Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue
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The adopter agrees to adopt the following dog (hereinafter called "Animal") from Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue. Name of Dog you are adopting.
Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue wants you to enjoy your new pet. Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue is interested both in your satisfaction and in the welfare of the Animal. In order to insure these objectives, Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue and the adopter jointly agree to the following: Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue agrees: 1. to transfer the Animal to the Adopter with a Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue I.D. tag. 2. to provide (a) the initial inoculation against distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus, and Adenovirus Type 2; (b) a routine de-worming; (c) a heartworm test to dogs six months and older; and (d) a rabies shot to dogs four months or older. 3. take back a dog for any reason, at any time, should the adopter no longer want to own the dog. In such instance, the Adopter agrees to: a) give the rescue up to 3 weeks to find an appropriate foster home for the dog and b). to give up all rights and claims on the dog once it is transferred back to the rescue. I have read and agree to the above conditions.
In return, as Adopter, I (We) agree to the following: 1. not to keep the Animal on leased or rented property where a "No Pets" policy is in force. 2. to provide adequate fresh food and water, clean and dry shelter, and daily exercise. 3 to obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of Animals. 4. to provide a safe collar with a rabies and I.D. tags with Adopter's address and telephone number. 5. to prevent Animal offspring. If the Animal does produce offspring, it is a breach of this contract and the Adopter must immediately return the adopted Animal and its offspring to Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue. I have read and agree to the above conditions.
In return, as Adopter, I (We) agree to the following: 6. to sterilize the Animal by the date listed on the medical form (supplied with the dog) if applicable. A separate Spay/Neuter addendum will need to be signed. I understand that the adoption is conditional and not final until the Animal described above is altered. If the Adopter's veterinarian is of the opinion that the Animal is not ready to be sterilized by the date listed on the medical form, the Adopter's veterinarian must provide a letter to Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue on letterhead stating the reasons for postponing the sterilization and the scheduled date for the surgery. 7. to provide all medical care and treatment needed by the Animal. This includes annual medical checkups, any vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian, and preventative heartworm medications. See provided medical form for due date of heartworm medication and flea and tick prevention. 8. to adopt the Animal only as a personal pet and companion and not as a gift, not as a working Animal or chained guard dog, and not ever to be used for research purposes. 9. to allow Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue to visit my premises to insure that the terms of this agreement have been kept. The Rescue retains the right to reclaim the dog at any time if the Rescue believes it is in the best interest of the dog. Such instances may include, but are not limited to: improper care of the dog, housing the dog in breach of any of the stipulations in this contract, medical or behavioral negligence, current or imminent safety issues regarding the dog's behavior or living conditions. Adoption fee will not be returned. I have read and agree to the above conditions.
In return, as Adopter, I (We) agree to the following: 10. to pay the costs, including attorney's fees, of Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue if the rescue must take action against the Adopter or his or her representatives or agents to enforce any of the terms of the Animal Adoption Contract. 11. to pay the non-refundable adoption fee set forth below. I understand that I have the Animal for a trial period (typically two weeks) and that I may return the Animal within the trial period if I so chose, and receive a full refund. The trial period is agreed to end 14 days from the date above. I understand that to receive an extension to the trial period, I must contact a representative of Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue and get a written authorization for an additional week(s) to the trial period. 12. to never give the dog to another person, abandon, or surrender to a shelter or other rescue organization. 13. to return the dog to Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue if you can no longer keep him or her. I (We) agree to give Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue 3 weeks notice to take the Animal back into their rescue program. The $300 Adoption Fee will not be returned. 14. to accept the liability for and to prevent any damaging Animal behavior. I have read and agree to the above conditions.
Before the dog comes home: 1. Have a good quality collar and leash ready. Flat collars are good for everyday wear and are the best place to keep your dog’s rabies and other identification tags. During training sessions or on everyday walks, some GSDs work well with a pinch collar. These collars are not cruel; they correct the way a dog’s mother did when it was a puppy. Try putting one on your forearm to feel how this collar distributes pressure and does not really “pinch”. Other collar options include a choke chain, an “easy walker” harness, a halti, and the “Gentle Leader” collar. Get advice from your dog’s foster parents as to what works best for your dog. Take time to learn the theory behind each collar style so that you can use it most effectively. 2. Prepare a special place for the dog to eat and drink. If there is more than one dog in your house, it is best to feed each dog in its own place and in its own bowl. 3. Have a crate, if one is needed, and a dog bed. Many of our foster dogs have been crate-trained and they think of the crate as their “safe place”, especially in a new environment. In addition to being a housetraining aid, a crate ensures that your new dog and home are relatively safe. By crating your dog, you don't risk coming home to a chewed up couch or all the counters wiped clean. Crating also ensures your new dog will not harm himself by chewing on an electrical cord or fighting with other animals in the home. 4. Purchase some of the same food the foster family was providing—a drastic change in diet can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. When you introduce new food, do so over a few days, mixing new and old food until you get to the point that they are eating only the new food. 5. Your dog has been receiving heartworm preventative and a flea/tick treatment. Be sure to know when the next dose/application is scheduled. 6. Check fence for structural safety, if applicable. I have read and agree to the above terms.
