The process of adopting a dog from American Bulldog Rescue begins when the potential adopter completes and returns the adoption application. The rescue's staff then reviews it and determines whether or not the applicant meets the adoption criteria. If approved, the applicant signs a contract and makes an adoption donation.
Volunteers at American Bulldog Rescue dissect each adoption application they receive to determine if the potential adopter is a good match for one of their dogs. Ideal applicants are 21 years of age or older and have experience with large breed dogs. Any animals residing with the applicant must be spayed or neutered. If the applicant does not own his or her own home, a letter must be obtained from his or her landlord giving permission to house an American bulldog on the property. Additionally, the applicant must agree to house the dog indoors and provide an adoption donation of $400 if approved as an adopter.
Once it is determined that the applicant meets the minimum criteria to become an adopter, all references are checked. Both personal and veterinary references are required as proof that the applicant has had positive experiences with past and present pets. If the references pan out, a home visit is scheduled to ensure that the dog will be housed in acceptable conditions. American Bulldog Rescue prefers to place dogs in homes that have fenced yards. Applicants without fenced yards must promise to leash the dog at all times. The rescue will not adopt to applicants who use electronic fences or tie outs.
If the applicant's home check goes well, he or she is asked to travel to the dog's foster home. There, the applicant meets the dog and is able to ask the foster family questions about temperament and care. If the applicant and the adoptable dog hit it off, an adoption contract is signed, a $400 adoption donation is given, and the applicant is permitted to take the dog home.