Our adoption fees vary, and are determined by many factors, including:
- Age of the dog.
- Amount of medical needs the dog had when it came to rescue.
- Adoptability of the dog.
- Issues the dog may need continued work on by adopters.
- Demand for the dog.
Puppies tend to have higher adoption fees, as there are more upfront medical costs to help get them off to a strong, healthy start.
Young adults will sometimes not need as much Veterinary care as some of the other rescues. Their adoption fees are generally right in the middle between the puppy fees and the senior fees. It is often that these adoptions are the ones that keep us going financially so that we can continue to rescue and to obtain needed Vet care for more incoming rescues.
Seniors are generally placed into homes at the lowest adoption fees. While we may have had to spend more than average on them at the Veterinarian, we also know that the seniors are not in great demand and that they will not be with their new families as long as a puppy or young adult. Our goal is to find them a home where they can live out their lives being loved and having someone to love back.
Although you may find a dog in the paper for less, you more than likely will be responsible for the vaccinations, health check, spaying/neutering and any blood/lab work at the Vets. This will easily bring the cost of your purchased pet well above our adoption fees.
We have also spent time with each rescue and have gotten to know the dog. This gives us invaluable information for placing the dog into a home it will be best matched to. We have taken a lot of the ‘guess work’ or risk out of bringing home a strange dog that you know nothing about. If you have children and we find the rescue is not good with children, we will tell you that. Our goal is not to just place these rescues into a home, it is to place each rescued Dachshund into the BEST home for it.
Here is a simple example of adopting a rescue vs getting a dog from the newspaper:
Adoption of a young adult dog that has been spayed, gotten all vaccinations and will not be due for boosters for a year, tested for worms, heart worms (with treatment if the need is there), etc. Complete physical to check for any problems ranging from ear mites to heart murmur. Foster home has crate trained the dog and has house trained it or has the training started. Foster home knows this dog does not dig, likes children, gets along with other dogs, loves tummy rubs, has a favorite toy, prefers a doggy bed on the floor to stretching out on the sofa, barks if someone approaches the house, is shy with strangers at first, etc. Example adoption fee: $250
Purchase of dog from the newspaper: Owners say dog needs more attention than they have time for, is house trained, good when left alone in the house, it needs vaccinations but it is a great pet. Price: $100
You take the new dog home, it snaps at the 3 year old. Well, maybe it’s just nervous right now. You take the dog to your Vet. Dog gets combo vaccination for Parvo, Distemper, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus = $25.00
Rabies vaccination = $20.00 Blood work = $75.00+ heart worm testing = $50.00 The dog tests negative for heart worms so doesn’t need treatment that runs $400 or more. You have the dog spayed = $250 and up. Office visit = $45.00 Total for your $100 dog = min. $565.00
Dog proceeds to dig out of your yard (because you didn’t know it was a digger) and animal control picks it up, anywhere from $80 and up to retrieve it. Dog really shouldn’t be left loose in the house and it chews up a sofa cushion, two shoes and rips the drapes down, but the former owner said it behaved when alone! Dog snaps at the 3 year old again. You call the former owner but they refuse to take the dog back (rescue will always take the dog back). Now you are faced with putting out more money to hire a trainer (which often is all that will be needed but it costs) or seeing if you can sell the dog, take the dog to the local shelter or give it away. Your investment goes down the drain and you are left with doubts of ever having a pet.
It doesn’t take a gambling person to see where the odds set in ones favor. Your adoption fee is an investment but you stand a good chance of investing in a pet matched to you and your household and you are saving a life in the process. You are getting a pet that you will be informed of any issues or medical needs or lack of them. You will have the rescue group for support , to answer questions, help resolve any problems/issues that may come up and we stand ready to take the dog back if the adoption just didn’t quite work out with this particular dog.
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