Puppy Adoption Guidelines

Raising a puppy requires extra commitment, so our guidelines for puppy adopters have been tailored to help you and our pups have a great start in your life together.

NOTE: these are our general guidelines, and most of them can include exceptions for the right family. As an example, if your family has successfully raised pups before with small children in the home, that guideline can be waived. The guidelines are in place to protect both the adopting family and our pups.

• Have no children under 5 years old in the home.

• Be comfortable with the concept of ‘crate training’ or have demonstrated an ability to housetrain a puppy without using crate training.

• Be able to to be home at least every four hours for the first two months.

• Live in North Carolina or be willing to travel from a neighboring state. WE DO NOT SHIP PUPPIES – there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

• Be willing and able to return the pup to us if the adoption does not work out.

• Be commited to raising the puppy as a primarily indoor dog. Puppies left outside are not interacting with the family and will never learn proper ‘house manners’.

• Be commited to taking a training class when the puppy reaches six months. This is not an absolute requirement, but is a strong recomendation.

How puppy adoptions are different than adult adoptions:

• Puppy adoptions are adopted out as final adoptions. We do not do trial adoptions for puppies. The full $300 and final contract must be completed upon delivery of the puppy.

• Puppies will be microchipped, and given their 1st round of shots.  Subsequent shots, including a rabies vaccine, and medical care are the responsibility of the new owners. We will also reimburse $50 of the cost of a spay or neuter after proof of the procedure is provided.
Here is our puppy application(Please note – you must select the puppy age group in the age interest question and fill out all of the puppy specific questions in the puppy section that is added once the age group is selected.

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