Policies/Process

Our Adoption Process & Policies

K9 Kindness Rescue always wants to ensure that the dogs that we place are in their furever homes, and that they have absolutely no risk of being returned to a shelter facility. Because of that, we have specific policies and a very elaborate process for adopting a new pet. The information provided here is to help you get a clear understanding of that process, our philosophy and our policies. It is easy to understand the appeal of that "cute" face, but there are much more factors in owning a pet. Remember, this is not just a pet, it is a family member and a commitment.

Remember: just like family members with two legs, our four legged friends are also members of the family. They're not "until" members, they're forever members.

Please take time to read this section carefully before proceeding to the next step.

Key Questions

Before continuing on, ask yourself these key questions:
  1. Am I prepared for the financial responsibility (between $374 and $658 the first year) of owning a pet?
  2. Even though my kids say they'll take care of the pet, they may now. Am I willing to walk, feed, play with and provide attention to this pet when the kids do not?
  3. Am I ready for another creature with the mentality of a four-year old?
  4. Can I commit to my new furry friend for more than 10 years?
If you answered "yes" to these questions, your new furry friend may be waiting for you. If you are unsure about your answer, or answered "no", perhaps you should wait on a pet for the time being.

Adoption Area

K9 Kindness Rescue adopts to portions of Central and Eastern Iowa, Northern and Western Illinois, Southwest Wisconsin, and Northeast Missouri including, but not limited to the locations listed below.
  • In Iowa it includes: Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Keokuk, Ottumwa, and Waterloo.
  • In Illinois it includes: Bloomington, Chicago, Galesburg, Macomb, Moline, Peoria, and Rockford.
  • In Wisconsin it includes: Madison and Prairie du Chien.
  • In Missouri it includes: Kahoka.
A complete outline of the approximated adoption area can be viewed below. There are specific circumstances where this adoption area may be expanded or restricted. Restricted adoption areas will be explicitly mentioned in the profile of the pet. If you are outside of this area, the adoption process will include additional steps and may incur additional fees - depending on arrangements made for transportation.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees are charged and due upon completion of the adoption process and the signature collected on the adoption contract. These fees go towards covering medical expenses of caring for the pet while in the care of K9 Kindness Rescue. Items covered by the adoption fee may include heartworm treatment and/or preventative, flea and tick treatment and/or preventative, vet check ups, surgeries, altering, food, toys, treats, or other tests.

In the instance of puppies/kittens: K9 Kindness Rescue will refund $100.00 to the adopter upon proof of alteration of a pet before the age of 7 months. Per our adoption agreement, you must alter your adopted pet by this time. Failure to do so is a violation of agreement and subject to surrendering of the pet to K9 Kindness Rescue.

Senior dogs are defined as dogs of the age 7 to 10 years or older, depending on breed. Large breeds generally will be senior at age 7, medium breed around age 8 or 9, and small breed at age 10.
 

 

The following fees for dogs are current and effective as of March 2017:
  • Puppies, 6 months and under: $350 initially with a $100 refund after alteration.
  • Adult dogs from 7 months to between 7 and 10 years: $250
  • Senior dogs between 7 and 10 years and older: $125
The following fees for cats are current and effective as of January 2016:
  • Kittens, 6 months and under: $75 initially with a $25 refund after alteration.
  • Adult cats from 7 months to 7 years: $50
  • Senior cats, older than 7 years: $30
Other small mammals may be subject to an adoption fee, but will be dependent on the species and care required.

The Process

By this point in the whole process you should have already checked out what Our Promise is, verified that you live within our adoption area (or if you don't, understand how out-of-area adoptions work), and understand that there are rescuing fees associated with your new pet - should you be selected.

The section below highlights the next steps to take in order to get the ball rolling and interacting with our organization. It's advised that if you have general inquiries about the pet you're interested in, that you contact us prior to submitting an application. You can also check the FAQs for answers to frequently asked pre-adoption questions and information regarding our adoption process and policies. Please use this information, as it is provided for your convenience.
  1. Fill out and submit an adoption application.
  2. The foster home will set up an appointment for you to meet the dog in which you are interested.
  3. A home visit is then required as part of the adoption procedure. All members of the household must meet the dog prior to completing an adoption process.
  4. References may be checked to ensure everything is on the up and up.
  5. If all things are in the clear, the adoption will then proceed and be finalized.
Extended Process
In the event of an out of area adoption, or high profile pet, the following additional steps will be inserted:
  • For high profile pets: an application holding period of 7 to 10 days may elapse. This is to ensure all potential adopters have equal time to submit applications for the pet.
  • For high profile pets: all applications will be reviewed and graded on a number system. The highest graded applications will then proceed with the adoption trial-and-error phases.
  • For out-of-area adoptions: adopters must work out a time and method to travel to the to the Quad Cities or Iowa City to adopt their pet. We do not ship animals for any reason.

Things To Remember

The adoption process is not necessarily as open and shut as quickly running through the application, references, and then finalizing the adoption. Please take time to look over the following points and things to remember about our adoption process that isn't mentioned in the overall scope mentioned above:
  • On the adoption application, we ask for three references and a vet reference. We ask this for the same reason employers request references.
  • If you leave any questions blank, we reserve the right to disqualify your application.
  • If you provide information that is determined to be false, your application will be disqualified.
  • The average time to adopt one of our pets is approximately 7 to 10 days.
  • We do not observe "first come, first serve" mentality. We judge applications by their quality and matching them with their pet.
  • If you currently own pets, they must be current on all vaccinations and altered.
  • Our procedure enables us to gather complete and well-rounded information in order to make an informed and wise decision that will lead to a lifetime relationship between a family and the pet.
  • We do follow-up calls to help insure the placement is working, to hone our pet evaluation skills, and to help with any questions that may arise.
  • Please realize that it may take up to two weeks for your pet to be comfortable in your home. It is possible that they may have some accidents during this adjustment period.
  • Our procedure is about righting a wrong. If an animal is in our care, something has already gone wrong in its life. We want to find our dogs a home where they’ll be cherished and loved.