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Riverside County, California

Adoption Application
to adopt a Gentle Giant or a Little Giant

Please read the following information carefully as it provides
important information detailing our many requirements.

We adopt our dogs to Southern California and Southern Nevada residents only

If you are interested in adopting a Gentle Giant or a Little Giant from us, please complete the following Adoption Application.  Please answer each question completely, then select 'Submit' at the end of the Adoption Application.

You will receive a response within one week, indicating whether (1) you are approved; (2) we have a question or problem with one or more of your answers; or (3) you are denied. We reserve the right to approve or not to approve any application for any reason.

Sometimes, we are overwhelmed with Adoption Applications, so if you do not hear from us within 7 days, please contact us by email at adoptions@gentlegiantsrescue.com to make sure that we have received your application. If you write to us, please be sure to include your full name, as we are unable to locate applications without the applicant's full name.

Answering each question completely and accurately will expedite the approval process. If you are approved, we will be able to promptly set up an appointment for you to adopt your new family member. We have adoption appointments available six (6) days a week, Monday-Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

If there is a problem with your Adoption Application, we may give you a conditional approval, subject to you resolving an issue that conflicts with our minimum adoption requirements.

ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

We adopt to our gentle giants and little giants as personal pets (not as working dogs) into safe, loving homes where the adopters are able to provide love, affection, stability, safety, and the financial ability to provide medical care as and when their adopted dog needs it.

We adopt our dogs to people who live ONLY in Southern California and Southern Nevada. We do not adopt our dogs to people who live elsewhere. We do require all potential adopters to come here to Riverside County, California (Southern California) to adopt, because we will only adopt to people who we have met in person and who we are 100% sure will provide a safe, loving home to our Gentle Giants and to our Little Giants. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT. WE DO NOT SHIP DOGS.

We adopt our dogs to live with their adopters in single family homes, perferably with fenced yards, and to people who live in condos, townhouses, apartments, and mobile homes without fenced yards. If you have a swimming pool, we require a fenced area separating your swimming pool from the area that your adopted dog will have access to. A certified pool cover is also acceptable

You must be at least 25 years of age to adopt a dog from us (no exceptions).

Borzoi, Scottish Deerhounds and Silken Windhounds are special breeds that are only available for adoption to people who have previously adopted a dog from us.

We must be able to contact you in case of an emergency. You will need to furnish us with your home telephone number, your work telephone number, amd your cell telephone number, if you have one, as well as a separate emergency telephone number.

ABOUT OUR GENTLE GIANTS AND LITTLE GIANTS

Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are the ultimate "COMPANION" dogs - incredibly loving, affectionate, and exceptionally well behaved. They are quiet, patient, and so human-like that you will be amazed.

Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants live for their family (you), and they are wonderfully loving and very gentle with children of all ages and with all other animals.

Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants want to spend as much time with you as you have available for them. They are very emotional and will miss you very much when you are away from them. If you are away from your home more than nine (9) hours a day, we cannot adopt a dog to you.

Our Gentle Giants do not require much exercise or much space, they eat just a little bit more than smaller dogs, and they are the #1 apartment dogs in most cities.

Every dog that we adopt is vet checked and determined to be in good health by a licensed veterinarian on the day that it goes home with you. If our vets are unable to vet check your adopted dog on the day that you adopt it, you may have to come back the next day or whenever our vets are available to examine your adopted dog.

Adoption Fees: We are a charitable, non-profit corporation. Our adoption fees range from $490.00 to $990.00 based upon our costs involved with each dog for the neuter/spay, shots, temperament testing, training, care up until the dog is adopted, transportation costs bringing the dog in, special surgical procedures, and our overall cost of operation. There are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $490.00, and there are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $990.00. Almost all of our adoption fees are somewhere in between.

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ADDITIONAL ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

Longevity: Our Physical And Emotional Care Has Doubled The Average Length Of Our Dogs Lives!
Nurturing The Physical And Emotional Needs And Instincts Of Our Gentle Giants And Little Giants
Combining Our All Natural Gentle Giants Dog Food With Our Feeding And Care Program,
Our Gentle Giants Are Living Into Their Late Teens And Early Twenties!

