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Adoption Process

Adoption Process

Step 1 - The application:

Our adoption process begins with an online Adoption Application.

We understand that our application is lengthy, and we hope you will be willing to spend the thirty or so minutes it might take to complete it. We rely heavily on the application to decide whether we have a dog who might be a good match for you. Unfortunately, we do not have a rescue facility of our own, and we are not able to introduce you to dogs before you have filled out an application.

Please understand that applications are read by volunteers who have jobs and other obligations, so it may take us a few days to respond to inquiries about applications.

We really appreciate your patience with our adoption process. We work very hard to be a good matchmaker between dog and adopter!

Step 2 - The phone interview:

Volunteers review each adoption application, and if we think we might have a dog who is a good match for you, we will contact you for a phone interview. The purpose of the phone interview is to learn more about your expectations for a dog and to discuss some of the dogs that may be a possible "match" for you. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions about our adoption process and our dogs. We often share nutrition guidance during the phone interview. We encourage all adopters to check out, an amazing resource for nutrition and giving your dog the best chance for longevity and health.

Step 3 - The meet and greet the pooch:

Our organization does not have a shelter where the dogs can be visited. Our dogs are in foster homes. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our fosters until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.

Once you have been approved, a volunteer (usually the foster) will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. This meeting may occur at the fosters residence or your home, or neutral territory for the home dog.

Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular dog. For some dogs we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the dog before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit for the dog. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the dog, does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, you may be denied adoption of that particular dog but you may be allowed to adopt another dog.

Step 4 - The home safety check:

Next we schedule a home safety check, if not done so during the meet and greet.. Most of our adopters live in the DFW areas, and we have volunteers in those areas who do home safety checks. The purpose of the home safety check is to help adopters check their homes for dog proofing and also point out any other potential safety issues that you might not have noticed (for example, snail bait or chemicals in the garage that are within reach of a dog, or a front door that faces a busy street where a dog can slip out, or a backyard gate that needs repair).

We also ask that all members of the household be present for the home safety check, because we want to met everyone and ensure that all members of the home are enthusiastic about bringing a new dog into the family. Even if there is one person who will be the primary caretaker of the dog, we want to make sure everyone is prepared for the long-term commitment of a dog and keeping it safe.

Once a home safety check is passed, the adopter is now ready to start the home trial for a new four-legged cutie pie!

Step 5 - The home trial:

Want to make sure that your adopted pet adjusts well to your home? After deciding on a dog to adopt, you will get a weel Trial Adoption Period (TAP). This allows you to see the dog in your home environment.

At the beginning of your TAP, you will fill out the adoption agreement and pay half the adoption fee. If within the week you decide it’s not going to work out, you get a full refund. However anytime after, you do not get a refund of your adoption fee.

We do whatever it takes to keep the dog in the home, so if the TAP is affected by training/behavior issues, please reach out to us asap at, or contact your RWOB representative.

Step 6 - The adoption donation:

We don't view an adoption as a purchase of a dog. We think every one of our dogs is priceless and worth far more than the donation you make when you adopt. We do depend on adoption donations to partially cover our costs, although they don't come close to covering all our expenses (see Where donations go). When you adopt from Rescue Without Boundaries, you are making an adoption donation that is in the spirit of supporting our rescue group! That means that your donation is not payment for your dog; it is a contribution that helps us care for the next dog.

Thank you for understanding that your adoption donation supports our rescue group and allows us to continue to rescue future dogs in honor of your dog's adoption.


We woof you very much!

Step 6 - The follow-up:

When possible, we really enjoy doing a follow up visit in person or via phone/text some time in the six months following the adoption. We like to stay in touch with our adopters anyway as it really encourages us to continue doing rescue when we hear updates on how our adopted dogs are doing. We are also always available if you need any additional support with your new dog. We mostly want to make sure that your dog is flourishing in his or her new home environment and if not, what support or suggestions can we offer?

We love love LOVE to get new pictures and videos of our adopted dogs, as well as your stories and updates! We hope you will share your adoption experience with others who might consider rescuing a dog.

What if you need to return your dog?

Rescue Without Boundaries will take back an adopted dog at any time during the dog's life, for any reason. We never EVER want to see one of our dogs end up going back to a shelter. Please contact us immediately as soon as you know you will have to relinquish your dog. Unfortunately, the adoption donation is non refundable (we usually spend the donations as soon as we receive them on medical and boarding expenses).

**Please understand RWOB has this adoption policy in place for the health and well-being of the animals and people involved. We want to be able to place as many animals into homes as possible but will only place if we believe the animal is going to be properly cared for and kept out of harm’s way. If an applicant falsifies information or purposefully chooses not to disclose pertinent information, the possible adoption may be terminated at our discretion.**