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Following are the rescue forms you may require in your search to adopt a dog, surrender a dog or volunteer with us. Individual Keeshond rescue groups may have their own forms to use, so please check with them first.

Adoption Application · Surrending a Dog to Rescue
Placing a Dog in a New Home · Training & Behavior
Evaluating a Dog for Rescue · Conducting a Home Visit
Fostering a Dog for KRNA · Volunteering with KRNA

Adoption Application Information

If you are considering adopting a rescue Keeshond, please contact us by submitting a brief email about you and your family. Your email will be forwarded to a rescue member and you will be contacted within 5 days. Please be patient. Keeshond rescue is an all volunteer organization and like yourself, we have families and jobs that we must attend to in addition to our rescue work.

Once you have been contacted by a rescue representative and have decided to pursue adopting a rescue dog, your representative will instruct you to submit an application. If your rescue representative has their own adoption application , they will provide that form to you. Otherwise, your rescue representative may ask you to submit an adoption application, using either of these formats listed below.

Please remember dogs are highly sociable, pack-oriented, family members. They need to live indoors with the family and be a part of everyday family life. A commitment to adopting a dog means loving, living with and caring for a dog for it's entire life (most dogs live between 12-16 years).

Adoption Application (Word Format)

  • You can answer the questions online in the Word document (a temporary copy is made) and save that document to your local computer. Then you can email the completed document application (as an email attachment) to your rescue representative. You can also print out the application, answer the questions and send the completed application (through U.S Postal Mail) to your rescue representative at his / her address.
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    Surrendering a Dog to Rescue

    If you believe you need to find your Keeshond a new family, please follow the steps listed below.

  • Contact a Rescue Representatives near you for further help.

  • Complete the Surrender Form and return it to your rescue representative.

  • Once your rescue representative has reviewed your Surrender Form, your dog will need to be evaluated by a rescue evaluator.
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    Placing a Dog in a New Home

    Here are the steps involved in our placement process. If you have any additional questions, please discuss this with the rescue representative you are working with.
    Placement Agreement (Word Format)

  • Your adoption application has been submitted, personal and veterinary references have been verified and your application has been approved by a rescue representative.

  • Your home visit has been conducted and approved.

  • A suitable match has been determined for the dog and your family. The dog and family have been introduced to each other. At this point the rescue representative will complete the placement form and finalize the adoption.
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    Training & Behavior Information

    Many new owners have lots questions regarding how to train and interact with their new family member. In this section we address common training and behavior questions, to help you and your dog in the transition to a new life together.

    Here is how you can get started training and educating your dog and have fun while you both learn.

    How to effectively train your dog using Positive Reinforcement techniques.

    Confused about why your dog exhibits a certain behavior? Let us try and help by explaining common canine behaviors.

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    Evaluating a Dog for Rescue

    One of the skills a Rescue member must have is knowing how to properly evaluate a dog for their rescue program. Rescue involves more than just taking a dog and re-homing it. It means you should be able to determine if the dog has any possible behavioral issues, that could be a problem or a danger in a new family. Families looking to adopt a rescue dog want a safe, family companion. And that is what rescue should adopt to them.

    We strongly suggest each rescue member educate themself regarding Temperament Evaluation Procedures. Yes, you will need specialized training but the skills you learn will be extremely valuable in your rescue work. No evaluation procedure can predict all cases of aggression in dogs. But by having these skills you will be more confident the dog you are re-homing, is indeed a safe, friendly dog with a good temperament.

    We are not recommending any particular temperament procedure, only trying to assist rescue members in locating the information they are interested in. So, here are some links to well known Dog Trainers and Behaviorists, who work with Canine Temperament Assessment. All of these experts offer canine seminars and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada on an on-going basis. If you are interested in learning more, please check their web sites for the date(s) of a seminar near you.

    As we discover more informative Canine Evaluation sites, we will update that information below.

  • Sue Sternberg's national recognized temperament evaluation offers shelters and rescue workers a formal set of procedures and expected canine responses that can be used to evaluate a dog. These procedures help to determine the behavior and potential success of a dog before it is placed in a new home.

  • Dr. Emily Weiss, Ph.D is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Her work focuses on developing positive, humane animal behavior programs in order to make life better for all creatures. She developed the SAFER test, which is an evaluation procedure that assesses potential aggression in dogs over 6 months of age. SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluating ReHoming) is now being used by shelters across the United States.
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    Conducting a Home Visit

    Here are the steps involved in evaluating a home and family as a potential candidate for a rescue dog.

  • How to conduct a home visit.
    This is a guideline to assist rescue members in evaluating an applicant's suitability for a rescue dog.
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    Fostering a Dog for KRNA

    Here are the steps involved in our fostering program and how you can help. If you have any additional questions, please discuss this with the rescue representative you are working with.
    Fostering Application (Word Format)

  • Your foster application has been submitted, personal and veterinary references have been verified and your application has been approved by a rescue representative.

  • Your home visit has been conducted and approved.

  • A suitable rescue dog has been found for you to foster for a minimum of two weeks.
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    Volunteering with KRNA

    Want to become a rescue volunteer with KRNA. Here is what you need to do.
    Code of Ethics (Word Format)

  • Read and understand the KRNA Code of Ethics. All KRNA members are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth in the KRNA Code of Ethics. Please include a signed copy of the KRNA Code of Ethics with your Volunteer Application.
  • Volunteer Application (Word Format)

  • Fill out the Volunteer Application and send it, along with the signed KRNA Code of Ethics, to any member of the KRNA Volunteer Committee.
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