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Before inquiring about one of our adoptable dogs, please take a look at our adoption requirements. While our adoption requirements appear stringent to some, our mission of helping “one dog at a time” is best served by our attention to placing our adoptables in the absolute BEST situation for each dog and each family.  We keep our fostered numbers low so we can be sure that our dogs can stay in our care as long as they need to, and this means we are both emotionally and financially invested in these dogs.  We stay in touch and make ourselves available to adoptive families to answer any questions they might have about their new family member.

1)  Our adoption fees help to cover the cost of vet care for our fosters, who can often be with us for years at a time.  Fees can vary according to how much medical care has been needed by a particular dog.  All dogs are neutered, up to date on vaccinations, on heartworm prevention, and micro-chipped.

2)  Most of our adoptable dogs require a fenced-in yard in a stable home.  Bully breeds are strong, athletic dogs who enjoy outdoor exercise.  Our fence requirement is in place to protect our dogs from the often unfair scrutiny of neighbors who don’t appreciate a wandering bully.  Also, many of our dogs were found wandering as strays.  A fenced-in yard helps to insure they don’t end up in that situation again.  We also don’t normally adopt to rental communities or apartment complexes. Unfortunately many times in a rental situation, people move on and find themselves having to give their dog up because of breed restrictions. We have found that it’s just not an ideal situation for our dogs, and prefer our adopters to also be home-owners.

3)  We require a home visit and vet reference check prior to adoption.

4)  If you adopt a dog from us and find that you cannot keep him/her for any reason, you are bound by contract to return that dog to Iron Underdawgs.  We will ALWAYS take one of our dogs back, no matter what the circumstance.

5)  We require the submission of an adoption application.  Completion and submission of this application does not guarantee the approved adoption of a dog.  Our first priority is to find the home that best fits each of our dogs.

Our Adoption Application
We would be happy to email a digital copy of this application to you, or you can copy and paste directly from this web page.

Name of dog you are interested in:

You Name:                 Age:


Street Address:

City:               State:             Zip:

Phone#:                        Email:

Describe the type of dog you are looking for:

Would this be your first dog?

What kind of pets have you had in the past?

Which of these do you still have? (include age, sex & breed)

Have they been spayed or neutered?

Are they current on vaccinations?

What happened to the pets you no longer have?

Have you ever turned your dog in to a shelter?  If so, why?

Have you ever had a pet euthanized?  If so, why?

If you have pets, will they adjust to a new dog in the house?

Was your last dog obedience trained?

Why do you want this particular dog?

How many adults are there in your family?

How many children?           What ages?

Does any member of your family have an allergy to dogs?

Is someone home during the day?     Who?

How many hours each day will the dog be without human companionship?

Do you live in a house or apartment?

Do you own or rent your home?

Owners name and number (if renting):

Do you have a completely fenced yard?   What kind of fence?

Height?             Is there a gate?

Do you have a dog door?

Are there times the dog will be tied up?

Do you have a pool?

If your new dog is not housebroken, what method will you use to train it?

Will you keep the dog up to date on vaccinations?

Who is your veterinarian?                   Phone #


Please list 2 personal references with contact information:

Would you be able and willing to exercise the dog on a regular basis?


Will you allow the dog to be off leash in an unconfined area?

Where will this dog be kept during the day?

During the night?

How often would the dog be left outside unattended?

If you drive a pickup truck, would you allow the dog to ride in the back?

If you go away for a few days, or on vacation, who will take care of the dog?

If you must move, will you take the dog with you?

How much are you willing to spend on medical bills for your dog?

What would you do if the vet bills go over this amount?

Are you willing to have a representative come to see where the dog will be living?

Are you willing to take the responsibility for this dog for the next 10 to 15 years?

What provisions will you make for your dog should you become unable to care for it?



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