Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog or puppy from Empty Cage Collective. The dogs available for adoption have been rescued from abandonment, abuse, neglect and other forms of cruelty. We want to ensure that the dog(s) you are adopting receive life-long care, as well as compassionate and respectful treatment. We want to ensure that the best possible home is found for the animals that have been entrusted into our care.
Things to Consider:
The fact that you are looking at rescue dogs is a wonderful thing! It is definitely the responsible, caring thing to do. But one should consider a few important things before filling out the adoption application:
Do you have time for a dog?
Dogs need you to take care of them even when you are busy, tired, sick, and otherwise inconvenienced. Many of our dogs have ended up in a rescue home because their previous guardians did not take the time commitment seriously.
Are you prepared to deal with special problems that dogs can bring?
Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture and doors, bathroom accidents from animals who are not yet housetrained, holes in the yard and gardens, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of lives with dogs.
Is it a good time for you to adopt a dog?
If you have small children less than six years old, or have any of these things occurring or might occur within the next six months, you may want to wait to adopt: marriage, divorce, move, death in the family, new job, lost job, etc. If you travel frequently or serve in the military, a dog might not be the best match. These are all common reasons why people bring in and surrender their dogs to shelters. Having a stable, settled lifestyle is best for dogs.
Will you be responsible?
Dogs depend on their people for everything. You need to be able to provide the things they require every day of every year for the rest for their lives. This is a big responsibility.
Are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for the rest of his or her life?
These dogs have already been given up once. It is our commitment to place them in safe, loving, forever-homes.
HISTORY WITH PETS
Before you click submit, please note that ALL questions on the application must be answered in order for it to submit. We recommend scrolling trough your application after you finish the questionnaire, in order to make sure there are no red highlighted question boxes.
Once you have submitted the application, an ECC representative will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the receipt.