Dog Adoption Application - SOFA STATUS ONLY
Primary Sofa Status member (if military the AD member) or main applicant.
Age of applicant:
Name of spouse/partner (if applicable)
Age of spouse/partner (if applicable)
Physical address (street address, not PSC address)
Best phone number to be reached at in Japan:
Date that you arrived in Japan (month/year)
Date that you are projected to leave Japan (month/year):
Which dog or puppy (s) are you interested in?
Is everyone in the family in agreement with adopting a dog? (not applicable with single applicants)
Would you consider yourself (if single)/your family (if married) to be active and involved in physical fitness activities?
Are you looking for a low, medium or high energy dog?
Are you looking for a non-shedding or low-shedding dog or does shedding matter?
If you are looking for a non-shedding or low shedding dog, what is the reason?
Does anyone in the home have allergies to dogs or cats? If yes, who? Has this person been tested by a doctor for allergies?
Are all family members in Japan and available to meet with our volunteer adoption coordinator? (please note, we cannot proceed with any application if a family member is deployed, TDY or otherwise away from home)
Status in Japan (please check one):
Retired non-Sofa (please fill out non Sofa Application)
Japanese citizen or permanent resident (please fill out non Sofa Application)
student visa or work visa (please fill out non Sofa application)
On Contract, Sofa Status
If other please list here
Active Duty Military Families (including single AD applicants) please answer the following questions.
Branch of service:
Base assigned to:
If mil to mil (married and both active duty), what is the likelihood that either or both of you would be deployed in the next 12 months (explain)? If you would both deploy at the same time, who would look after any pets you have?
If Married and not mil to mil, are all dependents on island, command sponsored and have Sofa Status?
If Married and not mil to mil, is the dependent spouse employed and if yes, how many hours/week?
If Married and both parties work full time, what is your plan for mid-day or mid-shift dog checks to ensure that a dog is not left home alone for too many hours without a break?
Adopting a dog in a foreign country when the support system for families may not be as strong as it is elsewhere can be challenging. If Married and not mil-to-mil, in the event that the family were to split up resulting in the dependents leaving the island with no plan to return, which party would keep the dog? Would the dog return to the states (or other country) with the dependents or would the dog stay in Japan with the Sofa Status member? Please note: While we understand that this question may offend some people, it is not our intent to offend. We are not asking if you will or will not split up, we are asking what your back up plan is for pets in the event the family unit splits up. Explain.
If you are a SINGLE Military Member, what is the likelihood that you will be deployed in the next 12 months and who would be responsible for caring for a pet in the event that you do deploy or go on a long TDY while stationed in Japan (please be specific)?
If you are a SINGLE Military member, what is your ability to get away during a shift to check on a dog (every shift), and/or get the dog to the vet or take care of registrations, etc? (explain)
If you are a SINGLE Military Member, do you have family that you can send a dog/puppy to if in the event that your next duty station is a remote or where you will have to live in the barracks/dorms and you will not be allowed to have pets? Explain:
All Applicants please answer the following questions:
Do you live on base or off?
If you live on base, which base do you live on?
If you do not live on base, which town/city do you live in?
Do you live in a house, multi-plex (multiple unit family housing), or an apartment building?
Do you have a fenced in yard? If yes, how tall is the fence and has it been dog-proofed?
If an apartment, which floor and does your building have an elevator for pet use?
For those that live off base, does your unit/house have fully functioning air conditioning?
If you live off base and you rent, does your lease show that you are allowed to have pets? If yes, are there any restrictions (size, number, etc)?
If you live off base, do you have to pay a pet deposit and if yes, has that already been paid? (please note, you will be required to show a copy of the lease and a copy of the paid pet deposit if applicable).
Would this dog be an inside only dog (except for walks, supervised time in the yard, etc.), an inside/outside dog (dog left outside unsupervised at times) or an outside only dog?
Children status (please check one):
We currently have children but will not be adding any additional children to our family
we hope to start a family or add to our family very soon (within the next year or two)
we are currently expecting a child
we hope to start a family, but it will not be for several years
there are no children in the home and none will be added at ANY time in the future
If there are children in the home, what are the ages and genders? Please note: because we have no prior history on any dog we rescue, we will only consider homes with children 3+ (or no children) for the safety of both children and the dogs. We will sometimes adjust this age upwards depending on the dog (if we know the dog is good with older children but not small children).
If there are plans to start a family or add to your family at ANY TIME in the future, what steps will you take to ensure a smooth transition for the both the dog and the new baby?
If adding a child or children to your home at ANY TIME in the future, how would you handle any potential or suspected allergies that the child may have to dogs?
List any current pets you have in Japan (species, gender, age, if fixed, up to date on shots, and registered at the base clinic ). Note, if you have already have a dog(s) and you live off base, they must be registered at the city/town office where you live before we could consider your application :
List any pets that you have left in the states (if applicable) with family members or friends. Including type of pet, gender, age.
Please list any previously owned companion pets (dogs, cats) that you no longer have/own including type of pet, gender, age, dates owned, and what happened to the pet (re-homed, surrendered to shelter, deceased). If a previous pet is deceased, please note if the pet died of illness, accident, or age.
Do you have any pets currently not in Japan that will be traveling to Japan at a later date? If yes, what is the estimated date that pet is projected to arrive in Japan?
If you currently have pets in Japan, we will ask you to provide vaccination records, proof of spay/neuter, proof of micro-chip, proof of registration at the Base Veterinary Treatment Facility in your area, and if you live off base and have a dog, proof that your dog is registered at the city/town office where you live. If you have pets back in the states (or elsewhere) or have previously owned pets before arriving in Japan, please provide the name of the vet and contact information where your pet(s) were seen when you owned them. We need this information regardless if the pet is with family/friends, was re-homed, or was surrendered to a shelter or rescue. * you will need to contact this vet and give permission to release information to a representative of Doggie Orphans Great and Small. If you do not provide this information, we will be unable to consider your application.
If you own a pet that is still stateside (or at another location) and do NOT plan on getting that pet over to Japan, what is the reason that you did not bring or will not be getting the pet(s) over to Japan? Please give details:
If you have left a pet stateside (or elsewhere) with family or a trusted friend, will you be getting that pet back (reuniting) when you return back to the states (or wherever the pet was left)?
Have you ever surrendered a pet to a shelter, animal control facility or a rescue? If yes, please provide details (when, why, where).
What is your plan for daily exercise for this dog that you are applying for and who would be the person primarily responsible? (BE SPECIFIC - number of walks/day, distance, etc.)
Who in the home would be responsible for getting the dog to the vet and to take care of registrations?
How much $$ would you budget for monthly care for your dog/puppy?
How much $$ would you be willing/able to pay to deal with an emergency veterinary issue with your dog like if it needed surgery or hospitalization?
How much $$ would you budget to take your pet with you when you leave Japan.
Is there any reason(s) that would prevent you from taking any of your pets with you when you leave Japan? If yes, explain.
Are there any reasons that would prevent you/your family from providing a lifetime home for a pet? If yes, explain the circumstances.
Do you already have an emergency pet fund set up and have funds saved? If no, how would you pay for any unexpected veterinary expenses if your dog had an illness or an accident?
How many consecutive hours (in a row without a break) would a dog be left alone for on a daily basis:
How would you correct a dog that is chewing on inappropriate things in the house?
How would you correct a dog that is having accidents in the house?
Is there any additional information that you would like to share?