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In order to speed up the adoption process, please submit an on-line application in advance of the adoption event you plan to attend so we can process your application. It can take a few hours to a few days to process an application. The information below will answer many of your questions.
The adoption process starts when you submit an application either on-line, in the mail or at an adoption. Please answer every question on the application. Failure to do so slows the application process. If you have difficulty with the on-line adoption form, please e-mail email@example.com.
Please note that the adoption contract is a separate document from the application. The contract will be signed at the time you pay the fee and take possession of the dog. You will also need to provide picture identification at the time of adoption. You will know the on-line application is successfully completed if you see a dog licking the computer screen.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas (CSR-ET) may verify employment, confirm home ownership, contact landlord and/or contact your veterinarian. If a home visit is required it usually takes one to two weeks depending on the availability of a volunteer to conduct the home visit at a time mutually convenient with the applicant. Home visits are done by appointment. We won't just drop in.
If there are questions about your application or clarification is needed, you will be contacted by e-mail or telephone.
An interview may be done over the telephone or in person.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas has the right to either deny or approve applications without explanation. Approval should not be construed to mean the applicant can select any dog. If we feel a specific dog(s) is not a good match, we may still decline to adopt that particular dog to you.
Please be patient. Our organization is manned completely by volunteers most of whom work full-time. If you aren't contacted in some manner within three days of submitting the application please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the hotline at 713 208-1314.
Owning a cocker spaniel is expensive. It can easily cost $1,200+ a year. High quality food, monthly grooming, beds, crates, toys, treats, etc. contribute to the expense as well as vet visits for problems over and above the annual immunization visit. Annually you can anticipate a visit or two to the vet for eye conditions, ear infections, skin problems, stomach issues, orthopedic problems, urinary tract infections or an injury.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas has NO BACKGROUND INFORMATION on the animal's previous environment, behavioral problems, including biting (if any) and medical history. We cannot guarantee the dog's health although we attempt to alert the adopter to any known health issues. In most cases the age of the dog is estimated but your veterinarian may age it differently. Our veterinarians may not have identified every physical problem the dog has. Some diseases or conditions have long incubation periods. A negative test is not a guarantee the animal does not have a certain disease.
Introduction of a new animal into a home carries certain risks that must be assumed solely by the adopting party.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue is not liable for damages that may result from such an introduction.
Your signature on this agreement is your promise to:
Your signature on the adoption application certifies that all the information is accurate and truthful. If we discover the information on the application is false or misleading, we reserve the right to confiscate the dog.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue is an organization operating as a community service with the intent to do only good and no harm.
ANY DOG ADOPTED MUST BE TAKEN TO YOUR VETERINARIAN WITHIN THREE WEEKS TO GET HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE.
YOUR SIGNATURE(S) IS YOUR PROMISE TO PROVIDE THE MEDICAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL NEEDS OF YOUR PET FOR THE REST OF ITS NATURAL LIFE. IF, AT ANY TIME YOU CAN NO LONGER KEEP YOUR COCKER, THE DOG IS TO BE RETURNED TO COCKER SPANIEL RESCUE.
For questions or assistance, HOTLINE number is 713 208-1314.
Foster parents often agree to show the dog(s) they have outside regular adoptions but it is at their convenience. Please be considerate of our volunteers' time by being prompt or cancelling appointments in advance. If the dogs in which you are interested are in different foster homes you may have to arrange several visits.
For the last seven years or so the dedicated volunteers of Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas have held adoptions almost every week because we had so many dogs. Contrast that with the early 2000's when we held adoptions once a month at a single PetSmart location. Because of the volume of dogs with which we were dealing, we eventually started having at least one and sometimes two adoptions every week-end.
Currently our headcount is down substantially. In August of 2009 we had 91 available dogs and 26 Forever Fosters whereas currently we have about 25 available dogs (not all of them are ready to go) and 25 Forever Fosters. Consequently the Board has decided to suspend PetSmart adoptions for the present. We have numerous fall festivals where we will show dogs. Additionally, private showings will be utilized. Note that the week of September 4, without holding a formal adoption, we had 8 dogs adopted.
We are still getting in great dogs who need homes. Just submit an application so you are pre-approved and have first shot at any new incoming dogs. We will set up private showings for you. And, remember, we will be at several fall festivals in the area and we will continue to hold an occasional adoption event. Just watch the website.
To expedite the adoption process, we urge you to send in the online application for prior approval. We will review the application and resolve any questions before adoption day so you can take your dog home that day. It also gives us a chance to work with you ahead of time in selecting your new dog. Visit the Adoption Info page and and click on the OnLine Adoption Form. Be sure to check the box indicating you have read the contract. If the dog "licks" the screen you have successfully submitted. You will be contacted after it is received and reviewed.
During the first thirty days the dog can be exchanged for another or the adoption fee returned.
Our expectation is that you will keep your commitment (as per the signed agreement) and will keep your pet through sickness and health, through the arrival of new babies, new spouses, new pets or new residences, and especially in old age. However, we are also realists and know some people won't take this commitment seriously. Consequently we take the dog back at any time.
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas has the right to either deny or approve applications without explanation. Approval should not be construed to mean the applicant can select any dog. If we feel a specific dog(s) is not a good match, we may still refuse to adopt to you.