Application for Adoption
The application process only takes about a week, typically. If you are NOT ready to adopt yet, please wait to apply until you are. Thank you!
I am ready to adopt now*
-Adoption fees vary based on age, purebred or mix
- please check each dog's profile for their adoption fee
rom time to time, a high-profile pet may have a slightly higher adoption fee. Unfortunately, our set adoption fees do not begin to cover the expenses of the dogs that we rescue. If you are able to donate over the adoption fee, at the time of the adoption, please do so. All donations are tax-deductible.
All adoption fees go back into the dogs that we rescue and allow us to continue rescuing dogs. If you cannot afford the adoption fee, chances are that you will not be able to afford the care that your German Shepherd will need.
The adoption fee is due in full at the time of the adoption, no exceptions
I am aware of the adoption fee policy as shown above*
Primary Applicant's First and Last Name, and Age:*
What is your occupation?
Secondary Applicant's First and Last Name (if a couple)
What is the secondary applicant's occupation?
Type of Residence*
Do you Rent or Own?*
If renting, please provide landlord's name and phone number
How long at present address?*
Please list the Name & Age and Relationship of every household member, including yourself
Myself (Name & Age)*
Household Member #2, if applicable (Full Name, Age & Relationship)
Household Member #3, if applicable (Full Name, Age & Relationship)
Household Member #4, if applicable (Full Name, Age & Relationship)
Household Member #5, if applicable (Full Name, Age & Relationship)
Household Member #6, if applicable (Full Name, Age & Relationship)
Is anyone in the household elderly, infirm, or at special risk of being knocked over by a large dog?*
Are there members outside of your household who may visit frequently and play a significant part in the dog's life? Such as friends, relatives, neighbors, visiting grandchildren, etc...?*
How will you educate and train children in appropriate ways to treat and interact with a dog? (including children who live with you, or who are visiting your home)
Is everyone in agreement to adopting?*
Is anyone allergic to animals?*
Do you have plans to move in the near future?*
If you did move, what would you do with your German Shepherd dog?*
Type of fence (a fence is required)
How tall is your fence?
Current Dog #1 (if applicable). Please list name, gender, breed and age
Dog #1 (if applicable) Lives
Current Dog #2 (if applicable). Please list name, gender, breed and age
Dog #2 (if applicable) Lives
Current Dog #3 (if applicable). Please list name, gender, breed and age
Dog #3 (if applicable) Lives
Current Dog #4. Please list name, gender, breed and age
Dog #4 lives indoors/outdoors
Do you have cats?*
If you do have cats, do they stay
Do you have*
Do your current pets have any issues that might affect your new German Shepherd dog? These could include medical issues. Or behavior, such as being fearful, jealous, guarding food, toys, people, etc... Being high-energy, protective, not wanting other dogs in their face?*
If you currently have any pets, are all your pets spayed or neutered?*
If you answered no, please explain why
How many pets have you owned in the last 10 years?*
Where are those pets now?
Choose all that apply:
Still with me
If lost, rehomed or deceased, please provide details.*
Have you ever had to give up a pet?*
If yes, please explain circumstances
Have you ever adopted a pet before?*
If yes, who did you adopt through?
Why do you want to adopt a dog at this time?*
What is your experience with German Shepherds or similar breeds?*
Are you aware that GSDs and other herding breeds are very active, shed year-round, and require considerable quality time and dedication (training, exercise, leadership, and supervision)?
Do you have the time and resources to adequately train, socialize, and exercise your German Shepherd dog?*
What is your experience as a dog-owner/trainer? How do you plan on training your German Shepherd dog?*
Have you practiced off-leash with previous dogs, or will the new dog be allowed off-leash?
If Other, please provide details
Are you willing to deal with issues during the adjustment period, such as chewing, digging, mouthing, and housebreaking (including potty-training)?*
Who would be responsible for your German Shepherd's daily care?*
How many hours a day would your German Shepherd be left alone?*
Where will the dog stay during the day when alone (while you are at work, run errands, etc...)?
Where will the dog stay at night?
How active is your household?*
Will the German Shepherd be included in family activities?*
Where will the German Shepherd stay during family trips/vacations?*
Current Vet Clinic &/or Vet's Name * PLEASE CALL THIS VET AND AUTHORIZE THEM TO SPEAK TO HUGS **
Vet's phone number*
If you don't currently own any pets, but have in the past, please provide the name and phone number of your most recent vet
Most Recent Vet Clinic &/ or Vet's Name * PLEASE CALL THIS VET AND AUTHORIZE THEM TO SPEAK TO HUGS *
Vet's phone number
Are your current dogs on Flea and Tick Preventative?*
Heartworm Disease is a devastating disease that can be contracted by an unprotected dog when he/she gets bit by a disease-carrying mosquito. Heartworm disease is expensive to treat and very hard on the dog. Are your dogs on Heartworm Preventative?*
What do you estimate the average yearly cost of feeding, providing medical care (routine and preventative) and other associated expenses (toys, supplies) for your German Shepherd will be?*
Would you be able to afford unexpected medical bills for a new dog?*
What will you feed your German Shepherd?*
How will you exercise your German Shepherd?*
How do you plan to socialize your German Shepherd dog?*
Are you willing to seek the services of a professional dog trainer for yourself and your dog if necessary?*
Do you have a preference in gender?
Do you have a preferred age range?
Are you open to mixes and/or breeds other than German Shepherds?
Choose all that apply:
Submission of an application for adoption is not a guarantee of approval. There is no guarantee that you will be approved to adopt a specific dog, or that a specific dog will still be available by the time that your application is approved. That said, is there a dog that you are particularly interested in? If you are not, simply skip this question
Choose an animal:
Jazmine *Miracle Dog*
Padme (aka May) *Star Wars Litter, mom*
Are you open to adopting a dog who may need medication, special care, or who is likely to require surgery in the future?*
Are there issues or personality traits that would prefer not to deal with in a dog?*
What circumstances would, in your mind, justify giving away or surrendering a pet?*
Are you willing to make a lifelong commitment to your dog and deal with problems that may develop later, such as health issues, behavioral issues, etc...?*
Are you willing to allow HUGS, or HUGS' representative, to conduct a home visit as part of the application process?*
Are you willing to drive to the Omaha/Lincoln, NE area for an adoption meet and greet with your new dog? All family members and current dogs must attend the meet and greet.*
Please provide two to three personal references (we must be able to verify at least two of them)
Reference #1 - Full Name and Phone Number*
Reference #2 - Full Name and Phone Number*
Reference #3 - Full Name and Phone Number
Have you ever been investigated for or charged with any type of animal mistreatment (including abuse, neglect or other cruelty)?*
Any other comments or information you would like us to know in considering your application for adoption?
Have you worked with any other rescues or shelters? If so, which one(s)?*
How did you hear about us?*
I affirm that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.
I understand that if this application is approved by HUGS, this application will be part of the Adoption Contract. Any misrepresentation in this application will constitute a material breach of the Adoption Contract. If this application is approved and a misrepresentation is discovered by HUGS, any animal adopted pursuant to this application must be immediately returned and surrendered to the rescue upon request. *
By submitting this form, I hereby certify that I am at least 19 years of age, and that all information provided by me is true and complete.
Primary Applicant (first and last name)*
Secondary Applicant, if applicable (first and last name)