Before You Adopt

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When you adopt a Scout, you become a part of our incredible community and can trust that we will be there to support you along the way.  Prior to becoming available for adoption, each animal is spayed or neutered if they are old enough, vaccinated and microchipped, thoroughly checked by a trusted veterinarian, and medical care provided when needed.  The animal is then placed into one of our loving and experienced foster homes, where they have time to adjust and become socialized. 

Through foster care, one of the most integral pieces of our rescue process, we are able to bring the dogs out of their shells, rehabilitate as needed, and get a true assessment of the dog’s temperament and personality. A dog will only reveal so much of its personality in a scary shelter environment, and time in foster care allows us to assess them thoroughly and determine what type of environment (Kids? Cats?) is best for the dog. Through the foster process our ability to select the most appropriate home is maximized, and we pride ourselves on transparency and honesty.   Our wonderful fosters are always ready and willing to answer any questions you might have about a dog, before and after adoption.

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Adoption Checklist

Are you ready to be a dog owner?  See if you're ready for this.

  • Do you have any other dogs? How will the pets react to a new dog?

  • Is your current residence suited to the dog you’re considering?

  • How will your social life or work obligations affect your ability to care for a dog?

  • Do you have a plan for your new dog during vacations and/or work travel?

  • How do the people you live with feel about having a dog in the house?

  • Are you, your spouse, partner or roommate intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a dog, such as allergies?

  • Do you or any of your household/family members have health issues that may be affected by a dog?

  • What breed of dog is the best fit with your current lifestyle?

  • Is there tension in the home? Dogs quickly pick up on stress in the home, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.

  • Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be ultimately responsible for the dog’s care?

  • What do you expect your dog to contribute to your life? For example, do you want a running and hiking buddy, or is your perfect pet a couch potato who will hang and watch TV with you?

  • If you are thinking of adopting a young dog, do you have the time and patience to work with the dog through its adolescence, taking house-breaking, chewing and energy-level into account?

  • Have you considered your lifestyle carefully and determined whether a younger or older dog would be a better match for you?

  • Do you have the heart and time to train and handle a dog with behavior issues or are you looking for an easy-going friend?

  • Do you need a dog who will be reliable with children or one you can take with you when you travel?

  • Do you want a dog who follows you all around the house or would you prefer a more independent character?

  • What size dog can your home accommodate?

  • Will you have enough room if your dog grows to be bigger than expected?

  • What size dog would suit the other people who live in or visit your home regularly?

  • Do you have another dog to consider when choosing the size of your next dog?

  • How big of a dog can you travel comfortably with?

  • Most importantly, will your dog be your best friend?



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