Adoption Process Explained
Texas Sporting Breed Rescue, Inc. (TSBR) is a compassionate non-profit rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of sporting breeds. Our volunteers take special care to match the right home with the right dog, ensuring a lifetime of love for both the pet and the adopter. To ensure the best matches are made, we have a process that has proven effective in determining the best homes for our animals. Our adoption process may seem time consuming or unnecessarily complicated, but please understand that we have our dogs’ best interests at heart. We strive to find the best homes possible for our dogs, as well as find the right dog for you and your lifestyle.
Our organization is completely run by unpaid volunteers, who dedicate their free time to help the dogs. The entire adoption process takes time, and we are unwilling to sacrifice being thorough when the dog’s future is at stake. We thank you for your time and patience throughout our process.
Important things to consider
The following is an outline of our adoption process and the steps it takes to complete. The process from application to approval, for our average in state adoption takes an average of 7 – 10 days.
Texas Sporting Breed Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We do not receive government funding and therefore rely heavily on our adoption fees, fundraising efforts, and generous supporters. Our fees are directly linked to our costs to care for dogs in our program.
Our average costs to rescue and care for a dog:
This does not include additional vetting services that may be necessary (heartworm treatment, illness, surgery, emergency, etc.)
TSBR Minimum Adoption Fees:
*Adoption fees are subject to change as deemed necessary by TSBR. Each adoption, and the care an individual dog receives is subject to change and is at the discretion of our Chair of Animal Welfare. Our website does not bind TSBR legally, but is merely a guide. The signed adoption contract with each adoption is legally binding. Adoption fees must be paid by cash, check, money order, bank check, or credit card (additional fees apply for use of credit card).
Our minimum adoption fees are directly linked to our costs to care for dogs in our program.
Puppies (6 months of age and younger)
**If, at the time of adoption, your dog or puppy has not been spayed/neutered (based on recommendation by TSBR Veterinarian), you are required to sign a spay/neuter agreement and will be responsible for the spay/neuter. Our adoption contract requires that all dogs (or puppies) be spayed/neutered within one month of adoption, or when age appropriate. You are asked to notify us when and by who this surgery will be performed. Our volunteers will verify that the dog has been spayed/neutered. If you fail to spay/neuter, as outlined in the adoption contract you signed, our organization will take appropriate measures to reclaim the dog.
Please understand that a dog that is in rescue generally has already been given up once. While all of our dogs are thoroughly evaluated, they are each unique, and will have their own unique personalities and temperament. You must be prepared and committed to the dog and dealing with any issues or needs. This rescue’s intention is to place these dogs in forever homes. The breeds we rescue are not for the casual dog owner and should not be selected if you have never owned a dog before. If you understand the breed you have chosen and are prepared to make a commitment, please thoroughly complete our adoption application to initiate the process.
Our 12 Step Adoption Process
Step 1 – Complete Adoption Application
The first step in the adoption process is filling out the application on our website. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, your home environment and your experience with pet ownership; allowing us to gauge the fit between the adopter and the dogs in our rescue program. The happiness and well-being of our rescue dogs are our priority. As such, we do not select adopters on a “first-come, first serve” basis, and we do not “hold” a dog based on interest alone.
TSBR does not accommodate introductions with one of our dogs without this first step being completed, with the exception of our public events where we invite you and the public to come out and meet our volunteers, and dogs in our program.
Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review
TSBR volunteers will screen your application to determine if the necessary information was provided; if not, you will be contacted to provide additional information. Most of our communication is done via e-mail. Please allow 24 – 48 hours for a volunteer to get back to you.
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 your current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations, and on monthly heartworm preventative. If you do not currently have 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 spay/neuter and vaccination status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be held until you can provide this information. Exemptions to our spay/neuter policy are granted on a case by case basis for dogs upon veterinary recommendation to not spay/neuter or upon verification that the dog is actively participating in AKC/CKC sanction event or competition, or is part of an AKC sanctioned registered breeding program.
Step 5 – Personal/Professional References Contacted
Our volunteers may contact your personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you a responsible pet owner. This step in the process 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
TSBR requires home visits to determine that the dog will be living in a safe environment. Once your application has passed the initial screening and reference check(s), a volunteer will contact you to schedule a time to visit your home. We ask that each family member (and other pets) be present during the visit. We do not allow “surprise” adoptions, or adoptions on behalf of a friend or family member. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment, and help our adoptions team determine which dog(s) in our program might be the best fit. Our home visit isn't intrusive; we aren't there to inspect every inch of the home. We're there to meet everyone in the home, view the main living areas, view the yard, and to speak with the entire family in regards to their knowledge of and interest in the joys and the challenges of bringing a rescued sporting breed into the home. The home visit volunteer’s purpose is to gather information, ask and answer questions, and provide their observations to our Adoption Team.
