Adoption Process

We have been adopting out dogs for decades and have found it necessary to lay out the following guidelines. This helps us to get a better insight into you and your family and to determine which dog would be best for all involved. Most if not all, of your questions about adoption, should be able to be answered here.

We don’t mean to insult anyone or invade anyone’s privacy, but judging from experience, these questions we ask on our adoption application are necessary. If you choose not to answer any one of the following questions, please feel free to ask us about it and we will be more than happy to explain the necessity of that particular question.

FEES/COSTS

  • We now require an application processing fee of $25.00.
  • Our adoption counselors spend HOURS AND DAYS, interviewing adoption candidates and spending a countless amount of time trying to pair up the right dog for your family.
  • Unfortunately we have now noticed a “pattern” of adoption candidates applying for one of our dogs with the hope of “talking to the people on TV.” It’s become a huge waste of our time, money and resources that can be spent on sincere adopters. The application processing fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and will be applied as a donation into our heartworm treatment program for the dogs of Villalobos Rescue Center. The processing fee is not a guarantee of adoption.
  • Our adoption fee is $300.00. For your adoption fee, the dog will be spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, heartworm free and receive a FREE “congratulations on your new dog” training/behavioral session via phone or Zoom.
  • For any adoptive homes that are OVER 8 HOURS AWAY from our location, we will require a $300.00 deposit (in addition to the adoption fee) that will be REFUNDABLE after 30 days of our dog being in your home with success.
  • Sadly, we are seeing a new pattern of adopters from long distances, adopting a dog from us and then within HOURS, realizing that “they weren’t ready for a new dog after all.” The amount of time we are spending on talking to these adopters, making sure that “they are sure” and only having to drive back across the country to retrieve our dog, we can not afford this financially. And how sad for our dog that has to go back into a kennel? If you do not allow our dog the 30 days to adjust and we have to go back and pick him/her up, this will at least put a dent in our travel expenses. Again, if the adoption is successful, we will refund the DEPOSIT AMOUNT ONLY, after the 30 day period.
  • All fees have to be paid and all adoption paperwork signed, prior to us leaving our facility.

ADOPTING WHEN YOU HAVE AN EXISTING DOG IN THE HOME

  • If you currently have an existing small breed dog in your home, we will not adopt out a larger breed dog (this includes our Pit Bulls) into your home. From time to time, we do have some non-Pit Bull medium to smaller breed dogs that may work out. We do this for the safety of your dog. You may be asked to bring your dog to Louisiana to do an preliminary introduction with the dogs but that can be discussed with our adoption counselor especially if it is a long distance adoption. “Blind dates not always successful. Depending on your dog experience, we may be able to adjust the guidelines for this type of adoption.
  • If you have an existing non-Pit Bull in your home and you want to adopt one of our non-Pit Bulls.….we may ask you to make the drive to have the dogs meet first. “Blind dates” aren’t always successful so this will depend on what you and our adoption counselor discuss about making the adoption work out, especially if it is a long distance adoption. Depending on your dog experience, we may be able to adjust the guidelines for this type of adoption.
  • If you have an existing Pit Bull in your home and you want to adopt one of our Pit Bull type dogs, you must be within an 8 hour drive from our facility and it will be on a “case by case” basis. The reason for this should be obvious but I will explain. The “bully breeds” can be somewhat tenacious when it comes to other dogs. It is not uncommon for them to get along with a dog one minute and then what seems like “all of a sudden” they are no longer friends. For this reason, we need to be within a close driving distance just in case things should not work out. If you are one of our former adopters and have a successful past track record with us, then of course, the distance factor may not be an issue. Depending on your dog experience, we may be able to adjust the guidelines for this type of adoption.
  • If you have an existing non-Pit Bull in your home and you want to adopt one of our Pit Bull type dogs, you must be within an 8 hour drive from our facility and it will be on a “case by case” basis. The reason for this should be obvious but I will explain. The “bully breeds” can be somewhat tenacious when it comes to other dogs. It is not uncommon for them to get along with a dog one minute and then what seems like “all of a sudden” they are no longer friends. For this reason, we need to be within a close driving distance just in case things should not work out. If you are one of our former adopters and have a successful past track record with us, then of course, the distance factor may not be an issue. Depending on your dog experience, we may be able to adjust the guidelines for this type of adoption.
  • WE DO NOT ADOPT TO:
  • Homes with cats. We do not have the means to properly cat test our dogs. We will not take a chance on the safety of your cat and put one of our dogs into this situation. This is not to say that cats and dogs won’t get along. Of course they can but again, we do not have the proper set up to test our dogs with cats in in a responsible scenario.
  • We do not adopt to homes with children under 5 years old. We do not have the proper set up to temperament test ourdogs for this scenario.
  • We do not adopt to homes that are under HOA guidelines unless we are able to receive in writing that you are allowed to have the dog you are interested in adopting from us.
  • Although we do not require a fenced in yard, if you do have one, it has to be at least 5 to 6 feet tall (depending on which dog you are interested in.
  • We do not adopt our dogs out for the purposed of making them into “service dogs.” With too many people/trainers fraudulently obtaining fake service dog vests and unscrupulous trainers claiming that they are “credentialed”, we do not want to have our dog put into a situation that they are not qualified for.
  • We do not adopt out of the country (with the exception of Canada)
  • We do not fly our dogs. Each dog is driven by our staff, to your home.

HOW THE ADOPTION PROCESS WORKS

  1. Once you make the $25 donation for the adoption application processing fee, one of our adoption counselors will go over you application and make contact with you. The $25 processing fee is NOT a guarantee of adoption.
  2. If your application meets the preliminary standards for our adoption guidelines (and we hope it does!), one of our adoption counselors will make contact and go over your application with you. At this time, you will be asked to send pictures or video of your home/yard.
  3. If your application meets the next phase of our adoption guidelines, you will then be contacted by our final adoption counselor who will conduct the next step in the interview and go over some possible dog candidates. During this stage of the adoption process, our adoption counselor does reserve the right to terminate the process at any time, based on the dialogue between the adopter and VRC.
  4. Please be patient when applying for one of our dogs. The process can take up to a few weeks (depending on where you live). We want to be as thorough as possible when going thru our dogs and finding the perfect fit. We want this to be a permanent relationship and a positive outcome for both you and our dog.
  5. Once your application is finalized and a dog has been agreed on, our adoption counselor will go over a schedule with you on the delivery of your new VRC dog. Prior to leaving Louisiana, we require that the adopter pay all applicable fees and signed contracts.

Pay Application Fee ($25)

Fill out the Adoption Questionnaire

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