If you are looking for a dog to leave outside in your yard, regardless how shady your yard is is or now nice the weather is, please visit other rescues or shelters that do not have our requirements.
All of our dogs are indoor FAMILY dogs, and our volunteers have worked very hard to make them great indoor companions They have become accustom to and expect to be and indoor companion.
Please remember 99% of our dogs were found by animal control running the streets. It is extremely unlikely they escaped from an indoor home. Instead they were left outdoors where they became lonely and bored and found a way to get out.
Once you have had your dog for a few months, they have bonded to you and your family, it should be fine allowing them to go outside while you are home to check on them and supervise them, as long as your dog is not a digger or fence climber/jumper.
We want to set you and your new family member up for success! The dog you are adopting is already use to being crated when their foster family leaves their home and at night.
Crates provide a place for the dog to feel safe and comfortable, especially during the transition of moving into a new home. Your new dog will be stressed, no matter how "relaxed" they may seem. Not putting the dog in stressful situations the first few weeks will help you and you dog fit in to your home much sooner.