We always have animals looking for new homes, many of which have “special needs”. Never under-estimate the love an adopted animal has to give.
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Thank you for your interest in adopting!
Before completing our online application please read the following:
Our adoption process involves multiple steps and it typically takes up to 2 weeks from the time we receive your application to the time your adoption is finalized. This process can take longer when puppies are involved since no puppy adoptions are finalized until they are spayed/neutered. We reserve the right to deny any application without explanation.
1.We do not normally adopt to adults under 25 years of age, however, exceptions will be made based on the organization’s assessment of the individual maturity of the adopter.
2.All of our dogs and/or puppies are in foster homes. We do not schedule private “Meet and Greets” without a processed application. Our Adoption Fee starts at $250.
3.We can adopt an animal ‘out of state’, but you must be willing to travel to where the pet is being fostered, and transport the animal yourself after the adoption.
4.We cannot place a hold on a dog for you. If you are not ready to adopt, please do not complete an application until you are ready to do so.
5.If you have other animals (dogs/cats) in your home, they must be up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm testing (dogs), and on monthly heartworm preventative (dogs). We will verify this with your veterinarian.
6.If you do not own the property you live in, you must provide the owner/landlord’s name and phone number. We will contact them to verify that you are permitted to have the pet you are applying for.
7.If you are getting ready to move or are in the process of moving, please do not complete an application until after you are settled in your new home. Please be advised that we reserve the right to conduct a Home Visit if we feel it is necessary before placing an animal with you.
8.Please make sure to fully complete your application; leaving questions blank or not including phone numbers will delay your application (this especially true when we post puppies, incomplete applications are not processed until last).
9.Once your online application is completed, it can take our volunteers 5 days to process it (longer if we have a litter of puppies posted). If we have questions about your application, we will call or email you. You must respond in order to get your application fully processed.
10.Adoption application approval means you are approved to adopt an animal from us, it does not mean you are necessarily approved for the animal you applied for. There may be specific circumstances in your home that do not make it a good fit for one animal, but it may be a fine fit for another.
11.Once your application is approved by the processers it is sent to the person fostering the dog you have applied for. They will make the decision on whether the animal that you applied for is the right fit for you and your home. They may also choose to initially contact you via email or phone. If you do not respond promptly to their email or phone call, they will move on to the next applicant.
12.Once you have met the dog and the adoption is approved, we have a minimum 24-hour waiting period before the adoption is finalized.
13.Once your new pet is home with you, we recommend taking then to a veterinarian of your choice within 10-14 days of adoption for a general check-up, especially for dogs or puppies that have been recently spayed or neutered.
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Hey everyone! Tryston here, or as mom likes to call me Sir Grumps-A-Lot! I am a stunning five-year-old Australian Shepherd who came to Speak! St. Louis in April 2017. I was in horrible condition! My fur was matted, I smelled awful, had intestinal worms, had trachea damage and was heartworm positive. If that isn't enough, I am also blind. I was not born blind, but instead, I am blind as a result of a systemic infection such as distemper. My blindness was totally preventable had I been given my yearly vaccinations. My previous owner failed me on almost every possible level. As a result of such abuse, I have minimal trust in humans, especially women. I do not bite, but will growl and act very scary, so people will leave me alone. I am being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. The good news about me: Living with my foster family has given me much more confidence. I am always comfortable with my foster dad, but for some reason, ladies make me a bit nervous. Every time my mom would pet me or talk to me I would growl. Nothing serious, just a little "hey leave me alone." Thankfully, my mom didn't leave me alone and she would continue to baby me and sing to me until one day I realized she wasn't so bad. It took a very long time but now every time I hear her voice I do little tap dances and wiggle my butt. I get so excited to "see" her! She now calls me Fred Astaire because she loves my dancing! That better than Sir Grumps-A-Lot, I think! Dad, on the other hand, can pet me as much as