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Adoption Application

Please be thorough—incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please read all of the following adoption information before applying. By hitting the submit button below you agree that you have read and understand all of this information.

To help ensure the best possible placement of our rescued dogs and to help us determine that the proposed adoption is in the best interest of both the dog and you and your family, please complete and submit this application before inquiring about a specific dog. When we receive an application that lists a specific dog from the available list, we will do our best to process that application within one day. If you apply on a weekend and your veterinarian is closed we will do our best to process the application the next business day. If you are not ready to adopt at this time please note on the application when you will be ready. Applications that we receive that do not specify any of our available dogs will be held until the applicant notifies us that there is an available dog they would like to adopt.

We keep applications active for 2 months. If a match has not been found during that time, please contact us to keep your application active. If you acquire a dog from another source, please notify us so we can deactivate your application.

We only place dogs within a 4-hour drive of the Denver metro area. We do NOT place animals in homes where current or past pets are not properly vaccinated, not on heartworm preventative, or not spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so, or the animal is actively being shown in conformation. We only place dogs in homes where they will be indoor pets and never left outdoors when no one is home. Click here for more information on the alarming rise in dog thefts.

For all puppies and almost all of our dogs, a fenced yard is required.  It may be possible for a well-socialized, leash-trained adult or senior sheltie to do fine in a condo/townhouse/apartment environment, where all outside activities take place on a leash.  We would determine this on a case by case basis.  We don't approve invisible/electric fences, dog runs, or tie out chains.  For an explanation of why we do not approve invisible fences click here.

Shelties adopted from us must be kept on heartworm preventative, and must be placed on Sentinel.  Heartworm preventatives containing ivermectin have proven toxic and even fatal to some Shelties.  For more information, a list of other drugs not to use, or to get your dog tested check out the Washington State University website.

We do not adopt out dogs that will be given as gifts. The person interested in adopting must fill out the application and be involved in the process of selecting the dog best suited for their situation.

Adults in the household of the prospective adopter are the people who need to apply.  Occasionally, we get applications from children and teens on behalf of their families.  We realize that having a dog is a decision for the entire family, but we need to hear from parents.

Adoption fees:
Puppies up to 1 year - $300.00
Dogs 1-4 years - $250.00
Dogs 5-9 years - $200.00
Dogs 10+ years - $100.00

These adoption fees include:
--Comprehensive veterinary physical exam
--Spay or neuter
--Rabies shot
--DA2PP (Distemper/Parvo combo shot)
--Bordetella shot (Kennel Cough)
--Heartworm Test and 6 months worth of Sentinel tablets
--Dental cleaning if needed
--Any other medical needs addressed
--Temperament evaluation
--A medical history record comes with each dog.

Submit the Adoption Application below.  Your application will be reviewed by one of our volunteers.  When we receive the application we will contact your vet reference and personal references. Then we will contact you to discuss the particular dog you are interested in adopting. A home visit is required prior to adoption.

The next step is for the entire family who will be living in the home and their current pets to meet the rescue dog.   We usually do this at the same time as the home visit. If everything looks positive, the prospective adopter fills out and signs the adoption contract. The adoption contract is a contractual agreement to provide safe, loving and healthy environments, click here to review our adoption contract.  Adoption fees must be paid at the time of adoption. We do not accept partial payment for adoption. Adoption fees are refundable within 2 weeks of adoption if the dog is not a good match and is returned to us in the same condition they were in when placed in your home (i.e. no new illnesses or injuries). Regardless of the length of time in an adoptive home if you cannot keep a dog adopted from us it must be returned to us.

Remember, our first priority is the dog and we must do what is best for him/her.  We do not place dogs in homes that we believe will not work out, so please respect our decision.

Our dogs can come from a variety of situations.  We get dogs out of shelters, owner turn-ins, dogs found running loose, dogs who are abandoned because of their owners' death, dogs used for breeding at puppy mills, etc.  We treat any medical condition the dog has. Then we spay/neuter every dog (no exceptions), bring them current on distemper, parvo, bordatella and rabies vaccines, heartworm test them and begin them on heartworm protection. The dog is bathed, groomed, and put into a foster home for evaluation. Each dog stays in their foster home until the temperament is known and a good match can be made. We do not place aggressive dogs or known biters.  Some dogs may have issues from their prior life that must be worked through. We advise on any known issues prior to adoption and are available to provide follow up support for the rest of the dogs life.  Rescue dogs have plenty of love, affection and gratitude to give, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a dog.

We do not have a shelter. Dogs live in our homes as fosters.  It is not possible to go to a "shelter" or central facility to view all our dogs. 


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