4 Lucky Dogs Adoption Application
4 Lucky Dogs Pet Rescue (4LD) is a foster-based rescue with no shelter or facility to view our dogs. Our address is a mailing address only. 4LD rescue dogs are in loving foster homes throughout West-Central Florida. For example, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, and Pasco County.
Our motto is to Rescue, Rehab, Rehome, and Repeat. Pets need homes and people need pets, so our goal is to enable those matches.
This questionnaire is designed to help 4LD and yourself determine if a specific dog is right for you and your household. We are looking for the best match of a new home after evaluating and getting to know the animal through fostering him/her. We do not want the pet to have to be re-homed again.
We are an all-volunteer non-profit rescue. Our 4LD volunteers work full time, have families with responsibilities to them, and care for pets of their own (since we are pet lovers!). Please be patient with our adoption process based on our volunteer availability.
Please click to read about the 4LD adoption program before applying.
4LD PET INFO
Pet you are applying for
Choose an animal:
Sue Day Z
If pet is not listed in the above drop down, type the name of the pet you are applying for.
If you are filling out application for 4LD to keep on file for upcoming pets, enter 'ANY' or list specific breed you are hoping to get.
If you are applying for a specific pet, explain what about this pet and his/her description has you interested in bringing him/her into your home.
Below is initial data that we need on all applicant(s). If called for a phone interview, we may ask for a birth date and driver's license number if a background check needs to be run.
Applicant's age range*
What is the applicant's status in the household?
Co-Applicant's First and Last Name (if two adults in the household).
Co-Applicant's Age Range (if two adults in the household).
How many total people live in the household?*
Do any other adults 18 and over (other than the applicants) live in the household?
If yes enter for each 1. Name -- 2. Age -- 3. Relation (must include all in the answer).
Do any children under the age of 18 live in the household?
If yes enter for each 1. Name -- 2. Age -- 3. Relation (must include all in the answer).
What type of visitors come regularly to the house and with what type of frequency? For example, grandchildren, senior parents, cleaning people, babysitters, etc. Some rescue pets are happy to be part of a very active household and some get scared of strangers coming into their new home. We are asking this question to match what we discovered when evaluating the animal of how the pet will react.
Describe your household and lifestyle using at least 100 words. For example: quiet, active, always on the go, always home, etc. There is no right or wrong answer - we are just trying to match the specific pet's personality to what will fit in well.
Does anyone in the home have an allergy to pets or have asthma?
Do you expect any medical reactions by family members if adopting a new pet and if so how will they be handled?
If you currently have pets in your household fill in the section below. If not continue to the next section.
Some of the adoptable pets will be best as an only animal, some need a companion animal, and some are fine either way. The below questions are to help us match your household to the specific pet we have available.
For each animal you currently have living in your household, please list.... a. Name -- b. Current age -- c. How long you've had the animal (must include all in your answer).
For each animal currently living in your household, please list.... a. Breed/Species -- b. Gender -- c. Weight (must include all in answer).
Describe activity level and personality of your current pet(s) and how you predict they will act if another pet joins the family.
Is EACH pet currently neutered or spayed? 4LD requires this response for other dogs living in the home.
Is each pet living in the home currently up to date on all vaccines?
Is each dog/cat currently living in the home receiving monthly heartworm/flea prevention?
What heartworm prevention is being given? What flea prevention is being given? Where are you purchasing these items (example: vet or pharmacy/store or online)?
If NO to any of the above questions, please explain why.
EMPLOYMENT OR RETIRED INFORMATION
Rescue pets have different needs based on age, personality, or something in their past. Some will fit well with family members that are working away from the house and some will need people being at home a lot. The questions below are to determine work/home situations to help match it to specific pet.
This is a section if working and a section if not working - you only need to fill in one.
Applicant's work information 1. Current Employer 2. Occupation 3. How many years there (must include all in the answer).
Applicant's work situation (check all that apply).
Co-Applicant's work information 1. Current Employer 2. Occupation 3. How many years there (must include all in the answer).
Co-applicant's work situation (check all that apply).
If either applicant is mostly at home because of being stay-at-home-parent, caretaker, retired, not needing to work, disabled, etc. please enter that information here.
PLANS FOR THE NEW PET
The reason we are asking the below questions is because some pets are fine by themselves without humans for periods of time, and other pets depend on people around constantly. We understand answers may depend on the specific pet such as some do need to be crated during training. These answers will help us determine the best pet for your lifestyle.
How many hours on average will the pet be alone without humans during a day (24 hours)?
Where will the new pet "hang out" during the day (7am to 10pm) and what type of activities will he/she do? If weekdays and weekends are different due to work schedules, please describe each.
What options will the new pet have of where to sleep in your house (check all that are possible)? The question is for options since animals also have preferences of their own.
How will the new pet be cared for if you go on vacation or travel out of town? For example, go with you, by relative, by neighbor, by dog sitter, boarded, etc.
Which family member will have primary responsibility for the new pet's care such as feeding and bathroom needs?
Which family member will have financial responsibility for the new pet's needs such as vet visits, prevention medications, and grooming if needed?
How much money during a year's time do you think is a reasonable amount to expect to spend on a pet's needs (vet exams, shots, heartworm/flea prevention, grooming, unexpected medical needs, etc.)?
