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ADOPTING A RESCUED DOG
Our ultimate goal is to match every dog with a permanent loving home through a careful adoption process. We want every adoption to be successful so that our rescued dogs will not have to be moved around again, to experience even one more minute of hunger, discomfort, loneliness or pain. We realize that it is extremely hard on a rescued dog if their new adoptive family rejects them after only a few days or weeks. We are acting on their behalf and we take this responsibility very seriously.
Our “welcome home” policy ensures that our dogs are always welcome to come back to us at any point in their lifetime in the unlikely event of an adopter not being able to keep the dog.
We do not adopt out dogs on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather work to make the best possible match between the needs of the dog and the lifestyle of the applicant. We do not adopt dogs out as Christmas presents and all Boston Terriers adopted through our program are spayed or neutered.
Although we are pleased to answer specific questions about our rescued dogs, we cannot proceed until we have your application in hand.
PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT SHIP OUR DOGS.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
We ask that you carefully read the general information about our adoption policies below, (including home visit requirements and adoption fees, and also that you be sure you meet the specific requirements for the Boston you are interested in adopting).
Puppies are rarely available through rescue. Most rescued dogs range in age from young adult to senior, but all have a lifetime of love to give in return for welcoming them into your family.
All Boston Terriers adopted through our program are spayed or neutered. Rescue is not a place to find a mate for your Boston. Don’t even ask! Irresponsible breeding is why many dogs find themselves in our program in the first place.
If it is important to you that your Boston is an ideal representative of the breed standard, perfectly marked and of a specific size, or if you really must have a dog of a certain age or gender, a rescued dog is probably not for you. Rescued Bostons aren’t ordered to meet your exact requirements. You bring a rescued dog into your heart and home because you want to share your life with a Boston that needs you.
Please be prepared to work with your rescued dog through the adjustment period that follows adoption. Most rescued dogs will have spent a minimum of two weeks in foster care, so that we can better assess their temperament and behaviours. The move to their new home will be at least the second move in a relatively short period of time and some stress and confusion is natural. Housebreaking mistakes may occur until the dog is used to the new routine. He may be cautious at first and it may take a little while for him to be interested in food or play. Many rescued dogs have been through a lot – abandoned, neglected, or even abused. In order for them to adjust to your home and family they need your time, love and patience.
If you can’t commit 100% to your new companion, then please don’t adopt. It is extremely hard on a rescued dog if their new adoptive family rejects them after only a few days or weeks.
There is no perfect dog, just like there is no perfect human. A dog is a lifetime commitment and requires attention, love, patience, and training. It is your responsibility to ensure that you put enough effort and time into your dog to have the companion you want. There is no such thing as a pre-trained, non-barking, 100% house-trained, gentle and perfect dog that loves all people, children, and other pets. Each dog is an individual and comes with its own unique traits and behaviours. If you are willing to spend some time and effort into training and socializing your dog, then you will have the pet you want.
DOGS & KIDS
It is our usual policy not to adopt dogs with unknown histories to a home with young children under 5 years of age. We do this for the safety of the children in the home as many of the dogs that come into our rescue organization come from unknown or even abusive pasts, making them unpredictable around youngsters. Not every dog is right for children, and not every child is right for a Boston Terrier. Bostons can be exuberant, and can topple a toddler in play.
A dog can be a child’s best friend, and the Boston Terrier breed is no exception. Properly socialized and trained, the Boston makes a safe, reliable and fun-loving companion. Nonetheless, a dog is an animal, and in some unfortunate circumstances dogs can and do bite. As we value the safety of your child and of our rescued dogs, we feel this policy is in everyone’s best interests.
In the instance that a dog comes with a positive proven history around children, or has lived happily with children in their foster home, we will place them in a family with dog-savvy children.
ASSESSMENT OF THE DOG
Our rescued dogs are carefully assessed during the time they are in their foster home. During the foster period, we conduct a thorough evaluation of behaviour, personality, temperament and health. We ensure all vaccinations are up to date; conduct a full medical assessment which includes all vaccinations, heart-worm and fecal testing; spay or neuter the pet as necessary and have it microchipped.
Once a foster family determines that a dog is ready for adoption, we begin the process of finding a good match between the Boston Terrier and an approved adopting home by looking for a compatibility with lifestyle of the prospective owner. If no match is found from among our current applications, we will post the details of the dog on the available for adoption sites.
All prospective adopters are asked to download and complete an Adoption Application form and either email it to email@example.com noting your location in Canada in the subject line, or fax to 1-855-287-7817 (toll free).
A veterinarian’s reference is required on all adoption forms and all adoption applicants must also agree to a home visit from a BTRC member before the adoption can be finalized.
Once your application is received and verified for completeness, you will be contacted by a local BTRC representative to conduct a home visit. This is really just a formality to meet you and verify the details on your application. Do not hesitate to ask any further questions you may have about rescue dogs or the Boston Terrier in particular. This normally takes not longer than about 1/2 hour to show us where the dog will sleep and play and to answer any questions you may have.
Your vet’s reference will be verified and your application will be filed and placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted when a suitable Boston Terrier becomes available.
While we are a national organization, we are most active in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Your wait time for a rescued Boston outside of these provinces may be extensive.
Please do not submit multiple applications, it only complicates our processing. Incomplete applications may cause a delay in processing. Please be sure to provide full contact information and telephone numbers where requested. Boston Terrier Rescue Canada reserves the right to refuse or disallow any application.
You can also visit www.btrescue.org to find a listing of all of the active Boston Terrier rescue organizations in North America. Note that all transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the adopter.
We are an organization run entirely by volunteers, so while we appreciate your enthusiasm to adopt a Boston Terrier, we ask for your patience as we also have full time jobs, families and dogs of their own in addition to our rescue work.
FINALIZING YOUR ADOPTION
An adoption contract and an adoption fee of $400 (with some exceptions for puppies, senior or special needs dogs) is the final step in our adoption process. The donation is not a fee or sale price, but a request to defer or reimburse the rescue organization for medical expenses, or any other expenses incurred by the dog or rescue organization to consider the dog for adoption. Our only payment is seeing a happy dog and a happy family.
Please be prepared to work with your rescued dog through the adjustment period that follows adoption. Most rescued dogs will have spent a minimum of two weeks in foster care so the move to their new home will be at least the second move in a relatively short period of time and some stress and confusion is natural. Housebreaking mistakes may occur until the dog is used to the new routine. He may be cautious at first and it may take a little while for him to be interested in food or play. Some rescued dogs have been through a lot – abandoned, neglected, or even abused. In order for them to adjust to your home and family they need your time, love and patience.