Because we have been enormously successful in prolonging the healthy, happy lives of our Gentle Giants, we have strict adoption requirements so that our adopters can hopefully enjoy the same amazing success that we have had. Everyone wants their dog to live the longest, healthiest, happiest life, and if you agree to comply with our requirements, you will have the opportunity to love and enjoy a Gentle Giant from us and have your loving canine family member be with you as much as twice as long as you would have otherwise.

Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are house dogs, not outside dogs. And, they are not garage dogs, laundry room dogs, barn dogs, shed dogs or patio dogs. They must live inside your home in the main living area as a member of your family, day and night, and go outside only to eat, to go to the bathroom, for short periods of play, and to be with you and your family whenever you are outside. At all other times, they must be inside the main living area of your home.

Many people have traditionally left their dogs outside during the day, and brought their dogs in only at night. Their dogs usually live short lives (in the case of Gentle Giants, usually 7 to 9 years). Some people leave their dogs outside day and night, and their dogs usually live even shorter lives. We do not adopt our dogs to anyone who intends to keep their adopted dog outside, whether it is during the day or at night.

We cater to the physical and emotional needs of our dogs and they live a lot longer.

For example, we allow our dogs the freedom to go outside whenever they want to, and conversely, the freedom to come back inside whenever they want to. These are the same freedoms that a human has.

So, it does take a little extra effort to pay attention to what your dog is trying to communicate to you. And by doing this, your dog feels that he or she has some say so in living their life and they don't give up and resign themselves that they are either “cooped up” outside or “cooped up” inside. This freedom we give them enriches their emotional needs and their spirit, and they are happier. Happier dogs live longer.

Our dogs go outside every few hours (or sooner if they want to). Yes, they frolic and play in between feeding times. You can see that in the many photos on our website. But, after about 15 to 20 minutes, they've had enough and that frolic and play gets old for them and they want to come back into their "den" (figuratively speaking), which is their house (and if you adopt from us, your house).

We say in our literature that a “doggie door” is optional, not required. What isn't optional is leaving your adopted dog outside other than when it is eating, going to the bathroom, briefly playing, or being with you or your family when you are outside.

Our dogs are house dogs, and they must be allowed to stay in your house, or more pointedly, they must be left in your house and not left outside, whether you are home or not.

When we started rescuing Great Danes 19 years ago - the first week in August 1994 (we have now been rescuing 45 different breeds for the last 12 years), our dogs were living an average of 7 to 9 years. As time passed, through trial and error and tracking the results of feeding 600 lbs. per day of our Gentle Giants dog food, we have our dogs consistently living into their late teens and early twenties. There are exceptions, such as dogs that contract life threatening diseases and those that are critically injured in accidents.

We accomplish greatly extended lifespans for our dogs by focusing on three critical areas: (1) how we care for our dogs; (2) how we feed our dogs; and (3) what we feed our dogs.

We want your adopted dog to continue to live as long as our dogs living here, so we require you to follow our feeding and care techniques and to feed our Gentle Giants dog food. We want you and your adopted dog to enjoy the tremendous success that we have enjoyed by having our dogs alive with us many, many more years. By the way, we take no salary from our adoption fees nor from our Gentle Giants dog food. Our sole focus is extending the lives of dogs and keeping them healthy and happy.

A significant attribute of our success in doubling the length of their lives is to nurture their needs and instincts, and living inside the main living area of your home has shown itself time and again . . . in fact, thousands of times with the giant breed dogs that we've had living here during the last 19 years, to be a key ingredient in lengthening their lives.

Spaying And Neutering

All of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are spayed or neutered at five to six months of age or as soon as we get them after six months of age. Spaying (females) and neutering (males) does not only prevent excessive, unnecessary breeding, which, if left unspayed and unneutered, results in so many millions of unwanted dogs that end up in animal shelters each year, but, spaying and neutering your dog at an early age (the optimum age is six months) is critical to extend and prolong your dog's life.

