1. The adopter is taking possession of the dog to be responsible for it as his/her own dog and companion. The dog will be treated as a family member with loving care and affection.
2. The dog will live inside the adopter’s home. The adopter will not let the dog run loose or roam, never chain the dog, and never leave the dog outdoors when no one is home.
3. The adopter will not have the dog attack-trained nor use it for any purpose other than companionship. The adopter will not have the dog’s ears cropped nor have its tail docked.
4. a) The adopter will take the dog to a licensed veterinarian within 2 weeks of adoption. The adopter will provide all required and needed veterinary care, including yearly wellness visits and prompt treatment by a licensed veterinarian for any illness or injury.
b) Your adoption fee reflects costs that our rescue has already incurred on the dog (spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, transport, care). It is not an "all inclusive" fee for the next year so be prepared that this fee is the first expense in a long line of expenses.
c) If adopting a puppy: The adopter understands that puppies require a series of booster vaccinations, and the puppy has had a minimum of 2 under CPRs care. The puppy will need additional vaccinations which are the adopter’s responsibility.
d) All pets adopted from CPR need a Lymes vaccination after adoption unless noted otherwise.
e) If your dog has visible stitches, they can be removed 14 days after spay/neuter date.
5. The dog will be given heartworm preventative tablets every month, all year long, and will be heartworm tested annually.
6. The adopter affirms that no member of his/her household has been convicted of an animal welfare law violation such as neglect, cruelty, abandonment etc.
7. The adopter will ensure proper licensing of the dog and will attach the appropriate license tags and personal identification tag to a non-choke collar to be worn at all times.
8. The adopter is adopting the dog for his/ herself and will not give away or sell the dog, even as a gift to a friend or family member. The adopter must notify CPR immediately if he/ she can no longer care for or keep the dog and agrees to work with CPR on re-homing the dog. If the dog is over five months old, CPR will require a trainer’s report in order to help place the dog if the dog has been in the adopter’s home for more than three months. We may move the dog to a foster home at our discretion, based on availability. If, many months or years post-adoption, you attempt to return an untrained and/or aggressive adult dog, please understand that it may not be possible to assist you. In some cases, when we can safely do so, we may be able assist your dog, but it is YOUR dog and was YOUR responsibility to train the dog and prevent issues. For this reason, we again encourage you to commit to professional training after adoption. Because you committed to the dog, you will be expected to foster the dog until adoption, bring the dog to events, and help us help the dog find a committed home.
9. The adopter agrees to accept responsibility and ownership of the dog at his/ her own risk and releases CPR and its agents from any and all liability arising out of possession and ownership of the dog. The adopter agrees that he/ she is assuming total financial responsibility for the dog as of the date of taking custody of the dog. CPR and its agents will not be held responsible for any damages or expenses (veterinary or other, "pre-existing" or other) incurred by the adopter.
CPR strongly encourages that you purchase pet insurance and activate it before adoption or on the date of adoption. PetFirst offers two plans for adopted dogs of all ages, and waives the waiting period for accidents and illnesses on these plans, so coverage is effective at midnight on the day you activate the plan. To activate the insurance, pet parents can either register online at www.petfirst.com/petfinder or by calling 1-877-291-PETS(7387). The insurance isn’t active until you activate it.
10. PLEASE TRAIN YOUR DOG! Lack of training is the number one reason people seek to give up their pets. Even if your pup is well-behaved, professional training is highly beneficial and can ward off future problems. Many problems develop as a puppy becomes an untrained “teenager” and tests boundaries. PLEASE TRAIN YOUR DOG and avoid these problems!
11. CPR is diligent in caring for the pups when they are rescued and we make our best guess as to breed mix and age, in conjunction with our vets. We rarely know for sure what breeds make up a rescued pup and often it's a mix of several. CPR makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee as to the health, age, breed mix or disposition of this dog. CPR makes no representation or guarantee that the dog does not bite.
12. The dog is not to ride loose in the bed of trucks, convertibles, or left in a car for any excessive period of time, or in warm (over 70 degrees) or very cold weather.
13. The adopter agrees not to leave small children unsupervised with the dog at any time, and not to allow children to ride, crawl on, or jump on the dog.
14. The adopter agrees to permit CPR to inquire about and enforce any of the above conditions and requirements at any time after adoption. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE PROVISIONS MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE DOG TO CPR.
15. The adopter agrees that he/ she will bring no claim, action, demand, suit in law or equity against CPR, its agents or officers by reason of this adoption and hereby releases CPR, its officers, veterinarians or agents from any and all actions, suits, claims and demands arising from this adoption and this Agreement.
16. By voluntarily signing this agreement, the adopter is entering into a legal and binding contract with CPR. Breach of any term(s) of this agreement is deemed actionable by CPR. In the event there is a violation of the agreement, the adopter agrees to pay a minimum of $750.00 in liquidated damages plus any court costs and attorney’s fees. Payment of damages shall not excuse the adopter from returning the dog to CPR. The adopter agrees to waive any challenge to venue and agrees that the appropriate venue for this matter is the State of Tennessee, and the County of Madison. The adopter agrees to accept service of process by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address provided in this adoption contract, and specifically waives any right to receive personal service.
17.THE ADOPTER MAY RETURN THE DOG WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF RECEIPT OF THE DOG FOR A COMPLETE REFUND OF ADOPTION FEE (MINUS $25 PROCESSING FEE, and minus the quarantine fee is a MA resident) FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING HEALTH, TEMPERAMENT, APPEARANCE OR ANY OTHER REASON. AFTER THAT TIME, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.
18. This agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the adopter and CPR and their successors and/or beneficiaries. Both parties have fully read and understand all of the agreement, which sets forth all promises, conditions, and understandings, oral or written.