he wants! I would love to stay with my foster family, but mom and dad think I would do better in a quieter home. I actually live with seven other dogs, and let me tell you, they are crazy. Six of them are Border Collies! (What were mom and dad thinking?) Don't they know that Aussies are better than Border Collies. Hrmph! So what would I like in my new home you ask? Well, for starters, I would just like a parent(s) who simply love me for me. Maybe a steak dinner, on occassion, but nothing too extravagant. I would do best as either being an only dog or maybe with one calm, confident dog. I do live with cats, but I get excited and bark at them. Since I get nervous easily, I would also do better without children. Mom thinks I would do best with a very dog-savvy person that could deal with my anxiety and reactivity. I guess this is a lot to ask, but what I give in return is the best buddy in the world who will totally adore you. I am also pretty gorgeous, so I will make great eye candy! What do you say, will you give me a chance? Please fill out an application at http://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Bennett is a wonderful 8 1/2 year old boy who has had a rough life and knew very little of the world around him; until recently. Last year, he was rescued by Speak and he now knows people are kind, he always gets his meals and things are good. He is being fostered in the Collinsville, Illinois area. Because Bennett is still learning the world around him, he is hesitant with new people but he warms up nicely. He is deaf (but hears some sounds) and possibly vision impaired in his right eye but he doesnt let anything stop him. He is good on a leash once that trust is there. He knows some touch and hand signals for come, and sit and no. He loves getting pets â all over especially under his chin and a nice massage on his sides is lovely when heâs sleepy. He is not food aggressive but enjoys a good meal. He would ideally do best in a home as the only dog or with another very mellow non dominant dog; as he will make a âmean faceâ on occassion. This is not him being aggressive, just simply saying âI donât see so well, and this is my spaceâ. Bennett is a furry shadow and enjoys being with his people! Little kids are not his cup of tea, as he gets pretty frightened of all that movement from tiny people so a home without a lot of commotion is certainly ideal. Bennett would make a lovely companion for an older couple whoâs kids are out of the house, or for someone in a quieter household. He enjoys long naps during the day, but isnât too fond of being left alone a lot. He does not need a crate being the lounge lizard he isâ¦ he is fine with his over-sized memory foam bed that is so comfy. He is potty trained and will do his business on command as soon as heâs outside. Bennett is a truly wonderful, amazing, and handsome man who is looking for a place he can relax, unwind and enjoy the little things in life which he so deserves. If you are interested in this loyal, loving guy who simply wants to be your best friend, please apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Hi all! Seraphina, The Queen of Fluff here. Just thought I'd share what Speak St. Louis has learned about me. I could've told everyone this had they just asked. I'm only about 5 years old. I am not fat, I am fluffy! (Yes, you can use this one.) Seriously, I am 44 lbs and that is an average weight for an Aussie. Five of those pounds are probably from my irresistible white coat. Petting this soft fluff is guaranteed to lower anyone's blood pressure! I not only have the most fluff ever, but my ears had the most yeast ever. I saw the doctor for my ears. She was amazing and made them feel better.....and even gives tummy rubs! Everyone who meets me can't keep their paws off me. Did I mention I'm blind? Doesn't matter to me, I was born this way and I do just fine, so hopefully it doesn't matter to the person who is going to adopt me. I can even take steps when you tell me "step". I may have a little bit of hearing issues, but my foster Dad thinks that's selective hearing. I have no trouble finding the way up on the couch or in the car, because those are two of my favorite places! I am happy to join you for a movie or just a couple errands around town. I am crate trained and I am really good on a leash. You can just about take me anywhere, really. Some of us blind dogs are particular about who is in our space. After all, we cannot see you. It makes sense, right? So, I would really like to meet my interested persons and their pets so I can sniff them out....I mean check them out. I also do not care to be in the company of kitties! Nope, no thank you! No kitties for me! I am also heartworm negative, spayed and up-to-date on vaccines. I am microchipped and taking preventatives for those nasty fleas and ticks and heartworm too. Have your people get in touch with my people here and maybe we can meet: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/ What are you waiting for? NOTE: Seraphina is being fostered in the Champlin, Minnesota area. She can come to the greater St. Louis area for meet-and-greets.
