Terms of Adoption

Rescue dogs come with baggage.  For some of them, it's easy to forget the past and to settle in with a new family, be that their foster family or their adoptive family.  For others, they have learned in foster care that life can be good, and they take this assurance with them to their forever home.  And for some, their baggage travels with them, requiring patience and understanding on the part of their adoptive families.

Baggage

BeccaNow that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed.
I'd like to open my baggage lest I forget
There is so much to carry - So much to regret.
Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top.
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss;
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave –
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, to never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage –
Will YOU still want ME?

~Evelyn Colbath (c) 1995
All Rights Reserved

ACES strives to place our setters in homes where they can be successful.  One key component to this success is our application process.  There is a reason that our adoption application is lengthy and our approval process is thorough.  We want to learn all we can about your family and your lifestyle in order to match you with the right setter.  Another key component is the foster home.  Our foster homes are committed to not only caring for their foster setter but to evaluating and learning all they can about that setter.  When you talk to a foster home about a dog, rest assured that they will tell you all that they know about the dog in their home.  The final key component to an adoptive dog's success is the forever family.  When choosing a dog, please be honest about what your family can handle.  Pay attention to the details of a dog's bio; don't just fall in love with a picture.  Listen closely to the foster family.  Don't assume you know the dog from its description on the website or that because a dog looks like your former dog, it will behave the same.  Ask lots of questions, listen to the answers, and take the time to decide if this is the dog for you.

Please also be aware that as diligent as our foster families are, each dog is an individual and its behavior can be determined by environment.  A dog that gets along with a foster family's cat may find it fun to chase your cat.  Your child may act differently around a dog than the toddler in a foster home.  Although the foster family does their best to describe a dog's behavior, remember that their description is based on the dog's behavior in their home, not in every home.  You should always be prepared for some adjustment when your rescued setter comes to your home.  Will you be there to help unpack their baggage?

Adoption Application Checklist

Things you should know before completing the adoption application.

Please read the THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Section above before completing the ACES ADOPTION APPLICATION.