Before filling out any of our applications Please make sure you have 15-20 minutes to answers all of the questions carefully and accurately.
We do ask a lot of questions but rest assured they are necessary. Imagine you have to relinquish your beloved friend and wonder if he/she will be well taken care of. Well, that is why we ask the all those questions on our adoption application. This makes it easier to place that sheltie into the best furever home.
Now, imagine you are the person adopting that sheltie. Wouldn’t you want to know all you can about where he/she came from? What they have been through? That’s why we ask so many questions on our surrender application. Same goes for the foster application. We want to know all about the people we entrust to care for these beautiful souls until their furever home can be found.
You might think——do they really need all of that information?
After all, aren’t these homeless shelties? Wouldn’t any owner be better than being a dog, lamenting in rescue? Than being homeless??
Nope – as a matter of fact, these questions and in-depth applications have a purpose. The individuals who run our rescue have seen quite a bit of dog stuff in their day. They have seen the circumstances that brought these shelties into rescue in the first place.
There are a few “real” cases where a dog needs the help of a rescue because the owner has died or fallen ill, but the majority of shelties in rescue are there because they had owners who did things wrong, or did not do the things they needed to.
So, why does the application ask the names and ages of those in the household?
Because they need to know if there are kids in the house that might be at risk if an inappropriate dog is placed in the home.
Why does the application ask you where the dog will be at night, or while you are away?
Because many of the shelties in rescue are there because a prior owner had to get rid of them after neighbors complained about constant barking.
Why does the dog rescue care about training? Really, if it is your dog, shouldn’t training (or not training) be your decision?
Nope. Many of the shelties in rescues are there because nobody took the time to train them.
The shelties become unruly, hard to own and guess what?
Dumped at a shelter or in a rescue. The shelties become somebody else’s problem. Unfortunately, at that point, they are often out of control and require considerable work to even become adoptable.
Why should the rescue know about your prior dog-ownership? Is it really their business?
Yep. If you had a couple of shelties that you got rid of after they peed in the house, or because you were having a baby, or god forbid – moving, we want to know.
You see, our rescue would not function if shelties were not re-homed. There would be no need for our organization to exist if all owners kept their shelties, no matter what. If all owners altered their shelties and prevented unwanted litters of puppies. If all owners kept their shelties safely indoors, instead of out in a kennel or yard where they might bark, or even get out of a yard and possibly injure someone or something.
The questions on the applications have been designed for just these reasons. Is the system perfect? No. Nothing is perfect. However, the situations that our rescue organization have encountered through the years has given us a pretty good idea of what to ask in order to find exceptional homes for our shelties.
Why are exceptional homes needed?
So these shelties do not end up without an owner again. So the shelties don’t end up at a shelter where they might be euthanized. Our rescue is unable to take in every sheltie that needs a place to go. Our resources are limited so we do make the extra effort to ensure this home will be their forever home.
So while you are filling out our lengthy applications, Please don’t be offended or annoyed – be thankful that our rescue-minded staff care enough about the shelties in our care to ask the questions that need to be asked.
Our rescue finds some phenomenal homes, their are amazing sheltie people out there. The shelties in rescue are amazing too. They are worth the time and effort and they deserve the exceptional home. They deserve a home that will keep them until the end of their days.
All that being said – a bad owner is not better than getting a dog “out” of rescue. Getting out of rescue, only to be left in a kennel for 10 hours a day or chained in a yard is not better than sitting in rescue. Those “sitting” shelties will eventually get adopted and the new owner will not be keeping them in a bad situation.