Meet Nash! This wonderful young boy is a ball of luxurious white fur. Nash came to Speak! St. Louis rescue when his former owners did not have the time for him. We quickly realized that Nash is quite the dynamic boy. Everyone who meets this sweet soul falls in love. Nash is also quite the ham! He is always posing and never takes a bad photo. Nash is also the life of the part and has quite a playful side. Nash is a beautiful, 1 1/2 year old, deaf Australian Shepherd (with a tail). He certainly doesn't let his hearing deficiency slow him down one bit. Nash is an lively boy who already knows several basic hand signals. He LOVES to play with other dogs and would love to have a playmate with a similar energy level. His ideal family would be on that is active, or potentially someone who would like a jogging companion, has an interest in agility, flyball or even a friendly Frisbee competition. He is being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. Nash is potty trained; crate trained and overall well behaved in the home. His ideal family should have a visible fence, herding breed experience and no children under 10 years of age. Nash is neutered, up-to-date on all vaccinations, and will require monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms. If you are interested in this beautiful white burst of dynamism, you may submit your adoption application: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Hi there! I'm Aura! I am an 1 1/2 year old female Australian shepherd. My foster parents say that I am a little girl with a BIG funny personality. I am being fostered in the Mt. Olive, Illinois area. Speaking of personality, I sometimes do things a tad differently than my foster siblings. For example, when my foster siblings go outside to play they run around in all different directions. I, on the other hand, have a certain path I like to follow.....but I still play with my foster siblings. If I get overly excited inside, I may run in circles. My foster mom is a trainer so she helps redirect me so I don't run in circles. She gets out a special mat when I'm overly excited and I go lie down on it and receive treats! The mat helps me relax when there is a lot going on around me. I also take some medicine to help me focus. Foster mom puts 1 pill in with my meals and I gobble it up. (She thinks she's sneaky!) She wants you to know that my medicine doesn't cost much and they get it from a nearby pharmacy. I should also inform you that I am deaf due to merle-to-merle (color pattern) breeding. I have learned a lot of commands including: sit, lie down, wait before going outside, and wait before eating my food. I am potty trained but my foster parents think I have an odd way of notifying them when I need to do my business. I guess most dogs go to the door and whine.... not me, I run around the house barking. There's one more thing that makes me unique. I really not fond of being cuddled. I am, afterall, an independent girl. I prefer to sniff new people to say hello and then walk away. Once in a while, I like to walk up and get a good butt scratchin', but it doesn't take long before I'm off doing my own thing again. My foster parents love this about me because I don't jump on their guests. I tolerate baths and getting brushed but they aren't my favorite thing to do. I know I may seem like a handful, but I want to be open and honest to my future family. I would like my forever home to have a fenced yard and no children under the age of 12 (since they may try to cuddle me). I'm pretty interested in cat so if my forever home has some, they should probably be able to go to a safe place out of my reach. I also wouldn't mind another doggy friend to play with and follow. I am spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on all my shots. I also need monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms. My foster parents say that my forever home should be willing to stick to my training program and appreciate me - my quirkiness and all! If you'd like to meet me, you can apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Need a young, handsome guy in your life? Meet Zorro! This stunningly beautiful Border Collie has recently joined Speak. He is a young boy born on 12/6/2017. He gets along well with other dogs his size but due to his intense herding drive will nip them. Zorro is deaf, but very much a typical border collie with a great deal of energy and herding drive. Zorro would make an ideal candidate for someone who is interested in agility or herding trials. He is crate-trained, potty trained and currently working on sign language commands. Zorro is up-to-date on all vaccinations, is neutered, and taking monthly preventatives for heartworm, fleas, and ticks. I am being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. His ideal family must be active and have herding breed experience (strongly recommended). His ideal family should have no children under 10 years of age and a visible fence. Zorro also does best with other dogs his own size (no small dogs, please). His foster family adores him and states he is a fun guy to have around. If you feel like you are an active family that could handle the energy of this sweet boy, please