Adoption Process

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Steps to Adoption

There are several steps to adoption that all applicants must follow. How long this process takes usually depends on how quickly applicants respond when contacted.  Complete the online application when you are ready to adopt and be sure you can schedule time to do the phone interview (about an hour) and the home visit (about an hour). 

Completing the Application
The adoption process starts with the completion of an adoption application. This gives us the information we need to start learning about your needs, lifestyle and requirements. Please use our online application. If you change your mind at any time during the adoption process, please let us know. We will not be offended if you write back and tell us. We will appreciate hearing from you and will remove your name from the list of potential adopters.

References and Interviewing
When an online application is received, you will be contacted by a volunteer within 48 hours confirming that we have your application.

  • Vet Check: We will check your veterinary references. Please include all veterinarians used over the past 5-10 years on your application even if you have not owned a dog.
  • Phone Interview: A rescue volunteer will call you to learn more about you, your requirements and what dogs would be a good match for your family.
  • Home Visit: During the home visit a volunteer will spend time visiting with you and learning more about your home so we can ensure the right match will be made for your family.

Assuming Ownership
Once you have been approved and a suitable dog has been agreed upon, you will be emailed the contract and instructions for paying the adoption fee. Transport arrangements will be discussed once a dog has been chosen and approved. Transport fees may also be applicable for dogs who are moved long distances where volunteer transport is not practical.  When applicable, transport costs are shown in the "Fees" section in the dog's online listing.

The adoption process starts with completing the adoption application and ends with signing the adoption form and assuming ownership of the dog. As the new owner, you assume complete responsibility for the dog's health and well-being. If for any reason the adoption does not work out, you must contact NGPR or our affiliate rescue who placed the dog with you. NGPR only works with rescue groups whose contracts state specifically that they will take their dogs back in the event an adoption does not succeed.

This is a big dog, and a big responsibility. But we believe that you, like most Pyr owners, will find that the time and effort you spend will be more than rewarded by your wonderful dog's lifelong love and devotion to you.

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