We DO NOT use Sue Sternberg's Assess-A-Pet or any other extreme temperament tests on our dogs.
If we used these methods to test Boston Terriers, who are usually stressed to the max in a shelter environment, most of the Boston’s that we have been able to save and place would be dead dogs instead of beloved dogs in new homes. That is where rescue comes into the equation and gets them out of that environment and into a home and then see how they unwind over a few days to see their true temperament while interacting with a family and not in a pandemonium of loud noises, rough handling, strange smells, and fear.
So many of our babies would have been killed for being too timid, too food aggressive from starvation, too fear aggressive, too hyperactive, too something and they would not have reached their new homes and be the beloved dogs they are today, so we DO NOT USE NOR DO WE RECOMMEND ANY METHOD OF EXTREME TESTING!
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -Josh Billings
FYI - Terminology - We RESCUE the dogs. You ADOPT them. The dogs are no longer in danger of losing their lives once they are in our care. You do by adopting allow us room to help others so you are saving lives by adopting our rescue.
We do not adopt with a by the numbers system. We may have your dog waiting for you to find us, but it may take time for the right dog for you to come to us.
If your looking for a dog right now we are not going to be able to help you.
If you are now looking for the right dog and are willing to trust us and be patient we will help you. Provided you have an approved application.
We do not have time to totally obedience train or house train every dog that comes to us. We do work on house training and will clearly state if a dog is house trained. Sometimes we are lucky and get a well trained dog, but most of the time the dogs need someone to love them, someone who is willing to work with them to make them into the best dogs that they are capable of being. We do work on some training other than house training, we work with them on and off leash. Each foster does as much as he or she can to work on training. Adopters are expected to enroll in obedience classes or work with their dogs to train and maintain training with their dogs or as needed. If you expect a perfectly trained dog, then a rescue is not the dog for you.
Please note that ODBTR is NOT a rehab for dogs with major behavioral issues. We do NOT knowingly place a human aggressive dog in a home, which is why the dog is in foster with us for at least several weeks before placement.
*OLD DOMINION BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY APPLICATION WITHOUT EXPLANATION*
The answers you give on our application will help us find the best possible match between you and the dogs available for adoption. Remember we are searching for the perfect home for each individual dog. You may have a perfect home for one dog, but not another. Even if you fall in love with the looks or bio of a particular dog and submit an application stating that is the dog you want to adopt, we are not obligated to adopt that particular dog to you if we consider the dog is not the right match for your household. We will suggest other dogs that we consider suitable for your household based upon the answers to our questions in the application. Keep in mind this is not an over night process and we are volunteers, so please expect some waiting time (1-6 weeks) to be involved. Please answer all questions as completely as possible. If any information is omitted, the application will be discarded. We reserve the right to inspect the prospective home environment both before and after adoption without any advanced notice. In addition, if we discover that any information on this form was knowingly falsified, we reserve the right to refuse to adopt a dog to you and to take any adopted dog back into our possession.
PLEASE NOTE: If your application is approved, we will require an adoption donation to defray the ever-increasing costs of veterinary care for our rescued dogs. Keep in mind that we spend whatever is nessassary to make sure our Boston's are healthy prior to adoption. What we spend on them does not reflect in our adoption fees. More often than not we spend two or three times more on needed vet care than we charge in adoption fees. Should we spend less on needed care than the actual adoption fee that money goes to make sure other Boston's are given all they need. I think of this as Boston Terrier social securety. It does not happen often. With out supporters, sponcers and adoption fees we would cease to exist. When you actually adopt once of our Boston's you will be required to sign a contract in the form of our adoption certificate. Adoption fees vary depending on the age, health and any issues each individual Boston may have. Some fees are sponcered, that is of no cost to the adopter. This is for some senior and special needs Boston's. Our average fees are $150. to $450. Remember we base each fee on health and age so our youngest Boston's unless special needs are always $450. All of our fees are a bargan. All of our Boston's are spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, micro chipped and wellness tested. Those are our minimum requirements for adptable Boston's. Many times there is much more. We also work on but do not guarentee house training. If you are not willing to work on house training please seek your next Boston love from another group. Often the only reason people give up a Boston is because they cannot seem to house train them. This kind of stress on any dog will most assuradly guarentee problems where house training is concerned. You can not simply wish the dog to know where to relieve themselves. A modicum of human involvment is required. They may be perfectly house trained while in foster care. This does not mean at your house they will be perfectly house trained. They need to know where you want them to do what must be done. They do not just know. If you stress about it they will and more often than not they will fail. They look to us for leadership, guidence and dicipline. You must be a strong leader to live with a Boston. If not they will lead you and rule your life. No one wants that, not even the Boston.