Adopt-Aluv Rescue was created to complement our nationwide Pekingese Club of America Rescue group, as well as all Toy breeds in trouble in Ohio and surrounding states. Although we are located in Ohio our group has members throughout many states. We do not limit our placement to the Ohio area and have dogs available for adoption in other areas of the country.
We do not have a shelter. Our whole organization is made up of volunteer foster homes. So, it is NOT possible to go to a "shelter" to view all our dogs. We ask that you submit an application first, and once you are approved to adopt, we will suggest a few dogs and make arrangements for you to meet them. We will not place dogs in homes that we do not believe will work out...so please respect our decision as the dog's welfare comes first to us.
Out of the Area? We will in some circumstances do a "long distance" adoption, however we do not ship our dogs. We do prefer that you come and meet your dog. As all our dogs are in foster homes in different places, when you enquire about a specific dog we will let you know its location prior to discussing adoption plans regarding that dog.
Please read through this WHOLE page. It should answer any questions you may have about adopting from us.
As we work through the adoption process, please understand that our first and ONLY concern is the happiness and welfare of THE DOG.
Before you adopt any Toy or small breed, please make sure you become familiar with the breed. Toy breeds have many wonderful traits, but they also have some not-so-wonderful traits. Go to the library and read up on the breed of your choice. Below is a list of some pertinent information we feel you might find useful:
All Toy breeds are very loving and loyal dogs that need attention and affection. They will want to be with the family, wherever that may be. A Toy breed is not sutable as an "outdoor" dog. We will only consider those homes who want a Toy breed as in indoor family member. Further, IF in one of our follow-ups, we find one of our dogs is left outdoors unattended, WE WILL RECLAIM THE DOG.
Our rescues come from a variety of situations....We get dogs out of Shelters, owner turn-ins, found running loose and not reclaimed for 7 days, dogs who are abandoned because of their owners death...etc. We also purchase dogs from newspaper ads and flea markets to keep them from going into area puppymills. Rather than leave these dogs to die in a shelter, we take them, put them in foster homes and address their needs. We will treat any medical condition the dog has. Then we spay or neuter every dog (no exceptions), bring them current on all vaccines, and begin heartworm and flea protection. The dog is also bathed, groomed, and evaluated thoroughly. Each dogs stays in their foster home until they are adopted.
Rescue dogs may or may not have some "issues" to work through. (We will advise you of any "issues" a dog has prior to adoption). These dogs are often very scared, and unsure of where they belong. There may be some training needed or some bad habits to correct. Some of our really traumatized dogs may take 1-2 years to turn around. However, rescue dogs usually have plenty of love, affection and gratitude to give back. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a dog.
All pets in the house must be altered before we will place a dog with you, unless you are showing the dog in conformations shows.
If you have young children (under 8), please don't ask for a puppy because children can harm puppies. An adult dog could protect itself better from small children.
If you are elderly, please don't ask us for a puppy because most Toy breeds can easily live 14-16 or more years.
If you are gone all day long, please don't ask us for a puppy because any puppy does not do well alone for long periods of time.
If you have little children under the age of 5, please don't ask to adopt a Toy breed from us.
If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of its life, (regardless of whether you move, change jobs, or get divorced) then please rethink your decision to adopt a dog.
Adoption is for the rest of the dog's life.
If you are in a hurry, please slow down! This is a lifetime decision and should not be made in haste. Our adoption process takes time and does not happen immediately.
Please remember.......our first and ONLY consideration is the safety and happiness of our dogs.
The average Toy breed dog will live 14-18 years.....so what age is best for you?
The first step to adoption is filling out a written application. Once we review your application and call your references, someone from a local rescue will come to your home to meet you and your family. This is NOT a "white glove" inspection. We assess the home enviorment you have to provide you with a good match. All family members must be present. Once you have been approved, you may begin meeting our dogs.
Our Adoption donations range from $100 to $350 and are based according to the age and health of the dog. This is used to offset the vet expenses. All dogs are up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, spayed or neutered and treated for any medical problems before they are ready for adoption. If you cannot afford the adoption fee, then you cannot afford to properly care for the dog. Please do not ask us to reduce the fee: it is not negotiable.
Also.....if your idea is to adopt a rescue because you don't want to pay a breeders price, please stop right here, because that is not what rescue is all about. Rescue is about giving a dog a chance who otherwise would not get one.
Rescue dogs range in age from puppies to very elderly. Since most people prefer young dogs, it may take a long time to find one....so please consider opening your heart to an older dog. They also need compassion and love and most often are the best behaved. They need homes just as much, if not more, than the younger dogs. If you have made it this far, and are still interested ........please fill out an adoption application.
Placing a rescue in a safe and loving home is our number one priority. Besides assessing the dog for its needs, we also assess potential homes to assure that the environment and caregivers will be able to provide the right balance of love and attention that each and every rescue deserves. We are always searching for that special person or family that is willing to open up their home and is ready to be smothered with love by these most wonderful pets.
We require a completed adoption application complete with references and a home screening. Prospective homes must meet adoption criteria. After you fill out an application and the references are called, we will meet with you and your family in your home. We want to ensure the rescue you adopt will have a forever loving permanent home. By having a personal meeting and instructional home visit, we will then determine which rescue would fit well in your household. We will also offer you suggestions at that time to ensure the confort and safety of the pet.
This will also make the transition of the rescue to your home go smoothly. Then we will always be available by phone or email whenever you have any questions concerning the pet. In all cases, the final placement decision is based on the suitability of each dog for a particular home and will not be made until the application has been approve, references called and the homevisit has been completed.
Donations to our rescue effort are much appreciated. We are always grateful to receive cash donations, or donations of supplies (all sizes of crates, premium dog food, towels, blankets, shampoo, toys and treats, etc.) Some of our dogs have special medical needs and donations can be made directly towards their medical treatments.
We can also use help with transporting dogs and fostering.
Foster Homes are in great need!! For every foster parent there is one more dog saved from the shelters, from being unwanted, and also from abusive homes.
Please consider fostering!! Typical time frames for fostering are from one month to several months at a time. It is very rewarding and you will enjoy watching your rescue blossom under your care.
If you wish to join Adopt-Aluv Rescue or become a foster parent, please fill out our combination adoption/volunteer online application.
As stated previously we do not have a permanent shelter facility. All of our dogs are kept in foster homes. Please contact us to set up a meeting with the dog you are interested in --- after --- you have completed the adoption process as explained above.