Founded December 24, 2016
Gunter's Legacy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats dogs and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.
All of our adoptable animals are given a thorough wellness checkup. Senior cats or dogs may receive additional tests, i.e., bloodwork. All receive a fecal, a heartworm test, DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella, and a microchip, and are neutered/spayed. We also provide any additional necessary tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, medications, and consults with specialists and necessary medical procedures. All animals also receive comprehensive dental cleaning and extractions when deemed necessary by our veterinarians.
Step 1 - Application
Adopter candidates are required to complete and submit an adoption application which will be reviewed by Gunter's Legacy Animal Rescue's Board of Directors. If the application is approved for the first step either a board member and/or the foster of the animal you are interested in will call you for a phone interview.
Step 2 - Home Check
Once the 1st step has been completed, reviewed, and receives initial approval, we will schedule a mandatory home check.
Step 3 - Meet & Greet
If the 1st and 2nd step is approved, we will schedule a meet and greet with the potential adopters and dog(s). It is required that all members of the adoptive family must be present for the meet and greet.
Step 4 - Pet Introduction
If the adopter already has existing pets (dogs or cats), we require all the pets to be properly introduced by a member of Gunter's Legacy Animal Rescue. We will not adopt a dog into a home that has reached its city-mandated limit.
All required steps must be completed and approved by the Board of Directors before finalizing the adoption.
Adoption Process and Policies:
Not all dogs listed on this website are currently available for adoption, each dog's bio will contain its availability We are a small non-profit rescue and we are completely run and operated by unpaid volunteers. We will try as much as possible to return all calls, emails, and statuses. All our dogs once cleared for adoption will be seeking permanent loving homes. Before applying to adopt, please understand we are looking for people and/or families who are ready and willing to commit to a dog for its entire lifespan. This could be up to 20 years.
Adopters must be at least 21 years of age
Please consider the age and size of the dog, a dog can live to be in their late teens to 20 years old please be mindful of a dog's age.
Adopters must live in the state of California and within 1.5 hours of where the foster pet is located
Must have a valid CA Drivers License or ID
We cannot/will not guarantee any of our adoptable dogs are "hypoallergenic". No dog is hypoallergenic there are only low-shedding dogs.
All current animals in the home must be spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated.
Be willing and able to follow the mandatory adoption process and contract
We do not adopt dogs or cats to families with children under the age of 10 years old If you disagree we understand but this is our policy. This policy was thoroughly researched and an attorney and veterinarians were consulted before we wrote this policy. Anybody adopting an animal should do their research regarding the breed, potential size, characteristics, and known behavior of the dog they are adopting. Dogs/cats are not a one-size/breed fits all.
The animal must be for the person(s) completing the adoption application.
Must allow a representative to follow up with the adoptive family post-adoption at 2 weeks and again at 6 months
Be willing to provide the adopted dog with premium food (not supermarket food), water, and regular medical care (vaccines, flea/heartworm treatment, dental, and any other medically necessary medications, procedures, etc.) for the rest of their natural life
Agree to the Gunter's Legacy Animal Rescue Adoption Contract
Agree that Gunter's Legacy Animal Rescue has the RIGHT to regain possession of the adopted dog without notice if any of the terms of the contract have been violated.
Disclaimer: Some details about our dogs might have changed before we’ve been able to update our website. When we get in touch with you, we will have the most current information. Also, information about our dogs is based to the best of our knowledge, but we can make no guarantees about the dog’s health or temperament.
Return Policy: We do try to make good adoption matches, and for our clients and our dogs to live happily together always. However, GLAR remains committed to the dogs for the remainder of their lives and will accept dogs back, by appointment, should it not work out. When adopting, we ask clients to be prepared and committed to providing the dog and themselves at least a week together to settle in prior to deciding to return the dog.