Adoption Policies and Procedures


Once a dog is posted for adoption, it can take one to three weeks to complete the application review, selection and adoption process. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Also, please understand you may not get the first dog you apply for, but we strongly encourage you to stay in touch and to continue to apply for dogs. We also encourage you to foster, as we do allow foster to adopt.

Please be advised that everyone involved with Doodle Dandy rescue is a volunteer. While we make every effort to process applications, respond to emails and return phone calls immediately, this may not always happen. Please, be patient with us. Emergency medical calls and calls about the safety of our animals take priority. Application processing time averages one to three weeks depending on the volume of applications received and the number of dogs on the website.

ApPlication and Selection Process

  1. Complete our adoption application with the name of the dog you are applying for.
    Have you previously submitted an application for a different dog? Just send us an e-mail to let us know which dog you’re currently interested in. Hopefully there will be no need to submit another one unless any of your other information has changed; however, if we’re unable to locate your application, we may ask you to resubmit an application.

  1. We will review all applications for each dog and make a decision based on what will best meet the dog’s needs.
    Applications are not considered in the order they are received. Completing an adoption application is not a guarantee that you will receive the dog you are applying for, and Doodle Dandy Rescue reserves the right to reject any application as we see fit.

  2.  We will call the personal and veterinary reference (or personal reference if no previous vet) you listed on the application then contact you to schedule a home visit.
    These checks are performed to ensure that you will be a responsible pet parent, provide routine veterinary care and that your home and yard don’t pose any safety or security issues for the dog.

  3.  You will work with the foster family to schedule a time for a meet-and-greet with the entire family.
    Unless the foster family prefers otherwise, the applicant will be expected to travel to the foster family, which can be anywhere in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. This is a chance for your family and the dog to get to know each other to ensure it’s a good match for everyone. If so, you will be able to take your new four-legged family member home that day after going online to pay the adoption fee; however, neither party is obligated to continue with the adoption, and you are not required to adopt the dog on the meeting. Either you or the foster family can call off the adoption for any reason. 

  4. The adoption will be finalized once you have signed the adoption contract and provided the adoption donation.
    While the standard adoption fee is $450, it can vary by dog and will be noted on their profile page. Once the adoption is complete, you will be provided all the medical records for your new pet. 

  5. Adopting families will have access to an adoption follow-up communicator.
    Doodle Dandy Rescue has a dedicated adoption follow-up communicator who will check in with you initially to make sure your new pet is settling in well. This communicator will also be available for any questions you might have. If your dog is adopted as a puppy, the communicator with contact you to ensure you have scheduled and completed the procedure at six months of age. 

Minimum Requirements for Adoption

Most often, our dogs are placed into homes within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. We do reserve the right to consider homes outside DFW, but we absolutely will not ship dogs. Adopting families must be willing to drive to DFW for a meet and greet and to pick up their doodle upon approval. We do not place dogs for the purpose of guarding, fighting or breeding.

Minimum requirements for adopting from Doodle Dandy Rescue are:

  • All applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

  • All current pets must be spayed and neutered.

  • Participation in formal obedience training and socialization sometimes required.

  • Demonstrated responsible dog ownership, and primary care giver of a dog (INCLUDING Spay/Neuter and current vaccinations of all family pets).

  • Dog must live INSIDE as a member of the family.

  • Must be willing to travel to the foster family for the meet-and-greet, and, if necessary, travel to the partner vet for spay/neuter or any follow-up vaccinations or medical treatment being paid for by Doodle Dandy Rescue.

  • If you rent, we require a letter from your landlord giving you permission to keep a dog on the premises, specifically noting if there are weight limits.

If you do not meet these minimum requirements, please wait until your circumstances change before applying to adopt.

  • Doodle Dandy Rescue is under NO obligation to adopt an animal to any individual.

  • Unless otherwise noted, an adoption donation of $450 is expected before you receive your doodle.

  • Upon adoption, copies of all available records will be provided to the family. All animals are microchipped, spayed/neutered prior to placement (unless adopted as puppies), are current on age-appropriate vaccinations, de-wormed if appropriate, on heartworm preventative and flea and tick preventative.

  • After adoption, Doodle Dandy Rescue will only be responsible for known, agreed-upon medical care, including spay/neuter and age-appropriate vaccinations for dogs under six months.

  • An adoption contract is required when the animal is placed.

  • We prefer that our dogs go to homes with securely fenced yards. If a home does not have a fenced area, the adopter must agree to keep the dog on a lead/leash at all times while outside.

  • We do not place dogs in homes using e-fences.

  • We do not place dogs in homes that use any form of tie-outs.

  • Puppies or adult dogs not yet housetrained will only be adopted to homes where they can ensure proper training, i.e., be home to let the dog out every two to three hours or arrange for someone to let the dog out regularly.

  • Dogs are temperament tested by our volunteers/foster homes and their health and temperament monitored prior to placement, but we CAN MAKE NO GUARANTEES. Animals in foster care and adopted out by Doodle Dandy Rescue are not warrantied for health or behavior/temperament and not released until the dog’s health permits. This includes spay or neuter surgery for dogs over six months in age.

  • Dog licenses are the responsibility of the adopting family.

  • We do not transport dogs to an adoptive family. The family must be willing to travel to the foster family’s home and travel with the dog back to their new home. For this reason, most dogs will be adopted in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community.

  • If, for any reason and at any point during your new pet’s life, you find yourself unable to keep him/her, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO CONTACT DOODLE DANDY RESCUE SO THAT WE CAN MANAGE THE REHOMING PROCESS. We understand that life changes happen and no judgment will be made if you need to surrender your dog back to us.

Adoption Policies

  • YES! Doodle Dandy Rescue supports fostering to adopt! This means that a dog’s foster family will have the option to adopt their foster dog, assuming the family is the right long-term home for the dog’s needs and personality.

  • The foster will need to fill out an adoption application form and submit to a home visit and vet check, just as all adopting families do.

  • If a foster family decides to adopt, the family WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE FULL ADOPTION FEE, which can range from $400 to $600 depending on age and determined breed of the dog.

  • If the foster decides not to adopt their current foster dog, they are still required to complete the fostering process through to adoption before another dog will be placed with them. People who want to foster to adopt will not be permitted to “test” dogs out and them move a dog to another foster home until they find the dog they want. If it becomes clear this is what a foster is doing, they will no longer be able to foster or adopt from our organization.

  • We hope foster to adopt families will still continue to foster with us even after they’ve adopted!

  • People who foster to adopt must abide by all of the same adoption policies as all other adoptive families.

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