Our adoption fee is $200. All of our dogs come with a basic set of vaccinations (distemper, adenovirus, canine parvovirus infection, and parainfluenza), bordetella, rabies, and a heartworm test. For all dogs over 9-10 months, the fee also includes spaying or neutering. If the dog has not been spayed or neutered at the time of adoption due to age or other reason, the adopter will be responsible for spaying or neutering the pet after adoption.
We do adopt out of state but not all dogs; just those we think an be successful (no behavior issues in the past, can travel, etc…). Out of state adopters go through additional interviews to ensure that a good match is made with the right pup. In addition, out of state adopters are responsible for transportation and costs to transport to their location. BCSAVE typically transports out of state in one of three ways:
No Longer Accepting Applications – When a dog receives a large number of adoption applications, we will stop accepting applications and choose an adopter from the applications that have been received and approved.
Texas Adoptions Only – Some dogs are more challenging to adopt out due to health or temperament or personality traits. Many of our Texas only dogs have been adopted at least once and have been returned to the rescue. While we understand that not all dogs fit all households, for our more challenging dogs (high drive, health conditions, certain temperament traits), we have made the decision to only adopt with Texas to make it easier to return the dog to BCSAVE if the adoption does not work out.
If there is more than one approved adopter for a dog, the Board (with recommendation from the foster) will choose an adopter from all the approved applicants that we feel provides the best possible outcome for the pup.
Usually, the time to get approved to adopt can take less than a few weeks. However, during this time, we are experiencing an unusually high number of applications and the approval process is taking up to four weeks. In addition, we do not have enough dogs to adopt to all approved applicants, so adopters can wait several more weeks before a match is made. We encourage applicants to look at multiple rescues to get approved to adopt as we cannot guarantee the time frame it will take to adopt from BCSAVE.
We are primarily conducting virtual home visits through a combination of pictures, video and/or web visits. We usually ask for several pictures of the inside and outside of your home, especially the pet areas. If the home has a back yard, we also like to see pictures or video of the yard and fences. We can also conduct a virtual home visit using Zoom or Google Meet, depending on your preference.
We are a 100% foster based rescue, meaning we do not have a kennel facility to house our dogs. We have foster homes all over the state of Texas and in some rare cases, in neighboring states like Oklahoma and Louisiana. Most of our dogs are immediately placed into a “staging” foster where an initial assessment is done, then they are placed in a more permanent foster home where they are made comfortable and can receive the best care possible until they find their forever homes. More and more, potential adopters are also providing fosters homes before making the commitment to adopt.
We encourage all adopters to look at both shelters and rescues when searching for a pet. We feel that the adopting from one or the other is a personal choice as there are some distinct differences between shelters and rescues.
Animal shelters are usually funded and run by your local government. They have facilities that take in stray and unwanted animals from pretty much anyone within their service area. They also have a pretty straightforward, simple adoption process. You go to the facility, see all the pets, choose the one you want, pay a small fee, and take them home the same day.
Animal rescues often work much differently. Usually, a rescue is a non-profit group run strictly by unpaid volunteers who receive the majority of their funding through donations. They usually do not have any facilities, relying instead on a small network of fosters who bring the pets into their own homes until they are adopted. There is usually an application that begins the adoption process, followed by phone or in person interviews, reference checks, home visits, overnight trials, maybe applicant review by the rescue board, until finally an adopter is approved and can take possession of the pet. But why are rescues different?
1. Our number one goal is to try and make sure the pet does not go back into the shelter or rescue system. How do we do that? By working to make sure the pet is matched to the right family and vice versa. Not every household is suitable for every pet and not every pet is suited for any household. Especially for challenging breeds like Border Collies. Too often Border Collies are sent to shelters or rescues because a family did not fully understand the temperament and the needs of our BCs. Unlike a shelter, most rescues learn much more about the personality of a dog because it’s fostered in a home versus in a shelter and that assessment helps us make the best match between family and pet.
2. We are not about the numbers. Shelters have to adopt out animals to make room for new animals coming in. While most shelter adopters are good, well-meaning people, shelters do not have the time or the ability to do any more than maybe the most basic of background checks on any adopter. Rescues are able to vet each adopter to try and ensure that the adopter has a good history of taking care of their pets, has a regular vet they use, provide proper medications such as heartworm and flea treatment, and won’t neglect or even abuse the pet.
3. Our dogs are often better adjusted, both physically and mentally, before going to a new home. Most rescues ensure that all pets have all their vaccinations, are up to date on heartworm preventative, spayed or neutered, and have been socialized to people, often other dogs, and even sometimes cats and other pets or livestock. Our pets often get house, leash, and crate-trained before going to their new homes. Many fosters take the dogs to public places to get them used to car rides and social outings. While there is always an adjustment period when a pet goes to a new home, our pups are often able to adjust easier and our adopters know what to expect. Shelters don’t often have the luxury of training their pets before they get adopted, leaving these things to the new adopter.
Shelters play an integral part in the pet-saving process. And we work hand in hand with our shelter partners to reduce the number of unwanted pets in our communities. Each of us has a role, and we work to complement each other as much as possible. And while we realize our process can be cumbersome and tedious, we believe in our process. We don’t judge anyone if you choose to not go to a rescue to find your next forever family member. We (of course) would love to work with you, but even if you adopt from a shelter or take in a stray or just spay/ neuter your pet, you are still saving another pet from being put to sleep and that’s our ultimate end goal.