ADOPTION POLICY
AND CONTRACT

We are always delighted to hear from people interested in giving one of our wonderful rottweilers a responsible, lifelong home! When we rescue a dog, we make it a lifelong promise that it will never have to suffer again. We also promise to find the highest quality family. The first step in the adoption process is completion of our adoption application. Families will only be considered who share our philosophies, have a securely fenced yard, and superior vet references. You will be asked to give one of our volunteers a home and yard tour. If all goes well, you will be invited to meet our dogs. All family members, including pets (which must be altered), are requested to visit the dogs available for adoption to ensure compatibility. Please allow at least an hour for your visit although you are welcome to stay longer. This helps to ensure the best possible match of dog and family. Please remember that rottweilers bond more completely than any other breed of dog, becoming deeply attached and devoted to their family. They were bred to share in all aspects of their family's daily life - being with you in your home and going with you when you go out. They thrive on being near you, a head or paw in your lap. If you feel you may not truly enjoy having a dog's constant companionship, enjoy having him sleep in your bedroom at night and share many of your activities by day, then you may be happier with a breed less oriented to human companionship.

We require that our dogs go to homes with securely fenced yards. Whether you live in the city or in the country, no rottweiler can safely be left to run 'free' without your direct supervision and control. The price of such 'freedom' is inevitably injury or death: from automobiles, from the Animal Shelter or from justifiably irate neighbors. Like other working breeds, rottweilers have an inherited instinct to herd. The unfenced country rottweiler will sooner or later discover the neighbor's livestock (sheep, cattle, horses, poultry). State law gives the livestock owner the legal right to kill any dog chasing or 'worrying' his stock or 'running' deer on his property. And folks are quick to act on this right. The unfenced city rottweiler may exercise his herding instinct on joggers, bicyclists, and automobiles. An unfenced rottweiler is always destined for disaster.

Additionally we require that your rottweiler be kept indoors when you are not home and that he be under your careful supervision whenever he is outdoors. Pets, dogs and cats alike, are being taken from homes across America. The statistics are grim. Of the over two million animals stolen each year, only 10% are ever found again. Pet theft occurs from locked yards, even when the owners are home. The millions of pets who are stolen and never recovered are typically used in medical experimentation, product testing, dogfighting, or for sadistic rituals. Class 'B' dealers, also known as 'bunchers' are people who make their livelihood by selling pets to research facilities. These unscrupulous people think nothing of taking pets from people's yards. They make a large profit selling these hapless animals. We cannot urge you strongly enough to be careful and protect your rottweiler at all times.

We have a minimal adoption fee of $350 for our rottweilers. This fee offsets a fraction of the costs associated with altering; heartworm testing and monthly prevention; basic vaccines and parasite control; microchipping; shelter impound fees; heartworm adulticide, orthopedic surgery and/or any other necessary medical procedures and care and feeding premium food. After adoption we are always available to assist and advise our adoptive families in every way we can. And satisfaction is guaranteed! If for any reason an adoption does not work out, we want the animal back.

PLACEMENT CONTRACT

This placement contract is made, and hereby entered into, on this ________day of ________________ by and between Rottweiler Rescue of Michigan, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Rottweiler Rescue"), and the following person[s] for the purpose of setting forth the terms and conditions of the placement of the following rottweiler:

I agree that this rottweiler will reside in my home and will have access to a securely fenced yard. I agree that this rottweiler will not exclusively be left alone in a backyard or kennel and will never be chained, tied out or left in a crate. I agree to use reward based positive reinforcement training only. Under no circumstance is electronic or compulsion training permissible.

I understand that if, at any time, I am unable to keep this rottweiler for any reason and it becomes necessary to relinquish or place this animal, Rottweiler Rescue retains FULL AND NONNEGOTIABLE RIGHTS OF FIRST REFUSAL. I agree that I am personally responsible for returning this rottweiler to Rottweiler Rescue. I understand that the $350 donation given by the undersigned is a gift and is in no sense to be regarded as a return for value received. Donations are not refundable

I agree to maintain preventative health care of this rottweiler including, but not limited to: annual general physical examination, vaccines no more often than once every three years, heartworm prevention given continuously throughout the year and control of internal as well as external parasites. I agree that this rottweiler will receive immediate medical treatment by a licensed veterinarian when it becomes ill or injured.

I agree to maintain the general health care of this rottweiler in regards to wholesome food (organic or human-grade ingredients) clean, fresh water and sufficient exercise in consideration of the size and age of the dog. Foods NOT to be fed include highly commercialized [super market] brands with preservatives such as BHT, BHA and ethoxyquin [implicated in liver cancer].

I agree that if this rottweiler becomes lost, every reasonable effort will be made to recover the dog, including but not limited to, advertising at my expense in local newspapers, visiting the local animal shelters and paying all recovery fees if the animal is seized by animal control officers. I agree that I will notify Rottweiler Rescue within 24 hours if the animal is missing.

I agree that this rottweiler will wear a name tag at all times and will never be transported, secured or unsecured, in the open bed of a pickup truck.

I understand that herbicides (weed killers) have been implicated as carcinogens and I agree not to expose this rottweiler to them.

I understand and agree that Rottweiler Rescue has the right to know the whereabouts of this dog for the duration of its life and therefore agree to provide Rottweiler Rescue with my new telephone number and/or address within 24 hours of any changes.

I will allow Rottweiler Rescue to inspect the animal and premises at any time. If, in the opinion of Rottweiler Rescue, the animal is being improperly cared for, I understand and agree that Rottweiler Rescue will take immediate possession of the animal at no expense to Rottweiler Rescue. I agree to immediately surrender the animal peaceably and voluntarily and will thereafter surrender all claims of any kind or nature to said pet or against Rottweiler Rescue.

I understand that Rottweiler Rescue does not make any guarantee or warranty as to the health of this rottweiler and is not responsible for any medical expenses which may be incurred in respect to this rottweiler. I agree that this rottweiler has been received without any warranties or guarantees, express or implied, about the dog's condition, behavior, or prior ownership. Therefore, I hereby release and discharge Rottweiler Rescue of Michigan, Inc. forever from liability for any injury or damages to any person or property caused in the future by said animal and from any causes of action, claims, suits or demands whatsoever that may arise as a result of such injury or damages.

I agree to pay Rottweiler Rescue of Michigan, Inc., the sum of $500.00 as liquidated damages in the event that the terms of this contract are breached; this liquidated damage value does not bar Rottweiler Rescue from seeking return of the animal by a judicial process or other legal means.

I agree fully to the terms of this contract. I understand this contract is under the jurisdiction of the State of Michigan, County of Ingham, which shall be the place of venue for purposes of enforcement of the terms of this contract. Should Rottweiler Rescue need to seek legal action against me for any violations of this contract, I agree to assume any and all attorney costs and court fees. I acknowledge that all statements contained in this placement contract completed by me are true and accurate.

If you feel you are interested in adopting one of our rottweilers, we'd love to hear from you. Please fill out and submit our online adoption application. Thank you!

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