YOUíRE ADOPTING WHAT????
Thatís going to be the reaction you get when you tell your friends and family that you want to adopt a coonhound. Very few people realize that the coonhound is a devoted, loving, and entertaining member of the family. They are large dogs, sleek and glistening, and typically not overly active. They prefer to relax where you are, but should you desire to take a walk or play, they are to willing to accompany you.
Adopting an adult coonhound does have its advantages. Most likely you will already know how large the dog will get - they have reached their full height and length. They may fill out as they mature, particularly after they learn how to sweet-talk you into all of those biscuits youíre bound to hand out. Full-grown dogs can often work out well in a home with smaller children because they know their own bodies and limitations. A puppy at 8 weeks is about shin-high, soon you are going to have a thigh-high dog that remains exuberant and a bit clumsy.
Another advantage to adopting an adult coonhound is that the older dogs will be easier to housetrain due to more developed bladder control and some may already be crate-trained. We always advise the use of a crate in the beginning, as the dogs not only wonít relieve themselves in it, but it becomes their den and their safe haven in times of stress. The idea is that the dog stays in the crate while you are unable to provide supervision. As soon as you get the dog out of the crate, he goes outside and you watch him until he relieves himself (both ways if you think itís time). As soon as he is done and you have praised him to High Heaven, the dog can come into the house and spend some quality time out of the crate. When you are unable to monitor him, he must go back into the crate. Eventually, the time in the crate will become less and less. When you fully trust the dog, you can take the crate away altogether, and you will have a fully housebroken dog.
How Do Coonhounds Get Into Rescue?
The biggest and best thing about adopting a Black & Tan Coonhound is that you are saving a life. These dogs were rescued from shelters where they were housed when somebody decided they no longer wanted them. The most common reason for our dogs ending up in shelters is simply due to irresponsible dog ownership or its failure to hunt. The dogs are left to wander and the Black & Tan Coonhound with its superior scenting ability usually sniffs his way into trouble if left to his own devices. Irresponsible breeders may also dump entire litters of puppies at shelters like so much expired inventory.
Shelters will contact our Rescue should a Black & Tan Coonhound arrive at their facility. Most will house the dogs for a while to see if they can find adoptive homes, but the majority of people coming into shelters arenít looking for a hound. They want a lab or other retriever, and dismiss the hound in the run as a "hunting dog." When the dogs are out of time, the shelter calls us. It usually ends up being an emergency because the dog is on death row at that point. We go to the shelter, positively identify the dog as a Black & Tan Coonhound, and assess temperament and health. If the dog is indeed a Black & Tan and doesnít exhibit qualities that would render it dangerous or impossible to place, we remove the dog from the shelter. We work out the details and remove the dog to a foster home. Here it receives any necessary veterinary attention, vaccinations and heartworm preventative. It is spayed or neutered. We begin the process of exposing the dog to all situations so that we can assess what type of home would be best for the dog. Obviously, if the dog despises cats, we wouldnít want to place it in a home with a cat. Our goal is to find homes where the dog and family are a perfect match. We know that if it isnít a perfect match, we will not only create a bigger problem, but we will get the dog back. Nobody wants to transport a dog twice and absolutely everybody wants to see his or her foster dog in a home where it is loved.
When we place a Black & Tan Coonhound in your home, it is because you have been approved as a good home for the dog. This will be a huge lifestyle change for everybody in your home. We would like for you to consider that it is almost like bringing a newborn into your home. You may get a dog that will whine for the first few nights in his/her crate. You may have to get up in the middle of the night to let the dog out to relieve itself. You will have to make arrangements to have somebody let the dog out to relieve itself during the workday. You will suddenly be responsible for the dogís upkeep and veterinary attention. You will have a dog to walk. Itís a big change of routine, and we want to make certain you and your family are ready for the challenge.
What is the Adoption Fee?
The adoption fee for one of our beautiful Black & Tan Coonhounds is a $235.00. This partially covers the expenses that our Rescue incurs when we rescue the dogs. The costs include all medical expenses such as spay/neuter, all vaccinations, heartworm test/preventative, flea preventative and any other medical needs of the dog. The check should be made payable to the American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue, Inc. and is collected at the time of adoption.
Iím SeriousĖI Want to Adopt a Coonhound
If youíre thinking this right now, then you have just become one of our favorite people.
There are a few things that we need from you in order to make sure that we get you the right dog.
You will need to fill out the Adoption Application. This will assist us in the search for your new family member. Our Adoption Coordinator will contact you to go over your application and talk with you about your lifestyle and expectations. You may have to wait a bit, or maybe not at all, depending upon what you are looking for in the way of a pet.
Once your dog has been selected and your application approved, you will be asked to sign an Adoption Agreement. By signing this Adoption Agreement, you agree to return the dog to Rescue if for any reason you cannot keep the dog. For any reason, at any time in the dog's life.
All of us in AB&TC Rescue thank you for considering saving one of our beautiful hounds.