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How long does it take to process my Adoption or Foster Application?
Essentially, the application process is complete upon entering your information into our database. Normally, we have every application ready for access within a 24- to 48-hour period. We are an entirely volunteer-based organization, so this time may change - but usually we're fairly quick in getting new applicants into the active process.
How long do I have to wait for a Westie?
There is no real answer to that question - at least not one measured in days or weeks. When we have a dog who needs a Foster or Forever home whose needs align with your desires, we will contact you. Usually, when we have an available dog, we'll either call or email all those applicants who are suitable for that dog. Remember, our goal is to meet the dogs' needs first, matching them to the best environment. Most Westies in the WRNT program have already been through an awful lot of trauma - emotionally and often physically - and it is their needs we have to consider first.
How much does it cost to adopt a Westie?
The minimum donation for most adoptions facilitated by WRNT are as follows:-
Under 1 year - $400 each
1 year -8 years: $350 each
Over 8 years old: $250 each
In 80% of our adoptions, this amount is far less than we spend to rehabilitate and return them to health. Any amount you wish to donate over the minimum request is very much appreciated, and is eligible for favorable tax treatment as WRNT is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization.
**(There are always exceptions and each dogs requested donation will be decided on a case by case basis, the requested donation will be confirmed at the meet & greet).
What is the adoption process?
WRNT maintains a file of information on prospective adopters within the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas and on what Westies they may be willing to consider.
The first step of the process is to complete the adoption application form which is available here on our website.
The application must be completed by the person whom will be adopting the dog and legally responsible for it.
Your application will be reviewed once you complete and submit it, if this is tentatively accepted by the Board of Directors the next step is initiated.
A WRNT Director conducts a vet check (if you have a vet reference listed on application)
A WRNT Director will conduct a home visit, this allows us to get to know you and the other members of your household so we can assess which personality dog will be a good match for you. It also allows us to decide if we feel you are a good candidate for adoption and that your home is safe environment for one of our dogs.
If all of the above pass, a meet-n-greet is scheduled for the rescue and the family to ensure it is a perfect match. If we all feel it is a successful match then the adoption can be scheduled.
If it is not a successful match then your application will be kept on file for up to 6 months and reviewed as further new dogs come into the program.
I have sent in my application and I have not heard back from anyone!
If you have submitted your application and you have not heard back from us then it is most likely that we feel we do not have a dog that will match you at this time or that your application has not been accepted by the board of directors.
Most applications once tentatively accepted are processed and contacted within the week it was submitted.
What support will I get once I have adopted the dog.?
Once your have your new fur kid home that is not the end of your relationship with W.R.N.T. We will allow you to settle in for a day or 2 and then we will contact you to see how everyone is settling in and to answer any queries / questions you may have. We do like to stay in contact with you on a long term basis to make sure it is all working out ok and also there is nothing more fulfilling for us to watch one of our foster dogs bloom into a wonderful Westie. Our foster parents like to keep in touch with the families that adopt their dogs and we will also send you our monthly newsletter and details of any events that we feel you would like to attend. We invite all our past adopters to our annual event such as the ice cream social and Westie walk.
We will always be just a click or a call away.
We like to think that you adopt not only the dog but also W.R.N.T.
What if we adopt a Westie and he ends up not fitting in with our lifestyle or other pets?
We strive to place every rescue Westie in his or her "forever home" and this is the reason we do the home visits and meet and greets, but things don't always work out as planned. If, at any time, you decide your adopted Westie is not going to fit in with your family, lifestyle or other pets, we will take him back. In fact, when you complete an Adoption Agreement you must agree, if you ever decide to give up your Westie, to return them Westie Rescue of North Texas.
We want you to love your Westie as much as he's going to love you, so if it doesn't work out, just let us know!
Will my adopted Westie need any type of shots or vaccinations immediately after I adopt him?
No, when we take a Westie into our program he is given the following:-
We suggest after you adopt a Westie from us you take him to your vet for a check-up and visit, but he won't need any vaccination shots or injections at that visit.
Can dogs treated for heartworm's get heartworm's again?
Yes, If you don't keep them on heartworm preventative. Since heartworm preventatives are safe, effective and affordable there is no meaningful or practical reason any dog should ever get heartworm's.
Do Westies shed?
No. Not anymore than we as humans shed. All animals shed to some degree, however, since Westies don't get a winter coat shedding is not typically a major problem. Of course, a dog that is well groomed and bathed regularly will shed even less!
Where can I find a good Westie Vet?
You can go where WRNT goes for all our Veterinary Care. Go to our Vet’s page on this site and you'll see information on all the Vet clinics we take our furkids to. While many Veterinarians are familiar with Westies and the ailments that are common to them, WRNT has found the vets we work with to be especially mindful of the emotional and physical trauma visited upon many of the Westies we care for. No matter which Veterinarian you choose, it's imperative that you treat your Westie's health with the same seriousness you have for your own well being. After all, a Westie is not a toy, it's a living, breathing being - worthy of your concern, your time and your best efforts.
Is this dog 100% housebroken?
No, Just because the dog is housebroken here doesn't mean you won't have a problem at your home. All dogs need to be supervised as they first enter your home. They need to be shown which door is the correct one for outside potty and if they've never used a doggy door before, how to use one. We also recommend with a male to put a belly band or diaper on him for the first day, to prevent marking of his new territory. That way all his marking are in something that can be disposed of as opposed to your walls and furniture. This way you can also correct him when you see him raise his leg.
WRNT maintains a list of good homes - Forever Parents who are eager to love and care for an abused or neglected Westie. It's important to note that some of the Westies that come through our program have already been through a lot of trauma. It takes a special kind of family to accept and understand what their Westie has been through. WRNT takes great care to ensure that the prospective family is aware of the difficulties they may face, and to support them in making a successful home for their new Westie.
WRNT provides emotional and practical support tools to help the new Forever Family care for their new Westie. Normally a self-confident, cheerful little dog, abused and neglected Westies often have special needs. WRNT will assist the new Forever Parent with referrals to appropriate health-care providers, trainers and our volunteers - we want our Forever Parents and their new Westie to be successful.