Our Adoption Process

We screen all of our applicants to ensure that our dogs are going into safe and loving homes. I’ve been told that our adoption process takes too long. I’ve had applicants tell me that our process is too much and they don’t want to go through all that. If that’s the case then I’d have to say that maybe your not the right home for our dog anyways. I’ve also had people tell me that they are glad we do it the way we do. That they like that we don’t just give dogs to anybody.

Here is how things work:

Photo by Visions Photography

Photo by Visions Photography

First you can either email us or fill out an application. If you have questions about the dogs personality or quirks we will be happy to answer those before you fill out an application. Once you decide you want to meet them we need to have an application. This doesn’t bind you to any one dog. Or even to adopting from us. It simply helps us to determine what you are looking for in a dog and if the dog you have picked out meets that criteria.

Once we receive your application someone will contact you to set up a meet & greet. If you have other dogs this is a great time to introduce them. We will meet you on neutral territory and give the dogs a chance to interact and get to know each other. If you don’t have other dogs it’s simply a chance for you to meet the dog and decide if the personality is what you expected. Sometimes it’s not, and that’s ok. We may have others that would be a better fit. We are always willing to work with you to find the right dog.

Once we do find that dog we will pass your application on to get processed. We call references. We’ll call your vet and your personal references. If they respond right away the process can go pretty quickly. But it also depends on how many applications we are processing at that time. This is where your patience comes in. I know it’s hard, I went through it once too. But when you get that phone call or email saying that you were approved, it makes it all worth it.

Why we do it this way: 

We do what we do to get the dogs we love into their forever homes. All we ask is for a little patience while we make sure that the dog you pick out will be a good fit for your home and that your home will be a safe place for our dog, which will hopefully be your dog soon. We want to make sure they really do find their forever homes. Because of the way we do this our return rate is less than 5%.  This makes for happy families and happy dogs. So, if you are looking for that perfect fit for your family, check out our adoptable dogs

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From A Foster Lead

Last week we posted about what it takes to be a foster. If you missed it check it out here. Today, I’m going to tell you about the support you get and the team you have standing behind you.

Right now we have 7 awesome foster leads (of which I am one). Each foster home is assigned a lead. Your foster lead is your first point of contact for any questions you have. We are here to make your fostering experience a good one. If you can’t get a hold of your lead, any of the others are willing and able to step in and help.

My first contact with a new foster comes when we receive an application. We have divided up Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and surrounding areas into territories and each foster lead has their own territory. When one comes in that lands in my territory I reach out via email or phone to set up a home visit. During the home visit I’m looking for 2 things. One, that any animals currently in your home are well taken care of and happy. Two, things in the home are safe and secure for any animals we may place with you. I have done nearly 20 home visits (for foster homes) since I started doing this in March and I have yet to find a home that didn’t live up to those standards. The people who step up to help are usually pretty awesome!

The home visit is your chance to bombard me with questions. Anything and everything you want to know about fostering is fair game. I will also take the time to get to know you and your family. I want to know what kind of dog will fit into your lifestyle. They come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own personality. I want to make sure that both you and the dog I place with you are happy. (If that leads to a foster failure – you end up adpoting the dog and stop fostering – I’m ok with that. )

Once I know what you need I will find the right dog for your home. My first contact with the dogs usually comes via email from our Intake Coordinator. We get weekly lists, sometimes more, of dogs that we can take in. We also get owner surrenders from our website. We match up these dogs coming in with our open foster homes.

Once the dog is in the home your job is pretty simple. 🙂 Give them the love and care they deserve! If you have any concerns or questions just give me a call or send me an email! I’m here to help you. Anything from a training question to a vet appointment. We will also keep you informed of event schedules and do whatever is needed to help get your foster adopted.

Once we receive an application on your foster it will be forwarded on to you. You get to set up the first meeting with the potential adopters. If you feel like they will be a good fit you report back to me and we move forward in processing the application. We check references and if everything comes back good I will do a home visit, you are welcome to come along, and after that comes the paperwork. After all is signed and the pup moves on to their new home we start all over again.

I think the most rewarding thing about fostering (yes, I do it myself as well) is seeing all of the dogs you help go into their forever homes, knowing that you had a hand in that. No one knows where they would have ended up if we didn’t provide them with that bridge, from one life to the next.

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