Adopting a Keeshond
Southern California Keeshond Rescue, Inc. adopts to families residing in
the Southern California area ONLY. Because we follow up on our
adoptions for the life of the dog and take the dog back if the adoption
is not successful, it is important to keep our dogs in our own
geographical area. For the safety and welfare of our dogs, we do not
make exceptions, and we do not ship dogs outside of Southern California.
If you do not live in our geographic area but are interested in
adopting, please visit "Pet Links" page to
find a rescue near you. Northern California residents should contact Bay
Area Rescue Keeshonden at
Southern California Keeshond Rescue, Inc. is a small all-volunteer
organization. We do not have a kennel facility, nor do we have paid
staff. Most of our volunteers have full time jobs Monday through Friday,
and spend their evenings and weekends rescuing dogs from the animal
shelters, grooming and caring for the dogs, meeting with prospective
families and completing adoptions. Our dogs stay in foster homes until
adoption, and are shown by appointment only to approved families.
A non-refundable adoption fee is required for the adoption of a Keeshond
rescue dog. The typical adoption fees range from $300-$475. Unlike animal
shelters, we do not receive county funding or other forms of income. We
rely strictly on adoption fees and tax deductible donations to cover the
costs associated with rescuing dogs from the shelters (we pay them an
adoption fee), veterinary expenses, dog food and supplies, and other
expenses incurred while providing for the dogs in our care.
For more detailed information be sure to read the
Adoption Process Guidelines,
Adoptable Keeshond Dogs,
Recent Placements, and
download an application.
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ADOPTION PROCESS, RULES & GUIDELINES
The Adoption Process
- The first step in adopting a dog is to complete an
Application. Be specific in your answers to give
us the best possible picture of your home and family.
A volunteer will review your application and get back
to you within five days. Due to the high volume of adoption
applications, we use email to communicate initially
during the screening process. Please remember to check
your email for our response, and if you do not receive
a reply to your application within five days, please
Sometimes we may have concerns regarding an application,
and we reserve the right to deny an application if we
feel there is a reason the home would not be appropriate
for one of our Keeshond rescue dogs. If we will not
be proceeding with your application, we will do our
best to communicate this in a timely fashion. We receive
many applications online each day, and we usually have
several persons interested in a particular Keeshond
rescue dog. We closely review each application, looking
at the family's lifestyle, how much time they spend
at home, yard size, current pets in the household, their
previous pet history and their knowledge of dogs. We
compare this to what we feel would be the best environment
for the dog, considering his or her training and exercise
needs, any medical needs, how the dog relates to children
and other animals, etc. After considering each application,
we choose the one that seems to be the best match for
the dog. If your application is not chosen for the dog
you are initially interested in, we suggest you visit
our web site often, and email us if there is a different
dog you think would be a good fit for your family.
- A home visit is required for approval of an application
and will be done prior to adoption. The volunteer visiting
your home will check your fence and gates for security,
and will make sure that there aren't any safety hazards
or other concerns within the home. In addition, we want
to make sure that each member of the household agrees
to the adoption and that any current pets in the home
are well cared for.
- All dogs will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption,
and vaccinations (DHLPP Rabies, Bordatella) will be
given if not already current. Southern California Keeshond
Rescue microchips the dogs for permanent identification.
The microchip will be implanted prior to adoption. Some
dogs have additional health needs, which will be addressed
by our veterinarian as necessary. X-rays of hips are
not recommended as routine veterinary care, and are
not done unless there is a suspected injury or orthopedic
condition such as hip dysplasia.
- Dogs in our program come from private families or
animal shelters. We rarely have purebred puppies for
adoption. Occasionally families will surrender young
dogs (18 months and older) to our program, and these
dogs generally have many families who submit applications
for their adoption. Families who are flexible in the
age or gender of a dog or who will consider a male/female
Keeshond rescue dog in the 5 - 7 year range will not
wait as long to adopt as those who will only consider
a 1 - 2 year old female.
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application is available in a downloadable
version. Use the link below to complete the application process.
Be sure to read the
Adoption Rules completely before
submitting an application
Applications may be mailed to:
California Keeshond Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 735
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Do you know of a dog that needs to be rescued?
Southern California Keeshond Rescue, Inc. receives dozens of calls and emails
each week from persons wanting to find their dog a home. We have limited space
available to accept dogs into our foster care program. Our first priority in
foster care is purebred Keeshond dogs in need of placement. Due to foster home
space limitations, we feature Keeshond mix dogs on our website for placement on
a referral basis. Owners who wish Southern California Keeshond Rescue to find a
new home for their Keeshond are asked to sign a form to release the dog to our
care. The dog stays in a foster home until a new home is found.
People often ask how we select homes for our available Keeshond rescue dogs. The
following criteria must be met before an adoption is completed.
Each potential family must complete an adoption
application followed by a home visit by a volunteer.
Each member of the family must agree to the
The family home must be appropriate to caring for
the particular dog, including a secure, fenced yard.
The family must agree to allowing their new dog
indoors, and make him or her part of the family.
The family must be willing to take the dog to
obedience training, as appropriate.
The family must demonstrate a commitment to their
new dog, and be prepared to care for him or her for life. If for some reason
the adoption is not successful, the dog is returned back to Southern
California Keeshond Rescue, Inc. so that we may find him or her another home.
Many people also ask how long it will take before their dog is adopted. The
length of time varies with each dog. Older dogs usually take longer to find a
home, and we typically have several applications waiting for younger, purebred
dogs. We do not rush to adopt dogs into their new homes; we carefully screen
each applicant, and wait until the right home is found to match the needs of the
dog. We DO NOT put dogs to sleep simply because it takes
longer than planned to find a dog a home. We have had dogs in foster care for
several months prior to finding a family appropriate for the individual dog.
If you need help finding your Keeshond a home and would like us to consider
accepting your Keeshond into our foster care program, please contact us at:
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you keep your pet? contains extensive information on solving problems
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