How to Adopt

IndyWeek2020 Best Place to Adopt a Pet in the Triangle Green StarThank you friends!

Saving Grace was voted “Best Place to Adopt a Pet in the Triangle” for the IndyWeek 2020 survey!

Adoptions during this time

Information for Soon-to-be Adopters

We are excited to work with you and your family!

Basic care for the animals is our priority and we have limited access to email throughout the day and rely on off site volunteers for assistance.

Our adoption process begins with you completing an application through this website. Once reviewed, you will be invited to set up an appt to visit the farm. Please be ready to meet a variety of available dogs and puppies. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes, while you are not limited to 30 minutes, please know that a counselor may be working with multiple families at a time. Not all our dogs are listed on our website and we encourage you to come in to meet who is available. We bring in new dogs every week needing the opportunity for adoption and have a lot of great ones to choose.

Due to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, masks are now optional while outside on-site, we respect your comfort level and judgment at this time. Please know that all Adoption Team members are vaccinated as well as other volunteers on site.

Shop with us for supplies for your new friend

Don’t forget to stock up on supplies for your new furry friend at our Saving Grace Supply Co. or our online store!

We have all the goods you need from quality dog beds, foods and treats, and toys. We even have some goodies for the humans in the family!

Information for Families Who Have Adopted

Hi Saving Grace Adopters!

We really appreciate the patience of all who have adopted/visited over the past few weeks. This experience has been new and challenging in many ways. To continue adoptions, we had to make some changes to accommodate social distancing: limiting the number of visitors on-site, time spent meeting the dogs, and a face to face visit at adoption (pick up) time.

We know this situation isn’t ideal and we appreciate your understanding. It has been frustrating we haven’t been able to offer our usual Saving Grace adoption experience, yet it is essential to continue finding homes for dogs in need. We have been working with a small crew, and again, appreciate everyone’s patience as we do our best to accommodate you and respond to the many emails/calls.

One of the biggest struggles those of you with a new dog/pup may be experiencing is resources for training classes. It is extremely important to give your dog realistic expectations for what life is going to be like long term in your home and not during the quarantine. This will prevent future anxiety for both the pet and the owner. One of our local dog training organizations has created a Facebook Group that I think you will find helpful and I wanted to recommend it to our adopters. You can ask questions and gather useful information as a new adopter.

Our Saving Grace store, just 2 miles from the Saving Grace farm, has many training and enrichment tools/items you may need for your dog/puppy. Before being the Saving Grace Supply Co. store manager, Michael was one of our experienced adoption counselors. He is incredibly helpful and ready to assist you by appointment to shop in the store or provide curbside pick up. All dogs are welcome of course, and we always look forward to serving dogs/puppies from all shelters/rescues/reputable breeders and the people they bring with them!

Connect with the Saving Grace Supply Co on our website or on our facebook page.

Again, our sincerest gratitude to everyone for working with us as we continue to make it possible for dogs to receive the care they need and find great homes and for you to find your new best friend. We wish you the very, very best life with your Saving Grace/K9 companions and are most grateful to have you as part of our Saving Grace family!

To help our dogs find the right homes, and to help you find the right dog, we ask that you follow these steps to begin the adoption process.
  • Review our site and our Frequently Asked Questions to ensure that you understand what we are about, and how adopting a new pet will impact your life.
  • Fill out our adoption form. Please take your time and fill out the request as completely as you can.
  • We will review your request as quickly as we can, but please allow at least a week for this process.
  • After the review, we will work out a time for you to come visit our animals.
  • Come to one of our events so you can see for yourself what Saving Grace is all about. (see calendar)
  • We look forward to hearing from you!

PS. If you don’t hear back from one of our volunteers within 5 business days – please reach out to us again!!

In most cases, Saving Grace dogs come from the most rural, underserved, and impoverished areas, across North Carolina. Nearly all of our dogs come to us from animal control facilities without health or behavior history information. There is often exposure to infectious diseases in these facilities. Few have received prior veterinary care or monthly parasite preventatives prior to entering the Saving Grace program. Our care includes vaccinations,, spay/neuter, parasite prevention/treatment and more. We do our best to identify any abnormalities or behavior concerns and address and treat those concerns prior to adoption to help ensure that dogs adopted from Saving Grace have the potential to become great family companions. Despite rigorous screening, we are unable to guarantee that an individual dog is completely healthy or has no behavioral concerns at the time of adoption. Unfortunately, some conditions or behaviors may not be evident prior to adoption, or may be easier to identify when in a home setting with a routine caretaker rather than in a shelter environment with multiple volunteers caring for different animals. 

The adoption fee pays for a portion of treatment and screening but it’s important to understand that veterinary care beyond wellness visits may be required after the adoption takes place.  All veterinary care, training, or behavioral  following adoption is the responsibility of the adopter/owner.   Because of their background, it is possible for adopted dogs to be diagnosed with infectious diseases including parasites, or less commonly with more severe underlying medical conditions, congenital/developmental puppy problems, or behavioral concerns after adoption. , It is the decision of the adopter/owner if they want to take on the time and expense required to provide follow-up veterinary care or behavior modification.  If an adopter/owner is unable or unwilling to provide this care, they may  return the dog to Saving Grace. We will do our best to provide care and training for returned dogs with the resources we have available.   

All dogs should be taken in to a local veterinarian within 72 hours of adoption for a wellness exam and to establish a relationship with a veterinarian. If the adopter does not feel satisfied with the health of the dog, Saving Grace will take that animal back. We want our adopters to be happy with their new companion and this includes their ability to provide care for the needs of the animal.

Saving Grace is committed to bringing dogs from underserved communities together with families willing to help  these puppies and adult dogs  to reach their full potential to enjoy healthy, happy lives and provide loving companionship. Thank you for helping us to continue to serve dogs in need.

Your new dog was crate trained and socialized at Saving Grace. But that does not guarantee a seamless transition into your life, your house, and your routine. Your dog needs your time and effort to generalize his manners to your life. Set your dog up to succeed by planning ahead of time and sticking to your routine right off the bat.

With this in mind, you should assume that your new dog:

  • Is not housetrained and needs to be taught this in your home, by you.
  • Needs your help to feel at ease when confined, both when you are at home and when you are away.
  • If not properly exercised, confined, supervised and given outlets for normal dog behavior, will chew on your things, counter surf, get into the trash, bark out the window, or be a nuisance in the yard. It is your job to prevent these annoying behaviors so that your dog will rehearse only behaviors that you like.
Do not wait more than three days to get help with a problem behavior; bad habits form quickly and can be hard to undo.

Daily essentials for a well-behaved dog:

  • Provide daily aerobic exercise (use an EZ Walk harness to prevent pulling on leash).
  • Teach “sit” and use it before feeding, putting the leash on, and leaving the house and car.
  • Feed on schedule and take uneaten food away after 15 minutes.
  • Use the crate or a dog-proofed, baby-gated room every time you need to take your eyes off your dog.
  • Always use the enclosed crate training tips so that your dog will be mellow and quiet when confined.
  • Be generous in providing edible chew toys to keep your dog’s mouth and brain busy. Hollow toys like Kong or the Busy Buddy line of toys are great way to keep your dog occupied and happy, but will hold his interest only if they are filled with his meal or special goodies.

Your adoption packet will contain the details on how to create a smooth transition so you and your dog will enjoy each other right from the beginning. Thank you for your interest in adopting your dog from Saving Grace!

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