Lux Love Rescued Adoption FAQ
I am interested in one of your dogs. Can I have someone contact me to discuss it before I apply?Please do not contact us and ask for personal assistance until you’ve filled out a pre-adoption application. Our resources are stretched and we simply don’t have the time to answer questions from people who are not serious about adopting from us. Please fill out an application as your FIRST FORM of contact. We will process it, and the personal assistance will follow that. We do not allow you to visit with dogs before you’ve completed the process anyway, out of respect for the privacy and security of our foster homes.
What are your adoption fees? Our adoption fee is $300.00 for a dog 1 year and older, $400 for a dog under 1 year old. Some dogs will be available for a lower fee and these exceptions will be noted in the dog's biography.
Is the dog I’m interested in still available? We try to keep our website current. If a dog is listed as ‘Available for Adoption’ on our "Beloved" page, then we are still accepting pre-adoption applications for the dog.
Can I try out the dog before I commit to adopting him or her? Yes, you will be encouraged to meet the dog either in the foster’s home or somewhere that suits you both. You can play with and walk the dog. Many prospective adopters also bring along their own dog to meet the new one.
I really have to have a particular dog I saw on the web site. If I’m first to apply for that dog, do I get him? No. We do not place dogs on a first come, first served basis. Our main goal is to act in the best interest of each dog. We will evaluate all interested potential homes based on the needs of the particular dog. Most of these dogs have been abandoned and neglected, and we do everything within our power to make sure the home they go to is truly a “forever home” where they will be not only be loved, but well cared for physically and emotionally.
Step 1 – Fill out a Pre-Adoption Application The first step is to have you fill out a pre-adoption application. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, training beliefs and background with animals.
Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review Our application review volunteers will initially screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. If not you will be contacted to either fill out another application or provide additional information.
Step 3 – Landlord Approval Verified If it is determined that you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have approval to have a dog in your home. We also ask about any breed or size limitations.
If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Step 4 – Veterinary References Contacted Our volunteers will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if all your current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. If you don’t have any current pets, we will ask about the veterinary care that your previous pets received. If you have never owned a pet, this step is skipped.
If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify the spay/neuter and vaccination status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be stopped until you can provide this information.
Step 5 – Personal References Contacted Our volunteers will contact your three personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you to be a responsible petowner.
This is the portion of the process that can take the most amount of time. It is helpful if you contact your references and ask them to return our calls in a timely manner.
If our reference checking volunteers have any major concerns about adopting a dog to you, based on communication with your references, your application may be denied at this point in the process.
Step 6 – Home Visit and Applicant Interview Our organization requires home visits to determine that the dog will be living in a safe environment. This is an informal chance for us to get to
know you, your lifestyle, home environment and determine which dog(s) in our program might be the best fit. The home visit volunteer will do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and to advise on any areas of concern. All household members must be present for the home visit.
If our home visit volunteers have any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Although we do have volunteer contacts in many areas, some areas may be difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit. We will let you know ASAP if your application needs to be denied due to our inability to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit.
Step 7 – Meeting between Approved Applicant & Available Dogs Our organization does not have a shelter where the dogs can be visited. Our dogs are in foster homes. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our fosters until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you have been approved, a volunteer (usually the foster) will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. This meeting may occur at the foster’s residence or your home.
Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular dog. For some dogs we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the dog before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit for the dog. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the dog, does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, you may be denied adoption of that particular dog but you may be allowed to adopt another dog.
Step 8 – Adoption Official Your adoption donation fee will be deposited and will no longer be refundable. We will also mail out to you all veterinary paperwork we have for the dog.
Step 9 –2 Free Lessons Your adoption By adopting a dog from Lux Love Rescued, you and your new companion will have access for free to Sunday morning group class.