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The Adoption Process

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Project POOCH, Inc.®
Community Outreach Office
15800 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite A2
PO Box 305
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Phone: (503) 697-0623
Fax: (503) 636-5908

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
2630 N. Pacific Highway
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 981-2570
Visits by appointment only

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Before You Adopt a Project POOCH Dog

Here Are Some Things To Think About

WE HOPE YOU DO and we are glad that you are thinking about sharing your home with a dog from Project POOCH.

Unfortunately, it’s been our experience that sometimes people think they want a dog but after a while they change their minds and bring the dog back to us. This is difficult for everybody – for the people who thought they were ready to adopt and found they were not, for the youths in the program who care deeply about the dogs they train (and who often have issues about abandonment and rejection based on their own experiences), and especially for the dogs in need of a permanent bond with a human and a "forever home".

Before you visit the kennel, before you pick out a dog, before you pay the adoption fee, we ask that you seriously consider the following:

Different dogs have different needs. Some are high-energy and require vigorous exercise and a sense of purpose, while others are low energy and perfectly content to lead the life of a "couch potato". As part of the adoption process, we will help you determine what type of personality will be the most compatible with you, your household, and your lifestyle.

If you find a Project POOCH dog you like and who likes you, we will bring the dog for a home visit to give you (and the dog) an opportunity to see if he or she fits in with the rest of your family, including your family pets.

We think it is well worth your while to take your time to thoroughly discuss and carefully consider before agreeing to take one of our dogs to be your dog "til death do you part."

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