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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Keeshond 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.
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.
II. Initial Handling of Adoption Application/ Request
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 forever home.
D. Exceptions to these rules require a majority vote by entire the Board of Directors.
III. Processing Adoption Applications
A. Keeshond Rescue takes one to three weeks to process an adoption application.
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.
C. The Keeshond Rescue volunteer who conducts the
home visit forwards the home visit and reference reports to the
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.)
IV. Approved Applications
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.
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
D. At the time of adoption, all Adopters must sign an
Adoption Agreement contract, and provide a minimum monetary donation of
$250.00-$400.00 depending on the age of the dog; or as set by the Board
of Directors. $400.00 adoption donation for puppies and dogs
under 2 years of age; $300.00 adoption donation for dogs over 2 years
of age and younger than 10 years of age; $250.00 adoption donation for
dogs 10 years of age & older; or as set by the Board of Directors.
V. Post Adoption
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.
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.