We hope you find your new best friend with us
We know you are excited to check out all of the great dogs that we have. Below is some important information about how AAS handles adoptions.
Please take a minute to review "Adopting with AAS" below.
Adopting with AAS
Animal Aid Society is on a mission to help homeless dogs find their happily ever after. In order to successfully do that, we have developed the following policies and protocols. Click the + on the right to learn more about each.
Adoption fee for puppy/adult dogs is $280.00.
Adoption fee for senior dogs is $140.00.
Dogs qualify as a senior based on their stature/weight and age. The scale below shows the age at which a dog attains “senior” designation:
0-20 lbs: 11 years
21-50: 10 years
51-90: 8 years
91+: 7 years
As a volunteer-run organization, we do our absolute best to process applications in a timely manner. We want to get dogs placed!
We kindly ask that you notify references to expect a call from us. This generally is the biggest cause for delay: waiting on return phone calls from vets and personal references.
In order to facilitate post adoption follow up, we currently adopt out within the 7 cities/within a 40 miles radius.
We will consider requests outside of the 40 mile radius on a case-by-case basis.
Surprises can be good – but not necessarily when adopting a pet. In order to make sure everyone is in the loop and will get along, we require that all people and dogs living in the residence meet prior to approval. Any dogs being brought for an introduction will need to be up to date on: rabies, distemper, bordetella, heartworm and flea prevention.
We will accept up to four pre-adopt applications per dog and an approval decision will be made based on compatibility.
Example: if a dog is very introverted and does well with other dogs, we may opt to place them with an adopter that has another dog to keep them company over an adopter that does not have other dogs.
Inversely – if a dog is possessive over toys, we would likely opt for placement as an only dog vs. living with a K9 pal.
Anything we know – you’ll know.
Here’s the deal: Our goal is to find permanent placement for our dogs. We believe this will only really happen if we share everything we know about a dog’s temperament, personality, health and disposition with prospective adopters. Having candid conversations about lifestyle and what-ifs? is another way to help determine if any AAS dog you may be interested in will be a good fit for you.
Animal Aid Society has the responsibility to make sound adoption placement decisions both for the people and the dogs which share our community. This policy transparently sets forth guidelines for assisting in those decisions for the dogs in our care. Placement decisions take into account the safety of
adopting individuals and families, the safety of our community and each dog’s quality of life. Each of the dogs in our care is evaluated as an individual. We gather information about each dog’s behavior patterns and tendencies from multiple sources including but not limited to, staff, medical records, previous guardians, and information obtained from the evaluations on each dog on a case-by-case basis.
A. Bite History toward Humans
Dogs with a history of a bite Level 3, per the Ian Dunbar scale, are not candidates for adoption unless the bite is determined to be a bite under extenuating circumstances (BUE, as defined herein below). Dogs with a history of a bite Level 4, 5 or 6 are not adoptable.
B. Guarding against Humans
1. Dogs that have a history of guarding food in the home or during feeding in the kennel are candidates for adoption if they show only reasonable warning behavior (defined below) and do not escalate to a bite. Dogs that show any food aggression at Dunbar bite levels 1-2 in the kennel during regular feeding times may be put on 24-48 hours of free feeding and observed. If no food aggression is observed during such period, the dogs are candidates for adoption, if during reassessment they show only reasonable warning and do not escalate to a bite. Such dogs should be sent to new homes with
behavior/training/management plans to address this behavior.
2. Dogs that guard specific or predictable possession(s) and/or location(s) are candidates for adoption as long as they show only reasonable warning (defined herein below), and do not escalate to a bite.
3. Dogs with a history that include unpredictable or inconsistent triggers (e.g. food, toys, rawhides, stolen items, resting locations) for possessive aggression (as defined below) and level 3 or above bite history are not candidates for adoption.
1. Dogs that are tense or uncooperative during sensitive handling are adoption candidates as long as they show reasonable warning or bites below level 3. Such dogs should be sent to new homes with behavior/training/management plans to address this behavior. Mouthing or tugging on leashes or toys due to excitability or lack of training are not considered biting during handling. Dogs that have inflicted a bite of Level 3 during normal shelter handling are not candidates for adoption, unless it is determined to be a BUE or due to undiagnosed/unrecognized pain. Dogs with a history of a bite
Level 4, 5 or 6 are not adoptable.
D. Offensive Aggression
1. Dogs that show uninhibited offensive aggression toward humans (defined below) will not be candidates for adoption.^
^Note: Dogs that show threats or aggression in the shelter towards humans and/or dogs that pass by their kennel raise the stress levels of other dogs in the shelter
E. Behavior toward Children
Dogs will not be approved for adoption that have damaging bite histories to children, who show offensive aggression to children, or who stalk children in a predatory manner (e.g. low body, hard eye, followed by growl/lunge/snarl/snap). Exceptions may be made for BUE bites on a case-by-case basis (e.g. child fell on dog, child deliberately hurt the dog).
F. Dog-Dog Aggression1
1. Dogs that lunge, bark, and/or growl while on leash in response to other dogs but have not harmed other dogs are candidates for adoption. These dogs should still be able to be controlled/managed on leash by an average person. Dogs that have caused significant injury to other dogs are not candidates for adoption.
2. Dogs that are avoidant in play groups are not considered aggressive. Fluke bites are not considered dog aggression.
3. Dogs that have a history of redirecting dog-dog aggression to people or other dogs at a bite of Level 3 or above, per the Ian Dunbar scale and Cara Shannon respectively, are not candidates for adoption.
4. Dogs that exhibit uninterruptible aggression through a fence on at least two occasions toward another dog(s) are not candidates for adoption. Muzzle test will be attempted if safe.
G. Aggression/Predation towards Animals Other Than Dogs
Dogs that have severely injured or killed other animals (e.g. chickens, cats, rabbits) may be considered candidates for adoption on a case by case basis. Adopters will be counseled on this behavior so that they can manage their new pet appropriately. These dogs should not be placed in homes with cats, “pocket pets” or where they will be exposed to other species of animals they can harm.
H. Small Dogs
All of the criteria above are considered on a case by case basis for small dogs (15 lbs. and under) due to the fact that aggression from a small dog, even in the form of a bite, is likely less damaging than aggression and/or a bite from a large dog. However such dogs should be sent to new homes with behavior/training/management plans to address their behaviors.
I. Fearful/feral behavior
Most fearful dogs can bond with their immediate family. Dogs displaying intractable fear of humans while in homes or foster care are not candidates for adoption if behavior modification and anti-anxiety medication are not able to provide a good quality of life.
J. Anxious behavior
Dogs who are intractably anxious are not candidates for adoption if medication and behavior modification are not able to provide a good quality of life. Dogs showing stereotypes or self-mutilating behavior may be displaying poor quality of life.
Dogs that do not show concerning behavior do not have any time limit. No animal at AAS will be euthanized for time or space, and all adoptable animals will be available for adoption. The quality of life of each dog is important, and dogs that are showing significant decrements in quality of life due to prolonged kenneling may be considered for humane euthanasia to prevent emotional suffering or pain.