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Become a Longterm Rehabilitator
Because we are a community of people devoted to giving our dogs a do-over in life after living in such abusive conditions as to be rescued by law enforcement and other agents, we embrace everyone who joins us in this mission, and that, of course, includes the adopter. We pledge to our dogs our finest efforts in rehabilitating them and preparing them for a long life as a companion animal to the most suitable humans. It is fitting for you as an adopter to consider yourself a rehabilitator for the longterm and to embrace your place in the community as we entrust you to carry on the mission as you and your dog meld into a relationship of healing in the joy of belonging. Other rehabilitators will have done their best to prepare your dog to live with you by nurturing his or her physical and emotional health with so much love and attention, great food, and needed medical care as well as getting started on house and leash training. These animals have been through a lot, and they heal and adjust at their own pace. We know that they aren’t like other dogs who haven’t suffered. They aren’t always going to behave in expected ways, but we are here for you for the life of the dog to assist you in the adjustment process. As the adopter, you are just as integral to the mission as are the donors, volunteers, fosters, etc. Living with our little ones is a transformative experience, and we want to help you enjoy it for all its rewards. Thank you for offering your love and commitment.
The kind of life our dogs have known.
Let me remind you of who my Little Guy was. I looked through the Available Dogs just as you have done. I saw his picture. He fit the physical characteristics I was looking for in breed, size, and color, but there was something about him, something that drew me to him in his intake photo beyond what appeared to be his watchful mistrust and expectation for the worst. He was not that happy puppy we all think we want (read Little Guy’s Legacy here). In fact, he was shut down, didn’t want to be touched or looked at. He certainly wasn’t going to let me force him to do anything. What made our journey possible is that I accepted him for who he was because he was being completely honest with me. Aside from the obvious neglect, I could tell that people had been mean to him. His triggers were startling. Why should he trust me? He didn’t owe me anything, but because I made that commitment to him, the debt was mine to give him a do-over. His behavior required no patience on my part because I had no expectations of him. I knew up front the moment I met him that he wasn’t going to be “easy,” (especially housetraining was concerned, but thank you, belly bands for making our life easier!). The onus was always on me to figure out how to deal with his behaviors. I had to change, not him, and in so doing, the unwanted behaviors melted away. I loved his honesty and how he showed me exactly what I was made of. I knew where he had come from, and I was never going to let him feel that he was back there to any degree. So he taught me how to love him, and I knew he was feeling love in the way he returned it, incrementally at first, but it just kept growing. He and I both realized what love can do.
There are a couple of ways to get started in the adoption process. The first is to visit the Available Dogs page and note any dogs you might be interested in. These listings are subject to change sometimes daily, so check often.
There really are few guidelines that we can offer here for choosing the right dog for you—the dog will choose you, and you will just know it if it’s right. But we do need to give you some guidelines regarding whether one of our dogs will be a fit in your lifestyle.
Our dogs will rarely be housebroken. They will have been wearing either a diaper or belly band while in our care, and they will have undergone consistent housetraining as well. But never forget, they were forced to pee and poop in their own living quarters, which is not what animals do instinctively. So after years of being trapped and having to walk in, lie in, and even eat their own excrement, they might never fully get the hang of going potty outside and only outside. Some will take to piddle pads, and we encourage their use, but mostly, we encourage you to embrace the use of diapers and belly bands to relieve so many pressures that you place on the dog and alleviate the frustration you might feel if they just don’t make that adjustment readily. We can help you with this process. Little Guy proudly pooped and peed outside every time I took him out, and he was praised for it every time. But inside, sometimes he just forgot. Instinctively, upright objects are to be peed on by male dogs so why not that couch or coffee table leg? Hello, belly band. I have a female dog who was so overbred that she became incontinent. The kindest thing I could do was to put her in a diaper. It is so easy to change the pads in the diapers or belly bands and avoid a scene with your little one who just might not know better.
2. Corrective measures
And you need to know right up front that if any of your corrective measures for housetraining, leash training, or any other rule setting seem punitive to our evaluators, we will not in good conscience allow you to adopt. Our animals have suffered too much, and we have worked too hard to build their trust in humans. We trust our adopters to extend the sanctuary that the organization has pledged to all of our animals.
3. Family dynamics, including children and other pets
Our dogs could very likely have trust issues and will not have been acclimated to children, large families, or other pets. Depending on who abused them in their past, they might have trouble warming up to adults of one gender over another. Consequently, at first, they may display behaviors associated with fear by hiding, shutting down, and recoiling from eye contact and touch. If they feel threatened, it is altogether understandable that they could growl, bare teeth, or even snap until they have learned to trust you. We will not deem a dog adoptable until we feel that he or she is truly prepared to integrate successfully into a new home, but you need to be fully aware that it’s not all that easy for the dog to shed the abuse and neglect of the past when confronted with change.
4. Flight risks
Because our dogs were generally confined their entire lives, it can be somewhat scary to be suddenly free. Some of our dogs spook easily and might flee. Therefore, it is crucial for you to have a fully secure yard and home from which the animal cannot escape. Likewise, it is crucial to have the dog on lead whenever outside of the home zone. Dog parks are not recommended until the animal has completely acclimated to your home and yard, and you can trust that he or she will not bolt. This adjustment could take many months, even years.
3. Adoption Procedures
After viewing the available dogs, the next step is to fill out the adoption application, which you may do after you have indicated that you have read these guidelines and procedures. The adoption application is comprehensive. It is designed to help you understand some of the behaviors your dog may still engage in that you might have to deal with. Your answers give us a first glimpse of you and whether you could be a good fit with the dog you are interested in.
Once we receive your application, you will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of it. We will review it and get back to you in no more than two days. If you haven’t heard from us, please reach out again. Perhaps there was a glitch in the system, and we haven’t seen the application.
An Adoption Coordinator will call you to set up a meet and greet at the shelter. This is a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in.
If you are interested in adopting a particular dog, the Adoption Coordinator will arrange a home visit. This visit accomplishes two goals by allowing the evaluator to (a) observe the dynamics of all the members of the household, including all of the adults, children, and other pets with each other and with the dog and (b) evaluate the safety of the home and yard. If there are any issues, we all can discuss constructively how to make the placement more workable.
If you have fallen in love, and the adoption seems perfect, then you will sign a visitation contract for a given time period, such as a week or two, where you will live with the animal and see how it goes. You will pay the adoption donation at that time, and we will hold it in escrow until the trial visit is complete. We have found that giving the trial period alleviates much pressure, and it allows us to check in and give you whatever help you might need.
If at the end of the trial visit, you know you can’t live without the newest member of your family, then you will sign an adoption contract, and we’ll process the donation. If it doesn’t work out, then we encourage you to get to know another dog. This whole process is meant to be joyful. There is a home out there for every one of our dogs.
The adoption donation for all dogs under a year old is $375.
Because we will not always have access to our dogs’ records before coming to us, we may know few details about our animals, such as their actual ages, breed, etc. Therefore, the adoption donation for all other dogs in program is $300.
Ready to fill out an adoption application?
First, we need to be sure that you agree to our adoption guidelines and procedures.Adoption Application