What you do (the fine print):
1. Submit an application and provide references, including your vet. The best indicator of how your next dog will be treated is how your last dog was treated, so that's why we ask for this.
2. Allow a New Spirit volunteer to visit to your home. This way we get a good sense what type of dog will fit you and any current pets best (again, think "doggie dating service!").
3. Once your application is approved, begin the search for your new friend. You may see an interesting possibility on our site or we may suggest a dog not yet posted that is in foster. Either way, you'll be put in contact with the foster home where the dog is located to learn more from the person who knows the dog best.
4. Meet the dog and decide if it feels right. There's no obligation to take the dog home the same day: in fact, we encourage you to talk it over and come back. If the driving distance is too great, go have lunch and think it over. Your New Spirit contact and the foster home will be invaluable in helping you make this important decision.
5. Adopt! When you feel you've met the right dog, you sign an adoption contract which says you'll provide appropriate care, and that if you can't keep the dog at some time in the future, you'll contact New Spirit and let us help.re-home the dog.
6. Pay an adoption fee, generally $250 but sometimes less depending on the age of the dog.
Except under unusual circumstances, dogs will have had the following vetting services:
- Worming.(for hooks, whips, rounds, and tapes)
- Basic shots (rabies, DA2PP)
The fee helps us cover the cost of vetting and other expenses, and will usually be far less than the same services would cost through your vet.
Note: For puppies that can't be altered before we place them, there will an additional spay/neuter charge of $50, refundable when you spay or neuter your pup and send proof to New Spirit's Treasurer.