Adoption Process

Everyone wishing to adopt through our rescue must complete an application.  

Once we receive your application, we will reply with a follow up email of acknowledgement. 

  • A volunteer will then  contact you to set up a home visit. We receive many applications and only have a handful of volunteers able to schedule them so please be patient.  During the home visit we look for potential hazards for the Boston that the adopter may not have considered.
  • Once the home visit is completed, we carefully screen potential adoptive families, including interviewing adopters, and checking references. 
  • We encourage all approved adopters to visit the available dogs at one of our meet and greets or events.  You can find more information on our events page   

Our goal is to match our dogs to the best suited homes based on the individual dog's needs.  If acquiring a dog is a time sensitive issue for you or your family, rescue may not be for you. 

If you are willing to wait for the right rescue to come to you, you are an ideal candidate for AZBTR.  As our success rate proves, these precious dogs are well worth the wait. 

We are very careful about the placements we make. We do our best to match the right Boston with the right adoptive home, because we want this to be the dog's permanent home.

 

Spay/Neuter, Health Check, Microchip and License

 
We make sure that all dogs are sterilized before adoption and, if the adoptive home has other pets, we require that existing pets are sterilized as well. Vaccinations are brought up to date and each dog is given a health check and a microchip. 

Microchips will be registered in the name of the new owner, with AZBTR as a secondary contact.  While microchips have proven successful in returning lost dogs to their homes, the quickest way to have your pet returned to you is to make sure they are always wearing current ID tags on their collar.
 

Adoption Contract and Fee

 
Adopters sign a Placement Contract with us, agreeing among other things to return the dog to us if they are not able to keep it themselves.

The Adoption Fee is based on the age of the Boston, as follows:

Age of Boston Fee
Up to 12 months $400
1-3 years
$325
4-8 years $275
9 years and older $150

 

Ethics of Our Rescue Program

 
We operate under a Code of Ethics that obligates us to act in the best interests of the Boston Terriers in our care.