Courtesy Post

COURTESY POSTS

FTTF does occasionally courtesy post for people trying to rehome their own dog or looking for help finding a home for a dog they rescued or found. Approved FTTF courtesy posts will be displayed on our website and other applicable platforms, like Petfinder, and will be permitted to attend FTTF adoption events. Courtesy posts are made on a case-by-case basis, and must go through an application process. Submitting an application does not guarantee we will be able to courtesy post your dog for you.

Below are some other organizations who assist with courtesy posts, though each has its own requirements as well:
Pit Bull Rescue Central
Doggie Harmony
RescueMe
PawsLikeMe

Please review our rules and requirements for courtesy posts below before submitting your application.
*NOTE: Courtesy posts are for dogs residing in the state of Georgia only. 

Courtesy Post Request Requirements

The following is MANDATORY for your courtesy post request to be processed:

  1. Submit a completed Courtesy Post Application (per dog).
  2. Submit at least (2) good photos of your dog.
  3. Send all medical records for your dog via email – dogs must be spayed/neutered, current on vaccines & heartworm negative.
  4. Complete and sign the FTTF Courtesy Post Agreement, which includes agreeing to charge a minimum $100 adoption fee – you can keep this fee if you wish.
  5. Pay the one-time $50.00 listing fee per dog, payable to FTTF (preferably via PayPal).

Once your application is accepted, you must be responsive in communicating with our team, and check-in monthly via email to brianne@friendstotheforlorn.org for your listing to remain active. If we cannot get in touch with you and/or you do not check-in with us regarding the status of your dog, we will remove your courtesy post and you will be ineligible for courtesy posts in the future.

Steps for Screening Potential Adopters

You don’t want to give your dog to just anyone, but it can sometimes be tough to make sure your dog is going to a good home. Lucky for you, we are here to help – lean on our volunteers for advice! We have loads of experience finding good, qualified homes for pitbulls and other dogs. While we typically do not have the ability to screen applicants for, you we can help you with the process and give you tips along the way. If you have any questions, please ask! ALWAYS do what is best for your dog. Go with your gut – if an adopter puts off bad vibes, don’t adopt to them. You have the right to say no.

Step One
When screening potential adopters, first have them complete an application. That is the best place to start because it allows you to collect and review all of the important information you will need, and keep it on file. You can find a generic application below.
Download Basic Adoption Application

Step Two
Veterinary & personal reference checks: Call their vet and tell them a client of theirs is a potential adopter and you wish to do a vet-check. Most vets are easy to work with, but some will require the owner’s permission to release records. Ask questions about their previous or current pets. Are they fixed? Do they keep them current on vaccines each year? Are they on heartworm prevention?

Call their other references as well. These tend to a little biased as they are typically the applicant’s friends and family, but ask them if they’ve had dog experience. Do they think he/she would be a good dog-owner? Would they trust him/her to dog-sit their dog?

Step Three
Check with their landlord: If they rent, call their landlord to verify that they are allowed to have pets. If they are applying to adopt a pitbull, you will want to make sure their landlord does not have breed restrictions and the location is not affected by breed-specific legislation.

Step Four
Meet & greets – let the potential adopter meet the dog, carefully introduce your dog to any existing animals. If you need tips on the best way to conduct doggie-introductions, let us know!

Step Five
Conduct a home-visit. This is an extremely important step and should be 100% mandatory. It should be a huge red flag if an applicant attempts to avoid having a home check. During the home check, trust your instincts. You don’t need the grand tour – you know as soon as you walk in whether you would leave your dog there or not. Is the environment dangerous? Are their existing pets well cared for? Are there any concerns? (If there are, address them!) Ask yourself, would I let them baby-sit my children or other pets for a few days?

Step Six
We recommend letting the potential adopter go through a trial-period with the dog – a week or two should do. This allows the dog time to acclimate to its new environment and gives the potential adopter time to get to know the dog.

Step Seven
Finalize the adoption! Hand over the dog’s medical records, sign an adoption agreement. If the dog is microchipped, call the chip company to update it with the potential adopter’s information. And, of course, always collect the adoption fee.
You can find a generic version below and don’t forget to fill in your contact information!
Download Basic Adoption Agreement

Step Eight
Notify FTTF that your dog has been adopted!