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AHCR ADOPTION APPLICATION

WELCOME!! 

Thank you for your interest in adopting with Almost Home!    

Please email us at info@almosthomecaninerescue.com with any general questions.

 All dogs are:

* spayed or neutered prior to adoption (including puppies) 

* evaluated for temperament and trainability

* up-to-date on age appropriate vaccinations (DHPPC and Rabies) 

* heartworm tested (6 months of age and older)

* Given flea, tick and heartworm preventatives 

* given a dental check and cleaning if necessary

* groomed if necessary

* treated for any necessary medical conditions

* microchipped 

 

GENERAL ADOPTION FEES

Adult dog: $250-400

Puppy: $350-500

*These are subject to change based on age, medical needs, and breed.*

Please do not hesitate to reach out about the status of your application via email: adoptions@almosthomecaninerescue.com 

On average it takes our volunteers 7-10 business days to process the paper portion of your application. 

We thank you for your patience. 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION 

BEFORE APPLYING.

 

ADOPTION PROCESS 

**Please note that we reserve the right to terminate an application at any point throughout the adoption process.  Rude or inappropriate behavior towards our volunteers are not tolerated at any time.  

WE NO LONGER ARE ACCEPTING GENERAL APPLICATIONS.  

Please list a specific dog(s) that you are interested in adopting. 

Please know that listing interest does not guarantee that you will adopt that animal. You may list multiple dogs.

VETTING

All current animals in the home MUST be up to date on all appropriate vaccinations and be spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason verified by your veterinarian’s office.  

Please call your vet and confirm that your animals are 

current on their vaccinations PRIOR to completing the application.

Any application that has current pets that are not up to date 

(excluding medical reasons) will not be considered 

and removed without notice.

**If your animals are not up to date but have a scheduled appointment please email us that information at adoptions@almosthomecaninerescue.com so we may confirm this with your veterinarian’s office.

 REFERENCES

 Please contact your personal references to let them know we will be calling and to release information to us.  Also be sure to list accurate telephone numbers of your references. This ensures your references call us back, which helps the process move along more quickly. We will attempt to contact your references no more than 3 times.

PRE-ADOPTION HOME VISIT

  This home visit provides us an opportunity to get to know you and for you to get to know more about us and the rescue dog you are interested in adopting. This also helps us see if a dog would be a good fit for the energy and layout of your home. We are not there to judge your home; we just want to ensure our dogs will be safe in your home and be a good fit for your family. 

All members of the household MUST be present at the time of the home visit.

WE DO NOT BRING DOGS ALONG TO HOME VISITS

You must be approved prior to meeting with a dog unless it is at one of our scheduled public meet and greets. 

Once you are approved, you may meet the dog in private via the foster family.  

 You can apply for dogs if you live out of state. We do have volunteers all over that can help complete the home visit.  

We can also do home visits via FaceTime, Zoom, FaceBook video calling, etc…  

Due to Covid19 many of our home visits are being conducted electronically. 

MEETING THE DOG/ADOPTION

 Once the home visit has been completed, we get you in contact with the foster parents so you can set up a time to meet the dog. We encourage you to have your current pets meet the new dog. Please note that it often takes time for dogs to get used to a new environment and your current pets and your new animals should ALWAYS have SLOW introductions. If you have any questions about this, PLEASE reach out. We have a basic trainer as part of our team who is willing to speak with anyone about this. 

We expect an adopter to take possession of a dog as soon as it is ready to be adopted. 

 WE DO NOT HOLD DOGS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. 

If you plan on moving, taking a trip, or have major life events coming up, please wait and apply AFTER those events have occurred.  This is to ensure the dog's life is not disrupted more than necessary.

AHCR does NOT do a 2-week trial period unless pre-arranged with the adopter and cleared through the AHCR Director and Adoption Team. Certain dogs and families with specific needs may be able to have trial periods. 

All of our animals are microchipped. Almost Home Canine Rescue registers these microchips so that both our information as well as the adopters' information is on the chip in case the animal is ever lost or abandoned. The adopter provides us with the names and phone numbers they would like on the chip, but does NOT register the chip. 

 We deposit any checks roughly 2 weeks after the adoption has taken place.  It can take 3-4 weeks for the check to be deposited. If you do not want to wait 4 weeks, please make the adoption donation with cash.

