The shelter is located on private property and the gates are kept locked.  If you are interested in adopting a dog, please review our adoption policies and procedures.   Once you have done this, please fill out the adoption application and email it to us.  Once we have processed your application, we will call you for an appointment.  We all work full time jobs and do not have set hours of operation.  We all do this in our spare time and we are very limited!  All dogs are kept on private property and shown by appointment only after your application has been approved.  Applications must be filled out completely in order to be processed.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Since we are a small shelter, and have a limited number of volunteers who also work full time jobs, our time is very limited as well.  We have developed some guidelines to help streamline the process and make things easier and quicker for you as well as for us.

We are looking for good, loving, safe, and caring homes for our pets.  Please review our policies before submitting an application.  Once the application is received, if you are interested in a particular dog, we will put the dog on hold for you while we process your application.  If we have received multiple applications for the same dog we will choose the home we feel best fits the dog and the families involved.  Once we have completed the application process, we will call you to schedule an appointment so that you can meet the dog.  If you decide to adopt, we have a contract we will ask you to sign and it will contain all of the medical information that the dog has received up to the time of adoption.  Any medical treatment the dog needs after the time of adoption is your responsibility.  You must agree to regular checkups, annual vaccinations, and monthly heartworm prevention, as well as any other medical care your vet deems necessary for the dog.  If the dog is not spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, you will be required to sign an agreement to have this done, at your expense, and you will need to provide proof that it was done by the date indicated on the contract.

You must have a safe and securely fenced in back yard, complete on all sides.  Depending on the dog you are interested in, the fence may have certain requirements as well.  If you live in an apartment, you must take the dog out for regular walks, the dog must be on a leash at all times. 

Dogs are part of the family and should be treated as such.  That being said, dogs should not be left outside all alone.  Dogs are pack animals, they get very bored and lonely when they are left by themselves.  Many of the dogs who end up in the pound are dogs who have escaped from their yards.   These dogs have very little or no chance of ever finding their way home because many times they are put down before the owner even realizes their dog is missing.  Keeping a dog inside the house, in a kennel if not yet house trained, is a very safe and humane solution.  Please see our  information on crate training below.  The number one reason people surrender their animals is because of destructive behavior.  Crate training eliminates that behavior and saves many lives.

Statistics show that over 40 percent of the dogs that are adopted from a shelter are surrendered to the pound or given away by some other means.  If you adopt a dog from us, and are no longer able to keep him/her, you must agree to return the dog to us.  He/she can not be sold, given away, taken to another shelter, etc.  We have very strict policies on this not only for the protection of the dog but for your peace of mind as well as ours.  

Our standard adoption fee is $150.  In some cases, this may vary.  Any variances in fees will be posted on the website along with the dogs' pictures so you will know what the adoption fee is ahead of time.  In some cases, when you adopt two dogs from us, we may be able to give you a discount.  This will be considered on a case by case basis.  We like to follow up on our adoptions and we always love to hear from you!  

Contact Us

Email to:

Kim@dogsrus.org

ruffin_it_ranch@yahoo.com

cody3556@yahoo.com

The best way to reach us is by email. We all work full time jobs, as well as helping the dogs, and due to the large volume of calls we receive each and every day, it is impossible to return all calls every day. Through email, we can respond much easier and quicker as our time is limited. We receive hundreds of email each day so if you don't receive a response in a couple of days, please feel free to send us a reminder. We do the best we can to answer emails in a timely manner. Putting the words LOOKING TO ADOPT in the subject will help us sort through your emails much quicker.

The dogs in our care all reside on our private properties and for safety precautions we do keep the gates locked.

We have developed some guidelines to help streamline the process and make things easier and quicker for you as well as for us.

We are looking for good, loving, safe, and caring homes for our pets.  Once the application is received, if you are interested in a particular dog, we will put the dog on hold for you while we process your application.  If we have received multiple applications for the same dog, we will choose the home we feel best fits the dog and the families involved.  Once we have completed the application process, we will call you to schedule an appointment so that you can meet the dog.  If you decide to adopt, we have a contract we will ask you to sign and it will contain all of the medical information that the dog has received up to the time of adoption.  Any medical treatment the dog needs after the time of adoption is your responsibility.  You must agree to regular checkups, annual vaccinations, and monthly heartworm prevention, as well as any other medical care your vet deems necessary for the dog.

You must have a safe and securely fenced in back yard, complete on all sides.  Depending on the dog you are interested in, the fence may have certain requirements as well.  If you live in an apartment, you must take the dog out for regular walks.  Dogs must be on a leash at all times when they are not safely enclosed in a fenced in area and directly supervised by you. 

Dogs are part of the family and should be treated as such.  That being said, dogs should not be left outside all alone.  Dogs are pack animals, they get very bored and lonely when they are left by themselves.  Many of the dogs who end up in the pound are dogs who have escaped from their yards.   These dogs have very little or no chance of ever finding their way home because many times they are put to sleep before the owner even realizes their dog is missing.  There are lots of hidden dangers to leaving your dog outside alone, even if only for a few minutes.  Keeping a dog inside the house, in a kennel if not yet house trained, is a very safe and humane solution.  Please see our  information on crate training below.  The number one reason people surrender their animals is because of destructive behavior.  Crate training eliminates that behavior and saves many lives.

Statistics show that over 40 percent of the dogs that are adopted from a shelter are surrendered to the pound or given away by some other means.  If you adopt a dog from us, and are no longer able to keep him/her, you must agree to return the dog to us.  He/she can not be sold, given away, taken to another shelter, etc.  We have very strict policies on this not only for the protection of the dog but for your peace of mind as well as ours.  

Our standard adoption fee is $150.  In some cases, this may vary.  When you adopt two dogs from us, we may be able to give you a discount.  This will be considered on a case by case basis.  We like to follow up on our adoptions and we always love to hear from you!  

Policies and Procedures

Crate Training Information

Adoption Application