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Adoption Requirements:

  • Please note that in order to adopt from us, you must have a completely fenced in yard attached to your home. We do NOT consider an electric fence of any kind acceptable or a safe alternative to a traditional fenced in yard.  If you have questions regarding this, please read below.

  • Please note that we do not consider a fenced in yard as an alternative to walking, exercise, socialization, etc.  Rather, in our experience, a home with a fenced in yard is a much safer alternative than one without.

  • We currently adopt to homes within 60 miles of Hudson, NY.  We will also adopt to the Bennington, Vermont area.  Please note that certain dogs may have other adoption area restrictions and these are noted in their individual profiles.  As we are all volunteers who work full time jobs, we must limit our adoption radius.  

  • Please note we do not hold dogs and we do not adopt on a first come / first serve basis.  Rather we match dogs and potential adopters to ensure a good fit for the life of the dog.  

The following is a list of items that must be completed prior to adoption:

  • Completed Adoption Application

  • Phone Interview

  • References

  • Veterinary Reference

  • Home Visit

Our adoption fee is $350.00.  If the puppy is not spayed/neutered, there is an additional deposit.

Why We Require a Fence:

Many people ask why require a fenced in yard and our first answer is always "safety for our dogs"!  A fenced in yard allows for room for the dog to play and develop. It gives adults and children a safe environment to interact with the dog without worrying if the dog will run off, or worse, be injured.  Finally, imagine spending your entire life on a leash without the freedom to run and play.

Why do we not allow a tie out or runner:

A puppy does not have the neurological or musculoskeletal development to be placed on a tie out, runner or chain.  A dog can be paralyzed, or worse, die, from being placed on any of these.  If another animal enters your yard, the dog is not protected and can be attacked without having the ability to escape.  Finally, this is also a situation where a dog can be easily stolen. 

Why we do not allow electric fences:

These are simply not fool proof.  It takes one rabbit, squirrel, or other animal outside the fence to cause a dog to break through an electric barrier.  There is also a high risk of power or battery failure.  An electric fence does not prevent animals or other dogs from entering your yard.  Finally, this is also a situation where a dog can be easily stolen. 

Only a fence will prevent people or other animals from entering your yard.  If another animal or person enters your property, and your dog injures the other animal or person, you are by law liable for any injuries.

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