DOGGIE PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Application Process

Click here for the cat application

Our responsibility is to both the adopter and our dogs who have been entrusted to our care. We strive to make the best possible match and we can only do so when we have been provided with all the information about our potential adoptive families.

1. READ THE DOG'S BIO
Each dog has a full biography linked from the Available Animals page. Please read his/her description before applying to make sure that the home we are looking for is a match to what you have to offer.

2. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION BELOW
Tell us all about you and let's see if we can make a love match. Until we know about your home and your experience we won't know if our little fur friend is going home! Please take your time and complete the application thoroughly. We certainly understand excitement and enthusiasm and that sometimes adopters want to rush through the application. Unfortunately that may mean we do not pursue an adoption because we don't have enough information.

3. CONDUCT PHONE INTERVIEW
Once your application has been received and reviewed, we will contact you via email within 24 hours. We will then proceed with a phone interview, generally within 72 hours. Please make sure you provide the best possible phone numbers for us to contact you.

4. MEET AND GREET
After conducting the phone interview and if it appears to be a match, we will send an email with instructions for meeting your new potential family fur member! We will meet with the entire family and hopefully it's a love match. If so, we have a contract and our adoption fee and you have successfully adopted!

Dog Application

Click here for the cat application

Please answer every question or your application will not be considered. If any answers are found to be incorrect or untruthful it will void an adoption. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours of submitting an application please email again. We do not ignore received applications.

Name of dog you are interested in adopting
Other/additional dog you are interested in
Have you read this dog's entire bio?

Your name
Home Address
City, State, Zip
Home Phone
Cell Phone (if none, enter NONE)
Work Phone (if none, enter NONE)
May we call you at work?
Email address
Are you the Head of Household?*
*Head of household must fill out the application or we will not consider it even if you are of an adult age living in the home.

Please list ALL of the animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) you have had in the past 5 years including those that you currently own. Failing to include an animal will void a potential adoption.
TYPE/BREED SEX AGE SPAYED/NEUTERED WHERE IS THIS PET NOW?
Please use the Comments Section at the bottom to list any additional pets.
If you have not had any animals in the past five years, please detail your experience with animals whether as a child or in your lifetime--what breed(s) of dog you have owned, for how long, etc.
Why do you want to adopt this dog? (Please check all that apply)
Companion Guard Dog
Gift For Children
Family Companion

How many adults are in your household?
What are the ages of the adults?
Please explain the relationship of the people in the home (roommates, significant others, mom, dad, children, etc.) and which member of the home you are in this household.
How many children are in your household?
What are the ages of the children? (If none, enter NONE)
If there are no children do you expect that to change in this pet's lifetime?
Has every member of your family agreed to this adoption?*
*If this has not been discussed at great length, please complete application after that has occurred.

Do you have a planned vacation in the next month?
Are you prepared to adopt immediately and take your pet home?
If not, when?*
*If not within the next 7 days, please complete application when you are prepared to do adopt.
Our next Northern California adoption date is Saturday, April 19th at Stevens Creek Pet Food Express. Can you be there at 11:00am?

Does any member of your family have allergies or asthma?
If Yes, please describe:

Is someone home during the day?
If Yes, WHO?
How many hours will this pet be alone during the day?
When I am home this pet will be kept:
When I am NOT home this pet will be kept:
Where will this pet sleep?

What type of home do you live in?
If Other, describe:
Do you Own or Rent?
If Other, describe:
If you rent, do you have permission to have pets?
If you rent, please provide your landlord's name and phone number:
If you move (locally, out of state, or out of the country) what will you do with this pet?

Do you have a securely fenced yard?
What type of fence?
What is the height of your fence at the lowest point?
Do you have a pool?

Where will you take this dog for obedience classes?
Where have you taken a dog to obedience classes before?
Who will be the vet for this pet (name and phone number)?

For what reasons would you give up your pet(s)? (Please check all that apply)
Fence jumping Allergies
Moving Housebreaking accidents
Illness Spraying
Biting Showing teeth
Chewing Too active
Stealing food Scratching
Growling Hides for a week
Puppy Compatibility issues with other pets
Destructiveness
If you did not mark any reasons, why not?
Are you willing to housebreak a dog?
You will probably get a follow-up call, e-mail, or a home visit from a DPS Rescue volunteer to make sure everything is going well with your new pet. Will this be a problem?

How will you deal with the following issues? Be specific, thorough, and do NOT just write "training".
Chewing
Digging
Barking
Housebreaking

Please tell us why this dog is a good match for your family and why you are interested in this particular dog. How will this dog fit into your lifestyle and what are your expectations or hopes for adding this dog to your family? Note that this may be the most important part of the application and in our determining if you are the right match for this dog. Please add any information that you believe is pertinent to our making this decision.
Have you ever had to give up a pet?
If Yes, please explain WHEN and WHY:
If your pet gets sick what will you do?

Do you have any questions or additional comments?
How did you find out about DPS Rescue? (Please check one)
PetSmart Petfinder
Adopt-a-pet Other
If other, describe: