Not that long ago, you were thrilled to have a puppy of your very own. You never dreamed you'd have to give him
up someday. Even if you can't keep him any more, your dog still depends on you to do what's best for him, just like
he depended on you when he was a puppy. Now, more than ever, he needs you to make the right choices for his future.
We're going to be direct and honest with you. Your dog is your responsibility. He has no one else but you to look
out for his interests. It'll take effort, patience and persistence to find him the right home. He deserves your best
Finding a new home involves several steps. Before you start, there are some important things you should know...
......about Animal Shelters.....
Shelters and humane societies were created to care for stray and abused animals. They weren't meant to be a drop-off
for people who don't want their pets anymore. Shelters, on average, take in 100 new animals or more each day. Let's
face it - there won't be enough good homes for all of them. Even the best shelters can't boast much more than a 50%
adoption rate. Only the youngest, friendliest, cutest and best-behaved dogs are going to be adopted.
By law, stray pets must be kept several days for their owners to reclaim them. They may not be destroyed until that
period is up. Dogs given up by their owners aren't protected by these laws. They may be destroyed at any time.
Shelters don't want to kill all these animals but they don't have a choice. There just isn't enough room for all of
them. Shelters today are so overcrowded that your dog could be killed the same day it arrives.
Being purebred won't help your dog's chances of adoption either - almost half of the dogs in many shelters are
purebreds. Your dog may be as good as dead when it walks in the door. If your dog is old, has health problems or a
poor attitude toward strangers, itsí chances of adoption are slim to none.
Sending your dog to a shelter in hopes that he'll find a good home is wishful thinking. It's more likely that you'll
be signing your dog's death warrant. A shelter is your last resort only after all your best efforts have failed.
.......about "No-Kill" shelters and Breed Rescue......
True "no-kill" shelters are few and far between. Obviously, no one wants to see their pet killed so the demand for
no-kill shelter services is high. So high that they're forced to turn away many pets because they don't have room
for them all. Sometimes they have to choose only the most adoptable dogs to work with.
Breed Rescue services are small, private groups run by volunteers dedicated to a particular breed. Most of them
operate out of the volunteer's home. Like no-kill shelters, demand for their services is high, so high that your
dog may be turned away for lack of room. A breed rescue can still help you place your dog by providing referrals
to persons interested in adopting your dog. You'll have the most success if you follow the rescue service's advice
and are willing to do your share of the work to find a new home.
Step 1. Soul Searching
Do you really have to give up your dog? There's a big difference between being forced to give up your dog and wanting
to "get rid of him". Search your heart for the real reason why your dog can't live with you anymore. Be honest with
yourself. Your answer will probably fall into one of two categories: People Problems or Dog Problems.
- The Most Common People Problems:
"We're moving - we can't find a landlord who'll let us keep our dog."
Many landlords don't allow children either but you'd never give up one of your kids if you couldn't find the right
apartment. Affordable rental homes that allow pets are out there if you work to find them. Most people give up too
easily. Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets. It doesn't have to be this way.
- Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets.
Don't be too quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There'll probably be a better one available soon.
- Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classified ads. Many
landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the
classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartments. Ask friends, relatives
and co-workers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they're
ever advertised in the papers. Check out http://www.apartments.com!
- A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you'd prefer. It might
be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious as you'd like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you
willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog?
- "No Pets" doesn't always mean "no pets, period." Many landlords automatically rule out
pets because they don't want the hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says
"no pets" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord "Are pets
absolutely out of the question?" If he answers, "well....", you have a chance! Hint: You'll have better luck asking
this question in person than over the telephone - it's harder for people to say no to your face.
- To encourage a landlord to let you keep your dog......
- bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview. Show the landlord that your dog is
well-cared-for and that you're a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma or Canine Good Citizen
certificate if your dog has one.
- offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog.
- bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors. Invite the landlord to see your
present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.
- use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners
- In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or friends who don't like
dogs. This doesn't have to be an impossible situation. Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family
doesn't want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for exercise and can be sold later
when you have your own place and don't need it anymore.
- Don't think you're being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what
he's used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people. Where he lives isn't as
important to him as who he lives with. He wants to be with you and he doesn't care where that is.
"We don't have enough time for the dog." As a puppy, your dog took far more of your time
than he does now. Are you really that busy?
Can other members of your family help care for the dog?
Will getting rid of your dog really make your life less stressful? If the dog is more active or needy
than you figured, it is still your responsibility.
If you bought him as a puppy because he was so cute,
that was your decision. Donít punish the dog because you made an uninformed or casual decision.
they look closely at their lives, people often discover that the dog isn't cramping their style as much
as they think.
"We're in the middle of a divorce". In some divorce situations, people fight over who gets to
keep the dog. Unfortunately, in far too many divorces, both adults abandon the dog. Do not abandon your dog just
because you are going through a hard time!
"We're having a baby." So many people baby their dog and treat them like a family member until they
decide to have a real child of their own.
Then, they decide the dog is no longer needed or too much
trouble or might hurt their new baby (even though the dog has never been aggressive). Most dogs are
absolutely wonderful with babies and children. Don't give up your dog just because you are pregnant!!
And for those people who want to give up their pets because they say they don't have time for them anymore
after having a baby -- please realize that babies grow up fast, you will soon have more sleep and a pet
is a lifetime commitment!
A good book to read is "Childproofing Your Dog" by Brian Kilcommons.
"The children have lost interest." Far too many people get a dog for their children. Most children
lose interest in the dog within 6 months, because they are just children!
It was you who brought home the
dog and agreed to care for it for life and it should be you who takes responsibility to continue to
provide for it if your children lose interest.
- The Most Common Dog Problem:
Behavior problems. If you got your dog as a puppy and he now has a behavior problem you can't live
with, you must accept the fact that you are at least partly responsible for the way your dog is now.
If your dog is jumping on you, chewing things, pulls on the leash- you can train him not to do this. It
doesnít take that much time, and a little training goes far to alleviate problems. There are probably
trainers in your area who can help you for a minimum investment. Remember, just because Border Collies
are smart, it doesnít mean they train themselves.
Would you expect a genius child to be perfectly behaved
if he had no supervision or guidance? No, youíd expect him to blow up the chemistry lab, or disassemble
the TV to learn what makes the pictures move.
How should your dog know he wasnít supposed to chew on
your shoe? You left it on the floor. How was he supposed to know that the sandwich you left on the
counter wasnít for him? Try leaving a candy bar in front of a hungry child for a few minutes, without
telling them they canít have it. Would it be gone when you came back? YES!
So, if you canít leave a child to grow wild, how can you leave a dog?
You have 4 options:
- You can continue to live with your dog the way he is.
- You can get help to correct the problem- many problems can be solved by training and neutering your dog.
- You can try to give your problem to someone else.
- You can have the dog destroyed.
Obviously the first option is out or you wouldn't be reading this. You're probably most interested in Option 3 so let's talk
frankly about that for a moment.
If you were looking for a dog and could select from all kinds of dogs and puppies, would you deliberately choose one with a
No, certainly not - and neither would anyone else. To make your dog desirable to other people, you're going to have to take some
action to fix his problems.
Most behavior problems aren't that hard to solve. Think hard about Option 2 before deciding it won't work for you - because the
only option you have left is number 4: Having the dog destroyed. That's the bottom line. If you, who know and love the dog best,
won't give him another chance, why should anyone else? Think about that.
IF YOUR DOG HAS EVER BITTEN ANYONE...
If your dog is aggressive with people or has ever bitten anyone, you can't, in good conscience, give him to anyone else.
Could you live with yourself if that dog hurt another person, especially a child? Can you deal with the lawsuit that
could result from it? You stand to lose your home and everything else you own. Lawsuits from dog bites are settling for
millions of dollars in damages.
Our society today has zero tolerance for a dog with a bite history, no matter how minor. A dog that has bitten - whether
or not it was his fault - is considered by law to be a dangerous dog. In some states, it's illegal to sell or give away a
biting dog. No insurance company will cover a family with a biting dog. And to be perfectly honest, no responsible person
in his right mind would want to adopt a biting dog.
No matter how much you love your dog, if he has ever bitten anyone, you only have one responsible choice - keep him and
work with a behaviorist and vet to resolve the problem, or take him to your veterinarian and have him humanely put to
sleep. Don't leave him at a shelter where he might be frightened and confused and put other people at risk. Don't try
to place him as a "guard dog" where he might be neglected, abused or used for dog fighting.
As hard as it is to face, putting a potentially dangerous, biting dog to sleep is the only safe and responsible thing
to do. It's the right thing to do.
Step 2. Call your dog's breeder.
Before you do anything else, call the person you got your dog from and ask for help. Even if several years have passed,
responsible breeders care about the puppies they sold and will want to help you find a new home. They may even take the
dog back. At the very least, they deserve to know what you intend to do with the dog and what will happen to it. If you
can't remember the breeder's name, look on your dog's registration papers. If you got your dog from an animal shelter or
rescue service, read the adoption contract you signed when you adopted him. You may be required by the contract to return
the dog to that shelter.
Step 3. Evaluate your dog's adoption potential.
To successfully find a new home, you need to be realistic about your dog's adoption potential. Let's be honest: most
people don't want "used" dogs, especially if they have health or behavior problems. Your dog will have the best chance
if he's less than 4 years old, is healthy, friendly to strangers, obeys commands and adapts quickly to new situations.
Look at your dog as if you were meeting him for the first time. What kind of impression would he make? Would you want
to adopt him?
You already know that Border Collies are special dogs for special people. Those special people can be hard to find.
Most people interested in Border Collies today have never had one before. They want a dog that will greet them with a
wagging tail or will at least allow them to pet him. If your dog is aggressive to strangers, is "temperamental" or has
ever bitten anyone, finding him another home may not be your best option.
What kind of home do you want for your Border Collie? A large fenced yard? Another dog to play with?
Children? No children?
Make a list of what you feel is most important for your dog. Then get real. No home will be perfect,
of course, so you'll have to make compromises. Most dogs do best in a home where they get attention
during the day, are kept mainly inside and have a fenced yard for a safe exercise area.
If you have
a dog that you keep as an "outside only" dog and it has developed behavior problems like barking,
digging, fence jumping, etc., please realize that many of these problems are easily solved once the
dog is allowed to stay inside the house with the family. Dogs are pack animals and are happiest and
best behaved when they are allowed to be with their "pack" (you and your family) in the "den" (your home).
So bring your dog inside the house or at least find him a home where he will be allowed to live inside.
What kind of people are you looking for? What will you be willing to compromise on? Once you have a firm idea of what
you're looking for, it will be easier to plan your search and get the results you want.
Step 4. Get your dog ready.
Your dog will be much more appealing if he's clean, well-groomed and healthy. First, take him to the vet for a check
up. He'll need a heartworm test, and be current on Heartworm preventative, a DHLPP and a rabies vaccination if he hasn't
one within the last year (or as required by state law). Be sure to tell the vet about any behavior problems so he can rule
out physical causes. Groom your dog. You want your dog to look beautiful and make a good impression. He needs to be clean
and well-dressed! Get rid of those mats and tangles and give him a bath. Make sure he's neatly trimmed. If you can't do
these things yourself, take him to a groomer. Get rid of his old rusty choke chain and buy a nice, new, strong collar
If your dog isn't spayed or neutered, do it now! Don't waste your time trying to sell your dog as "breeding stock"
even if he's AKC-registered. Frankly, no reputable Border Collie breeder will want him unless he came from a well known
show dog fancier in the first place. The only kind of "breeder" who'll be interested in your dog will be a puppy farmer
or a dog broker. Brokers seek out unaltered purebreds for resale to puppy mills or research laboratories. That's not the
kind of future you want for your dog.
Spaying or neutering guarantees that your dog won't end up in a puppy mill. It's the best way to
insure that your dog will be adopted by a family who wants him only as a best friend and member of
the family. If you can't afford the cost of surgery, check with your vet, local shelter or rescue group
for information about low-cost spay and neuter programs that are available in some parts of the country.
Having your dog neutered or spayed is the best going away present you can give him. It may save his life!
Give your dog a brighter future - make the appointment today!!
If your dog has never been tattooed or micro chipped, this is a great time to do it. It's not unusual for newly
adopted dogs to get loose and become lost. A permanent ID will help your dog get back to you or his new owners.
Set a reasonable adoption fee. The key word is "reasonable". You can't expect the new owner to
pay you anywhere near the same price for a "used" dog as they would for a shiny new puppy. A reasonable
range might be between $75-150, enough to help offset your advertising and veterinary costs.
You should NEVER give your dog away for free! People often pose as wonderful pet guardians simply
to get free dogs and then they resell them to medical laboratories or as bait for fighting dogs.
If you don't feel comfortable keeping the adoption fee for yourself, then require the new guardians
to make the check out to a charitable rescue group.
Step 5. ADVERTISE!
Word of mouth doesn't go very far. Don't be afraid to use classified ads to advertise your dog.
Done right, it's the most effective way to reach the largest number of people. It's easy to write a good ad that will
weed out poor adoption prospects right away.
Can BC Rescue help me? Border Collie Rescue Texas, Inc. has a free service on our ďIndependent
Dogs AvailableĒ page. To use this service, the dog must be spayed or neutered and should be up-to-date
on all vaccinations, heartworm preventative and all other basic vet care. A good picture goes a long
way toward making your dog visually appealing to an adopter. This service is designed to help you
advertise your dog, however BC Rescue does not screen applicants nor is BC Rescue responsible to
assist Independent Adoptions in any way. Please refer to our
"How to List a Dog on the Website" page for full details.
Your ad should give a short description of your dog, his needs, your requirements for a home and of course, your phone
number. The description should include his breed, color, sex, the fact that he's neutered and an indication of his age.
Hints: if your dog is less than 2 years old, state his age in months so he'll be perceived as the young dog he is. If
he's between three and seven, just say that he's an "adult". If he is over seven, just say that he's a "senior".
Emphasize your dog's good points! Is he friendly? Housebroken? Well-mannered? Loves kids? Gets on with cats? Does
he do tricks? Has he had any training? Don't keep it a secret but don't exaggerate either. Knowing his name doesn't
make him "well-trained"!
State any definite requirements you might have for his new home: fenced yard, no cats, kids over 10, whatever. Try to
say these in a positive way - for example, saying "Kids over 10" sounds better than "No kids under 10". If your Border
Collie doesn't like other pets, say "should be only pet" rather than "doesn't like other animals".
Always state that references are required. This tells people that you're being selective and that you're not
going to give your dog to just anybody. This statement will do a lot to keep people with bad intentions from dialing
Never include the phrase "free to good home" in your ad even if you're not planning to charge a
fee. If possible, don't put in any reference to a price at all. The chance at a "free" dog will bring
lots of calls, but most of them won't be the kind of people you're looking for and many of them will
be people you'd rather not talk to at all. For more information about "free dogs",
Your ad should look something like this:
"Border Collie: beautiful, young adult male, neutered.
Friendly, housebroken, well-behaved. Best with children over 10.
Fenced yard, references required. Karen 555-1234"
Along with your local newspaper, advertise in all major papers within an hour and a half's drive. Schedule your ad so
that it appears in Sunday's paper - the issue that's the most well-read and widely circulated. If your budget is very
limited, choose to run your ad only on Sundays rather than throughout the week. Nearly every community also has small,
weekly "budget-shopper" newspapers that offer inexpensive classified ads. Take advantage of them!
Don't be discouraged if your phone isn't ringing right away. Most people give up too soon. It can
take a month or more to find a new home, so plan on advertising for several weeks. Put a phone number
in the ad where you can be easily reached or use an answering machine. People can't call you if no one's
home to answer the phone.
Newspapers are just one way to advertise. Take a good cute photo of your dog and have copies made.
Duplicating photos can be done for as little as a quarter each at most photo shops. Make an attractive
flyer on colored paper that you can have copied for a few cents each. Attach the cute photo of your dog.
Your flyer doesn't have to be expensive, professional or computerized, just neat and eye-catching. Since
you're not paying for words, you can write more about your dog than you could in a newspaper ad. Be
Post your flyers at grocery stores, department stores, vets' offices, pet supply stores, grooming shops,
factories, malls, etc. - anywhere you can find a public bulletin board. If you have friends in a nearby
city, mail them a supply of flyers and ask them to post them for you.
Step 6. Interviewing Callers.
"First come, first served" does not apply here. You are under no obligation to give your dog to the first person who
says he wants it. You have every right to ask questions and choose the person you think will make the best new owner.
Don't let anyone rush you or intimidate you.
To help you along, we've included a list of questions that we ask our callers. Make copies of this
list and fill in their answers as you speak to your callers. Please refer to our printable
Adoption Application. If you like, you can also mail the application for
your callers to fill out
and return to you. Get out the list you made with your requirements for a new home and compare it to
the answers the callers give. Please see our printable
Potential Adopter Screening Guide.
First of all, get your caller's name, address and phone number. Deceitful people may call you from a phone booth or
give you a fake address. Ask for information that you can verify.
These are very important questions! How they treated the pets they've had in the past will tell you how they might treat
your dog. The following answers should raise a red flag and make you suspicious:
- Does the caller's family know about and approve of their plans to get a dog? If not, suggest they talk
it over with their spouse and call you back. The same applies to people living with a companion or roommate. When one person
adopts a dog without the full approval of the rest of the family, the adoption often fails.
- Do they own or rent their home? If renting, does their landlord approve? You'd be surprised how many people
haven't checked with their landlord before calling you. If you have doubts, ask for the landlord's name and number, then
call him yourself. Be cautious about renters - they're quicker to move than people who own their homes and movers often
leave their pets behind. Remember, you're looking for a permanent home for your dog.
- Does the caller have children? How many and how old are they? If your dog isn't good with kids, say so up front.
How many children can make a difference depending on your dog's personality. A shy dog may not be able to cope with several
children and their friends. Very young children may not be old enough to treat the dog properly. If the callers don't have
children, ask them if they're thinking of having any in the near future. Many people get rid of their dogs when they start
- Have they had dogs, especially Border Collies, before? If yes, how long did they keep them?
- Why is the caller interested in a Border Collie? What do they like about them? Find out what kind of dog
"personality" they're looking for. Many people are attracted by the Border Collie's intelligence and beauty but don't know
anything else about them. They might not have the slightest idea what a Border Collie is all about and might not like its
activity level, temperament and characteristics. If their expectations don't match your dog's disposition, the adoption's
not going to work. Be honest about our breed's good and bad points. Is a Border Collie really what they're looking for or
would they do better with another breed or a mixed breed?
- Do they have pets now? What kinds? Obviously, if your dog isn't good with cats or other animals and your caller
has them, the adoption's not going to work out. Be up front. Better to turn people away now than have to take the dog back
later. The sex of their other dogs is an important consideration. Dog fights can be serious problems and one dog can hurt
or even kill the other.
- Do they have a yard? Is it fenced? Your dog will need daily exercise. Without a yard, how will he get it? Can
the caller provide it with regular walks? If the yard isn't fenced, ask how he plans to keep the dog from leaving his
property? Did the caller's last dog wander off or get hit by a car? If so, how will he keep this from happening to his next
dog? Does he understand that our independent Border Collies will wander off if left unsupervised? That they have a mind of
their own and don't like to come when they're called? Does he know that keeping a Border Collie tied up can have a bad
effect on the dog's temperament?
- Where will the dog spend most of its time? Although most Border Collies love to be outside whenever they can,
a whole life outdoors probably isn't what you have in mind for your dog. Dogs always kept outside are sometimes neglected,
lonely and may develop behaviour problems.
- "We gave him away when we moved." Unless they had to because of unavoidable
problems, moving is a poor excuse for giving up a pet. Almost everyone can find a place that will allow dogs if they try
hard enough. If they gave up their last dog that easily, there's a good chance they'll give yours up someday, too.
- "We gave him away because he had behavior problems." Most behavior problems - poor
housebreaking, chewing, barking, digging, running away - result from a lack of training and attention. If the caller wasn't
willing to solve the problems he had with his last dog, he probably won't try very hard with your dog either.
- "Oh, we've had lots of dogs!" Watch out for people who've had several different dogs in
just a few years' time. They may never kept any of them for very long.
Please refer to our sample Adoption Application.
