Thank you for your interest in adopting from Hope2K9 Foundation, our trained adoptable dogs rock! In order to make the process smooth, and as fulfilling as possible for you, it is important that you will read the complete guidelines and procedures outlined for our adoption process below.
We are not a public shelter, so you can’t visit without an appointment. Our adoptable dogs are with the training team, or a foster family, in private homes throughout their stay. When we receive an application, we share a phone call with you first, then if we all feel the match is a good potential, we schedule you a meet and greet appointment. Be prepared to travel, the dog you’re interested in could be in Downtown San Diego, North County, or Lake Elsinore.
We have invested weeks and sometimes months into these dogs, training them, socializing them, proofing them to ensure they have rockstar life skills that we know you will positively adore if one of them should join your home and family. In order to preserve our work, and set both the dogs and adopters up for success, we have a proven screening and matching process that will save everyone a lot of heartache and wasted hours on the phone if the dog you admire is not going to be successful in your home.
So lets get to it… here’s how it all goes down:
The first step in adopting a dog from Hope2K9 is to submit an application. The application can be found HERE.
If you have questions before submitting an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we receive your application, and a good potential match is determined, you will be invited to schedule a meet and greet with the adoptable dog you’re interested in. At your meet and greet, you will be advised if the placement of that dog in your home is something our team feels would be good, and whether or not you are free to decide on adopting the dog. Meet and greets should be something your entire family, and/or existing dogs attend, so we can be sure EVERYONE is on the same page.
Before the dogs in our program go “home,” you are required to participate in TWO one on one training sessions which take place on back to back days, showing you how to work the dog, the tools involved, their commands and specific personality traits, as well as any other trouble shooting for behavior which may present in your home. These two sessions are critical to everyone’s success, as your dog has been given a language with which to move through the world successfully, and you too need to learn this language in order to be your dog’s best advocate and ally. Go home sessions are super fun, as you discover the “new toy” your trained dog will become, locked and loaded with awesome skills to fully enjoy life by your side. Again, the entire family should attend these sessions, and we will advise whether or not your current dog(s) need to be there too.
In some cases we can and will schedule the meet and greet to INCLUDE the first go home training session, if we feel the likelihood of the match is going to go through and that we can save you some time and travel. This way we can also allow for the necessary time to move from getting to know you, to starting to train you, on the spot.
PLEASE NOTE: For our fully trained dogs, there are no exceptions to this process of booking TWO go home training sessions, unless you have been a previous client or adopter and have familiarity with the tools and systems we use.
The Adoption Fee for fully trained and vetted dogs is $1500, our adoption fees may range from $400 for senior dogs, or dogs who are not requiring the complete board and train program. Your tax deductible adoption fee will be collected when you complete your adoption contract, and is used to cover the cost of the dog’s training tools, trainer time, dog food, medical care, and much more that we provide during each dog’s stay.
Your adoption also comes with lifetime support from our training team, as long as you own your Hope2K9 dog. We have an incredibly high success rate of great matches, happy families, and dogs not being returned thanks to the training investment we make beforehand.