complete an adoption application: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Jax is a beautiful blue-eyed Border Collie - blind in one eye, and vision impaired in the other. He is a young boy, born on 3/7/2018. A good citizen was working in west Texas and ran across a large group of pups being transported to Colorado. He felt sorry for him and decided to try to help him out. Up to that point (4 - 5 months old), Jax had been kept in a kennel almost all the time. His rescuer had him transported to Texas to a trainer who kept him about 10 weeks. The trainer took him to a dog eye specialist in Houston and he is totally blind in the left eye. He does have some sight in the right eye and is able to follow the other dogs. He was kept with other dogs and did great, he even swam in the creek. After his training the rescuer took him to his home in Louisiana, thinking he would fit in with his crew of female dogs. Unfortunately, the rescuers home and yard was much too small. He felt he was doing a disservice to Jax as he needed the room that a typical Border Collie needs. Jax is quick to learn and used the doggy door right away. He is good with the other dogs and not aggressive at all! He is very, very lovable and smart but he just needed another environment. Now that Jax is in rescue, he is doing great in a crate and still working on potty training. As long as he isn't given too much water in the evening, he is fine until the morning. He loves to run and play with his foster parent's dogs. He is also a total snuggle bug and just wants love and affection. Jax is being fostered in the South County area in St. Louis. Jax would be best with an active family and no children under 10 years of age. We would suggest a visible fence. He is up-to-date on all vaccinations, neutered and microchipped. He will require monthly medications for fleas, ticks and heartworms. So, what are you waiting for? If you'd like to meet the handsome guy, Jax, you may apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Meet Cricket, a beauty queen with a shimmering white coat! She is a two 1/2 year-old Double Merle, Australian Shepherd. She is blind in one eye but fortunate to have hearing. Cricket is a typical high-energy Aussie and likes to herd the other dogs. She is being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. Cricket is also a total cuddle bug and would love to crawl into the laps of her forever family for hugs and kisses. She will sleep quietly through the night in her crate but would be happier snuggled up with her humans in their beds. Cricket is completely housetrained and knows how to use a dog door. Cricket has been working diligently with one of our foster trainers and learning a lot of commands as well as a few other traits. These are things her forever home would want to continue. Cricket is past the problematic puppy stage and doesnât chew on anything inappropriate. Cricket was turned into animal control by her former owner for doing what dogs do â chasing chickens. Prior to coming to Speak! St Louis, she had unfortunately never lived indoors. She is now very happy being inside with her foster home and would love nothing more than to land a forever home with people who will treat her like the amazing beauty that she is! Cricket is up-to-date on her vaccinations, spayed and microchipped. It is recommended that her family have a visible fence and no children under 10 years of age. She currently lives with a cat but will chase it when given the opportunity. She would probably do best in a household without cats or smaller dogs. She requires monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas, and ticks. If you'd like to apply for this beauty queen, you may do so at: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Meet Saylor! Saylor is packed with personality and just as much energy. Saylor was surrendered as a puppy to a southern Missouri shelter. She is a young Aussie mix (about 5 months old), who is searching for her fur-ever home. She is being fostered in the South County Area of Saint Louis, Missouri. As a result of Merle-to-Merle (color pattern) breeding, Saylor was born deaf. Merle to Merle breeding results in a 25% chance of being born deaf and/or blind or both. This beautiful girl doesn't know she's different and as a result, wants nothing more than a family that will treat her just as any other puppy. Saylor is currently mastering potty training and crate training. She is also working on leash training and basic commands (hand signals). These are all items her ideal family will want to continue working on with Saylor. Saylor is a high-energy breed and her ideal family would have some knowledge of herding breeds and the exercise they require. Her ideal family should also have a visible fence and no children under the age of 10 years. Miss Saylor is up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations; spayed and microchipped. Her ideal family must provide monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and ticks. If you think you're the right family for this pretty princess, you may submit an adoption application here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Meet the incredible Ethan. Ethan is a 3 