References: Get the phone number of their vet (if they've had pets before) and two other personal references.
Call those references! Explain that John Doe is interested in adopting your dog and you want to make sure he'll give it
a good home. Ask the vet whether former pets were given regular medical care, annual vaccinations and heartworm
preventative. Were they in good condition and well-groomed? How long have they known this person? If they were placing a
pet, would they feel comfortable giving it to this person?
Step 7: The In-Person Interview.
Once you've chosen a family (or families) that you feel are good candidates, make an appointment for
them to see the dog. You should actually set two appointments: one at your house and one at theirs.
Before you ever give your dog to anyone you should ALWAYS VISIT THEIR HOUSE FIRST TO SEE WHERE YOUR
DOG WILL LIVE. Going to their house lets you see whether their home and yard are truly what they said
they are and whether your dog will do well there. You will be amazed at how many people say that they
have a fenced yard when in reality it is only fenced on two sides or the fencing has completely fallen
down or there isn't any fence at all. You may also be amazed or appalled at the condition of a person's
house or yard. It also gives you an opportunity to call off the adoption and take the dog back home with
you if things aren't as represented, if you think there'll be problems or if you just get a bad feeling
about the whole thing. Remember that you can always say you are having second thoughts about giving
your dog up if you don't feel comfortable discussing the real reason you don't want to give a family
your dog. Please refer to our sample Home Visit Check List.
If they already have a dog, make plans to introduce the dogs on "neutral" territory, like a park. Most dogs resent meeting
a strange dog at home. They may be hostile toward the new dog or even start a fight.
If the family has children, ask them to bring them to the interview. You need to see how the dog will react to them and how
the children treat the dog. Some allowance should be made for kids' natural enthusiasm but if these children are undisciplined,
disrespectful to your dog and not kept in hand by their parents, your dog could be mistreated in its new home and someone
could get bitten.
Do you like these people? Are you comfortable having them as guests in your home? Would they make good friends?
If not, don't give them your dog. Trust your instincts. If something about them doesn't seem quite right, even if you can't
explain what it is, don't take a chance on your dog's future. Wait for another family!
Step 8. Saying Goodbye.
After the interviews are over, give the new family a day or two to decide if they really want to adopt your dog. Make sure
they have a chance to think over the commitment they're making. While they're deciding, get a package ready to send along
with your dog. This package should include:
- your dog's medical records and the name, address & phone number of your vet.
- your name, address & phone (new address if you're moving)
- your dog's toys and belongings (dog bed, blanket, etc.), a supply of dog food & special treats he loves
- an instruction sheet on feeding, special needs, etc.; some reading material about the Border Collie breed.
- collar and leash; ID and rabies tags
Set aside a special time for you and your dog to take a last walk together and say goodbye. We know
you'll cry. Do it now, in private, so you're clear headed when he has to leave. He may be confused about
being left with strangers and you won't want your emotions to upset him even more.
There are some things you need to explain to the new family before they take your dog home.
The dog will go through an adjustment period as he gets to know his new people, learns new rules and
mourns the loss of his old family. Most dogs adjust within a few days, but others may take longer.
During this time, they should avoid forcing the dog to do anything stressful - taking a bath, obedience
training classes, meeting too many strangers at once, etc. - until he's had a chance to settle in. Tell
them take things easy at first and give the dog time to bond to them. The dog might not eat for the first
day or two. Not to worry - he'll eat when he's ready. Some dogs temporarily forget their training. A
well-housebroken dog may have an accident during the first day in his new home. This isn't unusual and
rarely happens more than once.
Step 9. Paperwork.
Have the new owner sign an adoption contract with a waiver of liability. Keep a copy for your
records. A contract will help to protect the dog and the waiver of liability helps to protect you.
You don't have a crystal ball to predict what your dog might do in the future. Remember - a waiver of
liability will not protect you if you have lied or misrepresented the dog to his new owners. We have
included a sample contract for your use here.
Tell the family they should call you if the adoption doesn't work out. Let them know you want to
keep in touch and will call them in a few days to see how things are going. Tell them to call you if
they have questions or problems. Be willing to take the dog back home if things don't work out the way
you both expected.