About our Process
All of our dogs come “Up-to-date” with vaccinations (Rabies, DHLPP booster and Bordatella), sterilized, micro-chipped, and initial doses of heartworm and flea and tick preventatives.
The first step is the adoption application. Here we will collect info about your family , lifestyle and references (veterinary and personal). Once we have pre-screened your application, we will contact you to schedule a meet and greet. We encourage all family members, including furry ones to come along. If a potential match exists, we will then schedule a home-visit and check your references. From there, the selection process is based on whomever presents the best match. Once selected, an adoption contract is signed and payment is exchanged.
We try to remain open-minded when considering applicants. Our goal is to try an ensure we have done the best we can, at matching each dog, to right family based on their environment, experience and overall lifestyle. We know this can come in many forms, all different but often all suitable. We will always encourage adopters (whether it be through us, or any other rescue/shelter) to consider presenting your situation in complete transparency, and asking for a recommendation on which dog(s) the shelter staff may feel will be the best match – in other words, be open to the idea that it may not be the one that initially drew you in.
The process of selecting the best home for each dog is one the most important and difficult tasks we must complete. It is never “first come, first serve”. When we have multiple families interested in the same dog – we carefully review and compare all aspects and make a decision based on all of the information provided, and our knowledge of the dog. While some families will inevitably be disappointed if they are not approved for their first choice, if they were otherwise approved – we are happy to work with them to find their match.
About our Dogs
Today, we intake many dogs from Puerto Rico. These dogs have generally been rescued from the streets and are often referred to as “Satos”. Despite having often endured some hardship in life prior to their arrival, they make some of the most wonderful family pets we’ve ever known. We also intake many dogs from animal control facilities in the Southern US. These “death row” pups were lucky enough to be saved only days our hours before euthanasia. They vary widely in breed, size and shape but almost all were obviously pets at some point in life. Less frequently we also intake dogs from Europe.
While many of our dogs happily integrate into homes with children and/or other pets – this is something we have limited ability to test for so placement decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. We only accept dogs that have not shown any signs of aggression but caution should always be taken with small children and/or other smaller pets. As a rule – we generally will not adopt adult, and/or large breed dogs to homes with cats as a precautionary measure.