Are you applying to FOSTER or ADOPT?
Which dog are you applying for? (If not applying for a specific dog, please provide desired age range and male/female preference)
Are you considering applying for a mix (not purebred Ridgeback)?
Yes, I am open to a mix
No, I only want a purebred
KINDLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AS COMPLETELY AS POSSIBLE
Detail your experience with Ridgebacks.
Please list number and type of animals currently in your household. For each animal, list breed, age, sex and whether or not they are altered.
Number and age of children in household, if any.
Do you own or rent your home?
How will the dog spend the day? How many hours on average will the dog be alone?
Where will the dog be kept when you are not home?
How will you train and discipline the dog?
Where will the dog sleep?
Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies to animals?
If you rent, please provide landlord name and contact information.
Please detail what happened to your previous pets. Have you ever had to surrender or re-home a pet?
Are you comfortable handling large and powerful dogs?
Please detail your experience with fearful or abused dogs, difficult behaviors/temperaments, etc.?
(For ADOPTERS, not Fosters): Are you prepared to cover vet expenses that the dog might incur during its lifetime? Is there a limit, how much is too much?
Anything else we should know about you or why you are considering fostering or adopting?
Please provide veterinarian name and contact information.
Please list name and phone numbers of two references (not relatives).
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to fill out our application and welcome to Ridgebacks & Friends Rescue! **
Make sure to check your "spam" folder in a few days for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org** What is the Process for adopting a dog?
1. Adoption Application
2. Phone conversation
3. Home safety check
4. Meet & Greet between humans and dogs
5. Adoption Contract
That seems like a lot of Steps…? We seek to make the best match between dog and adopter. We ask a lot of questions as a way of getting to know you and your lifestyle so we can figure out which one of our dogs would fit most seamlessly and effortlessly into your home. That's not to say you don't have a choice in the selection but you would hate us if you were an active person and you ended up with a couch potato or (vice versa) if you like to cuddle with your dog and watch TV and we picked a dog that needs a ton of exercise. How do you know so much about these Dogs? Some dogs come to us directly from owners who need to give up their dog. Others are rescued from shelters. All dogs are evaluated for temperament. Once we take a dog into rescue, it will be fostered in a volunteer’s home before adoption. We will have you speak directly with the ‘foster parent’ about the dog you are interested in. We want to offer you as much insight into what the dog is like before you agree to adopt him/her. We are open and honest about the dogs we place. You will know as much about them as we do. But it is possible for behaviors to crop up that have not been seen before in that dog. Dogs are pack animals – and Ridgebacks especially so - and they behave differently under different pack leadership. How Long Does It Take To Find the Right Dog For Me? We understand you are eager to adopt, but we just ask that you be patient as we work to find the right dog for you. Unfortunately, we can’t say how long you may have to wait to get the right dog. The more forthright you can be about what kind of dog you are looking for and the specifics of your home situation/daily routine, the easier it will be to find a dog for you. On the other hand, the more requirements you have for a dog, the longer it may take to find you a dog. So what does the Adoption Fee cover? There is a $150 - $400 fee, depending on the dog’s age and circumstances. This includes:
● Current vaccinations
● Making sure the dog is parasite-free
There are 3 key points of the contract we want to make you aware of:
1. The dog will likely require obedience training;
2. The dog must be properly & safely contained;
3. If you can't keep the dog, regardless of how long you have had it, it MUST come back into Ridgebacks & Friends. It cannot be given away, sold or taken to a shelter. We will take the dog back under any circumstances.If, within the 15 days of your adoption you decide to return the dog, your adoption fee less $50 will be refunded by the Treasurer for Rescue.
What happens after I adopt a dog? After you adopt a dog from us, we’d like to know how it’s going, and offer any help you may need. Each dog will need some sort of structured transition period -- and we will help you with that process. We typically recommend crating any dog, when not supervised, for the first 4-6 weeks at a minimum. Crating gives them the structure and safety they need as they transition into their new home and routine. Many, particularly the younger dogs, will test the rules to see what they can get away with. This period requires your time and commitment. We are here to help you through any rough patches. Most problems can be successfully addressed, using the right methods, and we want these adoptions to last for a lifetime.
We are so glad you are interested in adopting a Ridgeback. It is a wonderful breed and we are passionate about helping them! We’ll be in touch shortly to arrange a phone conversation.