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Adoption Application Guidelines -- Must Read!

Adoption Guidelines

The volunteers of Papillon 911 Rescue and Adoption, Inc. take the responsibility very seriously for matching each of our Rescued Papillons to the most perfect forever home available. Our main concern and focus must be placed on our Papillons. Since we cannot know every applicant personally at the very start of the adoption process, we have set up guidelines to help us choose those applicants who are most likely to fill our needs. Our application is designed to provide the answers necessary for matching our dogs with the people that love them.

If your application is not chosen for further investigation, it is no reflection on you or your home. Rather, it reflects years of observation and devotion to the dogs in our care. The Papillons that make up 90 percent of our fostered dogs come from the abuse of puppy mills. These ARE NOT dogs raised with love in someone's home. All too often, our Papillon's only previous contact with humans has been painful. They have lived in squalid conditions that are dark and dirty and devoid of hope. Their lives were contained in a very small wire crate. This kind of dog is simply not suited for every family.

We base our original decisions on the following factors:
  • All applicants must be over 21 years of age.
  • The applicant should be the person who will be the caring for the Papillon. Pets do not make good surprises or gifts.
  • No homes with children under 8 years of age will be considered. Since our dogs have rarely had any socialization, we will not put our dog or your child in danger of being bitten.
  •  We have discovered that most "mill rescues" do better with a "normal" dog to pattern their behavior from. Not all dogs need a canine companion, but many do. 
  • Our Papillons need companionship. They most likely have never been alone without other dogs (their pack) nearby. We rarely choose a home where our dog would be left alone for several hours everyday without canine companionship. A puppy or young dog under 2 years old must have another small dog as a companion and a good fence.
  • The homes with single large dogs are each considered individually. No home with multiple large dogs can be considered. No homes with sight hounds will be considered.
  • Existing pets in applicant homes must be spayed or neutered unless they are show dogs, in an AKC breeding program, or have a medical reason verified by a vet for not being altered.
  • All our Papillons will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
  • Papillon Puppies will not be available for adoption until after 6 months of age when they have been safely spayed or neutered.
  • We prefer homes with fenced yards. This is to keep the Papillon inside safe boundaries and large dogs or predators out.

If your application passes our initial inspection:

Our application provides for a reference check with your veterinarian. You must notify your vet and give permission to release all information. If you have no veterinarian, a member of Papillon 911 Rescue and Adoption, Inc., must agree to become your mentor for the first year our Papillon is placed in your home.

Our application calls for three personal references that are not related to you. We prefer people who have known you for a long time and are neighbors in your community. Please notify these people that we may be calling. We can only try to reach your references twice. After that we e-mail you to notify you that your application is at a stand still.

We require a visit to your home by a person representing our group. At this time, all people who live in the home are asked to attend. It is important for all family members to be interested in acquiring a family companion.

The homes that have opened their doors to our Papillons as foster homes have the right, within reason, to set the parameters necessary for the forever home of their charge. The foster parent knows the needs of the dog better than anyone else could. Our foster parents require meeting the applicant and watching the interaction between dog and human on two separate occasions.

Although many means of transportation have been used, it is our policy for the applicant to come to the foster home to take possession of our Papillon. We suggest that you pick a foster home near to where you live. If you have traveled a distance for your chosen Papillon, please plan to stay overnight in a nearby motel, so you can spend time on at least both days before taking your new family member home.

The application process can take time. Often, many applications are being processed for the same Papillon. If an application is chosen other than yours -- and you are approved for adoption -- then you may choose another of our fostered dogs or you may elect to wait until new ones come in. Sometimes things do go wrong in cyberspace. If you do not hear from us regarding what stage your application is in, please send a brief e-mail to .

If you are working with another group to adopt a Papillon, please advise us so that we do not duplicate time and work. We ask you to prioritize any dogs you have chosen. It is our honest wish that you will choose the best match for your family. Please let us know quickly if your plans change.

We appreciate your interest in our little forgotten butterflies and we appreciate your patience with our application process.

For healthy dogs up to 2 years of age: $350-$450
For healthy dogs between the ages of 2 and 6: $ 250-$350
For healthy dogs between the ages of 6 and 9: $150-$250
Geriatric or "special needs" dogs: Donation is set on a case-by-case basis.

Papillon 911 Rescue and Adoptions, Inc.
Adoption Committee

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