Most of our dogs come to us as adults although we do get the occasional puppy. Our dogs arrive from pounds, and sometimes strays. It is important to note that these dogs are not "bad dogs". Dogs can come into rescue for a variety of reasons including divorce, a move, or a family crisis. All of the dogs that come into our rescue are carefully screened for temperament and health. In addition, we practice mandatory spaying and neutering. Also, all dogs are brought up-to-date on vaccinations as well as heartworm and flea preventative.
What Are the Requirements for Adoption?
The following "requirements" are intended as a guideline for adoption. Our primary goal is to find the best possible home for the Chinese Shar-Pei that are in our Rescue. If this means "bending the rules" then we may do so at our discretion. So, if you find that you do not fulfill all of the following "requirements" but know that you could provide a great home for a Shar-Pei, please do not hesitate to fill out an application!
People interested in adopting a Chinese Shar-Pei through NASPR must fill out an application and submit it for approval. The application process helps us to match the correct dog with the correct person. We have also found that people that are willing to fill out the application are serious about providing a quality home for one of our Rescue Pei.
With a few exceptions, we will only adopt a Pei into an indoor home. We believe that Chinese Shar-Pei are a very family orientated breed and putting one outside is an invitation for disaster. Even so, we do ask that adoptive homes have a fence as fences provide a safe environment for your pet. We do make exceptions to the fence rule but only to homes who can prove a successful history with leash walking.
NASPR will not adopt a Pei into a home where the other animals are not spayed or neutered. Spaying and Neutering your animals is one of the most important things that you can do to help with the pet overpopulation problem. We do, however, recognize the fact that some animals cannot be altered because of age or medical problems. Also, we respect responsible breeders who have intact animals. We are willing to consider adoptions into these types of situations.
NASPR reserves the right to conduct a home visit on all potential adopters. We will also check vet references to make sure that all current pets are being kept up-to-date on vaccinations.
Once your application is approved and your new best friend located, you will be asked to sign a contract. Basically, the contract states that you agree to provide all necessary medical care for your adopted friend and that you agree to house the dog in the manner which was agreed upon with Rescue. The contract also says that if, at any point, you are unable to keep your adopted Pei, it MUST be returned to Rescue. This means that the dog cannot be sold, given away, turned into animal control, given to a friend/relative or otherwise disposed of. This contract is enforce for the lifetime of the dog.
What Are the Costs Involved?
There is an adoption fee ,Adoption fees are based on the cost rescue has into the dog in the way of care, vet costs etc. This fee is intended to help defray the costs of spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, heartworm and flea preventative and eye surgery when necessary. We could not operate without charging adoption fees. We have occasionally lowered the adoption fee in the case of dogs that were already spayed/neutered before arriving in Rescue.
Do You Adopt To Out-Of-State Homes?
Although we prefer to place into homes within the State of rescue, we will CERTAINLY consider out-of-state placements. All out-of-state homes must have a home visit by one of our volunteers .
What Do I Have To Do To Get My Dog Into Your Foster Program?
We do not accept accept owner surrenders except in dire circumstances. Dogs in Animal Control facilities have top priority as their lives are at stake. If we do take an owner surrender, we ask that Owners donate supplies or money to help offset the care of their animal until it can be adopted. Also, we require that all pertinent paperwork (medical records, AKC registration, etc.) be turned in with the Dog.
We will ask that all owners fill-out a Dog Personality Profile to help us determine the best possible home for your dog. There is also a surrender contract to sign that gives us ownership of the animal. Finally, under no circumstances will dogs be accepted into our program if they have a history of aggression or biting.
How Long Do You Keep Dogs In Your Program?
All of our rescue dogs will stay in the Program for as long as necessary to find them a home. However, we will put to sleep any dog that has behavior/aggression problems that make them unsuitable for adoption. Please note that all dogs are evaluated for a period of at least 30-days before the decision to put to sleep is made. We will also put to sleep any animal that has a severe, untreatable health condition that makes them unsuitable for adoption.
Can I Return A Dog That I Adopted From Rescue?
NASPR REQUIRES that dogs be returned to Rescue if the owner finds out that they can no longer keep the animal for any reason. This requirement is for the LIFETIME of the dog. If the dog is being returned due to a correctable behavior problem, we may offer to pay for a session with a behaviorist to see if the problem can be overcome. It is our feeling that the Dog should be given every chance to succeed in its new home. Also, we like to believe that our adoptive owners are committed to making their new relationship work. We want to provide our adoptive parents with any support that we can.