ADOPTION FEE FAQ


I have often been asked how I set the adoption fees for my rescues. Having done this for so long, and having 100's of dogs come through my home, I have set standards for myself and my volunteers. When a dog comes to Furbaby Rescue they receive a lot of love, care and devotion until their forever home is found. They are immediately taken to a veterinarian for a full exam, spay or neuter, all shots that are required, and any and all medical treatment that is necessary to assure their health and well being.  They are groomed, behaviorally assessed and then the work begins.  Many dogs need training and/or retraining, and above all love and security, emotionally and physically. Bottom line, Furbaby Rescue will do all that is necessary to give every dog a chance at a new life. Many of them require extra care. All of our dogs, whether they came from a broken home, puppy mill, shelter or they are just given up, have been affected in some way by unfortunate circumstances. Many times we have to pay to remove animals from shelters and puppy mills. More often than not we pay more in vet bills for these dogs than we recover in their adoption fees. The difference comes out of our pocket, another reason why we are very selective about the homes our dogs go to. The reason I'm involved in rescue, is to save these babies...not just the young, adoptable or to put money in our pockets...it's the dogs, and has always been, and always will be for the dogs...otherwise I quit....

With that in mind, the following is a comparison chart showing the benefits of adopting from rescue.  Aside from the obvious (saving a life from misery, neglect, and/or death) there are tremendous advantages to adopting from rescue -vs.- buying from a pet store or backyard breeder. Here are a few:

* SHELTER

FURBABY RESCUE

PET STORE

PUPPY MILL

BREEDER

COST

$50-$125

$150-$550

$400-$1000

$250-$800

$400-$1500 DEPENDING ON BREED

MICROCHIP

SOME SHELTERS MICROCHIP/SOME DO NOT

  ALL DOGS
$25-$30

NO

NO

Some reputable 
Breeders do

MEDICAL

SPAY/NEUTER

CERTIFICATE FOR REDUCED RATE OR CONTRACT ADOPTER PAYS

ALL DOGS
$65-$130 
FEE BASED ON SEX OF HEALTHY DOG

NO

NO

NO

VACCINATIONS DEWORMING

  5-WAY OR RHINOPAN VACCINE

ALL DOGS
RABIES VACCINE, DHP-PV, DEWORM ALL SHOTS
$30-$50

1ST PUPPY SHOTS (DOES NOT INCLUDE RABIES, DEWORM, ETC.) NOT ALL GET 1ST SHOTS - STORE TAKES THE WORD OF THE BREEDER

NO

1ST PUPPY SHOTS
(DOES NOT INCLUDE RABIES, DEWORM, ETC.) 

DENTAL

NO

YES (WHEN NEEDED) 
$90-$130 EXTRACTIONS ADDITIONAL

NO

NO

Some reputable 
Breeders do, if an
Adult dog

GROOMING

NO

ALL DOGS
$25-$50

NO

NO

Some reputable 
breeders do

ADDITIONAL MEDICAL PROBLEMS

NO

ALL DOGS
$30-$2000
VETERINARY CARE GIVEN IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

NO

NO

NO; HOWEVER,
REPUTABLE BREEDERS ALLOW RETURN OF ANIMAL

VETERINARY EXAM

SOME PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE FOR REDUCED RATE

ALL DOGS
$20-$35

NO

NO

NO

TRAINING

NO

ALL DOGS

NO

NO

NO

TEMPERAMENT

ALMOST ALWAYS UNKNOWN

ALL DOGS
EVALUATED AND PROVIDED TRAINING AND REHABILITATION

NO

NO

NO; HOWEVER, REPUTABLE BREEDERS BREED FOR TEMPERAMENT AND SOCIALIZE PUPPIES 

KEEP IN MIND THAT DOGS PURCHASED FROM PUPPY MILLS, PET STORES, ETC. HAVE UNKNOWN GENETIC HISTORIES.  MANY HAVE UNSEEN DEFECTS THAT CAN DEBILITATE AND OFTEN SHORTEN THEIR LIFE SPANS - AT A TREMENDOUS COST TO OWNERS EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY. BACKYARD BREEDERS DO NOT BREED OUT GENETIC DEFECTS. THEY OFTEN NEGLECT AND/OR ABUSE THEIR BREEDING STOCK AND NEVER SOCIALIZE OR BREED FOR TEMPERAMENT.  DOGS PURCHASED FROM THESE ENVIRONMENTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS PHYSICALLY AND BEHAVIORALLY CHALLENGED. DOGS RESCUED FROM THESE SITUATIONS ARE REHABILITATED, TREATED FOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS, AND ADOPTED ONLY AFTER THEY ARE ABLE TO HANDLE NORMAL LIVES.
* SHELTER

FURBABY RESCUE

PET STORE

PUPPY MILL

BREEDER

AVERAGE NEW OWNERS COSTS TO PURCHASE OR ADOPT

$50-$125

$150-$550
ALL BREEDS

$400-$1000

$250-$800

$400-$1500 DEPENDING ON BREED

ADOPTING A DOG FROM FURBABY RESCUE INSURES THAT YOUR DOG WILL COME TO YOU WITH ALL SHOTS/SPAYED OR NEUTERED/MICRO CHIPPED AND WITH ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS TAKEN CARE OF. IF THE DOG HAS AN ONGOING MEDICAL PROBLEM SUCH AS DRY EYE OR ALLERGIES, YOU WILL KNOW IT UP FRONT. FURBABY EVALUATES ALL DOGS BEFORE THEY ARE ADOPTED.  AND WE EVALUATE YOU TOO. WE SCREEN APPLICATIONS, INTERVIEW, CHECK REFERENCES, AND DO HOME CHECKS, IN ADDITION TO MAKING KNOWN EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT A DOG.  WE WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE DOG, AND THIS BENEFITS YOU ALSO. YOU CANNOT GET THIS FROM A PET STORE OR PUPPY MILL

AVERAGE NEW OWNERS COSTS AFTER PURCHASE OR ADOPTION

$200-$300

$0
ALL BREEDS

$255-$410

$255-$410

$255-$410
DEPENDING ON BREED

TOTAL COST:

$250-$425

$150-$550

$655-$1410

$505-$1210

$655-$1,910

 



For Adoption, the requirements are:

1.  Adoption fee
($150-$550)

2.  Home Check
3.  References
 For more information, email Eleni

There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away.

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Other Small Breeds Available for Adoptions

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