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COURTESY POSTS

Nashville PITTIE will occasionally courtesy post for people trying to rehome their own personal dog or those looking for help finding a home for a dog they found. Approved NP courtesy posts will be displayed on our website and other applicable platforms, like Petfinder/Adoptapet, and will be permitted to attend NP 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.

Please review our rules and requirements for courtesy posts below before submitting your application.

Courtesy Post Request Requirements

The following MUST be provided for your courtesy post request to be reviewed:

  1. Submit a completed Courtesy Post Application (one per dog).

  2. Submit at least (2) good photos and at least one 20 second video of your dog.

  3. Send all medical records for your dog via email to carlene@nashvillepittie.org – dogs must be spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on vaccines & heartworm negative.

  4. Complete and sign the NP Courtesy Post Agreement, which includes agreeing to charge a minimum $100 adoption fee – you can keep this fee if you wish.

 

Once you have been notified that your request has been accepted, you will pay the one-time $50.00 listing fee per dog, payable to Nashville PITTIE. You must be responsive in communicating with our team, and check-in monthly via email to carlene@nashvillepittie.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 not be eligible for repost.

 

 

 

 

Eight Important 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 at the bottom of this page.

 

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 download a generic version below.

Step Eight
Notify NP that your dog has been adopted!

Courtesy Post Application
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