An adoption application gathers the data we use as criteria for screening potential adopters. The application will be basic questions, most of which focus on your home, lifestyle and beliefs in how to properly care for a pet. We will also try to match you with a pet who will thrive in your environment. For example:

  • If you live in an apartment and work long hours, we may not match you with a young, active dog but might recommend an older dog or a pair of dogs who won’t mind lazing around all day, provided they have a place to potty.
  • If you have infants or toddlers living with you, we would match you with a lower-energy dog to suit your family’s needs.
  • If you live in a house, we will want to know about the security, condition and height of your fence.

Phone Interviews

The next step is a chat on the phone, which any potential adopter should have no problem doing. Our rescue will want to get to know you a little better before the adoption proceeds further. Just be yourself — and be honest! If you make up stuff because you think it’s what we want to hear, we won’t be able to match you accurately with a pet.

Reference Checks

We will call your provided friends, family, coworkers, as well as from your veterinarian. This is to check your history of animal care and ownership to see how you are seen from a third-party perspective.

Home Visit

The next step is the home check. This is the most important step in the screening process and it is mandatory. The exception would be if you are adopting from a remote area, in which case the we would request you email video of your home and yard or a video call such as Skype. It does not matter if you live in a house or apartment, as long as the pet you want to adopt is suited to your lifestyle.

Most home visits should take about 10 to 15 minutes and include a brief tour of your home and yard. We won’t open your drawers or run a white-gloved finger over your baseboards — we only care about the safety of the environment. We want to meet your other pets and the other family members to make sure the pet’s new home is safe and secure.

We are not there to judge your decorating style or housekeeping skills. Just to simply make sure you are who you say you are and not a hoarder, laboratory, reseller or someone who has lied on their application about their home, family and lifestyle.

If you do not currently have pets, we will bring a random German Shepherd to the home visit. This should give you an understanding of what the new pet would be like in your home.

Meet and Greet

We will have you meet the prospective dog in a safe environment to get to know them. We will then setup another meeting to bring the pet to your home to allow you to get to know him and decide if you’re ready to adopt. The final meeting will be bringing the dog and leaving them with you at their new home.

Non-local and Out of State Adoptions

Non-Local adoptions are an option, however, a potential adopter would need to travel to the Greater Houston area and plan to spend at least one night. You will be required to spend several hours over a two-day period with the potential dog. This is done to ensure the dog is a good fit with you and your family.

Adoption Contract

GMLGSDR will require you to sign an adoption contract before you complete the adoption. You will see these required provisions:

  • You must provide basic care. In addition to food, shelter and water, you must commit to providing the animal with veterinary care, exercise and, most of all, love.
  • You are adopting the animal for the rest of its life. If you cannot keep the animal for any reason in the future, you must notify us immediately and allow us to help re-home the pet. We care for the health and security of our animals, even after they are adopted.
  • You must keep the rescue ID tag on the animal. If someone finds your pet and can’t reach you, we can serve as a backup.
  • You must spay or neuter the animal and complete scheduled rounds of vaccinations. If your pet is too young to spay, neuter or vaccinate before the adoption, you will be required to give the rescue an additional deposit ($150) that we will refund when you send us a copy of the medical records.

You will be asked to initial several more conditions, but these are the basics.

Adoption Fees

The adoption fee is a donation in exchange for receiving the animal. This covers a small amount of the required funds to save them as well as allows us to continue rescuing. It is not a sale price. We are a nonprofit and we need every bit of funding we can get in order to continue saving lives.

Why Was I Rejected?

If we rejected you, it might be a temporary situation you need to resolve; such as building a fence or waiting for a child to get a little older, but it may also be due to one of the following reasons:

  • You lied on your application.
  • Your home is unsafe. We will not place an animal in a home where its safety is in question. If you don’t have a secure yard, if family members chronically leave the door or gate open or if you have dangerous home improvement projects going on, don’t expect us to approve you. We are happy to talk about it to see if we can help remedy the problem.
  • It wasn’t a good match. You might think Twinkles is the perfect puppy for you, but we may think otherwise. We know our animals and what they need in terms of a perfect home. If it isn’t a good match, don’t get mad. We’ll do our best to find another pet we have that might be a better match for you.
  • You’re under 21. In addition to insurance liabilities, we don’t like to adopt to young people because they don’t usually know where they’ll be in 5 years. If you go to college, you won’t be able to take your pet with you. If you move to a no-pets building, you’ll need to find a new home for the animal. There are exceptions, of course: If you’re living a stable life, especially if you’re married or in a permanent relationship, and live in your own home. We are open to discussion.
  • You’re weird. This may be subjective, but if an applicant just seems off, argues or gets angry with us, we can be swift to reject. Other times, our gut tells us no — and we trust our gut. Remember: we don’t exist to supply people with pets; our function is to find homes for needy animals. If it isn’t yours, we will find another. Outside of rescues, you always have the option of adopting from your local shelter.