To Our Adoption Applicants:
We appreciate your interest in helping a rescued Boston Terrier or an honorary BT—a dog who needs to be rescued. The Black Tie Boston Rescue (BTBR) is an all-volunteer organization, serving dogs in the U.S. Southeast—primarily the Carolinas.
Here is how we operate:
· BTBR Non-Refundable Adoption Fees*, effective September 1, 2023
$650 Puppies under 1 year old**
$475 Dogs 1-3 years old
$375 Dogs 4-8 years old
$275 Dogs 9+ years old
*Fees may differ for certain dogs and will be communicated accordingly (i.e., dogs with ongoing medical needs,
multiple-dog adoptions, certain other breeds, etc.)
**Puppies that have not been spayed/neutered will require an additional $150 deposit which will be refunded after verified spay/neuter by the contracted deadline.
Prior to adoption, BTBR dogs will receive a complete veterinary check-up, be spayed/neutered (except where age or health does not permit before adoption), heartworm tested and current on vaccines.
· As BTBR foster dogs reside in volunteers’ private homes throughout the southeast, there is no one facility or location where all BTBR dogs can be visited.
· We receive a tremendous number of inquiries, so please be patient. If you don’t hear back from us within a week of sending a Facebook message, email or application, please follow up with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Please read the Adoption Application and Agreement carefully and answer the questions thoroughly. This will help us to understand your physical environment and family dynamics, thus enabling us to choose the right BTBR dog for your family.
· ALL potential adopters are screened for placement suitability for dogs. The first step of the adoption process is a review and approval of your application. This includes a call to your veterinarian and your personal references. We will then arrange a virtual Home Visit; a BTBR volunteer will set up a video call to speak with you and have a tour of the home where the BTBR dog will reside. The entire adoption process will take a few weeks. Once a decision has been, the Adoption coordinator which reach out to you using the email you provide on your application.
The Black Tie Boston Rescue may refuse placement of a dog for any reason. By submitting this application, you give permission for BTBR and its affiliates to investigate and confirm all information that you have provided. All forms become the property of BTBR upon submission and may be shared with other affiliated Boston Terrier Rescue organizations.
We are dedicated to finding the right homes for rescued BTBR dogs and ask for your understanding by giving us the time necessary to do so. Thank you for contacting BTBR.
BTBR Board of Directors
THE BLACK TIE BOSTON RESCUE (BTBR) HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY APPLICATION.
BTBR requires access to potential adopter’s records of previous dogs' veterinary care and other historical information. BTBR will contact veterinarians directly but applicants may comment on anything they feel is important to understand regarding previous dogs and their care.
A non-refundable application fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) is required for BTBR to process this application. This fee will be applied to the cost of veterinary care for BTBR foster dogs.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADOPTION OF A BTBR DOG:
1. Adopters must be 21 years of age or older.
2. Adopters must have identification showing their current address and one form of picture ID, if requested.
3. Adopters must have obtained the consent of ALL adults living in the household for the adoption of a BTBR rescue dog.
4. If renting, adopters must have proof of their landlord’s written consent and evidence the payment of a pet deposit, if required. BTBR will require a copy of your lease for proof that it allows for pets.
5. Adopter’s existing pets must have current vaccination records and be free from contagious illnesses. Veterinary records are sometimes required. If the BTBR dog to be adopted requires “Only Pet” status, there may not be any other pet in adopter’s household.
6. Some BTBR dogs are well-suited to living with children under the age of five. BTBR will work with adopters with young children to find the right BTBR dog. If, however, the BTBR dog is termed “No Children,” there may be no children living in adopter’s home. When you have children visiting your home, a No Children BTBR dog must be kept totally separate from children. Since this requirement is for the safety and well-being of both the BTBR dog and the children, violation of this requirement may be grounds for the BTBR to remove the BTBR dog from the adopter’s possession at the adopter’s expense.
7. Adopters must be able to spend the time necessary to provide training, medical treatment, proper care, companionship and bear the costs for the maintenance of the BTBR dog.
8. All animals in adopter’s home must be spayed/neutered, unless there are extraordinary reasons otherwise. Adopters must raise requests for potential exceptions to this obligation with BTBR prior to placement of a BTBR dog.
9. Adoption of a BTBR dog carries with it the adopter’s agreement that BTBR retains an interest in that BTBR dog for the dog’s lifetime. That means adopters must maintain contact with BTBR, list BTBR as the second contact on the dog's microchip, provide BTBR with information on the dog’s health or condition if there is a change and be prepared to relinquish and return the dog to BTBR if adopter is unable or unwilling to further care for the BTBR dog personally. Adopters may NOT sell, give or in any way transfer ownership of the dog to another party without the express consent of BTBR. Failure to abide by these provisions will result in BTBR taking all necessary legal actions in order to preserve its rights.
10. Dog rescues are expensive propositions. Accordingly, adopters are responsible for picking up or otherwise making arrangements to pick up the BTBR dog from their foster family—please don’t ask BTBR foster parents, volunteers or coordinators to bring the BTBR dog to the adoption home. Similarly, if there is a need to return a BTBR dog to BTBR, adopters must bear this transportation expense as well.
11. It is greatly appreciated when adopters add a donation to help other BTBR dogs who are old, sick, or otherwise unadoptable or become foster parents to other BTBR dogs.
12. All BTBR dogs receive any necessary medical treatment, are up-to-date on their shots (based on age) and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption (if they are medically fit for altering). Some BTBR dogs have pre-existing conditions; adopters are informed whether a BTBR dog is special needs or recovering from an ailment since this may not be the right BTBR dog for them.
BTBR rescues dogs in danger from shelters or being surrendered by their owners. The breed determination for dogs listed on BTBR website, Facebook page and on courtesy made by the shelter or previous owner or other source, such as a veterinary office. BTBR postings are, to the best of BTBR’s knowledge, accurate but BTBR cannot warrant a dog’s genetic make-up. BTBR fees are set despite inconclusive data on the nature of the dog’s breed or age.
I have read the minimum requirements information and I meet the criteria.
How many adults live in the household?
What are their ages?*
We will check if your pet is spayed/neutered, up-to-date on rabies and DAP3 vaccines, annual heartworm test and flea/tick prevention.
Please list your veterinarian's name, address, PHONE NUMBER and your pet(s) names. If your pet is listed under someone else's name, what name?
If your pet has seen multiple vets, list the one who has the information above. If you currently don't have a pet but have had one within the last 5 years, list the vet you've used in the past.*
Please list all animals by name you have owned in the past five years.
If none, include pets you have owned during your adult life.
For each pet, list: Type (cat, dog, etc.) and breed, age, is the pet spayed/neutered and where is this pet now?
How many children live in the household and what are their ages? Have the children spent time around dogs?*
What are the ages of the children in your home?
Have your children ever been around dogs?*
What are the occupation(s) of all adults in household?*
How long have you lived at your present address and do you own or rent? (Renters must submit a copy of the lease agreement or a notarized statement from the landlord stating a pet of this type and size is permitted. This can be emailed to email@example.com.)
If you move, what will you do with the BTBR dog?*
Who will be responsible for caring for the BTBR dog?*
Where will the BTBR dog be kept during the day?
Where will the BTBR dog be kept during the night?
Where will the BTBR dog be kept when no one is home?
Where will the BTBR dog be kept while you are on vacation?
How long will the BTBR dog be left alone each day? *
There is evidence that dogs should not hold their bladders longer than 6 hours. If you work full time, who will help the BTBR dog relieve itself?
*For those applying for puppies, they will need to eliminate more often, once every two or three hours at first. Who will help the BTBR pup relieve itself?*
What is your philosophy on electronic shock fencing and electronic collar training?*
Do you have a fenced yard? If so, please provide a description of the fence.*
If you don't have a fenced in yard, how will exercise for the BTBR dog be accomplished?*
What is your philosophy on training?*
Please list all training methodologies you have utilized on the past and present pets in your home.
What type of pet food do you feed your current pets? If you have no pets, what food do you plan to feed to the BTBR dog?*
Do you plan on tying/chaining the BTBR dog in the yard? *
What product do you use/plan to use for the prevention of heartworms in the BTBR dog?*
What products do you use/plan to use to treat flea/tick prevention in the BTBR dog?*
List the name, number, and address of the emergency vet you plan to use if there is a medical emergency with the BTBR dog. *
Please list two references (non-family members) we may contact regarding this adoption. Include their relationship to you, their contact information (phone and email) and when we may contact them.
Please describe your pets' interactions with each other and with pets of others with whom they have contact:
Have you ever lost a pet or had one injured or die prematurely due to an accident?
Please provide details:
How much money do you plan to spend on the BTBR dog each year? (Consider food, vet care, boarding, licensing, etc.)
Do you presently have an Adoption Application on file with any other Boston Terrier rescue or local rescues in your area? If so, with what agencies?
What age of dog are you interested in adopting? Please remember that younger dogs will need to take more frequent potty breaks, will be more high energy, will need more walks and play and will be more active. Check all that would work for you.
What type of dog will work best in your family:
How social are you planning to be with your new dog?
What will you do if the BTBR dog has an accident in your home (goes to the bathroom inside your home)?*
What will you do if the BTBR dog shows signs of fear or aggression?*
Would you consider a BTBR dog that is not housebroken?*
Would you consider a BTBR dog with health problems?*
Would you consider a BTBR dog with some behavioral problems?*
Have you ever taken any canine training classes? If so, please list types of classes.*
Is size and appearance of the BTBR dog important? If so, please explain:
Would you consider adopting a Boston Terrier mix?
Do you agree to return this dog to Black Tie Boston Rescue if you are unable to keep him/her for any reason?
Why do you want to adopt a Boston Terrier and,
if there are particular BTBR dogs that interest you, why? *
Which BTBR dog are you most interested in?*
Choose an animal:
In the event the BTBR dog you are interested in is adopted before your application is approved, are you interested in any other dogs we have currently?
Choose an animal:
Since it takes typically 2-3 weeks to get approved, there may be adopters farther along in the process who are interested in the same BTBR dog. If the dog you are interested in gets adopted, we recommend you go ahead and get approved. This puts you at the top of the list for new, incoming BTBR dogs. Would you like to get approved if the dog you are interested in gets adopted?*
Yes, I would like to get preapproved
No, please cancel my application if the dog I am interested in gets adopted
Is there any other additional information that you would like BTBR to consider when evaluating your application?
I understand that Black Tie Boston Rescue requires a $20.00 non-refundable application fee that can be paid via PayPal.
I understand that if I am approved to adopt a BTBR dog, I am responsible for making arrangements to pick the dog up from the foster parent. I understand that BTBR is not responsible for transporting the dog to me.
I/We swear or affirm that all the information provided in this application is true and correct. I/We further swear or affirm that nothing has been withheld that would adversely affect consideration in adoption of a BTBR dog and that nothing in my/our background might disallow me/us from being considered for the adoption of a dog or any other animal. I/We swear or affirm that BTBR dog is for my/our personal enjoyment and is expected to be my/our dog. I/we am/are not making this application for any third person or organization or group.
I/We acknowledge that I/we have read, understand and agree with this entire application document including the Introduction and MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADOPTION.
I/We will keep BTBR dog as an indoor pet. I/We will provide the BTBR dog with identification at all times (collar, tag and a microchip listing BTBR as the second contact). The BTBR dog will be kept under control at all times, on or off adopter’s property.
I/We will obtain proper veterinary care for the BTBR dog, including a microchip, annual vaccinations, rabies vaccinations as needed and any other care recommended by the dog’s veterinarian. Adopter promptly will take the BTBR dog to a veterinarian if ill or injured. If adopter is unable to do so, adopter must notify BTBR immediately.
I/We will notify BTBR of any changes of address or telephone number of adopter.
I/We will immediately notify BTBR if a BTBR dog is lost or stolen.
I/We shall return BTBR dog to BTBR if under any circumstances, adopter is no longer able to keep or provide for the BTBR dog. Adopter will not sell, give or otherwise transfer a BTBR dog to anyone other than BTBR.
I/We will indemnify and hold harmless BTBR and its members from any and all loss, damage or expense associated with or arising out of the adoption of a BTBR dog. BTBR does not warrant the health, temperament or behavior of a BTBR dog. BTBR is not liable for acts of a BTBR dog after placement with adopter.
I/WE REPRESENT THAT NO MEMBER OF ADOPTER’S HOUSEHOLD HAS EVER BEEN CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY INVOLVING NEGLECT OR CRUELTY TO HUMANS OR ANIMALS AND THAT I/WE HAVE NEVER BEEN REFUSED BY ANY RESCUE OR ADOPTION AGENCY OR SHELTER OR SIMILAR ORGANIZATION FOR THE ADOPTION OF A DOG OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL.
Signature of Applicant(s) and Adult Members of Household:*
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