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How To Adopt From SRC - Our Process
Deciding to adopt a rescued dog is a wonderful thing, but not something to be taken lightly, which is why we are very thorough in our Application Process. Many of these dogs have already been through so much, it is our duty to them to assure we place them in the RIGHT forever home. This may mean that our volunteers spend weeks going through applications to find the right home - it is a thoroughly researched process we go through so that the dog, as well as the family, lives "happily ever after." There are many things to consider before adopting a dog... PLEASE read all the information below before submitting your completed Adoption Application. Also note that we only adopt out dogs within our membership area of North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia (Richmond south), Eastern Tennessee, and Northern Georgia areas.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue!
If this is your first opportunity to assist in helping a rescue dog, no doubt you are curious about the adoption procedure. First, you should download, fill out and return one of our adoption applications, then it will be processed by the Placement Team. These persons will verify your references with the veterinarian that you have listed, or the three personal references if you do not have a current veterinarian, that you listed on your application.
The SRC Placement Team takes pride in being able to process applications quickly. That is what sets our rescue apart from many others. We feel that solid applicants deserve a quick turn around time, and we make every effort to expedite the processing of applications within reason.
Normally, an application can be processed within a week or less, depending on the location and availability of the applicants and SRC volunteers. Please know that when you apply for one of our dogs, if you are approved, you must be ready to accept the new dog into your home shortly after approval. SRC is not able to hold dogs for people until they are ready and places dogs on a first come and ready basis.
Please also note that with the rising cost of gas, SRC cannot guarantee that a transport will be available for the dog of your choice. If there is a dog you are interested in, please inquire ahead of time as to where it is located, to determine if you will be willing to drive to pick it up. Sometimes transports can be arranged if the applicants are willing to cover fuel costs, but that is not a guarantee. We rescue dogs in five states, and have foster homes scattered over our adoption area.
After your vet and personal references have been checked, a home visit will be scheduled. Someone that represents our organization will meet with you and your family at your home to ask you questions that are meant to help determine the type of dog that would be best suited for your type of environment. This interviewer will also look around the home just to see where the dog would be kept and to observe the overall area that you reside in. They will also be available to answer any questions you might have about the potential adoption. Then when your home visit is complete, and a satisfactory report has been forwarded to the Rescue Intake Team, you may choose from the dogs we have available. The entire pre-approval process is usually relatively quick, but it depends on getting someone from the organization to your home. If you live in an area that we cover frequently, your pre-approval may be quicker than someone that lives in an area where there are fewer members and it is harder to get someone to cover that specific location. We do work diligently to get all applicants pre-approved within an average of 2 to 4 weeks unless there is an unusual situation. We are working with a number of applicants so some of the dogs may have other applicants that have already requested them. We try to be as fair as possible, but with the understanding the dog's benefit is our primary concern. (i.e., if someone with small children wants a dog that does not do well with small children, we would not place that dog in that home. We would explain the situation and ask that they select another one instead.)
If we do not have a dog currently that fits the specifications that you want, then as we get more in, someone in our organization will try to email pre-approved applicants to let them know when schnauzers are coming in that might fit the desired characteristics that you are looking for. These notifications will go out to all those people that have asked for dogs with similar traits in order to let them know that one is coming in soon and something about its status. Then if you want to adopt that dog, your name can be placed on a list for that specific rescue dog at your request. When it is ready for placement, the applicant that is best suited and has waited the longest will be selected to have the dog as their family companion.
Even after they have been adopted, SRC rescue dogs can never be sold or given away. If you cannot keep the dog that you adopt, it must be returned to us for care and placement. We do commit to the lifetime of the dog and assure that they are well cared for. They are given a microchip and identification tag that we ask they wear at all times.
When the adoption is finalized, we have a contract that we ask you to sign. This is when you will pay the adoption donation/fee for your dog. The adoption donation requested range from $250 to $550. (Please note: SRC spends 95% of the funds it collects each year thru donations on the medical expenses of the dogs in it's care. The remaining 5% is used for things like boarding a dog in danger until a transport can be arranged, microchips, collars and more. Very little of our money goes to office expenses) The contract specifies that you will take good care of the dog and return it to us if you cannot keep him/her for some reason in the future. We also retain the right to check on the dog's welfare for the remainder of his or her life.
Our contracts allow for a probationary period so that you can be certain that you and the dog are a good fit. We will work with you to assure that your family and your adopted dog are a good fit before an adoption is finalized, and we do ask that you keep in mind that it takes time for any dog to adjust to a new environment. You can return the dog by letting us know that it is not working or there is a problem that cannot be solved once you have given adequate time for the situation to have settled down. In this case, we may have to have a few days to open up another foster home. Refund of the adoption donation would be at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Money is by no means an interest to us, except that it will be used for the treatment of incoming dogs. None of us receive any monetary compensation. It is all a labor of love.
We understand this process can be somewhat confusing from the candidate's viewpoint at times. Someone will be always be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call or email us at anytime. We will work diligently to assure that the perfect family companion will be in your home and heart very soon.
Please click here and download our Adoption Application.
SRC is handled by volunteer assistants that have a mulitude of duties involved
with helping rescued schnauzers. Pertinent information about the dogs available
for adoption is posted on our website so questions by telephone is usually
answered more quickly by reading the write up about each dog posted for
adoption. Should you need assistance by phone you may call between the hours of
10 am and 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These are the only times
that assistance by telephone will be available. Thank you for your co-operation.
NEED TO SURRENDER A DOG?
There are a few things that SRC must have before a decision can be made to take in your dog. Use the following checklist to ensure you have gathered all information needed and then email SRC at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have any of the following make sure to explain why.
REQUESTS TO TAKE IN A DOG WITHOUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Once all of the items are received by SRC, a decision
will be made within 72 hours as to whether or not we can take in your dog.
Please note that it will be up to the discretion of SRC as to whether or not we
meet the dog before accepting it into rescue.
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