NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed. If, for any reason, and adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.
Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 1.5 years (9/2016)
Adoption fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Buster came into SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Buster has been a great little foster dog, his foster family reports! Initially Buster was a little timid when he first came to his foster home but has since been showing great improvement! He seems to be really settling in and adjusting more and more as time passes. He is still learning what it means to live the life of a pet! He loves to play with the other dogs in his foster home and they play for hours! The only thing that stops him is if he sees that a lap has become available. He loves to snuggle as hard as he plays! He is young so still has a lot of puppy ornery-ness that he's ready to share! He does well with children under supervision (he is very young and while he is usually gentle, he is still learning all appropriate social aspects of a pet home, so as with any dog, should always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure he is kept safe).
Buster is currently still working on potty training but has been doing amazingly well, aside from the occasional marking. He was recently neutered and the marking does seem to be slowly subsiding with time. A regular and consistent schedule will help with him continued potty training in his new home. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to him and will be the best tools for helping him succeed in his forever home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the day when his foster family leaves the home. For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure while no one is home. He does not know danger and must be protected when his humans are not able to supervise him.
Medically, Buster is in good health. Buster was surrendered due to having a previously prolapsed rectum but he has not had any additional issues with that since coming into rescue. He will require a high fiber diet and possibly a laxative, which he is currently being given to ensure that his stools remain consistent and regular. Buster has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, HW Tested, has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Buster would do well in almost any type of home but since he is still working on potty training a house will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). He seems to do fine with stairs and we do not feel they would be an issue for him to manage. We also think he'd love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel as long as his people can arrange a mid day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Buster please fill out an adoption application for him today!