The ACDR Application Process
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION!
While this may look arduous it’s rather easy IF you are aware of how our process works!
Our process includes but is not limited to: Submitted Application, Interview, Home Visit and Reference Interviews. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
OUR APPLICATION PROCESS FROM SUBMISSION TO APPROVAL GENERALLY TAKES 1-2 WEEKS.
The dog you are currently interested in could already have applications in process or have pre-approved applicants inquiring. If you are actively looking to adopt, it is highly recommended that you start the process as soon as possible even if there is not a dog you are currently interested in. Once you are approved your application file stays in our system in our “approved to adopt” file. You MUST be an approved applicant before you meet our dogs; this is why we recommend becoming pre-approved.
How We Contact You
The first step to meeting our dogs is to submit an Adoption Application. Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email then one of our volunteers will be in touch with you within 1-3 days. Please remember we are a volunteer-based rescue and at times it may take longer to contact you.
ONCE YOU SUBMIT THE APPLICATION YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN IMMEDIATE “THANK YOU” EMAIL FROM firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT OUR EMAIL WAS NOT SENT TO YOUR “JUNK” FOLDER as it will contain important information about what to expect next. We will continue all future electronic communications via this email as well.
The purpose of this interview is to better acquaint ourselves with you and you with us. You will have an opportunity to learn more about our placement procedures and ask any questions you may have about us in general.
Our volunteers are located throughout the state so the phone call could come from a variety of area codes. Our volunteers will ALWAYS leave a message if able to and could also text or email you if needed.
The purpose of a home visit is to ensure that your environment is safe, secure and appropriate for a pet. Please note that we assess each home individually. We have placed dogs with people who live in apartments, full time RVr’s, rural and suburb homes as well as ranches. Each application is special in its own way and we assess them as such.
**SPECIAL NOTE: In the event of out-of-state adoptions, we have special protocols in place to work with such applicants.
We require references for all applicants. The references you provide may or may not be contacted. If they are they will be asked to share with our volunteer how they know you and know you as a pet owner in general.
**Special note: For out of state applicant and in state applicants located in areas we cannot do a physical home visit we require a third reference. We ask that this reference be a professional reference from our vet or professional trainer you’ve worked with.
ADOPTION FEES ARE: $250 for up to the age of 5; $200 for over the age of 5. Fee is non-refundable.
We do not ship our dogs. You must travel to Arizona to meet and adopt our dogs.
We do not adopt out intact dogs–ALL of our rescues are spayed or neutered prior to placement.
We do not adopt to homes that have intact dogs or cats unless a medical issue prevents them from being altered.
We do not adopt to homes if the dog will be exclusively an outside dog.
We are NOT a first-come/first-serve rescue. We reserve the right to refuse any application. Our first priority is the dog.