PLEASE READ CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE AGREEING TO!
Remember this is a lifelong commitment. Please ask yourself if you are ready to commit to the this companion for the duration of their life? Can you give this companion the needed time to decompress and not have unrealistic expectations? Please be honest as this is their life too!
Adoption fee will be paid before your dog is picked up or dropped off to you, either by check, cash or PayPal (OperationSaveaShelterDog@Gmail.com). Contract must be signed and returned prior to receiving dog.
We want you to enjoy your new pet and are interested in both your satisfaction and in the welfare of the Animal. In order to ensure these objectives, the Adoptee and the Adopter jointly agree to the following:
On the effective date of this adoption agreement, Adopter assumes complete & total liability for the adopted dog. I agree to hold Operation Save a Shelter Dog and it's officers and directors, harmless for any financial, medical or legal liability associated with the dog.
If during the 14 day trial, you decide the dog is not right for your family, Operation Save A Shelter Dog agrees to issue refund, provided that you contact us during that 14 day period and make arrangements to promptly return the dog on the date and to the place designated and agreed upon by the rescue. Vet records and Rabies Tag (if issued) must also be returned in order for a full refund to be processed.
Adopter agrees to contact Adoptee in the event the Animal needs routine veterinary care or emergency care during the 2 week trial period. You MUST contact us so we can schedule an appointment with an approved veterinarian. Pre-approval MUST be given in writing or Adoptee will NOT cover costs incurred.
Included in Adoption Fee for puppies under 4 months is age appropriate vaccines and deworming. Operation Save a Shelter Dog will cover the cost of the spay/neuter and microchip for puppies once they are 4-6 months old at a low cost clinic or veterinary office of the rescue's choosing and will pay said clinic.
Included in Adoption Fee for dogs 4 months and older (a) initial inoculation using the DHPP shot; (b) current Rabies vaccination; (c) a routine deworming; PREVENTATIVE MEDICATIONS (d) heartworm preventative up to date; and (e) Flea and Tick preventative up to date. Spay/Neuter and microchip completed if animal is over 4 months of age.
It is a requirement of this Rescue that ALL animals adopted be spayed or neutered by 4-6 months of age. If you have adopted a puppy too young for this procedure, you will be required to have this completed. Operation Save a Shelter Dog will pay a low cost clinic or veterinary office for the procedure to be completed. We will verify that the appointment was kept and the spay/neuter completed. Should the animal not be altered on the day of the appointment you are in violation of this contract and the rescue will take the necessary steps to reclaim the dog.
Adopter acknowledges that Operation Save A Shelter Dog is providing an animal for adoption on an "AS IS" basis. Operation Save A Shelter Dog cannot guarantee breed mix or age, and is providing it's best estimate based on experience and veterinarian estimation. Operation Save A Shelter Dog makes no representation as to the temperament or medical condition of the dog being adopted.
All medical records received by Operation Save A Shelter Dog are provided to adopter.
If Adopter chooses to have the animal checked by their own licensed veterinarian, it is at their own cost. Any medical issues which may be present shall be brought to the attention of Operation Save a Shelter Dog within 30 days of adoption, who may, at its own discretion, assist in the treatment process. Upon request, Adopter will provide Operation Save a Shelter Dog with proof of the required vet visit.
Adopter shall allow a representative of Operation Save A Shelter Dog to visit/check on the dog on a random basis during the first year of adoption & to notify Operation Save A Shelter Dog of any change of address during this time period.
Should Operation Save A Shelter Dog find that the dog is not being cared for in compliance with this agreement, or in violation of local or state laws, Operation Save a Shelter Dog reserves the right to seize the dog for the safety & welfare of the dog.
Adopter agrees that the dog will be kept as an Inside Dog, and be taken outside only with supervision for exercise, play and potty needs.
Adopter agrees not to keep the dog on leased or rented property where a there is a No Pets policy.
Adopter shall provide for the dog's physical and emotional needs including: proper diet & nutrition, housing, exercise, medical care, vaccinations, & monthly heartworm preventative for the remainder of it's natural life.
Adopter shall comply with all state and local laws pertaining to the care and keeping of the dog, including leash laws, licensing, registration and rabies vaccinations.
Adopter agrees to provide a safe collar with a rabies and I.D. tags with the Adopter's address and telephone number.
Adopter agrees the Animal is ONLY a personal pet and family companion, NOT for use as a chained guard dog and NOT EVER to be used for research purposes.
Adopter agrees not to abandon, give away, sell or trade the dog for the duration of the dog's natural life. Adopter agrees to contact Operation Save A Shelter Dog in the event that the dog cannot be kept due to unforeseeable circumstances in the future. Should re-homing be necessary, it must be done in conjuntion with the rescue.
Adopter agree to give the Adoptee a 3 week notice to take the Animal back into their animal assistance program. Under no circumstances will the dog be sold, nor surrendered to a shelter or other rescue group. Adopter agrees to return the Animal with current inoculations including rabies, distemper and a current test showing heartworm status.
Adopter agrees to return the Animal with all known medical issues taken care of per vet recommendation or a donation to total the cost of necessary vet care.
Adopter agrees to make every reasonable effort to locate the dog should it escape or become lost or stolen, including contacting Operation Save A Shelter Dog as soon as possible. Operation Save A Shelter Dog will provide information and/or assistance to help locate the missing dog.
Operation Save A Shelter Dog asks when you update address of Microchip that the rescue contact information also be kept on microchip so that in the unfortunate event that the dog is lost, it will also be tracked back to Operation Save A Shelter Dog.
If Operation Save A Shelter Dog discovers any detrimental or false information received regarding the welfare of this animal or if we feel the placement is incorrect at any time, Operation Save A Shelter Dog reserves the right to reclaim the animal. Should this occur, Adopter agrees to promtly return the animal it to the rescue within 24 hours of notification.
Adopter agrees to pay the costs, including attorney's fees, if Adoptee has to take legal action against Adopter or his orher representatives or agents to enforce any of the terms of the Animal Adoption Contract.
If adoption fee is paid with a check and the check is returned for Insufficient Funds or any other reason, the adopter agrees to immediately replace with Cash, Money Order or PayPal, including a $30 NSF Fee.
Release of Liability and Indemnification
The Adopter understands that all work done with Operation Save a Shelter Dog and/or its rescue animals is at his/her own risk, and hereby releases Operation Save a Shelter Dog, its officers, volunteers, agents, employees, contractors and representatives from any claims relating to adoption, ownership, or possession of the animal.
The Adopter also agrees to indemnify and hold harmless adopting agent, its officers, volunteers, agents, employees, contractors and representatives from any and all losses, fines, claims or damages including reasonable attorney's fees arising out of or relating to the Animal or his/her voluntary adoption of said Animal, including any claims for injury or damage to persons or property caused by the Animal.
If any of the above conditions are not met by the Adopter or the Adoptee comes to find any falsified or omitted information from the original adoption application; ownership of the Animal shall revert back to Operation Save a Shelter Dog upon demand.
I give my permission for an agent of Operation Save a Shelter Dog to remove the Animal from my premises and entry shall not constitute a trespass upon the premises occupied.
Adopter verifies that he or she is 21 years of age or older, and fully understands the contractual obligation.