IMPORTANT! Please read BEFORE you complete the application:
Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our rescue dogs! Filling out an application does not obligate you to adopt, nor does it guarantee that your application will be approved.
Please note: As of December 2019, we will no longer be accepting general applications. All applicants must apply for a specific dog. For this reason, we ask that you THOROUGHLY read each dogs’ bio to ensure that your home will be a good fit for that dog. Please also understand that that dog's needs may change as we get to know him/her. If you don’t follow us on Social Media, we highly encourage you to do so. You will get a better feel for the dogs’ personalities as they post (yes, as THEY post. Let’s be honest, they control our social media, we just do the typing because we have opposable thumbs).
We do not have a kennel and all of our foster dogs are cared for by volunteers in their private homes. Because we are foster home based, there is no facility where a potential adopter can visit and “meet all the dogs." Visit our website to see all available dogs, join our Facebook page, and attend our events.
We ask that you spend time on each question of the application and answer in as much detail as possible. We also now include an optional text box at the end of the application for you to write any additional information you think may be helpful in consideration of your application.
All applications for that particular dog will be reviewed when he/she is ready for adoption. At that time we will select what we feel to be the BEST home for that particular dog based on the written application, phone interview, and personal and vet references. If you are not selected to adopt, please do not assume it is because you are not a good applicant. We get many applications for one dog and ultimately we have to choose ONE. We do our best to choose the family we feel will BEST meet the needs of that dog. We do not operate on a “first come, first served” basis. Our goal is to match our dogs to the perfect forever homes. We are a private, non profit, all volunteer based rescue, which allows us to be very selective throughout the adoption process.
We make every effort to notify all applicants once a decision has been made. However, this doesn't always happen. We are all volunteers with families, full-time jobs, pets of our own, and often several fosters all well! We really do try our best, but sometimes caring for these dogs’ medical needs can be overwhelming and administrative tasks take the backseat. Again, please follow us on social media for the most up to date information on each dog.
As part of the application process, applicants are required to pay a small $10 application fee to Hoosier Bulldog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue. We rely 100% on donations and this application fee is used to help provide care for our bulldogs, as well as ensure that potential adopters are serious about the application process and adopting a dog. The application fee does not guarantee approval of your application. This fee is non-refundable. Your application will not be reviewed if the fee is not paid. You must submit a fee for each application you submit (ie, if you are not chosen to adopt the dog you applied for, but you would like to apply for another dog, you must pay the fee again.)
Please note: If you do not answer every question, your application may not be received. If you do not submit payment for the application fee, your application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed.
Other important notes:
Dogs are NOT surprises or gifts - if you are looking to give a bulldog as a gift to someone, then our rescue cannot accommodate your request.
You must be 24 years or older to adopt. You must list everyone in the household on your application.
If you have small children or other animals, it may take some time to find the right dog for your family. Many of our dogs come from unknown backgrounds and may not do well with young children or other pets. Please be patient while looking for your new family member! The most important thing is that everyone in the home is safe and comfortable!
We do allow out of state adoption on a case by case basis. You must be willing to travel by car to adopt your new family member. We do not provide transportation and we do NOT ship dogs. If at any time the dog is found to be unsuitable for your family, it is your responsibility to return the dog safely to our rescue.
Lastly, please do not send us messages asking for a status update on the dog you have applied for or plan to apply for. All updates will be posted to social media and then to the website. We simply don’t have enough time in the day to write to every single person updating them of a dog’s condition.
STOP: have you reviewed all the bio's and stalked our social media to get the know the dogs' personalities? If not, do so now before completing the application!
Hoosier Bulldog Rescue Adoption Application
As part of the application process, applicants are required to pay a small $10 application fee to Hoosier Bulldog Rescue. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit rescue and this application fee is used to help provide care for the dogs, as well as ensure that potential adopters are serious about the application process and adopting a dog. Note that an application fee DOES NOT guarantee approval of your application or that you will be guaranteed a dog. This fee is non-refundable. Thank you for your understanding.