Cancer is the #1 killer of dogs, and 85% of all cancers (whether they end up developing in the bones, organs, blood or skin) originate in the reproductive organs. So, by spaying or neutering your dog at an early age, you are giving your dog the gift of a much longer life! This is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog, and it is one of the key things that we do to help our dogs live into their late teens and early twenties.

If you want to adopt a dog from us, you must spay or neuter your own dog(s) prior to be approved for adoption. Also, unspayed and unneutered dogs do not always get along with spayed and neutered dogs, and we have achieved an amazing level of socialization, good behavior and easy handling with our dogs (see Our Gentle Giants Training) by combining spaying/neutering with our immensely successful training techniques. We feel that it is in the best interest and safety for our dog and for your dog that you spay or neuter your own dog(s) before we adopt a dog to you.

We Do Not Adopt Our Dogs As Working Dogs Or To Dog Breeders

Our dogs are adopted only as personal companion pets, and are not adopted to provide any form of work. In addition, we do not adopt our dogs to people who breed dogs or who have non-neutered or non-spayed dogs.

We Do Not Allow Our Dogs To Be Kept In Crates Or Kennels!

Our dogs are crated trained, but we only use crates when our youngest puppies are learning to be housebroken. When our puppies are housebroken, usually at four to six months of age, we stop using crates. If a puppy is still in the chewing stage, we will "baby gate" them in our kitchen when we can't watch them. Giant breed dogs are not comfortable in crates, and they are not happy in kennels, so we don't use either after four to six months of age.

Keeping Your Gentle Giant Out Of The Sun And Out Of The Heat

Giant breed dogs need to stay out of the sun. Most giant breeds have a single coat of fur, and have no protection against the harmful rays of the sun. They can develop skin cancer very quickly. Once the skin cancer develops, the dogs usually develop internal cancerous tumors as well. This can quickly lead to death.

Smaller breeds of dogs have a short, thick inner coat of fur that protects them from the sun. Because most giant breeds do not have a short, thick inner coat of fur, they should not be allowed to lie out in the sun at all.

Giant breed dogs also need to stay out of the heat. Their bodies do not dissipate heat well, and they can get heat stroke, which can cripple them or kill them.

If someone wants to keep their dog outside, whether it is during the day or at night, whether they are home or not, we will not adopt to them.

Our Successful Feeding And Care Procedures

Our care and feeding program has worked magnificently for the thousands of giant breed dogs and many small breed dogs in the last 19 years here where we could see and experience and tabulate the results first hand. No one else in the world that we know of who cares for dogs has accomplished this or anywhere near this to our knowledge.

It is our love for these dogs and our total commitment to saving, enriching and lengthening their lives that has provided us with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these magnificient animals.

That is why we do what we do and why we have (what may seem strict to some people) the requirements that we have. In the end, the dogs we adopt have proven to be living longer, happier lives in their new adopted homes, and that has made their adopters happier because their loving canine companion is with them longer. You can read this first hand in the many emails that we have posted on our website. And, you can see a loving, healthy, extremely active 22 year old Russian Wolfhound named "Tara"who you can meet when you come here (please see photos on our home page ).

How We Feed And Care For Our Dogs

Every day we feed more than 600 lbs. of our Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food to our rescued dogs.  We feed our adult dogs five (5) or more times each day, and we feed our puppies eight (8) or more times each day.

Unlike other brands of dog food where you have to limit and regulate how much your dog eats because your dog might over eat another brand of dog food, with our Gentle Giants dog food and its unique formulation, your dog will actually SELF-REGULATE itself how much he or she eats and will not over eat our Gentle Giants dog food. Most people find that their dog will actually eat as much as 1/3 less of our Gentle Giants dog food than what they fed their dog before switching to Gentle Giants dog food. Feeding all natural Gentle Giants dog food to your dog can make your dog's coat look healthy and shiny, your dog can have more energy, and you can clean up about 1/3 less stool.

We receive dozens of emails each month from people who have had amazing results from feeding our all natural Gentle Giants dog food and following our feeding and care techniques that provide their dog with the opportunity to live a much  longer life.

