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A successful adoption depends on both the selection of the right hound for your household and the understanding of his or her care taking needs. By completing and sending us an Adoption Application we will be able to assist you with this selection. Please answer the questions as completely as possible.

Please copy and paste the application below into an email and send it to us that way. Be sure to include the name of the hound you are interested in adopting in the subject line.

NOTE: An adoption fee commensurate with the age, breeding and medical investment is requested for each adoptee. Please help us stay afloat as a private rescue. Each hound's individual adoption fee is noted in its write-up on PetFinder. This fee, which helps cover program expenses, food, veterinary care, etc., is required at the time of adoption.


Applicant First Name: Last Name: Age: Occupation:
Co-Applicant First Name: Last Name: Age: Occupation:
Address: City/Town: State: Zip:
Email (required): Phone:

What is the name of the hound that you are interested in?

List any general questions you would like to ask about this particular hound:

Are you willing to allow a representative from HOMEWOODS RESCUE to visit your home by appointment? ___Yes ___No

Please check any of the following reasons for adopting this hound:
___family pet ___watchdog ___hunting dog
___child's pet ___companion ___gift
___Guard dog for business ___companion for other pet
If other, please specify:

Please indicate where you live:
___apartment ___condo/townhouse ___trailer/mobile home

Do you... ___rent home ___own home

If you rent, do you have the landlord's permission to own a dog? ___Yes ___No

What is the apartment complex/landlords name?

What is the landlord's phone number? (____)_____-_______

How much is the pet deposit? $_______

How many times have you moved in the past 5 years? ___times

If you move, will your pet go with you? ___Yes___No

Would you ever consider moving somewhere that doesn't allow your pets? ___Yes___No

Do you foresee any major changes in your life in the next 15 years (average lifespan of a hound) such as marriage, childbirth, health problems due to age, going away to college? ___Yes___No
If yes, please explain:

Do you or anyone in your household currently have any serious health problems? ___Yes___No
If so, please describe:

Can you provide a permanent home for this hound for 10-15 years? ___Yes___No

What procedures will you use for housebreaking?
___crate training ___papertraining ___rubbing nose
___swatting with newspaper ___outside only
If other, please describe:

Do you have a fully fenced yard with no fence gaps? ___Yes___No

If yes, approximately how many square feet, how high and what kind?

If no, would you consider fencing all or part of it as a condition of adopting a dog? ___Yes ___No

Number of adults in household? ___
Relationship(s):
___spouse ___roommate(s) ___life partner
If other, please specify:

Does anyone in the household smoke ___Yes___No

Will this hound be a surprise for any family members? ___Yes___No
If yes, who?

Do any family members have allergies? ___Yes___No

Do any children live in the house? ___Yes___No
If so, what are their gender/ages?

Number, type and age of pets currently in household?

Do any of your current or did any of your past pets live primarily outdoors? ___Yes___No
If yes, please describe pet:

Were all previous pets spayed/neutered? ___Yes___No

Are all current pets spayed/neutered? ___Yes___No

Do you know what heartworm disease is and how to prevent it? ___Yes___No

Is your current dog or was your previous dog on heartworm prevention medication? ___Yes___No
If yes, how often did you give the heartworm medication?
What brand did you use?

What is your veterinarian's name and phone number?

What do you expect annual pet care (vet care, medication, heartworm preventative, etc.) to cost yearly?
$_____

How many dogs have you owned in the past? ___

If any, please describe what happened to each of them (put to sleep, hit by car, died of old age, sold, given away, ran away, etc.)

Who will be responsible for the daily care and training of your new dog?

How do you plan to prevent fleas and ticks?

Are you familiar with Frontline or Advantage? ___Yes ___No

How many hours will the hound be home alone on a typical day? ___

Where does your current dog stay when home alone during the day?
___outside in fenced area ___outside in dog pen ___in basement
___in the garage ___outside on chain/tie-out ___free run of house
___in one room of house ___inside in crate
If other, please describe:

Where will your new hound stay when home alone during the day?
___outside in fenced area ___outside in dog pen ___in basement
___in the garage ___outside on chain/tie-out ___free run of house
___in one room of house ___inside in crate
If other, please describe:

Where do current pets sleep at night?

