• homeless dogs
  • dogs adoption educational programs
  • rescue dogs from abuse

Welcome prospective parents!

Our adoption process is as follows:

Fill out the adoption application.
We match you to a dog - we'll give you the contact information to set up a meeting. If everyone thinks it's a love match, you'll have a new family member!

Questions? email adopt@streetsavvydogrescue.org

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Adoption Facts

What does the adoption fee cover?

For most of our dogs, it covers vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping as well as transport from an out-of-state high kill shelter. Rescue fees are generally $250 - $400. Any additional amount above the minimum adoption fee goes directly to help other dogs get out of a high kill shelter and get transported to Oregon!

Are dogs adopted out on a first-come, first-served basis?

Our priority is to place dogs based on the best possible fit.

What kind of dogs/breeds does SSDR rescue?

RESCUED IS OUR FAVORITE BREED! We tend to rescue a lot of mid to larger mixed breed dogs along with some smaller mixed breeds. Typical mixes usually are lab mixes, shepherd mixes, dobie and rottweiller mixes, bulldogs, working dog breeds (aussie, cattle dogs, kelpie), hound mixes, Staffordshire or pit bull mixes, rat terriers, etc. We are continually learn about and rescue more unusual breeds such as the Carolina dog, Canaan dog and we've even rescued a very rare Finnish spitz mix.

Southern and SE Texas is full of unusual and fascinating dog breed mixes and this is half the fun of rescuing. Getting to work with and learn more about these breeds continues to be an important part of our rescue work. We delight in matching a dog to your home and lifestyle and we always recommend keeping an open mind when we select you to become one of our wonderful adopters for one of our wonderful dogs!

Do you accommodate long distance adopters?

We prefer local people within a couple of hours drive to Portland. Just in case a problem arises with the adoption, it allows for easier return of the dog.

Do you adopt dogs out to families with children?

We prefer homes with children 6 years of age and up, depending on the dog. On occasion, we make exceptions if the dog is the right fit for that family with younger children.

Do you place dogs with apartment dwellers?

We prefer homes with fenced yards, but we tend to evaluate on a case by case basis. Because we usually place our dogs in foster homes first, we know their general energy level and living preferences.

Why should I adopt instead of shop?

Statistics show that millions of people in the U.S. want to add a pet to their home but they just don't know how to go about getting the right pet. It is estimated that between 4-5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. every year because of overpopulation. Adopting a rescue or shelter pet is the right thing.

Why is my newly adopted dog "acting up"?

The most common mistake is introducing your new dog to other animals in the house too quickly. Instead, keep them separate for a minimum of a week. Also, avoid taking your rescue dog out to crowded areas such as a parks, training classes, or anywhere else the dog might feel overwhelmed, confused or scared. It is critically important to allow your newly adopted pet to decompress at home for the first couple of weeks or until they feel safe. Adjusting to your household's routines allows them to to build trust and a relationship with you, their new teacher and friend.

How should I introduce my newly adopted rescue dog to my home?

Show them where their bed, water, crate and food dish is. Talk to them gently and offer treats galore week one. PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE every time they go potty outside, sit, stop jumping or follow any direction. Doggy "school" begins day one (well, maybe day two or three) but the point is, you are their teacher and they look to you, their new leader to show them the ropes. If you don't feel equipped to handled a certain situation with your newly adopted pal, drop us a line or an email/text. We will send you our approved list of positive trainers who will work with your newly-adopted dog in your home to help you find a solution to the issue at hand! Training should never be a chore and should always be positive, of short duration and fun!

Can I "try out" a rescue dog from your organization on for size?

We determine this on a case-by-case basis, but often times it can be a great way to get your new friend one-on-one in a home environment. The adoption fee is due at pickup and it is usually ideal to give it two to three weeks time to really get a sense of your new friend and determine if you are meant to be together FURever.

What is a foster home and how does this help rescue dogs?

Foster homes are a CRITICAL piece in the rescue equation. Foster homes provide shelter, food, a loving environment and a place to decompress and relax after they have come out of the noisy, confusing and smelly shelter environment. Dogs generally do not do well in shelters and this is not a natural environment for them to be. Putting them in a temporary foster home allows them to understand that living among humans (and often times, other pets) is a positive thing and they have time to "chill", decompress, take in everything and let down their guards a bit. We could not do this lifesaving work without our amazing foster homes as we are a small rescue and we do not have a facility.

Where do my donation dollars go?

They go DIRECTLY to help transport dogs from high kill shelters and help fund boarding prior to transport, health certificates, vetting, food, medications, crates, blankets and dog toys for the foster dogs to play with! We are a non profit 501(c)3 and all of your donations are tax deductible. You can feel good knowing that your donations and dollars go directly to help dogs in need.

Who is the typical SSDR adopter?

YOU! Families, couples, singles looking for a great friend to hang with or go hiking, etc., retired couples, veterans looking for a dog to help them cope with their PTSD symptoms, seizure alert dogs, ESA dogs (emotional therapy dogs), etc.

Keep in mind that we are NOT a training facility. We facilitate the rescue and placement of dogs that would otherwise be euthanized unnecessrily.

Training is up to the adopter and we will only allow adopters who will agree to using only positive training methods and no aversive training methods such as prong collars, pinch collars, choke collars, E collars, citronella spray, water "spray" bottles etc.;

Science has proven that dogs learn best with positive training and that aversive methods may even exascerbate the problem and make a dog become more aggressive. Positive training methods are also the most ethical and humane as well as effective methods! Ask us for trainer or behaviorist recommendations if you need additional help or advice!

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