Do you have any upcoming changes in the next two years that could affect this new pet such as moving, having a baby, or job schedule. If so, please explain.
Some of the rescue dogs will adjust easily and others may not based on their past so we are comparing this question's answer to what we know about the specific dog.
HOME TYPE AND SURROUNDINGS
What type of home do you live in?
Do you own or rent your home?
How long have you lived at current address? If recently moved to the address listed on application, please list previous address and length at that location.
Are there any restrictions in your community, subdivision or building about having a pet?
Do you have a yard in the back of the house, or grassy area/walking path close to your home?
Where will the pet go to the bathroom and how will he/she get exercise (if pet is the type that needs it)?
Is there anything additional you would like 4LD to know about your home and its surroundings? For example, location, size of house or yard, proximity to activities/dog park/beach, etc.
If you have a fence fill in below information. If you do not have a fence continue to the next section.
Some of the pets require a fence based on their activity level or desire to stay near the house while some of the pets are fine to be taken outside on a leash. These questions are to match the pets who need a fence to what your home has.
What type of fence or enclosed area do you have? (check all that apply)
What is the height of your fence?
Does your fence fully enclose the yard?
If you rent your home answer the below questions. If not continue to the next section.
By providing 4LD with this information you are allowing 4LD to call your landlord to confirm if you are being considered as a potential adopter.
An email stating approval and/or a copy of the Rental Agreement with the pet rules will be required.
List landlord's name/company and phone number.
What are the rules for having a pet? Is a pet deposit required and are you prepared to pay it when you adopt a new pet?
If you owned pets recently fill in below questions. If not continue to the next section.
Having owned a pet previously is not a requirement. We ask these questions because some of the adoptable pets due to heir needs have to have people who are familiar with having a pet.
What breed was each animal(s), how long did you have each, and how long did he/she live to be?
Did the previous pets have regular vet care and were they on monthly prevention for heartworm/fleas?
If you have, or had, a pet in the past three years answer the below questions. If not continue to next section. Or if you have a vet planned for the to-be-adopted pet, please enter it in the associated question.
By providing 4LD with these answers you are allowing 4LD to contact your vet.
If you are called by 4LD for a phone interview and we mention that we need to verify vet care information, please call your vet's office and ask them to authorize the release of information to 4 Lucky Dogs.
Enter name of veterinarian/clinic and its phone number that you are presently or recently used.
In order for the vet to access the correct records, what pet name and owner name were listed on them?
Do you plan to use this same vet for the new pet? If no, do you know of a vet in your area that you plan to use. If yes, please list the clinic's name and address?
FYI - It is not a requirement to have a vet already in place to adopt a dog. This answer helps us in case we are familiar with the veterinarian's office.
Are you looking to adopt a specific type of pet (check all that apply)?
Are you looking to adopt a specific size of pet (check all that apply)?
What activities are important for you to do with the pet you adopt (check all that apply)?
What traits are most important to you about the pet that you adopt (check all that apply)?
What behavior problems (if any) would be a reason that may cause you to return the pet to 4LD?
How did you hear about 4 Lucky Dogs Pet Rescue and/or which prompted you to apply for one of our pets (check all that apply)?
If you previously adopted from 4LD we would like to find your file. Please list 1. Name of the pet -- 2. Year adopted -- 3. Who the adopter's name is listed as.
If you were referred by someone to 4LD, or met someone from at a 4LD event, enter any information such as his/her name or event name/date to help us know more about you.
How long have you been considering getting or applying for a new pet?
Have you applied for other pets that were available from 4 Lucky Dogs? If so which pet(s)?
Have you adopted from a rescue before? If so tell us about the experience. For example, how long did it take the pet to adjust to your house, was the pet house trained or did you need to do that training, did the pet have issues that you had to work through, etc.?
Have you ever surrendered a pet? If so what circumstances led to the surrendering?
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND SIGNATURE
4LD makes every effort to provide accurate history and assessment of the dog, but we are not able to guarantee the dog’s age, breed, medical status, behavior, or disposition. No one can predict how any dog will react in each situation, especially without complete knowledge of its background, as in the case with a rescued dog.
Does everyone in the household want and agree about bringing the pet into the home including the responsibilities that come with having a pet? *
Are you willing to have a 4LD volunteer conduct a home check? We do this to ensure the environment matches with the specific dog's needs.
Is there anything you would like to tell 4LD not mentioned in any of the questions that you think would be important when considering your application?
If you would like to 4LD to learn more about you through your posts insert your social media links. That will give 4LD an opportunity to read about you and discover things that may have not been asked in the questions above.
PLEASE CONFIRM To the best of my knowledge all the answers that I entered on this form are accurate and correct. I understand that adoption is a lifetime commitment and if selected as the adopter I plan to do everything within my power to care for the pet to ensure its optimum health, safety, and happiness.
I am entering my first and last name as an electronic signature. *
I am entering today's date in the text box to accompany my signature when this application/agreement is being submitted. *
Thank you for completing all the questions applicable to you. Because we are solely a volunteer organization, we ask that you be patient with how soon we are able to respond to your application.
If you did not apply for a specific pet when filling out the application, please let us know if a pet that you want appears on the 4LD website or in 4LD social media posts. We will then move your application over to that dog's profile so it will considered in addition to the other applicants who applied for him/her. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with that request.
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