Cash needs to be the EXACT amount as our fosters do not carry change for your convenience.

 Thank you for understanding!

WE DO NOT REFUND ADOPTION FEES

Sometimes we have multiple applications for a dog. Please understand that we do our best to choose the home we feel is the best fit for the dog. This does not mean that you aren't a good adoptive family; we just may not think the dog would do well in your home. We may not decide until after we have done home visits for multiple families and we appreciate your cooperation and patience. Thank you for understanding. 

  • We will consider long distance adoptions, as long as a home visit can be completed and the adopter is willing to DRIVE to South Dakota to pick up their new dog. We do not allow our dogs to go to their new home via air travel or any 3rd party transporter.
  • We do expect adopters to drive to the foster family's home to pick up their new dog. 
  • Our adoption fees are set so that we can afford to provide each of the animals in our case with the appropriate vetting they need to be healthy and happy and are non negotiable.  WE DO NOT REFUND ADOPTION FEES
  • We do not always require a fence, depending on the dog. If we require a fence, this will be noted on the dogs' description.
    We expect that our dogs will be part of a family, not housed outside in a kennel.

**If the dog you applied for was adopted by another family please know that we will keep your APPROVED application on file for a period of 6 months.  Within that time frame if another dog comes up that interests you please email our team at adoptions@almosthomecaninerescue.com. 

After 6 months a new application will be required.


We are always here to help!

 We want this adoption to be successful, and we always are here to give advice and offer assistance.  Please do not hesitate to email us at info@almosthomecaninerescue.com with any questions or concerns.

** Please note that we reserve the right to check in on the animal, especially if we are concerned that they are not being taken care of properly. **

Please remember that we are all volunteers at AHCR and have other responsibilities outside of rescue. If you ever have any questions about your application, please email us at info@almosthomecaninerescue.com and someone will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours. 

 

 

 



1. Are all household members in agreement about adopting a dog and willing to be present for a home visit? *
2. Are your current pets neutered/spayed and up-to-date on rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations?

All current pets must be up to date on appropiate vacciantions and spayed/neutered (Excluding medical reasons).  Please know that if they are not your applicaton will be removed without notice.  

Please call your vet and verify this.  
If your animals have a scheuled appointment to get up to date, please let us know so that we can verify this.
 *
3. Are you willing to DRIVE to the foster's home near SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA to pick up your dog if you are approved? All foster homes are located within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls. (We do NOT ship dogs or allow dogs to be flown to their new location.) *

General Questions

Obedience and Training

References

VET REFERENCE
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VET TO ENSURE YOUR CURRENT ANIMALS ARE UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS.
 
-Please list the vet that has your current or previous animal's records.
-We will be contacting your vet to verify records.
-Please also ensure you list the names of your animals in the form so that we can ensure each of them has been seen by your vet.
-Some vets require you to release your information to us; please contact your vet and check to ensure this is done so we can move things along more quickly!
 
PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED IF WE CAN NOT VERIFY VETTING RECORDS.
 
If you have never previously owned a pet, you can put NA in this section. 
 
Please list deceased pets and their vet information if they have passed away within the last 3 years.
I have contacted my veterinarian office to ensure that AHCR can check the status of my animals and have given them the OK to do so. *
 
PERSONS LIVING WITHIN YOUR HOUSEHOLD MAY NOT BE USED AS A REFERENCE.
 
Personal Reference1--MUST BE NON-FAMILY 
(PLEASE VERIFY THEIR PHONE NUMBER)
 
 
Personal Reference 2 --MUST BE NON-FAMILY
(PLEASE VERIFY PHONE NUMBER)
 
 
 
Personal Reference 3--MUST BE NON-FAMILY
(PLEASE VERIFY PHONE NUMBER)
 
Do you understand that it may take 3-10 days for us to get back to you regarding your application? Do you understand that we cannot move forward with processing your application if your references do not get back to us? Please tell your references to return our calls ASAP! Please REACH OUT to us if you submit and application and have not heard back within 10 days! Please ensure that you get a confirmation that the form is submitted!!!!! All fields should be filled out. *
If you are interested in meeting or adopting one of our animals outside of a public event, you must first have an approved application. We DO NOT GUARANTEE that the dog you are interested in will still be available after your application has been processed. *

Thank you for applying to adopt a homeless pet!