Our Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine

We have our dogs, both large breeds and small breeds, living far longer than is traditional for their breed.  Our program for increased longevity combines early spay and neuter, our special feeding and care program, and our high nutrition, balanced protein, low fat specially formulated dog food.  Because our Gentle Giants dog food is so nutritious, our dogs can obtain all the nutrition they need by eating less food than with other dog food formulas.  This provides your adopted dog with increased protection against bloat and torsion, a major killer of giant breed dogs.

We developed Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food to maximize the longevity of all breeds of dogs.  It contains 3 protein sources, 9 real garden vegetables, 3 natural fruits, and 4 nutritious grains. It also includes enriched levels of antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene) to help support the immune system, sequestered trace minerals (SQM) for improved mineral bioavailability, and numerous important vitamins and nutrients.

As you may have already read, we have our dogs living far longer than is traditional for our giant breeds. Our program for increased longevity combines early spay and neuter, our special feeding and care techniques, and Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine high nutrition, balanced protein, low fat dog food. Because our dog food is so nutritious, our dogs can obtain all the nutrition they need by eating less food than with other dog food formulas. This also provides your adopted dog with increased protection against bloat and torsion, a major killer of giant breed dogs.

Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal Recipe was formulated with the highest quality ingredients and with the proper balance of protein and fat content to maximize the longevity of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants (our dog food is excellent for all breeds and for all ages). If you haven't already done so, please go to http://www.gentlegiantsrescue.com/gentle-giants-dog-food.htm for further details.

We require our Gentle Giants dog food to be fed to our adopted dogs for their entire lifetime. Our unique formulation contains Crude Protein = 22% - lower protein content to protect against hypertrophic osteo dystrophy in puppies and panosteitus in adult dogs; Crude Fat = 9% - lower fat content to protect against heart disease; Omega-3 Fatty Acids = .7% minimum - for healthy skin and a healthy coat; Glucosamine and Chondroitin for bone, hip, and joint benefits; and Prebiotics and Probiotics to increase digestion and absorption of food.


Gentle Giants Rescue And Adoptions
Content Requirements
For Dog Food


Our
Dietary Requirements
What your dog food must contain to
if you wish to adopt a dog from us!

Guaranteed Nutrient Analysis

Crude Protein 22% (Min.): balanced protein content to protect against hypertrophic osteo dystrophy in puppies and panosteitus in adult dogs

Crude Fat 9% (Min.): lower fat content to protect against heart disease

Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1.25% (Min.) for healthy skin and a healthy coat

Omega-3 Fatty Acids .5% (Min.) for healthy skin and a healthy coat

Glucosamine 600 mg/kg (Min.) for bone, hip, and joint benefits

Chondroitin 300 mg/kg (Min.) for bone, hip, and joint benefits

Prebiotics and Probiotics to increase digestion and absorption of food

What your dog food must not contain!



No ingredients from any foreign country 0%

No animal by-products 0%

No soy, wheat, or corn 0%

No artificial preservatives 0%

No artificial fillers or proteins 0%

Additional features and benefits Contains 3 Protein Sources (Chicken, Fish and Eggs), 9 Real Garden Vegetables, 3 Fruits, and 4 Grains; Enriched Levels of Antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene) to help support the immune system; Sequestered Trace Minerals (SQM) for Improved Mineral Bioavailability; Multiple Vitamins, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Prebiotics and Probiotics.


Included with your adoption fee is one 17.5 lb. bag of Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine at no charge.  We also have a 33 lb. bag of Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine
available, and both bags can be purchased in stores thoughout California, in some stores across the U.S., and online. Each 37.5 lb. bag should last you about one month (lasting 2 to 3 months for our Little Giants).  The cost of the 33 lb. bag of Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine is $34.99, and the cost of the 17.5 lb. bag of Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine is $19.99. The cost for feeding your giant breed dog amounts to about $1.17 a day, considerably less than feeding any of your other family members.

The Bonding Process

All adults and children living in the same home must attend the adoption appointment. In the alternative, you may come alone and adopt a dog from us, but you will need to come back to pick up your adopted dogs with all the adults and children living in your home AND bring all dogs that you have, so we can properly introduce your newly adopted dog to your dogs.

