• 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 dogs, it covers vaccinations, spaying/neutering and micro-chipping as well as transportation from out-of-state. Rescue fees are generally $250 - $400. Any amount above the adoption fee goes directly to help us get other dogs out of high kill shelters and transported to Oregon for adoption!

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 save a lot of mid to large mixed breeds along with some smaller ones. Typical examples 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 continue to learn about and encounter unusual breeds such as the Carolina, Canaan, and even a very rare Finnish spitz mix.

Southern and SE Texas is full of unusual and fascinating canines. We are delighted to match a dog to your home and lifestyle and always recommend keeping an open mind once selected to become an adopter of a wonderful dog!

Do you accommodate long distance adopters?

We prefer locations within a couple of hours drive to Portland. In case a problem arises with the adoption, it enables an 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 a family with younger children.

Do you place dogs with apartment dwellers?

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

Why should I adopt instead of shop?

Millions of people in the U.S. want to add a pet to their home, but 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 rescue or shelter pets is the right thing to do.

Why is my newly adopted dog "acting up"?

The most common mistake is introducing your new dog to other household animals too quickly. Keep them separate for a minimum of one 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 a 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 for guidance. If you don't feel equipped to handled a certain situation with your new pal, drop us a line or an email/text. We will send you our approved list of trainers who will work with the 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, short, 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 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 in order to determine if you are meant to be together FURever.

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

Foster homes are one of the most CRITICAL elements for our rescue. They provide shelter, food, a loving environment and a place to decompress and relax to dogs coming out of a noisy, confusing and smelly shelter environment. Dogs generally do not do well in shelters as it is not a natural environment for them to be in. Placing them into a temporary foster home allows them to understand that living among humans (and often times, other pets) is a positive thing and allows each of them time to "chill", decompress, take in everything, and let down their guard a bit. We could not do this rewarding work without our amazing foster homes. As a small rescue, we do not occupy our own facility.

Where do my donation dollars go?

Donations go DIRECTLY to saving dogs from high kill shelters including boarding prior to transport, health certificates, vetting, food, medications, crates, blankets and dog toys to play with in their foster homes! We are a non-profit 501(c)3 and all of your donations are tax deductible. You can feel good knowing that your dollars go directly to help animals 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 not aversive training methods such as prong collars, pinch collars, choke collars, E collars, citronella spray, water "spray" bottles etc.;

It has been scientifically proven that dogs learn best with positive training. Aversive methods may exacerbate a problem and make the dog become aggressive. Positive training methods are also the most effective, ethical and humane as well! Ask us for a trainer or behaviorist recommendation if you need additional help or advice.

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