Our mission includes rescuing all Scotties that have been lost, abandoned, or voluntarily surrendered by their owner. As soon as possible, a rescued Scottie is transferred to an approved foster home and the search for a permanent home begins.
We do not adopt our rescue Scotties outside the state of Florida.
When a Scottie comes into our rescue, several steps must be performed before the dog is available for adoption. We take full legal possession of the Scottie by obtaining a signed release for owner surrender or through placement partnerships of various shelters through partnerships with shelters and rescue groups across the state of Florida. The Scottie is then transferred to one of our approved dedicated volunteer foster homes for further evaluation and treatment, as needed.
While in foster care, all Scotties receive a full medical examination from a licensed veterinarian. Tests are performed to make sure they are free of parasites, heartworm and fleas. They are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinations are updated as required. If necessary or indicated, further testing and treatment is provided. Our cost to care for a rescued Scottie averages around $700. This does not include the expenses covered by our Emergency Medical Fund provided for previous adopters and their Scotties.
Once ready for placement the search is begun for the perfect new home.
Fosters are the heart of our rescue. These volunteers evaluate the temperament and needs of the dog in their care to help us make the best choice we can for both the dog and the adopter. Keeping each individual dog's specific needs in mind, we work very hard to find the perfect and forever match from our pool of applicants.
STROF rescue pays for veterinary expenses for care prior to placement and helps support adopters who later encounter unexpected vet care needs for their adopted Scotties through a designated emergency fund.
The rescue provides full disclosure to the adoptive family of the Scottie’s known medical and behavioral histories.
Placement is at the discretion of the STROF and will be based upon the best match for the Scottie, following STROF procedures, outlined on the Adopt or Foster page. Prospective adopters must complete a detailed screening process. The goal is always to place the rescue Scottie in an optimal situation to ensure their lifelong health and happiness.
Please understand our adoptions are not done on a first come, first served basis. Our goal is to place our rescue Scottie in the most ideal home possible based on the dog's needs, personality, behavior, past history and health. Keep in mind that may be the foster home and they are given first option to adopt.
Due to advanced age or serious health issues, some dogs may be considered "unadoptable." For them, we provide "furever" foster/hospice care.
An extensive network of Scottish Terrier breeders, owners, and supporters is available statewide to assist the new Scottie owner with transition issues, care decisions, and problem-solving.
Learn about opportunities to participate in low-cost, local educational and social activities that both a new owner and a Scottie will enjoy!
In addition, numerous helpful resources are available to inform and educate new Scottie parents.
This very important decision is one that is life-changing for both you... and for the rescue Scottie you may consider adopting.
Rescue Scotties may have previously been abandoned, mistreated, ignored, improperly trained, and/or
deprived of quality health care, food, and housing for a variety of reasons.
Adopting a rescue Scottie will require considerable investment of patience, personal and financial resources, and love and understanding to be successful. Foremost in our placement decision is always the best interest of the Scottie!
We do not adopt our rescue Scotties outside the state of Florida.
If you are interested in adopting a rescue Scottie, you must complete an extensive application, pass a home visit inspection, provide personal and veterinary references, and demonstrate ability to properly care for your new family member. An adoption donation fee is required to help offset the cost of veterinary and rehabilitative care previously provided. Our adoption fee is $450, but we work on a sliding scale for older dogs and dogs in need of continuing medical care.
All rescue dogs will be spayed or neutered before placement.
These are some of the factors that are taken into account when adoption applications are considered:
· Your reasons for wanting to adopt a Scottish Terrier.
· Previous experience with Scottish Terriers and other pets.
· Willingness to adopt an adult or elderly Scottie, a Scottie-mix, a bonded Scottie pair, or a Scottie with special needs. (Very few Scottie puppies become available for adoption.)
· Suitability of your living accommodations to meet the needs of a Scottie, which include: living indoors with their family out of the Florida heat and humidity, quality food and fresh water, daily exercise and human attention, frequent professional grooming, a fenced yard, and protection from ready access to pools or other large bodies of water. (Scotties do not swim well!)
· Presence of young children and/or other pets in your household.
· Your willingness to devote the necessary time, energy, and finances to provide a quality home for the Scottie.
· References—from your personal veterinarian and several friends—who can attest to your ability to provide for a rescue Scottie.
· Your agreement to sign, and abide by, the provisions of our Adoption agreement. (One key provision of that contract is that the new adoptive owner may not sell, donate, or otherwise dispose of the rescue Scottie unless it is returned to the rescue group if for any reason the adoptive placement is not successful.)
Is it worth it to go through this detailed adoption process? Absolutely, yes!
Just ask any Scottie who now has a safe, loving home ... or that Scottie's human family... for confirmation!
Still interested in applying (or in fostering or volunteering)?
Complete download the application (in MS Word or PDF format)
and email it to us at email@example.com)
OR complete the online application below.
We look forward to hearing from you!
You can submit your application online by clicking the button below. Please fill out every section and provide all of the information requested.
A STROF member will follow-up with you by phone or email for additional information or clarification.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission.
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