English Pointer

Adoption Application and Process

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, 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 entirely 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.

Please take the time to review our adoption process before completing an application (many of your questions will be answered). Once you reach the bottom of this page, there is a link to complete the application.

Important things to consider

  • If you are applying to adopt because you are interested in one particular dog listed on our website, it is highly probable that the dog will be adopted before your application approval.
  • Our primary adoption area is the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (local adoptions).
  • If you live in Texas, but outside our local adoption area, you must be prepared to travel to meet the dog a minimum of two times (at your expense), this may necessitate an overnight stay. 
  • TSBR will not conduct any adoption(s) without a face-to-face meeting with the dog (a minimum of two meetings required).
  • TSBR foster homes choose the family most appropriate for their particular dog and are not required to consider applications outside of our local adoption area.
  • TSBR reserves the right to give priority to local adoptions.
  • TSBR will not adopt certain breeds to out of area applicants without breed-specific experience.
  • Not all dogs in our program will be available or considered for out of area adoptions. This is at the discretion of our animal welfare team and what they determine is best based on the individual needs of each dog. 
  • Out of area applicants must meet the same requirements, including a home visit, as local applicants. Although we have volunteer contacts in many areas, some areas may be difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit. If we cannot locate a volunteer in your area to conduct a home visit, we may consider alternative ways, but reserve the right to not move forward with the application.
  • There are several things that may delay the process, for example, if your references, which must be checked before moving forward are unavailable, it will delay the process, since those must be checked before moving forward.
  • Existing and recent pets in the home must be spayed/neutered, current on all recommended vaccinations, and on monthly heartworm preventative (proof of purchase required). Please specify if there is a medical reason any of these conditions are not met.
  • You must have the ability to provide for proper exercise.
  • You must be willing to engage a professional trainer and work through any unforeseen behavior/obedience issues.
  • Any dog adopted from TSBR shall reside indoors, in your home, and live as a family member and companion only. We do not condone nor support adoptions of animals as outdoor pets (reside outside the house in a yard or kennel). The dog will not be kept outdoors during the working hours, or at any other time left alone outdoors unsupervised, or while the adopter is not at home. 
  • All dogs in our rescue program live in private/volunteer foster homes. We do not have a kennel, facility, or pay to board our dogs in lieu of a foster home. We can only save the number of dogs we have foster homes.
  • TSBR’s emphasis is on placing the right dog with the right family; as such, an applicant may be approved to move forward in the process to adopt, and provided contact information for the foster family to meet a dog, but are not guaranteed the dog they have “fallen in love” with on our website. In these cases, we welcome the opportunity to continue working with the approved applicant to find a dog that is best suited for their home. We ask that potential adopters understand that our decision is wholly based on what we feel is best for the dog.
  • TSBR does not conduct on-site adoptions (i.e., show up, pick a dog, and take it home). TSBR may hold events providing approved applicants an opportunity to meet dogs in our program and visit with volunteers, as well as individually scheduled meetings with foster homes; we do not conduct on-site adoptions
  • While TSBR permits adoptions to apartment and townhome dwellers, not every dog in our program will be appropriate for such an environment. Additionally, puppies under the age of 4 months or who have not received a complete set of vaccinations before adoption (due to age) are not candidates for apartments and townhomes. The only exception to this rule is if the unit includes private access to a patio or similar area, in which the puppy may relieve itself. TSBR established these guidelines due to the increased risk (to a puppy without full immunity) to diseases such as Parvo or Distemper.

Primary Adoption Area


If you live in Texas, but outside our local adoption area, you must be prepared to travel to meet the dog a minimum of two times (at your expense), this may necessitate an overnight stay.

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Adoption Fees

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. Adoption fees are non-refundable.

Our average costs to rescue and care for a dog:

  • Spay/Neuter = $135
  • Vaccines = $55 - $75 (dogs under 18 months may receive multiple sets)
  • Heartworm Test = $20
  • Dewormer = $20 - $35
  • Exam = $35 - $55
  • Ear treatment = $35
  • Heartworm Prevention = $10/month
  • Flea Prevention = $10/month
  • Heartworm treatment = $450

This cost does not include additional vetting services that may be necessary (heartworm treatment, illness, surgery, emergency, etc.)

TSBR Minimum Adoption Fees:

  • Adult dogs (1 year - 8 years) = $300 - $500*
  • Puppies 7 weeks - 1 year = $350 - $500*
  • Senior dogs over 8 years old = $300*

*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 the use of credit card). Adoption fees are non-refundable.

