Adoption Fees

Our adoptions fees range from $150 - $750 (most are in the middle of this range), and all of our adoption fees go right back to rescuing more animals in need.

WHAT DOES YOUR ADOPTION FEE PAY FOR?

 

Many wonder why we have adoption fees at all. If many of these pets were at risk of euthanasia, why charge anything? Well, running a responsible rescue group is very expensive. Our organization is made up with volunteers only and all fees are used directly for the care of the rescues.

 

  • Pull Fee: All shelters charge a pull fee for any animal that is released to a rescue organization.  Pull fees can be up to $150 per animal.

 

  • Transport: Most of our pets come from high-kill shelters that are several hours away and a 'paid transport' is needed to bring them to our rescue.

 

  • Spay and neuter: Even with a discount, spay and neuter fees add up, especially if there are complications.

 

  • Medical care: Some of our animals arrive with injuries, chronic health issues, or will come down with illnesses such as pneumonia, which require vet care and result in super-sized vet bills. Adoption fees help cover these costs. We also deworm all dogs so you don't have to do it.

  • Everything else:  vaccinations, microchipping, dewormer, flea-treatment, grooming, and food and supplies make up most of what remains of the adoption fee.

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT ADOPTION FEES FOR DIFFERENT DOGS?

 

PUPPIES: Young puppies are cute, fluffy, and irresistible. We call their higher adoption fee a "cute tax" that helps subsidize the costs of the older dogs. 

OLDER AND WISER: Adult dogs over 3 years of age are tops in our book, but those cute little puppies always steal the attention. So, we've given this group of dogs a lower fee to help move the spotlight towards them. 

'DISNEY DOGS' & 'DOODLES': These dogs are always in high demand and have to pay the 'cute tax' too. Their higher adoption fee helps subsidize the cost of our dogs with medical needs. 

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTED ADOPTION RATES?

 

We wish we could, but we cannot give discounted adoption rates. We are a non-profit organization and our adoption fees go right back to saving more dogs in need. We have many medical bills, food, and other costs that all add up.  

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