A comment from a potential adopter: “Our granddaughter will be 18 years of age in four months and will be moving out of the household. We can bring her along if you wish, but it will probably have no bearing on the matter.

Our response: "Yes, it will have a bearing on the bonding process with your newly adopted dog. The reason that we want your granddaughter here if she is presently living in your home is not to have a bearing on your selection of your dog, but because we require all our adopters to take their newly adopted dog that they adopt from us directly home and NOT introduce it to anyone (other than to the members of their family who were here at the adoption appointment) for two weeks. This is to cement the bonding process. If, during the first two weeks that your newly adopted dog is at your home, someone comes to your house, we want you to put your newly adopted dog in another room where it will not meet or see anyone other than you and your wife, and your granddaughter. After two weeks, your newly adopted dog will have properly bonded with you and your family, and you may then introduce it to the world. Leaving your granddaughter at home while she is still living there would foil the intent and success of the bonding process. That is why she must come."


"Princess Leah" 16 years old (left), "Marble" 8 years old (center),
and "Sadie" 2 years old (right) with Ed and Lindy Kalpakoff


Hi Tracy,

Just wanted to let you know that your 16 year old "Princess Leah" acts like she's a puppy.

She's Ed's baby. Follows him everywhere and loves her walks.

She's awesome!!! 

I take "Marble" with me to the park on the weekends. All she wants is to be by my side.

YIPPEEEEE, I have my own dog, ha! ha!

"Sadie" is always causing some kind of ruckus. She's just like "Holly" in so many ways.

We will take some good photos of all of them and send them to you.

It just melts my heart to see "Princess" enjoying life in our home.

She's soooo happy!

And, so are we!!!

Lindy Kalpakoff

 

Balanced Complete Nutrition In Our Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine

Meat, Fish and Eggs
Vegetables
Fruits
Grains
Vitamins and Antioxidants
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includes
includes
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includes
Chicken
Carrots, Celery, Beets
Cranberries
Brown Rice
Vitamin A, Vitamin B12
Herring
Sweet Potatoes
Blueberries
Barley
Vitamin C, Vitamin D3
Eggs
Peas
Apples
Oatmeal
Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Parsley, Lettuce
Flaxseed
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Watercress, Spinach
Beta-Carotene
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
        Spirulina, Taurine, and Niacin
Prebiotics and Probiotics


Increased Nutritional Benefits

  • Guaranteed Levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids for a Healthy Skin and Coat.
  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin for bone, hip, and joint benefits
  • Enriched Levels of Antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene) to help support the immune system
  • Sequestered Trace Minerals (SQM) for Improved Mineral Bioavailability
  • Contains Real Garden Vegetables and Fruits
  • No Poultry or Meat by-Products
  • Ingredient Specific formula for Dogs with food intolerances
  • Naturally Preserved with Vitamin E

Gentle Giants dog food logo

Our Unique Procedures For Feeding And Care That Have Proven So Successful For Us.
Our Gentle Giants are living an average of twice their normal life span.
And our small and medium breeds are living significantly longer.

Here is how we feed our dogs to maximize their life span . . .

We feed our Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine only, because it is highly nutritious with balanced protein and low fat content.* **

We feed dry food only - Only if a dog is severely underweight or upon the recommendation of a veterinarian, do we add canned food.

We elevate all of our food and water bowls at a height so that our dogs don't have to lean down to eat, they just tilt their heads down to eat.*

We do not limit the amount of dog food that we feed at each feeding. Unlike other dog foods, our Gentle Giants dog food is designed for dogs to self-regulate how much they eat - they eat all they want, but they don't over eat. Because Gentle Giants dog food is so nutritious, and because Gentle Giants is partially pre-digested in the manufacturing process, dogs absorb more of the food and significantly benefit from the increased availability of the nutrients. Dogs eating Gentle Giants dog food actually eat 1/3 less than with other formulas. That adds important protection against bloat and torsion. And there is 1/3 less stool to clean up! And your bag of Gentle Giants will last 1/3 longer than other dog foods!

