Protege Canine Rescue

A small rescue group based in Eastern Iowa and focusing on Aussies and performance dogs.

Adoption Process

Protege does not operate a shelter. Our dogs live with volunteer families.

You must complete an adoption application and it must be approved before you can make an appointment to meet one of our dogs.

While we do long-distance adoptions, please ask all of your questions in advance to assure a good fit. We do not ship our dogs; you must come here to complete the adoption.

Once we have received your application, you’ll get a confirmation email; we’ll review your application and contact references; and we may arrange for a home visit. This could take up to a week.

Once you are approved, we’ll put you in contact with the dog’s caregiver family. You can ask specific questions and arrange a meeting time. If your meeting goes well, you will be able to complete our adoption contract, pay the adoption fee ($250), and take your new family member home with you! We will provide you with copies of any records we have for your dog.

Please note that if for any reason you are not able to keep or care for a Protege dog, we will always, at any time, take it back. Though we will take our dogs back no questions asked, we hope you will share your reasons with us; often we can work through problems that arise to help you and your pet live long happy lives together.


This is a copy of the adoption contract you’ll sign once you find your perfect match.


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