We are committed to matching the right animal to the right family so all will have many happy years together. Our adoption process includes the completion of this application, which MAY include a phone or email interview and may also include a home visit(virtual in some cases),if we feel that is necessary.
Please note, we do NOT do any meet and greets with dogs 6 months and younger. For older dogs we only schedule a meet and greet with approved applicants, and then only if they’re in state. We do NOT allow meet and greets with other dogs, as 5 minutes in a driveway will not tell how animals will react after proper decompression practices are followed. If a slower adjustment period is needed, we are happy to extend the return policy to ensure proper introductions, we just ask to be kept informed of the process to offer help along the way. (Please see our page on decompression, how-to’s for more explanation)
This process WILL include veterinary reference (if there are animals in the home currently), personal references and an application fee. Please note that completing and signing this application does serve as a binding contract, and does contain wording indicating such.
If you do not agree with any part of this application, please do NOT complete it.
If you are in a rented home (including "rent to own" properties) or are in a mobilie home park on a rented lot we WILL contact the landlord. We will not adopt an animal to anyone living in a hotel room, even extended stay units. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant for ANY reason if we feel the needs of the animal will not be properly met or the adoption is not in the best interest of the animal. You must be 21 or older and living in New England to complete & submit the application.
There is a NON REFUNDABLE application fee of $25.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH CAREFULLY, AND INITIAL IN THE SPACE INDICATED BELOW TO ACCEPT THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION!
ADOPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Pulled From the Pits certifies that all dogs that have been imported into the State of Maine will have been tested for heartworm, elrichia, lyme, anaplasmosis and intestinal parasites. They will have received vaccines against the following: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Infectious Tracheobronchitis, Canine Parvo Virus and Rabies. This may not apply to puppies that were not old enough at time of transport to be tested or given all shots. PFTP is not responsible for other diseases or issues that may arise at a later time after the quarantine period, as we have no way of foreseeing or controlling that. Adopters should be aware that they may need to finish the series vaccinations after adoption is final.
All animals are also treated topically for fleas and ticks, but please keep in mind that it can take up to three weeks to take care of any issues, and in the case of puppies they can't be treated too early.
The State of Maine requires that all animals being imported into the state be quarantined for the following periods before they can be formally adopted: Animals 6 months and older 48 hours, under 6 months must be quarantined for 5 days.
Adopters must agree to keep the animal that they are adopting separated from any animals inside or outside the home, during the quarantine period. Pulled From the Pits will not be responsible for any issues that may arise with any animals in the home prior to the new pet arriving should the quarantine period not be observed.
Once the quarantine period has passed, as long as there has been no sign of any issues, then the adoption can proceed. The final paperwork showing transfer of ownership will be sent to the adoptive family after the quarantine period has passed. Please keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks after final adoption for the paperwork to be sent to the adoptive family. The records are mailed directly to the address on file. It is usually earlier than 2 weeks, but may take that time.
Spaying or neutering is part of the adoption fee.
If you are fostering or adopting an animal that has not yet been altered, you will also be required to bring the animal to the Gray Animal Center at 55 Portland Rd in Gray ME at the date and time you are given by PFTP.
This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Pulled From the Pits determines when the animals will be altered according to information provided by our veterinarian. If the adopter does not abide by this policy, and does not bring the animal to GAC at the time set, we reserve the right to take possession of the animal with no return of funds paid.
Should it be necessary for the rescue to regain possession of the animal, the adopter will be liable for any expenses incurred by these actions, included but not limited to fuel costs, boarding fees, or any civil or legal fees that may be created by such actions.
If they aren’t microchipped at the time of adoption, PFTP can provide that service as a courtesy. We do not pay for an animal to be microchipped anywhere else.
Pulled From the Pits does not do any DNA testing. We do our best to provide all information about puppies or adult dogs, but as a rescue we can only supply what we are given for information. We do not guarantee breed or age specifics for any animal.
ADOPTION FEES AND POLICIES:
All Dogs and Puppies $550 each
A non-refundable deposit of $100 holds the dog you choose, if they are available after the application has been received and has been approved. Processing time for an application depends on how quickly responses from references are received. We do our best to get quick results, but suggest that references are notified to expect contact. This deposit will be applied to the total for the animal adopted. If the adopter decides to return the animal within (7) calendar days then the balance of the adoption fee will be returned to them. * (Please see below for more details.)
No animal will be released to anyone outside of our organization until all references have been checked and the applicants have been approved.
Please note, even if an applicant has been approved, this does NOT guarantee adoption. Adoption or Fostering will occur at the sole discretion of PFTP, and they reserve the right to deny an applicant at ANY time during the process before the placement is complete.
The balance of the adoption fee is to be paid in full before the adopter is allowed to take an animal home. If within 7 days (after the quarantine period if applicable) after the date the adopter takes possession of the animal, as long as the rescue feels that adequate decompression protocols were followed, the adopter may return the animal to the rescue (adopter MUST contact the rescue to make arrangements to surrender their animal, do NOT drop off an animal unannounced please) and all monies except the application fee and the initial deposit will be returned, OR they may apply the funds to another animal. This is dependent upon the animal be returned in good condition. This condition is subject to the discretion of the rescue, as is whether the rescue feels that the animal was given proper time and space to decompress. We STRONGLY urge potential adopters to refer to our decompression page, as well as numerous online resources. If the return occurs after 7 days there will be no refunds issued. Pulled From the Pits retains the right to determine whether the adopter will be allowed to transfer funds to another animal. Should the adopter and the rescue feel that the animal needs more time to adjust, the 7-day policy may be extended. This is at the sole discretion of the rescue.
If the animal being adopted is located out of state, and is scheduled for transport, and the adopter is unable to pick up the animal on the day they arrive, a $25 a day boarding fee will be charged for each day the animal must be kept over. If the adopter is unwilling to pay the boarding fee, the animal will be made available for adoption by someone else, and the deposit fee will be forfeit for that animal. It is up to the discretion of Pulled From the Pits as to whether the adopter will be allowed to use the deposit for an alternate adoption. The deposit will not be refunded under any circumstances.
If the animal being adopted is within the State of Maine either at the kennel in Lewiston or staying at a foster home, pickup is generally scheduled within 24 hours of the deposit being received and the adoption contract being signed. This may vary depending on the availability of the foster, they try to accommodate quick pickups within reason. If the adopter is unable to pick up their animal within 24 hours of the date given, (unless prior notice was given during the application process) the $25 a day boarding fee will be charged for every day past the scheduled day. If the adopter is unwilling to pay the boarding fee, the animal will be made available for adoption by someone else, and the deposit fee will be forfeit for that animal. It is up to the discretion of Pulled From the Pits as to whether the adopter will be allowed to use the deposit for an alternate adoption. The deposit will not be refunded under any circumstances.
If it is determined that the decompression policy (available at all times on the website) was not followed, or that the animal needs veterinary attention there will be NO refund of any kind given. After (7) seven days there will be no refunds given no matter the circumstances.