Code of Conduct

Canine Code of Conduct
for Adopters

Make sure to give your new dog companion time and space to adjust to your family, your home and your routines.  Just as you are observing your new friend, your dog is likewise observing you.  Allow a minimum of two weeks for your dog to adjust to the new home environment.

Talk to your dog in a calm, friendly and firm (if needed) tone of voice.  Even if your dog does not understand all your words, it will understand your voice.

Your new dog is a companion, not a guard dog.  Your dog should live inside your home, not outdoors, and not chained to a dog house or post.

As recommended by your vet, provide annual inoculations.  Also make sure to provide a heartworm preventative as directed by your vet.  Heartworm is easily preventable but once contracted can result in a difficult and expensive medical process which is not always successful resulting the death of a dog. 

Make sure your dog companion has a fenced enclosure of 300+ square feet.  If not, frequent walks (on a leash) throughout the day will be necessary.

Make sure to confine your dog (at least initially) when not at home.  Crates and indoor kennels work best and your dog will view such confinement as a friendly den where they can feel safe when you are not around.  Tethering a dog by chain or rope is never acceptable and could be very dangerous for the dog.

Always provide access to fresh water throughout the day.  A quality feed is best.

If it appears that your dog has become uncooperative for no apparent reason it may be that something is bothering the dog such as a bad diet, overheated or medical condition.

When traveling by vehicle with your companion, never place the dog in the open bed of a pickup truck.  If the outside temperature exceeds 70 degree, remove the dog from the vehicle and be aware that roadways (especially blacktop ones) can burn your dog's pads during high heat days.

Adoption form

LoveHandlers Animal Rescue Adoption Application & Contract

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from LoveHandlers Animal Sanctuary.

Step one:
Complete application (make sure to call your veterinarian to give us permission to do a vet reference check)

Step Two:
Should LoveHandlers determine the application is a possible match with the dog requested, you will be contacted for a phone interview should this adoption proceed. Your vet will also be contacted for a reference.

Step Three:
If approved, payment will be expected via phone or online credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) at

Arrangements will be made for transporting (paid directly to transport company) the dog to you.

Name of Desired Animal

  Full Name
  Mailing Address
  State / Province
  Zip/Postal Code
  Email Address
  Phone « Please include your area code
  Alternat Phone « Please include your area code
  Number of Adults in home
  Number of Children in home   « Children's ages
  Dog's primary caregiver
  List other animals living with in home
  Rent or Own a Home?   
  If renting, please provide landlord's phone number
  Do you have a Yard?   
Approximate size of the yard?
Is your yard fenced?   
Will the dog be chained in the yard?
Will the dog be allowed in the house?   
Who will walk the dog daily?
Where will the dog sleep?
Will there be someone home with the dog during the day?   
Average number of hours the pet will spend alone daily/nightly?
Have you ever sold, given away of surrendered a pet to a shelter?   
If yes, please clatify?
Don't forget to call your Veterinarian to give us permission to do a Vet reference check. »