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Adoption Agreement

This is an outline of the adoption agreement you will sign prior to taking your new dog home.

Your contract with All Aboard Animal Rescue

On behalf of myself, my heirs, my personal representatives, and assigns, I hereby release, discharge, and indemnify All Aboard Animal Rescue, its directors, representatives, volunteers, and agents, from any and all claims, demands, and liability, arising out of or in connection with the acceptance of said animal.

I understand that as a rescue animal there is always a risk of unknown, unseen, and unexpected Problems - including but not limited to, vet care (disease, illness, parasites, etc.), behavioral training, and death. I knowingly accept these risks and agree to provide any and all care needed without reservation, or claim to reimbursement.

Further, if action must be taken to enforce this contract or breach of said contract occurs, I hereby agree to pay any and all legal fees incurred by All Aboard Animal Rescue or its agents as well as a base penalty of $500.

  1. I am 18 years or older as the lawful adopter of said animal.
  2. I will provide said animal with kind, loving care, vet care (including yearly vaccines), and proper identification.
  3. I will not sell, abandon, breed, or use said animal for sacrifice, experimental, or fighting purposes.
  4. I will not allow said animal to run at large or unattended, and will make every effort to accommodate it in my home.
  5. I understand and agree to have said animal altered within 90 days of adoption (if applicable) and provide proof to All Aboard Animal Rescue. All Aboard Animal Rescue reserves the right to remove the dog from my possession if said terms are not met.
  6. I accept said animal as is and understand and agree that it is my responsibility to assume all risks of its guardianship, including risk of injury to myself and others.

What to expect when you adopt a dog?

Read and understand this information before applying to adopt. You will be required to verify that you’ve done so before you take your new dog home.

The purpose of our rescue is to take in animals from facilities that are in areas with a high level of pet overpopulation and a limited population of quality adopters. These animals come from a variety of sources. Many are brought to shelters by families that did not plan for them, or can no longer provide for them appropriately. A large number are abandoned with little regard to the future wellbeing of the animals. Several are animals that have become strays through one avenue or another. These strays often produce more strays, leading to even more animals needing homes.

These facilities face a great challenge. It is impossible for them to keep these animals for an indefinite amount of time as there is always a steady flow of more animals. Space is limited. Funds are not available to provide unlimited care. Volunteer staff is limited. Therefore, these facilities face the sad prospect of euthanasia simply because they were left with no other choices.

By transferring dogs and puppies first to foster homes, and then to permanent homes, we are able to reduce the number of animals euthanized every year. Our mission is to find homes for as many unwanted animals as possible, while reducing the number born into these situations every year.

It is important to note that while we do all that we can to ensure healthy animals, by implementing dea worming protocols and quarantine periods; it is unreasonable to expect that these animals are without risk of illness.

Given the backgrounds of these animals, it is reasonable to expect some risks when taking one home. Before coming to a shelter and then to us, it is likely that these animals have not been previously vaccinated. It is possible that these animals have been exposed to worms, parasites, bacteria, and/or viruses. Upon arrival at the Humane Societies or shelters with which we work, they receive dewormers and vaccines. We continue that care while they are with AAAR foster care. However, it is very likely that these animals will need further worming, as well as future vaccines. There are a number of illnesses that these animals may harbor without showing any external signs. Given that, it is possible for the animal to appear healthy, only to go home and show signs of illness at a later date.

These illnesses do not come from the shelters or our foster homes. We highly recommend pet insurance programs to help with the potential for these unfortunate situations. We do all that we can to provide assistance in these situations, but it would be impossible for us to pay vet bills that arise from all situations.