00-$450.00 depending on the age of the dog; or as set by the Board
A. The Adoptive Family must
telephone the Adoption Coordinator or the Foster Care Person two days
after the date of the adoption, and again after one week, to let
Keeshond Rescue know how things are going with their new family member.
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B. Keeshond Rescue is available for questions, problems, or comments for as long as the Adoptive Family needs.
C. Keeshond Rescue reserves the right to do follow up visits at any time.
D. For the first 2-3 weeks after adoption the dog may have potty
accidents, be depressed, withdrawn, stressed or calmer than “normal.”
Rehoming is stressful for all dogs, each dog handles stress in their
own way. Please report any problems ASAP.
To start the adoption process of one of our wonderful Keeshound, Please click this link to fill out our adoption Application.