So Hero, you think you've found a sidekick to suit your needs and that's absolutely fantastic!

You are ready to make it permanent by filling out the papers and going through the process. Well, that is exactly what this guide is for; we know your heart is in the right place and that you likely wouldn't go through this process if you didn't truly want the dog. That said, it is going to require you answer some questions, let us know a little about your history with dogs, your family and whether or not THIS particular dog will fit into YOUR home. While we can't promise or say if this is the right dog for you, just remember this process is to ensure that if you do become the forever home for this or that little fluff-ball, it really is forever.

 With that, let's dive in and get you started! 

By the time you've completed the process you'll have needed the following things:

- Found a dog

- Completed an application

- Met the dog you'd like to adopt in person

- Had an interview with an LCAS Volunteer

- Paid your adoption fees


Step One

Getting the Ducks In A Row

There's a few things to do before you start the application to make your life and the process a little faster! They're nothing extremely stressing but they are things that will take extra time unless you already have this information handy. Some suggested information to have on hand for the process are:

A completed Landlord Letter of Consent (if you rent)

A Mortgage Statement or Tax Bill (if you own)

Name & phone number of your Veterinarian

Square foot size of your yard, patio or deck

Height measurement of your fence and self-inspection for any holes

You don't have to know the exact dog you wish to apply for before you complete an application. The above information will be needed no matter which dog you wish to apply for, so it can speed up the process to have it ready! If you're ready you can even FILL OUT THE APPLICATION NOW!

 If we have a litter of puppies and you are applying for a member of tht litter, your application will be one of many. The applications are put back in the order they were received after families talk over their choices and decide if this is, indeed, the litter for them. Then, families pick based on that order. This can take some time as everybody needs a chance to be with the litter and meet all the dogs. 

Step Two

Meeting Your Potential Sidekick

Make arrangements to come visit your potential sidekick. This is a great time to have your APPLICATION completed, it's not unheard of for some people to take their new sidekick home after the meeting if the interview goes well. You can call ahead and ask to visit it at it's foster home, arrange for the foster home to meet you with the little fluff-ball or the best way, VISIT ONE OF OUR EVENTS!

Visiting an event is one of the best ways to meet all our dogs because the schedule is set!

Meeting your potential sidekick is important. It's very easy to fall in love with an adorable fluff-ball online no matter if it's just a photo or video. Meeting your potential adoptee allows you, your dogs if you have one, our dog and us to make sure everyone is happy. It would sure be a sad day if you loved them but you got them home only to find the feeling wasn't mutual, or the same if they love you but you don't click with them! 

When you do meet the dog(s), don't be afraid to ask any questions! This is the time when you most definitely don't want shy and you really want to be completely honest about any issues there may be with adopting the dog.


Step Three

The End of The Process

Now, if you've reached this far in the process, you've COMPLETED AN APPLICATION, VISITED THE DOG, had your interview. This will leave you with two possible outcomes as a result. The first being that we'll be calling you to arrange a time for you to pay your adoption fees and pick up your new sidekick which is obviously the ideal situation! 

The other outcome is that you've completed all the work you needed to, to get your dog and you are now getting notified that you are not getting that particlur dog. It's not news we enjoy handing out, we know you've likely fallen in love with the dog but if we do so it's because after discussion or consideration the situation just wasn't a fit for the dog(s),  or another application that came in just before yours was also approved. We always welcome you to reapply if your situation changes or if you think you've found another dog that is a better fit! 

Just remember, no matter the outcome of your application you're a hero just for applying!