Adoption Process

Adoption fees can vary from dog to dog. Our general fees start at $150 for seniors and never exceed $350.00 for dogs under 1 year of age. Why such a variance? We are primarily a senior dog rescue. Older dogs who come into our rescue most often need extensive medical evaluation and treatment, prior to adoption. Every single dog is provided with the highest quality veterinary care, regardless of age. The average cost to vet a senior dog is between $250 and $350. Those who adopt senior dogs will likely be facing continued medical care costs vs adopting a younger dog whose adoption fee is up to $350.
Prior to adoption, ALL dogs have been spayed/neutered, have age appropriate vaccines, been treated for internal and external parasites, heartworm tested, on preventatives and are microchipped. Our microchipping includes rescue paid initial registration as well as free lifetime annual renewal. The cost of vetting a puppy is less than the senior’s, but a significant cost savings to the adopter, had they paid for all of the services performed through a private veterinarian. Additionally, the cost to feed and house our dogs, is factored in. We do not readily spay and neuter puppies, until they have been through an adequate quarantine period and are deemed healthy enough for surgery. Every penny of every adoption fee, helps to continue to support the dogs in the rescue’s care.
MANY OF OUR ADOPTABLE DOGS ARE AVAILABLE TO FOSTER, WHILE THEY ARE BEING READIED FOR ADOPTION. FOSTERING MAKES ROOM FOR US TO SAVE MORE ANIMALS, GIVE ADOPTERS THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW AN ANIMAL AND EVALUATE THEM IN THEIR OWN HOME AND REDUCES ADOPTION FEES BY $50. THE RESCUE PAYS FOR NECESSARY VETTING, UNTIL ADOPTION IS FINALIZED. FOSTERS HAVE FIRST RIGHT TO ADOPTING THE DOG IN THEIR CARE.
***IMPORTANT****All dogs placed by BGSDR are to be house dogs. NO dog will be placed in a home where they will be outside-only dogs, farm dogs, shop dogs, guard dogs, etc. BGSDR reserves the right to schedule a post-adoption home visit to ensure the safety of our rescues.
ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN YOUR APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED CONFIDENTIAL AND NOT SHARED WITH THIRD PARTIES.

In order to be considered for a BGSDR dog, each adopter must understand our process and follow it accordingly. Failure to do so, will result in the application being denied. Our board of directors adhere to strict standards and do not waiver on adoption policies. Our dogs have already lived through trouble times in past living experiences and depend on us to make the absolute best decisions for their future. Because our volunteers all work from home and use personal computers/cell phones, we will utilize email as our primary channel of communication with potential adopters

1. All potential adopters must fill out an online adoption application. We have volunteers who work from home to process your application. Please be patient. The application process can take several days to process. Please fill out the application completely and honestly in order to ensure that your application will be completed in a timely matter.

2. Our volunteers will be contacting your Veterinarian (if applicable) and landlord (if applicable) as well as personal references, so please include appropriate information prior to submitting your application in order to speed up the process. Be sure to check your email, including Spam folder, for a response from Bluegrass Senior Dog Rescue. All communications regarding your application MUST go through email, so that we have a written record of information.

3. Any pets currently in your household must be up to date with Rabies, heartworm preventative and be seen for annual wellness visits. We DO NOT adopt dogs out to homes with un-altered animals.

4. TELEPHONE INTERVIEW: If the need arises, you will be contacted via email to schedule a telephone interview. This will take place at your convenience and is necessary to clarify information listed in your application. We realize that this may be inconvenient for those who work outside the home and will keep the interview to a minimum.

5. HOME VISIT: Upon successful review of your application and references, you will be contacted, via email to schedule a home visit by our adoption coordinator or another member of our volunteer team. A home visit consists of a member of our volunteer team with the applicant and household members (including pets). This visit is to help us determine that the home environment is suitable for the particular dog. We will not conduct a white glove inspection of the home, but assure that any safety concerns are addressed and that all members are on board with the adoption. BGSDR will not approve any application, without a positive home visit. If your application is denied, you will receive an email communication from BGSDR. Please be advised that your entire household, including any canines, must be present for the home visit.

6. MEET AND GREET: Upon approval and acceptance, BGSDR will contact you, via email to arrange for a meet & greet with the dog of your choice, subject to availability. If the dog you applied for is no longer available or is not the right match for your home, BGSDR will work with you to find another dog that will be a good fit for you and your family.

7. We strongly recommend that all members of the family. Including other pets, be present for the meet and greet. BGSDR does not allow adoptions as gifts or surprises. The entire household must be in agreement to bringing the dog into the home. NO EXCEPTIONS.

8. Approved applications are valid for 6 months. After 6 months, you must re-submit an application. This applies to previous adopters as well. Please keep in mind that BGSDR may have received additional applications on the dog you are interested in. For this reason, the dog you are interested in may not be available once your application is finished being processed.
9. Approved applications do not guarantee adoption. A meet and greet is the final step in placement of our dogs. BGSDR wants to ensure that it is the right fit for all humans and canines involved. In the case of multiple applicants on the same dog, we will not approve on a first come, first served basis, but rather choose the best fit for that particular dog. The family we feel is the best fit, will be given the first opportunity for a meet and greet with the dog. Should they choose, not to adopt, we will contact the next family that we feel will be a good fit.

Helping our old friends find new homes where they can live out their days happily ever after.