What to expect when your new dog comes home for the first time: 1. Stress!!! Don’t underestimate how stressful it is to bring a new, adult dog into your home. Even if there are no other pets in the house, it will take time to get used to each other. Expect to feel tired, happy, frustrated, excited and unsure all at the same time. The dust will not be completely settled by the end of the trial but that is normal. Your cat may still be under the bed, your other dog might still be giving you and the new dog the cold shoulder and your new dog might still startle whenever you raise your voice. Rest assured, this is only temporary. By the end of the two-week trial you should be able to tell if your new dog has the potential to be a permanent member of your family. If so, make a commitment to yourself and your dog to work through any issues. 2. Your new dog is not going to want to be the life of the party – just yet. Limit the number of new people the dog meets in the first few weeks. Do not have friends over to meet “the new dog”. Give your dog time to get to know you before you ask him to interact with friends or extended family. When meeting new people, keep a close eye on your dog’s body language to see how he is feeling about the person. When inside, make sure that no-one corners your new dog or tries to force an interaction. Socialization is critical to the happiness of you and your new dog. Take your time and ensure that every “meet and greet” is a relaxed and happy event for your new dog. 3. If there are other dogs in the home, we recommend that their first meeting take place on leash outside of the house. If possible, take the dogs for a walk together before bringing your new dog into the house. 4. Sometimes there will be no issue upon introduction. However, it is not unusual that there be a tussle on the next day or even several days after introduction as your dogs establish a pack order. If this happens, make sure all dogs are safe but don’t panic or assume this is an untenable situation. Ask for guidance from a trainer or from your dog’s foster parents. More often than not they have “seen and done it all” when it comes to dog-to-dog interactions. 5. If there is more than one dog in the house, never leave the dogs unattended while they are eating. Food is a “high value” item in the dog world – sometimes it can be the catalyst for a fight as the dogs try to determine hierarchy within the pack. Monitoring feeding times and picking up all food bowls as soon as the dogs have finished eating can decrease the risk of this happening. Also be mindful that when a dog is eating it feels vulnerable. Until your new dog is comfortable with all members of the family give the dog space while it is eating. Never allow children to play around your new dog while it is eating. The noise and commotion could cause the dog to become defensive around its food. 6. Here is a list of some behaviors that you might see in your new dog while he is adjusting. This list is not meant to scare you, but to prepare you for the possibility that your dog might have the following reactions: Nervousness Restlessness and pacing Breaking of housetraining Searching through windows and glass doors for the humans they know. Lack of appetite, depression and lethargy I have read and understand what to expect when my new dog comes home.
Tips for the bonding period with your new dog: Remember that your dog is new to your home and feels like a stranger. Give the dog every consideration and kindness, but do not “baby” it when it exhibits nervousness or fear. The best time to give affection is when the dog exhibits calm, confident behavior. Having clear, consistent boundaries will help your dog adjust to your home. Spend time with your dog by going on walks or playing in the yard or house to help with bonding. Consider taking a training class with your dog. Not only will this give you the basics of obedience but it is an incredibly fun way to strengthen the bond between you and your new dog. Keep your dog on a leash, long lead or walking lead for at least a month whenever you are away from home. Do not assume your dog will come back to you if let off leash. It takes time to form that bond and for you to be confident you have control over the dog and his actions. We recommend not going to a dog park with your new dog until you feel bonding has taken place and you are familiar with the dog’s temperament. Dog parks are wonderful places to play and socialize but can be very scary and intense in certain situations for your dog and should be entered into with caution the first few times. For the first visit, we recommend that you do not take the dog off lead. Keeping the dog close to you will help it feel secure. When you feel you and the dog are ready, then take him off leash and keep an eye on him and his body language and be ready to intervene if needed. Most importantly – HAVE FUN!!!!! There’s a lot of work and many things to consider when you bring an adult rescue dog into your home, but the rewards are incredible. Keep in touch with your dog’s foster parents and ask for help whenever you need it. Remember, they have a wealth of expertise and can often help to prevent a small problem turning into a BIG problem. If you can’t get in contact with your dog’s foster parents contact the rescue directly at email@example.com for any help or advice. I have read and understand the Tips for Bonding.
Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue does not guarantee the temperament or health of the Animal. The foster or a representative of Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue has described this dog's behaviors exhibited during foster care and will provide you with a document at the time of the transfer. Have these behaviors been described to you either verbally or in writing? If these behaviors have not been described to you, do not continue with the contract and contact the Animal's Foster before continuing.
ADOPTION FEE: $300. I understand the adoption fee is only refundable if the dog is returned during the 14 day trial period (unless the trial is extended through written verification). After the Trial period is over, the adoption fee is non-refundable.
The description of the dog does not guarantee the Animal will always exhibit such behavior or that it will not develop new behaviors; it is simply meant to describe the Animal's exhibited personality while in the Rescue's care. These behaviors were document by volunteers who are neither professional nor certified animal behaviorists or trainers. See document provided at the time of adoption. If any of the above conditions are not complied with by the Adopter; ownership of the Animal shall revert to Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue upon demand. I give my permission for an agent of Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue to remove the Animal from my premises and entry shall not constitute a trespass upon the premises occupied. I (We) understand the above conditions found in this contract.
Adopter verifies that he or she is 18 years of age or older, and fully understands the contractual obligations set above. Electronic Signature of Adopter*
Electronic Signature of Co-Adopter (If there is a co-adopter)
I acknowledge that the above serves as a legally binding electronic signature. If you do not agree, the adoption cannot be completed.
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