FAQ – Adoption Process

Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue “TABR” General Information

Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue is an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of English Bulldogs. In addition to finding new homes for our dogs, we are also very dedicated to educating the public about the responsibilities that come with owning a dog of this breed. All too often people acquire a puppy or adult dog without knowing enough about what to expect and end up finding that they cannot handle it. This is one reason why Bulldogs end up homeless. We know that with proper education and support we can better ensure that fewer Bulldog’s end up in shelters and that those who have recently added a Bulldog to their family can find a place to turn when they need help.

TABR is a foster-based organization. We do not operate a shelter. In an effort to match each dog with a home best suited to meet their unique needs, the temperament and behavior of each dog is carefully evaluated while they are in foster care. Dogs are also taught good house manners, basic obedience skills and are socialized while in foster care.

TABR Adoption Process

TABR’s goal is to place homeless dogs into loving homes and families. We take special care to match the right home with the right dog, ensuring a lifetime of love for both the pet and the adopter. To ensure the best matches are made, we have a process that has been proven effective in determining the best homes for our animals. Our adoption process may seem time-consuming or unnecessarily complicated, but please understand that we have our dogs’ best interests at heart. We strive to find the best homes possible for our dogs, as well as find the right dog for you and your lifestyle.

Please understand that our organization is completely run by unpaid volunteers, who dedicate their free time to help the dogs. If your references are unavailable, it will delay the process, since those must be checked before moving forward. The entire adoption process takes time; we are unwilling to sacrifice being thorough when the dog’s future is at stake. We thank you for your time and patience throughout our adoption process.

TABR General Adoption Information

·         Adoption fees range depending upon the age/health of the dog.

·         All rescue bullies are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and up-to-date on all shots, and on a heartworm and flea/tick prevention prior to adoption.

·         We very rarely get puppies through the rescue program. If we do rescue puppies, they tend to come in due to problematic medical conditions that require a great deal of personal time and financial commitments to care for them.

·         You are giving a homeless dog a second chance. This means having the time and patience to work with social, emotional and behavioral problems. In some cases, a health issue is present. We disclose all information we are given and are aware of, as we want to make this as smooth a transition for the dog as possible.

·         TABR will never adopt out a dog with a bite history.

·         A number of rescued bulldogs don’t get along with other animals and some can’t be placed with small children. If you have children or other animals it may take some time to find just the right dog for you. Please be patient.

·         If you’re seeking to obtain a cheap English bulldog or you’re looking for a specific color or look of a bulldog, rescue is probably not for you. It is important for all interested parties to understand that our primary commitment is to the dogs who are in our care. We look for the right family to suit our rescue dogs. It’s not about picking out the cutest one. The cutest one may not be your match!

·         Please do your research prior to applying. Bulldogs are extremely high maintenance dogs. They are indoor dogs, require premium dog food, daily cleaning and lots of love and attention.

TABR Adoption Fees

Our Adoption Fees can range from $300 to $850 dollars depending on the age and health of the dog.

Step 1 – Fill out an Adoption Application

The first step is to have you fill out an adoption application. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, training beliefs and background with animals. The application can be completed on our TornadoAlleyOk.Org website.

Step 2 – Application Preliminary Review

Our application committee volunteers will initially screen your application to determine if all necessary information was provided. If not you will be contacted to either fill out another application or provide additional information.

Step 3 – Landlord Approval Verified

If it is determined that you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have the approval to have a dog in your home. We also ask about any breed or size limitations.

If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied at this point in the process.

Step 4 – Veterinary References Contacted

Our volunteers will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if all your current pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. We also require current dogs to be on a heartworm preventative. If you don’t have any current pets, we will ask about the veterinary care that your previous pets received. If you have never owned a pet, this step is skipped.

If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify the spay/neuter and vaccination status of current or previous pets, processing of your application will be stopped until you can provide this information.

Step 5 – Personal References Contacted

Our volunteers will contact your two personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you to be a responsible pet owner.

This is the portion of the process that can take the most amount of time. It is helpful if you contact your references and ask them to return our calls in a timely manner.

If our application committee volunteers have any major concerns about adopting a dog to you, based on communication with your references, your application may be denied at this point in the process.

Step 6 – Home Visit

Our organization requires home visits to determine that the dog will be living in a safe environment. This is an informal chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment and determine which dog(s) in our program might be the best fit. The home visit volunteer will do a short walk-through of your home and yard to ensure its safety and to advise on any areas of concern.

If our home visit volunteers have any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied at this point in the process.

Step 7 – Meeting between Approved Applicant & Available Dogs

Our organization does not have a shelter where the dogs can be visited. Our dogs are in foster homes. We do NOT arrange meetings between interested individuals and our fosters until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.

Once you have been approved, a volunteer will contact you about scheduling a time for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. This meeting may occur at the foster’s residence, your home or a mutually agreed upon location.

We also have Meet & Greet events around the Oklahoma City area. Please see our Facebook page (“Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue – bcarn Oklahoma”) for upcoming events. You do not have to be an approved adopter to come meet our available dogs. We cannot confirm which, or how many dogs will be available at each event; however, it is a great time to talk with our group and meet some of the available dogs that are able to attend.

Just because you are determined to be an approved adopter, you are NOT guaranteed a particular dog. For some dogs we receive many applications so we may allow multiple applicants to have a meeting with the dog before we choose the home that we feel will be the best fit for the dog. Also, if the volunteer involved in the meeting with you and the dog does not feel you are a good fit for the dog, you may be denied adoption of that particular dog but you may be allowed to adopt another dog.

Step 8 – Adoption

If you have decided upon a dog that you would like to adopt you are required to sign an adoption contract and to provide payment of the adoption fee. If the dog you are interested in adopting is not yet medically cleared, you will be able to sign a Deposit Contract to hold that dog until they are available for adoption. The Deposit Contract will ensure that no other approved adopters will complete meet and greets with that dog. 

Upon signing the final Adoption Contract, you will have a new forever family member.