If you live outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we will make every effort to network and find a local volunteer to conduct the home visit. 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.
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.
Step 7 – Approval/Denial
Our Director of Adoptions (and/or other Board members as necessary) use the information provided on the application, interviews, vet/ reference checks, and home visit to determine an applicant’s suitability for adopting or fostering a dog. You will be notified of your status by our Director of Adoptions. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant for any reason if we feel the needs of the dog will not be properly met or the adoption is not in the best interest of the dog.
Step 8 – Matching
Once an application is processed and approved, now comes the fun part! While it’s easy to fall in love with a picture, it is the dog's personality and temperament that determine whether it may make a great match for you. We work hard to match your desires with the traits and personalities of our dogs. Please understand that we only want what is best for our dogs, so if we don't think a specific dog is a good fit for you, we’re not passing judgment on you/your family but are drawing on years of experience with sporting breeds, and, more importantly, experience with the dogs in our program. “First Come First Served” doesn’t apply here as we match each dog in our program with the most appropriate home for him/her, whether that home comes next week or next year!
Step 9 – Meeting between Approved Applicant and Available Dogs
All of our dogs live in private/volunteer foster homes until adopted. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our dogs until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you are approved to adopt from TSBR, our adoptions team will “match” you with dogs in our program that meet your criteria, or we believe may be suitable for your family and lifestyle. You will receive an email with contact information for the appropriate foster home(s) (the foster will also receive your information and notification that you have been matched with their dog). You may contact the foster at this time to talk about a specific dog, ask questions, and arrange a meeting. Please keep in mind that our foster families are volunteers with families, pets, jobs, school, and obligations of their own in addition to their volunteer commitment.
Foster families are the backbone of our organization; they have the best understanding of a dog’s temperament, personality, and needs. Frequently, our dogs have numerous families interested, and the foster has the difficult and rewarding role of choosing a home they feel is most suited for their dog.Submitting an application, or being "matched" with a specific dog does not guarantee your ability to adopt.
Step 10 – Finalizing the Adoption
Once both families (adopter and foster) agree a dog is right for your home, the foster will proceed with paperwork. This includes reviewing and signing an adoption contract, restraint agreement, and transfer of all ownership and vetting that we have on the dog. Adoption fees may be paid by cash, money order, check, or credit card (additional fees are required for credit card payment).
Please note, as we rescue the majority of our dogs from high-kill shelters we do not know a lot about the dog’s history, genetics, age, or behaviors. We are able to share information we gather based on what we learn of our dogs during their time with us and in foster homes and based on their wellness exams by veterinarians.
Step 11 – Trip to the Vet
It is recommended that you make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible after adopting a dog from our program. While every effort is made to provide the best possible care once these dogs come to us, we cannot guarantee their health Although all of our dogs have had their basic vaccines and are dewormed monthly, some clinical signs of viruses do not show up prior to adoption. Additionally, if, at the time of adoption, your dog was not already spayed/neutered, you would have been required to sign a spay/neuter agreement. Our adoption contract requires all dogs to be spayed/neutered within one month of adoption or when age appropriate. You are asked to notify us when and by who this surgery will be performed. Our volunteers will verify that the dog has been spayed/neutered. If you fail to spay/neuter, as outlined in the adoption contract you signed, our organization will take appropriate measures to reclaim the dog.
Step 12 – Post Adoption Follow-up
To ensure a successful adoption, we have a network of volunteers happy to answer any questions/help you work through issues that may arise while your new dog is transitioning into your home, or ten years down the road! We are committed to each and every dog we rescue for the rest of his/her life, so please stay in touch with us as we love getting updates!
Additionally, our adoption contract contains a clause that allows one of our volunteers or a representative the ability to perform a follow-up visit. We may require such a visit if we feel that the terms of the adoption contract are not being met. Texas Sporting Breed Rescue is committed to the life, health, and well-being of every dog we place for the remainder of that dog’s life. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the dog, we require, by contract that you make immediate contact with us to determine the best course of action for the dog.
Please proceed to our Adoption Application