Steps to adopting a Samoyed
Fill out our Adoption Form
Ready your family, neighbors, house, and yard
Keep checking our website for available dogs and watch for our email notifications about new dogs
SRSC performs a home check to make sure the dog is a good fit for your home
SRSC introduces you to the prospective dog
Sign the SRSC adoption contract
Fill out our adoption form. It may seem like a big, weird hassle but it helps us match you to a Samoyed waiting for adoption. If you’re interested in fostering, click here to complete our Adoption/Foster Form and select “foster”.
Having received and reviewed your form, our Rescue Coordinator will contact you about available dogs. If a suitable dog isn’t available, you’ll be put on our waiting list.
In the meantime, get your house and yard ready to accept the new dog. Repair fences and protect plants and lawns. Move possible “chew toys”, such as fine Italian leather shoes, and store them safely in a closet. A new dog often marks (um, with urine) a new house inside and out. Sorry, but you’d better have some enzymatic cleaner and wipe rags available. This will end once the pet recognizes your house as its home and knows how and when to get outside for relief.
Maintain contact with us. Sometimes weeks can go by without any available dogs and then dogs appear at our doorsteps in bunches. Feel free to email or leave a voice message. We are a small, all-volunteer organization, easily distracted by things like work, plumbing leaks, and children; it may take a few days before we can get back to you.
Please be patient. Think of us like the government, except you didn’t elect us, you can’t replace us, we don’t have all your tax dollars to spend, and we do try hard.
Upon receipt and review of your form, you will be matched to an available dog or added to the waiting list if no suitable dogs are available. Once there there appears to be a match, you will get to meet the prospective dog. A home check is generally conducted before the meeting to make sure that your yard is secure and that there is an overall compatibility between your home environment and the needs of the prospective dog. This seems intrusive, but it’s not. It’s best for you, for us, and for the dog.
You will need to sign a contract.
Consider this decision carefully. You may be wondering about whether you want to adopt a Samoyed or whether a particular dog is the right one for you. That’s OK. In the event the adoption does not work out, you must return the dog to SRSC.