Adoption Application

SPCA of East Texas – Adoption Application – Dogs & Puppies

Thank you for your interest in adopting a pet from the SPCA of East Texas. Our Adoption Process is a Two-Step process: 1) Review of Adoption Application (below) followed by 2) Home Visit.  We urge you to stop by our Adoption Center on Saturdays to speak with one of our knowledgeable Adoption Counselors to review your application, meet the dogs, and to ask any questions you have about our adoption process, our rescue program, and so forth.

Please Download an Adoption Application and return it to us by fax (903)-593-7719, email, or bring it by our Adoption Center on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm where we can review it with you in person.  Please understand that it is not our intention to make the adoption process cumbersome, but to insure that the animals in our care get the best possible home and that you get the best possible pet for your lifestyle. It is the goal of our adoption program to find permanent, loving and responsible homes, and make a match that will last a lifetime.

Adoption - FAQ's

Adoption Fees

Adoption fee covers initial health checkup with any medicines needed (dewormer for puppies), vaccinations (3 rounds for puppies), Spay / Neuter, Microchip, and Heartworm Prevention. Puppies 1 year and younger are $200. Dogs 1 year and older are $150.

Celebrating your new dog's arrival

Here are some things you'll want to have on hand for your new dog:

  • Quality dog food
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Chew toys
  • Brush
  • Dog bed

Your dog’s first 30ish days in your home should be filled with routine, consistency, clear boundaries, and an abundance of patience. The more consistent you are, the more quickly your dog will begin to settle in as an integrated part of your life and the more quickly you will be able to ease up on some of the stricter parts of the routine.

House Training

Your dog may or may not be house trained, therefore expect to have some accidents in your home. If your dog happens to be house trained, then you will be pleasantly surprised! The most effective way to manage your dog's elimination habits is to have a consistent eating and eliminating schedule. Treats are the most effective way to reward your dog for pottying in the correct place. When you leave your dog home, consider training him to enjoy staying in a gated area of the home or crate. A small area or crate simulates a den. Dogs typically won't soil this space because it is their sleeping area. Puppies younger than four months are like babies and cannot be expected to control their bladders and bowels like an adult animal. To expect otherwise is to set you up for disappointment. Using praise, treats and routine are the most efficient ways to house train your new dog. Punishing a dog by rubbing his nose in a mess or swatting him with a newspaper will only make him afraid of you, and he will not learn where you want him to potty. When your dog or pup has an 'accident' in the house, simply clean it up with a good enzymatic cleaner, such as Pet Odor Eliminator, available at pet supply stores.

Adjustment Period

Rescued dogs are a fabulous breed. Sometimes they need extra time to adjust to their new family, especially if they were rescued from a bad situation. Please allow your new dog time to adjust to its new family and environment. This could take up to 3 months. We want you to be completely happy with your new pet and for your new pet to feel loved and safe in its environment. If you have any questions or concerns about your new dog, please call us immediately.

The bottom line is this...

Adopting a dog means making a commitment to your new family member. Dogs are not robots. Much like us, they have thoughts, feelings, quirks, and bad habits. There will be ups and downs and there will be challenges but there is nothing else in life like having a true canine companion. If you take the time to really become your dog’s best friend, you will never regret it. Anyone who has truly loved a dog already knows this and has stories to tell of their mutual journey that can make you laugh, cry, widen your eyes, and feel inspired.

Rescue Pets Rule