Hello, and thank you for your interest in adopting from Hope2K9 Rescue! 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.
Unlike adopting from a shelter, you cannot simply pick out a dog you are interested in within our organization, and take it home the same day. We know this is hard for many to accept, especially if you see a dog on our program who truly tugs at your heartstrings, or feels like the one perfect fit you’ve been looking for, forever. Trust us, if it’s meant to be, it will be!
We are looking for you; kick-ass committed adopters, willing to show up, do the work, take the careful consideration necessary to ensure a perfect fit in their new family member. We are seeking folks eager to lead, give direction, structure, and boundaries to their dogs. We are looking for you even more than you are looking for your perfect match pup, and at Hope2K9 Rescue, we believe in careful, calculated placement decisions, to ensure the match is life-long and all around positive.
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 Rescue is to submit an application. The application can be found HERE.
Once we receive your application, our team will notify you and let you know that we are reviewing it, and whether or not the dog you are interested in is still available. (Sometimes a dog could be matched and set for go-home, before the site may reflect their pending/adopted status.)
Once your application is reviewed, an adoption coordinator will contact you to further discuss the match, and answer any remaining questions you may have about the dog you’re interested in. If 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. Your go home sessions are also SO 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: There are no exceptions to this process of booking TWO go home training sessions, please know that we have done a ton of work over the years to discover that breaking up the go home training sessions like this is most successful way for both the dog, and the adopters involved, to start off as a solid team/family. Your three to four hour investment ends up being a drop in the bucket when it comes to the overall time commitment you must make to the life of your dog.
The Adoption Fee is currently $1200 per dog. 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.