month old Australian Shepherd mix. He is on the smaller size, but he makes up for that in personality. Ethan is a Double Merle, which is the result of Merle to Merle (color pattern) breeding. As a result of breeding a Merle to another Merle, the puppies have a 25% chance of being born deaf or blind or both....which is the case of Ethan. Ethan is both deaf and blind, but don't think for one minute you should feel sorry for him. Ethan is one playful, happy puppy who doesn't know he has these disabilities. He is being fostered in the South County Area of Saint Louis, Missouri. Ethan loves to play with his foster siblings. He is quite an independent little fella and likes to explore things on his own. He can settle down for some snuggle time too. He has some keen senses because the minute his foster momma is up, he is ready to go to. He knows! Ethan has been very good about sleeping through the night in his puppy pen. Given his age and size, he is still working on potty training. He prefers not to be bothered during feeding time (hey, who doesn't!). Ethan likes being close to his foster mama, which is probably that Velcro aussie part of him. Ethan's forever home should consider some "touch training" as a form of communication and basic training needs. He would most likely do best in a home with another dog. Ethan's forever home will require a visible fence, no children under 10 years of age and some herding breed and/or special needs experience (recommended). Ethan is up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations. He is neutered and microchipped. He will require monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms (no exceptions). If you would like to be considered for this handsome bundle of joy, you may apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Meet Gavyn. Gavyn hasn't exactly had a good life, but we are here to ensure he finds the best furever home he deserves. Gavyn was found a year ago as a puppy near a busy road and the owner took him back but failed to keep him safe and he was again found by a busy road. This time she has agreed to surrender him to rescue. With little to no prior vetting, we quickly got him to our wonderful veterinary clinic, where it was discovered that he retained his baby canines and his other teeth are still up in his gums. One tooth was broken and infected and had to be removed. The veterinary clinic also treated a nasty eye infection. Sadly, this handsome boy was also so terribly matted that we had to shave him. We do know he will have a beautiful, fluffy white coat once it grows in. He is being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. Gavyn is a Double Merle, which is the result of breeding Merle to Merle (color pattern) together. Those puppies have a 25% chance of being deaf or blind or both. Gavyn has both - some vision and hearing impairment. He can hear some sounds and is believed to have limited vision in his right eye. He quickly learns to navigate his spaces and will even go up stairs, jump on beds and out of vehicles. Gavyn is a 2 year old rough coat collie. Gavyn is learning "touch training" and quickly picks up commands. He has learned to notify his Foster Mom when he needs to go outside. He is still working on crate training, as he would prefer just left free or wherever you are. He does like car rides and would love to go with you wherever you go, if he was allowed. He is learning to be more tolerant at feeding time and does take a little time getting used to other dogs. Once he has met the other doggies, play time is on! He greatly enjoys playing with other dogs. He does play with toys and chew items. When it's time to sleep, he likes to get on the bed and curl up beside his person. Gavyn is up-to-date on all vaccinations. He is neutered. He requires no further follow-up for the prior medical issues. He is microchipped and will require monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms (no exceptions). Gavyn's ideal home will require a visible fence and no children under 10 years of age. Special needs experience is a bonus. If you are interested in this beautiful boy, you may apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
HI! My name is Newman. Iâm a handsome, young one-and-a-half-year-old Australian Shepherd. The âdoggie policeâ picked me and my brother up when we were herding horses, and no one came forth to claim us as their own. So now Iâm looking for my fur-ever home. All I want to do is be loved and follow you wherever you go. You can call me your new side kick! Iâll stick with you through it all. I may be deaf, but I donât let that hold me back. I am still trying to figure myself out without my brother though, so I do need a family that will help me become more confident on my own. My bravery is increasing every day. Newman's new family should have a visible fence, herding dog breed experience would be ideal, and a home with no children under 10. He is potty trained. Newman needs confidence building and will need a family that will continue working with him on this. Newman is a typical herding boy, sticks with you and eager to have a âjobâ. He has lots of energy and enjoys playing with other dogs. Newman is neutered, up-to-date vaccinations and microchipped. He is taking monthly preventatives for flea/tick and heartworms and will require this in his new home as well. If you are interested in adopting this handsome fluffy-butt, you may submit your adoption application via this link: https://www.speakstlouis.com/adoption-application-2/