We feed our dry food for 10 to 15 minutes only, and then we remove all food* - We never leave food out or free feed* - We always provide fresh water daily.

We do not allow our dogs to exercise for 1 hour before and 1 hour after each feeding.*

We do not feed for 1 hour before and after riding in a vehicle.*

We feed our puppies under 6 months of age 7 to 8 times a day.*

We feed our puppies 6 months of age to 1 year old 6 to 7 times a day.*

We feed our puppies and adults over 1 year old 5 or more times a day.*

  * We do this to avoid bloat and torsion
** Heart Healthy


Switching Your Dog's Food To Gentle Giants

Here is our recommended method for switching your dog's food to all natural Gentle Giants dog food:

Mix the dog food that you are currently using with Gentle Giants in the following proportions:

Day 1: 80% current dog food, 20 % Gentle Giants
Day 2: 70% current dog food, 30 % Gentle Giants

Day 3: 60% current dog food, 40 % Gentle Giants
Day 4: 50% current dog food, 50 % Gentle Giants
Day 5: 40% current dog food, 60 % Gentle Giants
Day 6: 30% current dog food, 70 % Gentle Giants
Day 7: 20% current dog food, 80 % Gentle Giants
Day 8: 100 % Gentle Giants

If during this transition period your dog gets loose stool, stop the ratio change until your dog's stool returns to normal. If for some reason the loose stool persists, then put in a cup of cooked rice with the food to help tighten up the stool.

Converting Your Existing Dog To The Gentle Giants Feeding Program

Here is our recommended method for converting your dog's existing feeding program to Gentle Giants multi-meal self-regulated feeding program. Our dog food is designed for dogs to self-regulate how much they eat, not limit how much they eat. The amounts shown on our dog food bag indicate what you will eventually offer to your dog, not what is expected to be consumed by your dog.

Most regular dog food has 12% or more fat content. This causes dogs to eat more than they should and more than they need. This also causes them to gain excessive weight.

Gentle Giants dog food has only 9% fat content, which does not cause dogs to eat more than they should or more than they need, and does not cause them to gain excessive weight.

If a dog has been raised on Gentle Giants, it will only eat what it needs to eat. That's why we can present it with more dog food than we expect it to consume.

If a dog is switched from another dog food to Gentle Giants, the conversion period to allowing the dog to self-regulate how much it eats can be several months.

Converting dogs to our way of feeding (5 or more feedings per day), which is how we believe that we are able to help dogs live considerably longer lives, must be a very gradual process for a dog who has only been fed a high fat content dog food (over 9% fat) and who has only been fed 1 or 2 times a day.

How we convert them is as follows:

1. No change in the amount currently fed until your dog is 100% on Gentle Giants for 30 days.

2. When your dog has been eating only Gentle Giants for 30 days, add one additional feeding with the same amount of Gentle Giants as you have been feeding at each meal (ie: if you are feeding your dog 2 cups of Gentle Giants at each meal, then add one more feeding with 2 cups of Gentle Giants) and visually evaluate how your dog responds.

If your dog starts gulping down the additional feeding, then immediately reduce the amount of dog food in the additional feeding so your dog doesn't over eat. Continue this partial extra meal until your dog eats more normally before increasing the amount given to your dog. If your dog eats the additional meal normally or picks at the dog food in the extra feeding, that is excellent, and that is what you want - your dog is starting to self-regulate how much he/she eats.

After another 2-3 weeks, add another feeding and review how your dog reacts to the additional feeding as described above. Ultimately, you want your dog to self-regulate how much he/she eats and to eat only what he/she needs.

QUESTIONS?

We invite you and encourage you to follow our feeding and care techniques and to feed our all natural Gentle Giants dog food to your dog. Please let us know of your results. If you have questions, you can send email to us at info@gentlegiantsrescue.com.

PRE-ADOPTION APPLICATION QUESTIONAIRRE
You must answer each of the 19 questions below
BEFORE selecting "Proceed to Adoption Application."

