At Sauver Des Chiens, adoptions are what allow us to keep moving forward. With each adoption, you are not only saving the life of the pet you’re adopting, but the life of the pet that can take it’s place. The adoption process may be tedious, but it’s to ensure that we’re properly matching dogs with compatible households. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated age appropriately, heartworm tested, and microchipped. They come with a lifetime of love to give their forever families.
The Adoption Process
Your application will help us better determine which, if any, of our dogs currently may be the right dog for you. Be sure to be as detailed as possible in your answers.
After we receive your application, you will be notified via email that it has been received. Processing time is up to two weeks depending upon results of your reference checks and home visit. Please alert your references that you have submitted their name as a contact for your application and that someone from Sauver Des Chiens will be contacting them.
If you are renting, please provide your landlord information as we will be required to contact them to confirm eligibility of having a pet on premise and any restrictions the landlord may have regarding pet.
Most dogs require a minimal transitional period of several weeks. The first few weeks may be challenging while your new dog adjusts to his/her new surroundings. Adding a new dog to the family upsets the balance of your current “pack” no matter how good the match. Your resident dogs will need time to adjust to your new dog and you may become stressed as a result. Please remember that we are here to help you walk through any difficulties you may encounter, but we recommend that dogs go home at the beginning of a weekend or other time such as beginning of a vacation when you will be home to help advance the adjustment period comfortably.
Veterinary Reference Check
Please do not apply if the below can not be verified by your veterinarian. Your application will be denied if any of the below requirements are not met:
- Your vet must confirm that ALL dogs have been regularly on heartworm preventative the entire time they have been in your care (unless there is a verifiable medical reason for ceasing heartworm preventative).
- Your vet must confirm ALL pets have a consistent history of recommended immunizations, vaccinations, medications, and health checks/screenings. If you have a different immunization/vaccination/medication schedule with your veterinarian, tell us about it, and we’ll be happy to consider it as we review your application.
On your application, list the vet(s) that have the most current information regarding your pet(s). If you have additional information to share regarding the health of your pet(s), please note it in the “comments” section of your application. Please call the vet you have listed on your application and give them permission to release your information to us. We try our best to call them within 48 hours of receiving your application!
Personal Reference Check
Upon approval of the vet reference check, we will contact your personal references. It is important that you provide us with references that know you well. If you have pets, please make sure you choose references who know you, your pets, AND how you care for those pets. We require at least one non-family member as a reference.
Upon approval of the veterinary reference check and personal references, you will be contacted and a home visit will be arranged. Please note that ALL family members must be present during the home visit. The home visit will be performed prior to adoption. No adoptions will be approved without a home visit.
Inside/outside homes for dogs must have an existing fenced yard with shade, access to water, shelter to be protected from the weather. If part of our mission is to educate people on how to properly own our animals, we will be happy to work with you to make your yard secure or give instructions on how to properly build an enclosure. We will be happy to make a second home visit to verify once this has been done.
Please note that the intent of our visit is not to see how clean your house is! The purpose of our visit is to see the environment that the dog will be living in, to ensure that adequate provisions are made for the dog’s care and to discuss dog ownership with you.
Approval or Denial
Once all reference checks (vet, personal and landlord, where applicable) and the home visit have been completed, an adoption coordinator will contact you. If we have further questions or concerns, they will be discussed at that time. If the vet reference check and home visit prompt no further questions, and the adoption coordinator is confident that you can provide an excellent home for one of our dogs, a volunteer will notify you of your approval as soon as possible. .
Sauver Des Chiens is a 100% volunteer organization. Please allow one to two weeks to process and review your application. In most cases, applicants are approved or declined within 5-10 days.
The Adoption Contract
Once an adoption is approved, the adopter will receive an adoption contract from a SDC Representative (usually the Foster or Adoption Coordinator) will finalize the process and sign the Adoption Contract.
Our adoption fees are as follows:
- German Shepherd Puppy: $350
- German Shepherd Adult: $300
- Mixed Breed Puppy: $275
- Mixed Breed Adult: $250
Your adoption fee helps to offset the cost of services put into the dogs to get them adoption ready. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Vaccines (DHLPP and Rabies, as well as Influenza and Lyme where available/applicable)
- Heartworm Test, begin treatment process if positive
- Heartworm and Flea preventative
- Other vet care as needed
Many times, the cost of fully vetting a dog in our care far exceeds the adoption fee. In the rare instance that the dog’s vetting cost is less than the adoption fee, the remaining funds go towards other medical expenses for other dogs in our program as well as initiate new dogs into the program.
The above listed vetting is standard procedure. We do not offer dogs with partial vetting done in order to lower the adoption fee, and without exception we do not allow adoption of dogs not spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Our available dogs can be viewed here:
*Please note that just because a dog is on this page doesn’t mean they are available. Dogs will reflect available while applications are in review.
Thanks for helping To Save The Dogs!