Adoption fees are listed for each dog on their page in the “ABOUT” section. Our minimum adoption fees are directly linked to the cost to care for dogs in our program.

Adult dogs

  • have tested Heartworm negative or completed Heartworm treatment,
  • are vaccinated for Rabies, Bordatella, and DHPP,
  • started on flea/tick, and Heartworm preventative,
  • have been dewormed at least once,
  • are spayed/neutered,
  • are microchipped.

Puppies (11 months of age and younger)

  • have received age-appropriate vaccinations, 
  • are started on Heartworm preventative,
  • have been dewormed,
  • are spayed/neutered if age appropriate (as recommended by a TSBR Veterinarian). **

**If, at the time of adoption, your dog or puppy has not been spayed/neutered (based on the 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 has already been given up once. While we thoroughly evaluate all of our dogs, they are each unique and will have unique personalities and temperaments. You must be prepared and committed to the dog and dealing with any issues or needs. This rescue intends 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 commit, please thoroughly complete our adoption application (link below) to initiate the process.

Our 12 Step Adoption Process

The following is an outline of our adoption process and the steps it takes to complete it. 

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, we do not have a “waiting list” to meet dogs, 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, except for 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 via e-mail.

Step 3 – Landlord Approval Verified

If you rent your home, we will contact your landlord to make sure you have the approval necessary 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.

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 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, vaccination history, current heartworm status, and the purchase of monthly heartworm prevention on current and previous pets, processing of your application will be held until you 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 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 promptly.

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 visit 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 house, view the main living areas, see 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 in the State of Texas, but 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 we can not find an out of area volunteer to do a home visit, we may consider alternative ways, but reserve the right to not move forward with the application. 

If our home visit volunteers have any significant concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied.

Step 7 – Approval/Denial

Our Director of Adoptions (or other Board members as necessary) use the information provided on the application, interviews, vet/ reference checks, and home visits 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 – Meeting Request

Once an application is processed and approved, now comes the fun part!

While it is easy to fall in love with a picture on our website - personality and temperament determine whether a particular dog may make an excellent candidate for you. We work hard to accommodate your desires with the traits and personalities of our dogs. We have committed to the dogs in our program. Approval to move forward in the process to adopt, or being provided foster contact information does not guarantee your ability to adopt that particular dog. In essence, our goal is to assure the best fit between a dog in our program and your family. Not all dogs will be right for all situations; if we do not think a specific dog is a good fit for your home, we are 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, and waiting lists do not apply here, as we strive to adopt each dog in our program to the most appropriate home for him/her, whether that home comes next week or next year!

Submitting an application, and meeting a specific dog does not guarantee your ability to adopt from our organization.

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 connect 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 e-mail with contact information for the appropriate foster home(s) (the foster will also receive your information and notification that you may be interested in meeting their foster dog). You may contact the foster at this time to confirm availability/status, ask questions, and determine if you would like to schedule a time to meet the dog. 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 temperament, personality, and the individual needs of the dog in their home. Frequently, dogs in our program have numerous families interested. Under the guidance of our adoptions and animal welfare teams, the foster family has a rewarding and challenging role of helping choose a home they feel is most suited. Many of our foster homes may want you to meet the dog in a neutral environment and then will want to bring the dog to your home for a visit, ask questions, allow you to visit and see how the dog responds in your home environment.

Additionally, we have several public events each month, allowing you an opportunity to meet several dogs at one time. 

Step 10 – Finalizing the Adoption

Once everyone (adopter and TSBR) agree, a dog is right for your home; the foster will proceed with the paperwork. This process 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 can 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 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 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 TSBR 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.

Adoption Application

Submitting an application DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ABILITY TO ADOPT. Applications are evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the adoption guidelines, and not all requests to adopt will be approved.

To complete the application, please click the button below

Prior Adopter

If you have previously adopted from TSBR, please e-mail our adoptions team BEFORE completing a new application. In many cases, a new form is not necessary

Please note:

If you are submitting an application to adopt, but are only interested in one particular dog listed on our website, it is highly probable that dog will be adopted before your application approval.  

COVID 19 - Process Update 

TSBR is still processing applications to adopt and foster.

Since many veterinarian clinics are running on limited staff or services, we are asking applicants to obtain their own vet records (including vaccinations, heartworm test, spay/neuter, proof of heartworm prevention purchase, and a complete patient history report). Instructions to fax or email documents to our volunteers will be provided once you submit an application.

TSBR volunteers will conduct home visits using video conference technology such as Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. You must have access to one of these mediums for a home visit to be completed. 

Adoption Application