The ForPaws Adoption Process
Answers to Your Questions
About Adopting a Dog Through ForPaws
See Also: General Information About Corgi Rescue
What's available: Purebred vs. a mix
Rescue Corgis are much less common than rescues of more common breeds. That's good news for the dogs but unfortunately, that means we have many more people who want Corgis than we have dogs.
Purebred Corgis are especially rare in rescue and are frequently requested. Sorry, but we are not taking applications for people who want a purebred but have not owned a Corgi before.
Your chances of getting a Corgi are MUCH higher if you watch for a nice Corgi mix on the Adoption Page. Please don't be fooled by the mystique of the pedigree -- if what you want is a wonderful pet, a Corgi mix is a great choice. If you really have your heart set on a purebred, the best place to go is a reputable breeder.
We are presently accepting applications from:
Getting started: The application form
We ask each person interested in adopting a dog to begin by completing an application form. The form asks a lot of standard questions to help us ensure a good match. We can send the application via a separate e-mail message, or you can pick it up directly from the ForPaws site: http://www.ForPaws.org.
We review your form and contact you if we have questions. We often also recommend sources by which a prospective adopter can learn more about Corgis and Corgi mixes while the search for the right pet is in process.
We are located in Northern California and we focus primarily, though not exclusively, on helping available dogs that are geographically close to us.
We learn about available dogs in a variety of ways. Some dogs come to us from shelters. Some are surrendered by owners who can't keep them for reasons such as a residence move, or change in the family situation. Some are stray dogs found by a private party. Some are available from other Corgi rescuers, with whom we share information.
Making a match
Based on the responses in the application, and what we know about available dogs, we make a tentative match. At that point, there is a bit of e-mail/telephone dialogue to tell the prospective owner more about the dog, and to allow us to learn a little more about the prospective owner.
If things still look like a good match, we put the prospective owner in touch with the dog contact (the person who has the dog). This might be the current owner, a foster care volunteer, or a rescue colleague. After the dog contact and the prospective adopter talk, we confer with the dog contact and determine whether it seems like a good fit. If so, we will arrange a home check visit. Depending upon geography, this visit may be conducted by a member of ForPaws, or an associated rescue colleague in your area. Upon receiving feedback regarding the homecheck, a final decision regarding the adoption will be made.
Bringing your dog to you
If all parties agree that the match is a good one, we start making arrangements to get the dog to its new home. Although we try to link people and dogs who are geographically close, and we focus on the areas close to us here in Northern California, sometimes the "right" home is relatively far away. Because Corgis and Corgi mixes are not a common breed, finding a good match in your geographic area may prove to be much more complicated than you might think.
We regularly connect people and dogs all over the United States. Many of the dogs we place require air shipment.
Many people are very concerned about shipping and the potential risks to the animals. These concerns are generally based on horror stories, not on current knowledge of airline shipping procedures and practices.
We do not ever ship a dog if we think there is any risk associated. We go out of our way to ensure that all dogs are shipped by the most safe and efficient means possible, using the most direct routes available. We only ship dogs via priority cargo (the method that assures the least time in the crate and priority handling). We will not ship via regular cargo. We also do not ship if there is any small doubt as to the weather conditions (too hot or too cold). We have shipped well over 150 dogs to their new homes without adverse affect to any of them.
Interestingly, shipping a dog via air transport isn't nearly as hard on the dog as people think it is usually harder on the people who worry about the dog while it is traveling! The dog just knows that it is dark and relatively quiet, so it goes to sleep. When it wakes up, it is in a new place. Remember that dogs naturally sleep about 18 hours a day. Dogs don't have a sense of relative time the way we do, so they don't realize they've done anything except take a nap.
Adjusting to a new home
Corgis are very adaptable. They bond easily to new surroundings and people. After the first few days, the dog will start getting comfortable. After two weeks, they're generally completely at home in their new environment. As with travel, the adjustment is usually harder on the people than it is on the dog. Remember that we are here to help and we encourage you to keep in close contact with us during the initial adjustment period and to ask any questions!
The downside to shipping is that it isn't cheap. Shipping generally runs approximately $195-$300, depending on the carrier and the locations. Airlines require that a dog travel in an approved container (crate). The prospective owner can purchase a crate, or we can send one and you can UPS/mail is back to us. (Empty crates are easy to ship.)
If you elect to purchase a crate from us, as you can use it in your home for the dog. A Corgi-sized crate costs about $35 (for dogs under 40 pounds, which covers most Corgi and Corgi-mixes.) Larger crates run slightly more ($45-$55).
We ask that the prospective owner pay for the shipping, the crate (if they're keeping it), and an adoption contribution to reimburse us for the costs that we've invested on behalf of the dog. We generally ask $150-$200 for Corgi mixes and $250-$300 for purebred dogs.
Please note that dog rescuers do not make money doing rescue work. The expenses are considerable, including care and feeding costs, veterinary expenses, and the time of the volunteers who care for the dogs and administer the rescue program. It is something we do because we love dogs and believe in rescue.
Every cent that comes to ForPaws goes back into helping other dogs. If we are able to operate without losing a great deal of money, we know we are managing things well. And of course, we welcome additional contributions.
The Adoption Agreement
We prepare a written adoption agreement for every prospective owner. We require that the agreement be signed and returned, and that we be in receipt of the associated fees and contributions, before the dog is shipped.
The health of your dog
We always ensure that each dog is up to date on all shots and has been pronounced healthy by a licensed veterinarian before we make the dog available for adoption. In nearly all cases, dogs we place have been spayed or neutered. Occasionally, there are extenuating circumstances and the new owner will agree to have the dog spayed or neutered. This is negotiated on an individual basis, as the situation warrants.
Compatibility and special needs
Every dog and every owner is different. The screening we do helps make sure your dog will fit your situation.
Although we can't guarantee how any given dog will behave in a specific home, we have a policy of not placing a dog that has a known biting history, or serious behavioral problems. Occasionally there are exceptions and these are always fully discussed with any prospective owner prior to adoption.
Anyone who wishes to place a dog with us for adoption also must complete
an application telling us all about the dog. If there is anything questionable,
we will not sponsor the dog.
In most cases, the dogs we get come from shelters. Sometimes there is very little information available about them. That is why an experienced foster person is so beneficial. We will generally keep a dog for at least two weeks, often longer, to evaluate it and see if there are any obvious problems.
If we see that a dog has special health needs, doesn't tolerate children easily, or has other special needs, we will make sure that the dog is placed in an appropriate situation. We test the dog with other dogs, with cats, with adults and children before making the decision as to what type of home might be best for a particular dog.
ForPaws foster care people and administrators talk continually by phone and/or e-mail. We are always in conversation about what might be best for any given dog and whether the prospective owners we're considering are right for the dog and visa versa. We keep one another informed in great detail as to what is happening with all current activities. We learn all about the dogs' personalities, so we can get a really good feel when looking at our index of registered lookers to see who might be a good match.
In summary, you're getting very, very personal service when you work with this type of independent dog rescue effort.
We hope that gives you a better picture of how Corgi rescue works with ForPaws. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We will be glad to answer them.
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