Bay Area Rescue Keeshonden, Inc. (BARK) is an all-volunteer, non-profit Keeshond Rescue organization. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to BARK are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Adopting a Keeshond Rescue Dog
We follow up on our adoptions, offer our adopters advice and support for the lifetime of the dog, and take our dogs back at any time if the people can't keep them. To make this level of support possible and enable us to get the dog back if necessary, we place our dogs only in Northern California. Residents of Southern California should contact Southern California Keeshond Rescue.
BARK is a small, all-volunteer organization. We do not have a shelter where people can come to meet dogs. All of our dogs are fostered in the homes of volunteers and are shown by appointment only to approved adopters.
If you're interested in adopting one of our foster dogs, the first step is to complete an adoption application. Please give detailed, specific answers to help us determine whether one of our dogs may be a good match for you. A volunteer will review your application and respond within five days. If you don't hear from us within five days, please email us to be sure we received your application.
Our goal is for our dogs and their new families to be happy together for the dog's lifetime. Our review committee evaluates each application carefully, taking into consideration factors such as the type of home (house, apartment, etc.), children and other pets, the family's lifestyle and previous dog experience. We compare this to what we've determined is the most suitable environment for the dog, based on the dog's personality, exercise and training needs, possible medical needs, etc. After careful consideration, we choose the home that we believe is the best match for the dog. We receive many applications, and often have several people interested in a dog. If you're not chosen to adopt the first dog you're interested in, please visit our website often and email us if you see another dog that you think might be a good match for you.
Our adoption process includes a home visit. Seeing where the dog will live gives us a better idea of whether one of our dogs might do well in your home. The volunteer who visits will look for safety concerns, such as a fence in need of repair. The home visit is also an opportunity for us to meet you and your other pets and answer any questions you may have.
Based on the application and home visit, if we think that one of our dogs may be a good match for you, we'll make arrangements for you and the dog to meet. We usually introduce our dogs in their foster homes, so the dogs are comfortable in familiar surroundings and it's easier for you to see what the dog is like to live with. Our foster homes are located around the Bay Area and in the Sacramento and Modesto areas.
All of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, current on vaccines, and tested for heartworms. We also provide appropriate treatment for any known health problems, on a case by case basis. Our dogs are microchipped for permanent identification.
A non-refundable adoption fee is required to adopt a dog from us. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm test, grooming, and any medical treatments needed prior to adoption. It ranges from $150-$400, depending on the age and condition of the dog. As a non-profit dog rescue organization, BARK receives no government funding. We rely entirely on adoption fees and tax-deductible donations to cover our veterinary bills, shelter fees, grooming, foster care, transport, and other expenses. All of our work is done by volunteers. We have no paid staff. Every penny we raise goes directly to support our dogs.
Most of our volunteers have full time jobs, as well as their own families and dogs to care for. It can take 2-4 weeks for them to process your application. We appreciate your patience as we strive to place each of our dogs in the home that's the best match for the dog.
The length of time it takes to adopt a dog from us depends on the dogs we have available and the adopter's flexibility. Our dogs come to us from private owners and animal shelters. We rarely have young purebred puppies available for adoption. We sometimes have adolescents (8- to 24-month-olds) and young adults. Older dogs are often better companions, as they are usually calmer and easier to live with. An adopter who's flexible about the dog's age and sex, who will consider a male or female 5 to 8 years old or a dog with special needs, will not wait as long to adopt as someone who's less flexible. If you'll only consider a 1 to 2 year old female, plan to wait at least several months (or longer!)
To begin the adoption process, click here for our adoption application.