Adoption Procedure

If, after reading our information you are still interested in adopting, then you are ready to move on to the adoption procedure. And, if you can provide that special kind of home that these dogs deserve, we should be able to provide you with a dog that will be a wonderful addition to your family. We are looking for dog lovers willing to give a home to a needy OES rather than a home that merely wants to acquire a dog.

The procedure for adopting a dog is as follows:

  1. Please fill out and return application to the placement coordinator, Annie Raker
  2. If you have never owned an OES, or if you'd like another introduction/grooming, care demo, we invite you and all family members to experience the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of this unusual breed. This is the time to explore with the volunteer what your exact expectations are - i.e. size, energy level, sex, age, and so on.
  3. If you decide to pursue the adoption route, you should let the volunteer or the placement coordinator know. At this point you are ready to meet an available Rescue dog. There is sometimes a wait for the "right" dog to become available for your situation. We will discuss a particular dog, and you can come and see if you feel any "chemistry". You will not be pressured into taking a dog if there is any doubt that this is not the right dog for you. You will not lose your place in line for another appropriate dog.
  4. If you decide to adopt the dog you meet, you will be asked to sign our contract, provide a minimum donation ($200), and you and your family members will embark on a wonderful new chapter for all of you!!

We have been involved with the placement of over 1000 OES. The average ages are between 18 months and 6 years. Some are older, and we do get an occasional puppy. If you prefer to purchase a puppy, we have on file the names of reputable breeders who adhere to a Code of Ethics. The Code requires that both parents of a litter have an OFA number (a national registry for dogs clear of hip dysplasia). The Code also requires that both parents of a litter be cleared of eye defects by a board certified ophthalmologist. We urge you to visit both parents. Temperament is of great concern. All Rescue dogs are temperament tested, neutered, wormed, immunized, and examined by a veterinarian. Most of the dogs that come into the program are from home situations where there may have been a move, divorce, allergies, problems with small children, or not enough time. We are a group of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing these wonderful dogs placed in loving homes and given a second chance at a happy life. If you are patient with our process, we will certainly be able to provide you with a devoted, loving companion -- an Old English Sheepdog.

Sincerely, Annie Raker
New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc.

We reserve the right to refuse an applicant. PLEASE READ Considering the Older Dog AND Confinement Policy

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