Adoption Application

Please take a moment to read our policies

DISTANCE POLICY--Caring Hearts Rescue only serves the inner suburbs of the Washington, DC metro area (please see our FAQ page for a definition of this area). If you are not sure whether you live within our service area, please ask before completing our application by emailing us at adoptchr@caringheartsrescue.org.
 
POLICY ON CHILDREN--We only adopt dogs to homes with children aged 11 and above. This policy exists to protect children from dog bites or other dog-related injuries. We are sorry that we cannot make any exceptions.

General Information

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Information about Your Family/Household

Members of Your Household (please list everyone that lives in your home, including yourself).
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Information about your Home

Pet Experience/History

Please list your CURRENT pets:
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Schedule

If you've answered that you or your co-applicant work part-time or work at home all or some of the time, please note that, if you are approved for adoption, we will ask for your employer's name and phone number to verify that information.

References (complete ONLY if you currently own a pet or have owned one in the recent past) Enter N/A if you have never owned a dog.

Complete Section Below ONLY If You Have Never Owned A Dog As An Adult

Pet Behavior-- Many of the dogs in our rescue exhibit behavioral problems that can be addressed with proper training. Under each dog's bio, we have included an Ideal Home section that briefly outlines the rescue dog's needs based on their unique behaviors. We urge everyone to review the Ideal Home section of a dog's bio BEFORE applying.

If the dog you applied for has a history of snapping, would you consider adopting the dog if h/she the POTENTIAL to snap at a family member or visitor? A history of snapping will be mentioned in the Ideal Home section of the bio.

Resource Guarding Behavior

Many dogs come into rescue with a behavioral problem called resource guarding.  Dogs will growl while guarding an object they feel is theirs. Dogs may guard food, toys, beds, sofas, and even people. The potential for a dog who resource guards to bite is very strong, esepcially if the owner does adopt careful management strategies to avoid and reduce the behavior. While many dogs with resource guarding issues get better with time or respond well to proper management of the behavior, we cannot guarantee that a rescue dog with a history of resource guarding will eliminate this behavior altogether. CHR will not adopt a dog with serious resource guarding behavior to a family with children under 18 years old age. 
Would you consider taking in a dog who resource guards? *

Fearful of Men

We have found that many of our rescue dogs are afraid of men, probably due to the fact that men are usually larger in size and have deeper voices. Behavioral research on fearful dogs suggests that dogs exhibiting fear of men can't control their fear response to men. We understand that it's important to adopters to adopt a dog that will bond with the male in the household as much as with the female. If CHR clearly knows that a dog is fearful of men, we will specify that concern in the Ideal Home section of the dog's bio.  
If the dog you are applying for is fearful of men, would that be a concern for you?
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We take the time to get to know our dogs well to help you find the right fit for your family. Mark ALL the issues that would cause you to NOT ADOPT a certain pet. We do not judge your answers negatively so please don't be afraid to answer honestly.

Miscellaneous Questions

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application!  If you have any questions or difficulites with this form, please email us at chr-news@caringheartsrescue.org