If you have a
Problem completing this page or accessing our Adoption Application,
please describe the problem in an email to
adoptions@gentlegiantsrescue.com
and
we will assist you in accessing and completing our Adoption Application. Thank you.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU COMPLETE
OUR ADOPTION APPLICATION

To QUALIFY to ADOPT a Gentle Giant or a Little Giant from us,
you will need to agree and comply with (1) through (19) below.


Do you agree to comply with each the following?
Please check "Yes" or "No" for each statement below.
YES NO    
  (1) Each question in our Adoption Application marked with a application requirements must have a typed answer - all of your answers must be complete and truthful.
  (2) All adults and children currently living in your household MUST ATTEND the adoption appointment here at our facility - there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.
  (3) The number of hours that you are away from your home will determine the minimum age of the dog that you can adopt.
  (4) Your dogs must be spayed or neutered because our dogs for adoption are, and non neutered and non spayed dogs do not always gets along with neutered and spayed dogs.
  (5) Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are HOUSE DOGS. They MUST BE ALLOWED to stay in your house day and night, whether you are home or not. Having a 'doggie door' (optional, but highly recommended) is an excellent way to allow them to go outside when they want to, and to be able to come back inside when they want to. Doggie doors are available for all types of doors, including sliding glass doors.
  (6) Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are NOT OUTSIDE DOGS, NOT GARAGE DOGS, NOT PATIO DOGS, and NOT LAUNDRY ROOM DOGS! If you state in your Adoption Application that your adopted dog will be kept outside at any time, night or day (except when you are there with them), or that you intend to keep your adopted dog in your garage or in your laundry room at any time, your Adoption Application will be denied. Doggie doors are acceptable and recommended.
  (7) Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants like to live inside your house with you as a member of your family, and they usually like to go outside only when they need to go to the bathroom, to eat, for brief periods of play (15 to 20 minutes), or if you go outside - they want to be with you. Again, Doggie doors are acceptable and recommended.
  (8) Unlike other breeds of dogs, most of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants have only a single, outer coat of fur, and have no protection from heat or cold. Because of that, they can get heat stroke (which can cause death) and skin cancer from the sun, which is another reason that they should be allowed to stay inside. They also get cold easily. Even our Gentle Giants and Little Giants with longer hair and an under coat of fur prefer to be inside. All of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are completely housebroken, neat, and very clean.
  (9) You must be at least 25 years of age to adopt a dog and live in Southern California or in Southern Nevada.
  (10) We only adopt our dogs into homes where there is a single family living - we do not adopt our dogs into homes where there are multiple families living, or to people who have roommates.
  (11) You must be financially able to provide a safe, loving home to the dog that you adopt from us, including paying for its food and medical expenses as needed.
  (12) You must follow our feeding and care instructions so that your adopted dog will live the safest, longest possible life.
  (13) We do not adopt our youngest puppies (8 weeks to 28 weeks) into homes where the adopter(s) are gone for more than 2 hours. It isn't safe for the puppy.
  (14) If you live in a house, you must have a fully enclosed yard with a fence at least five (5) feet high. We do adopt to people living in condos, townhouses, apartments and mobile homes who don't have fenced yards.
  (15) You must remove any poisonous plants or trees in any yard where your adopted Gentle Giant or Little Giant will have access.
  (16) If you have a swimming pool, you must have a fully enclosed fence that separates your pool from the outside area that your adopted dog will have access to, or you must have a pool cover cerified to hold up to 250 lbs. You must make sure that your Gentle Giant or Little Giant doesn't fall into the pool and drown - there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.
  (17) If you have other dogs at home, you MUST bring them to your adoption appointment, OR, if you come back to pick up your adopted dog, you MUST bring them at that time to make sure that your dog is properly introduced to your new Gentle Giant or Little Giant. - there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.
  (18) When you adopt a dog from us, you will be required to only feed dog food that meets our specifications. We highly recommend that you feed Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine to your Gentle Giant or Little Giant. (This requirement may be modified if your veterinarian prescribes a special diet while under medical care).
  (19) When you adopt a dog from us, for its entire lifetime, you can call us at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week, with any question or problem, and we will try to help you for no charge.

 

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