Hi new friend, My name is Tommy, Iâm about 3 months old and Iâm looking for a paw-some new family! Right now, I live with a very nice lady, who says sheâs my foster mommy. She loves taking care of me and my sister Tuppence. Our favorite game is playing in her flower pots, We want to grow to be big and strong just like her flowers! Iâm hearing-impaired, but that doesnât stop me from being a fun loving, cuddly puppy! I just like any other pup. I like to play and hangout with all my other puppy friends. Iâm what they call a âdouble merleâ meaning two pets that carry the merle gene (color pattern) were breed together, this can cause deaf and blindness 25% of the time in the puppies born to these pets. I also have a heart murmur, but no worries! Iâm going to the vet like a good boy to get checked out when I turned 4 months old to see if I have out grown this. Paws crossed! Iâm working hard on my potty training, create training, and my hand signal commands! If you take me home with you, I will still need some help with these, since Iâm still a baby Tommy's forever home will require a visible fence, no children under 10 years of age and some herding breed. Tommy is up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations. He is neutered and microchipped. He will require monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworms (no exceptions). If you would like to be considered for this handsome bundle of joy, you may apply here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/
Hi Harmony here! I am a gorgeous ten week old puppy. My foster mom says I have the longest, fluffiest coat she has ever seen on a girl my age. Oh and donât forget my baby blue eyes! I am packed with personality and just as much energy. I am a total cuddle bug and love to snuggle in your lap! I am currently looking for my furever family that I can follow around and be with. You must love kisses as I am quite good at them. I am still working on my potty skills but as I am so eager to please Iâm doing a really good job! I am a high-energy breed and my ideal family would have some knowledge of herding breeds and the exercise they require. My foster mom say my ideal family should also have a visible fence and no children under the age of 10 years. Harmony is a Double Merle, which is the result of Merle to Merle (color pattern) breeding. As a result of breeding a Merle to another Merle, the puppies have a 25% chance of being born deaf or blind or both....which in the case of Harmony she is deaf. But don't think for one minute you should feel sorry for her. She is one playful, happy puppy who doesn't know she has this disabilitity. Harmony is up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations; spayed and microchipped. Her ideal family must provide monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and ticks. She is being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. If you think you're the right family for this pretty princess, you may submit an adoption application here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/ REQUIREMENTS: VISIBLE FENCE, NO CHILDREN UNDER 10
Hi Jazzmyn here! I am a gorgeous ten week old puppy. My foster mom says I have the longest, fluffiest coat she has ever seen on a girl my age. Oh and donât forget my piercing baby blue eyes! I love to sing, my foster mom says I have the best voice! I am packed with personality and just as much energy. I am a total cuddle bug and love to snuggle in your lap! I am currently looking for my furever family that I can follow around and be with. You must love kisses as I am quite good at them. I am still working on my potty skills but as I am so eager to please Iâm doing a really good job! I am a high-energy breed and my ideal family would have some knowledge of herding breeds and the exercise they require. My foster mom say my ideal family should also have a visible fence and no children under the age of 10 years. Jazzmyn came to Speak because she was born a Double Merle; meaning a Merle (the pattern coat) was bred to another Merle. She received two copies of the Merle gene (Double Merle), which results in excessive white coats and can cause congenital deaf and/or blindness. Jazzmyn can see fine but is deaf, but you would never guess it. This will not hold this girl back from doing anything any other Aussie does! She will be typical velcro pup who will pick up on sign quickly. Jazzmyn is up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations; spayed and microchipped. Her ideal family must provide monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and ticks. She is being fostered in the South County Area of St. Louis, Missouri. If you think you're the right family for this pretty princess, you may submit an adoption application here: https://www.speakstlouis.com/forms/adoption-application/ REQUIREMENTS; VISIBLE FENCE, NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 10