Where will the new hound sleep at night?
___outside in fenced area ___outside in dog pen ___in basement
___in the garage ___outside on chain/tie-out ___free run of house
___in one room of house ___inside in crate
___in bed with me
If other, please describe:

What percentage of time will the dog spend inside the house? ___%

Will your new pet be allowed on the furniture? ___Yes ___No

Have you ever had a serious behavior problem with a previous dog? ___Yes ___No
If so, please describe:

Do you have a doggie door? ___Yes ___No

If not, and if it would work better, would you consider installing a doggie door? ___Yes ___No

Have you always kept an ID tag (other than a rabies tag) bearing your phone number on your pets? ___Yes ___No

Are you willing to keep a collar and ID tag on all of your pets including the new hound at all times? ___Yes ___No

Under what circumstances do you think it is OK to leave a dog outside alone and unsupervised in an unfenced area?
___in a quiet subdivision ___on a lot of acreage ___in a rural area
___when I know they are trained to come back ___none
If other, please specify:

What circumstances, in your mind, justify giving a dog up?
___moving ___new baby ___divorce
___size ___behavioral problems ___allergies
___children lost interest ___shedding ___housebreaking problems
___medical problems ___getting out of fence ___too time consuming
___aggressive behavior ___not getting along with other pets
If other, please explain:

Have you ever given a dog up or had a dog for a brief period of time and it didn't work out? ___Yes ___No
If so, please explain the circumstances and what happened to it:

Have you ever looked at or applied for a pet with another rescue group? ___Yes ___No If so, how long ago? Did you adopt?
Please explain:

If you are unable to keep your hound for any reason at any time, will you return the hound to us? ___Yes ___No

If you date or marry someone who does not like or want your pets, what would you do?

If your pet later develops a medical problem that becomes expensive, what would you do?
___Find another home for him ___Pay whatever it takes
___Have him put to sleep ___Give him to a rescue group or shelter
If other, please explain:

If your pet develops a frequent urination problem at the age of 12 and can't hold it when left alone, what would you do?
___Have him put to sleep since he is older ___Babygate him in where flooring is not carpeted
___Give him to a rescue group or shelter ___Put in a doggie door
If other, please explain:

If you are considering a hound, how often would the hound be groomed?
Would you do it yourself? ___Yes ___No Have a groomer do it? ___Yes ___No

What type of food will you feed? __something from the grocery store __premium food from a pet supply store
Brand name:

Has a dog or puppy died on your premises in the last 6 months of distemper, parvo or unknown causes? ___Yes ___No

Please list the names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 personal references:

Do you understand that hounds are not small dogs? ___yes___no

Do you understand that hounds can be messy at times by dragging their ears through their food and water? ___yes ___no

Does this bother you? ___yes ___no

Do you understand that hounds drool, and will this be a problem? ___yes ___no

Hounds can be very loud with their barks or howls. Would this be a problem with anyone in your household or neighborhood? ___yes ___no

Hounds have a hound odor, some more so than others. Would the hound odor be a problem for you? ___yes ___no

A hound's ears must be correctly cleaned, on a regular basis to reduce odor and prevent infections. Would ear cleaning be a problem for you? ___yes ___no

Hounds shed quite frequently. Does dog hair and shedding present a problem in your household? ___yes ___no

Are you willing to allow the hound in your home, especially in cold or inclement weather (storms, etc.)? ___yes ___no

Scent hounds cannot be turned loose without a lead. Do you agree that if you adopt a hound that you would be willing to keep the dog in a securely fenced area of your yard, or take the dog for walks on a leash if you don't have a fenced yard? ___yes ___no

We do not allow any of our rescue hounds to be staked, tied, or chained in any manner. Do you agree not to stake, tie or chain your hound? ___yes ___no

If you adopt a hound, do you understand that the hound must wear a buckle collar with current rabies tag ?___yes ___no

If you adopt a hound, do you agree to telephone HOMEWOODS RESCUE immediately if the hound should become lost or stolen? ___yes ___no

If you adopt a hound, do you agree to notify HOMEWOODS RESCUE at least one week prior to any change of address? ___yes ___no

If you adopt a hound, do you agree not to transfer your hound to anyone else, without prior permission from HOMEWOODS RESCUE? ___yes ___no

If for any reason that you decide you cannot keep the hound, do you agree that the hound comes back to HOMEWOODS RESCUE? ___yes ___no

Do you agree to home visits from HOMEWOODS RESCUE personnel, and phone calls to check on the welfare of the hound? ___yes ___no

If you decide to adopt a hound, do you agree to a 30 day trial period with that particular hound? ___yes ___no

If for any reason you do not want to keep the hound at the end of the 30 day trial period, do you understand that you are legally bound to bring the hound back to HOMEWOODS RESCUE, and your adoption fee will be refunded? ___yes ___no

How did you hear about HOMEWOODS RESCUE?
___website ___newspaper ___word of mouth ___radio ___at an adoption day
If other, please specify:

Typing or signing your name below will serve as legal signature. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. HOMEWOODS RESCUE reserves the right to refuse any applicant.

By typing or signing below, I am attesting to the truthfulness of my answers. Falsification of any of the above information will be grounds for disallowing the adoption of the rescue hound and possible removal of said hound from my home.

Applicant Signature Date