Dog Adoption Application
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to get sterilization (spay/neuter) surgery for all our animals. If you adopt an animal who is not sterilized, you will be expected to have that animal sterilized at your expense, within 90 days. Once your animal is sterilized, we will refund a portion of your adoption fee. $100 for dogs/puppies and $75 for cats/kittens.
Make sure that ALL questions are filled out or the form will not be submitted to our database! Even if you have to put N/A if they don't apply to you!
Please fill out a pre-adoption application for EACH animal you are interested in meeting.
What is your preferred method of contact? If you choose multiple options please keep an eye out for messages from fosters! NOTE: All applicants receive an initial informational e-mail from a Happy Tails staff member before the foster contacts the applicant
Which dog are you interested in? NOTE: if you do not see their name on this list it means we are currently NOT accepting applications for them.
Petfinder and Adoptapet are not as up-to-date as our list is.
Choose an animal:
Spicy *felv positive*
What is your date of birth? (Month/Day/Year) *
How long have you lived at this residence *
In what type of home do you live *
Do you own or rent your home. ( if checking "own" you must personally be the owner/mortgage holder)
If you rent, you must include the name of your landlord and the phone number or put N/A if you do not rent. *
If you rent, have you already received the approval of your landlord to have an animal?
If you are renting do you understand that finding a rental that takes pets can be difficult. Big dogs and certain breeds of dogs are even harder. Are you willing to put the extra time and effort into finding a rental that will take both you and your new furry family member if you should need to move?
Are there any breed or weight restrictions with you landlord or homeowners insurance? If yes please list: *
Is your yard fenced? NOTE: It is not a requirement for every adoption, but some of our dogs do need fenced yards *
Yard Partially Fenced
Yard Completely Fenced
What type of fence?
What is the height of the fence?
If your yard is not completely fenced, how will you keep the animal on your property?
How many people reside in your household *
What are the occupations of the adults living in the home *
What are the ages of any children living in the home?
I understand that pets are NEVER to be left unattended with kids, for the safety of the animals and children.
Please list all companion animals living in the home (include Name, Type, Breed, Age, Sex, Spayed/Neutered and Friendliness Toward Other Animals) *
I understand that refunds will not be given for pets that do not get along.
What companion animals have you had in the past and why do you no longer have them (include, Name, Type, Breed, Age)
Are there any lifestyle changes that would be an acceptable reason to return your pet? (IE-Moving, baby, new job, etc) *
What behaviors or medical costs would your household NOT be able to handle? (IE: barking, scratching, jumping, potty training issues etc. Special diets, medications, ongoing health issues that require care etc.) *
Have you ever given up a pet? If yes, please explain *
Who in the household will care for your companion animal *
Why are you interested in adopting a pet at this time *
I have researched the animal and its breed we are looking to adopt and understand behavior and health risks that are associated
What traits are you looking for in a pet
I understand that the animal I am adopting will get old. When my new pet reaches old age I will be sensitive to their needs. I agree that there is NO excuse for abandoning a senior animal.
I understand that breeds in rescue are a "best guess." (Most of the dogs whose breeds are unknown have well more than 4 different breeds mixed together.)
I will not return my pet if a DNA test shows breed results different to what the rescue guessed. I will not return my pet if someone outside of the rescue guesses they are a different breed. I will not return my pet if they are not as big, small, fluffy, etc as I had hoped.
I understand that HTR requires that all adopted dogs are enrolled in training classes and require proof of enrollment (classes from Petsmart are not accepted). NOTE: This is a REQUIREMENT FOR ALL dog adoptions. A few of our dogs require specific classes. This will be noted in their profile on our website. Please check out our FAQ for more info on this requirement!
Describe how you will train the animal *
I understand that my new pet and any current pets will have an adjustment period.
Where will the animal sleep *
Where will the animal be kept when you are home? *
Where will the animal be kept when you are not home *
How much time will the animal spend alone during the day *
Will the animal be kept inside or outside *
Inside and Outside
I understand that a bored pet is a destructive pet. I will give my new animal plenty of physical and mental stimulation.
How will your new animal get exercise?
How did you hear about us?
List at least one reference, who is not a family member (include name and phone number) *
Veterinarian's Name and Phone Number
I understand that Happy Tails will spay/neuter all dogs and puppies before they go to their adoptive homes, and that if I am chosen to adopt I must wait until this procedure is done to take my new dog home.
Please provide any additional information you feel we should know that is not covered above.
What questions do you have for Happy Tails Rescue?
I understand the pet I am applying for is in Minnesota. While HTR does adopt of of state, we require adopters to pick up their new furry family members in person.
I certify that the information entered on this applicant is true. Enter your name and date *