While you might be able to find some puppies for sale at prices similar to our adoption fees, our dogs all come home to you up-to-date on their vaccines and heartworm testing, microchipped, dewormed, and spayed or neutered, all of which typically cost upwards of $300-$500 on top of what you’d pay a breeder. Additionally, many of our dogs are already housebroken, crate-trained, and understand basic commands and leash etiquette. Frankly, our adoption fees turn out to be quite the bargain when that’s all factored in!
And please do keep in mind that we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and 100% run by volunteers. Your entire adoption fee is funneled back into our organization to help us rescue more dogs, so you can feel extra good about your newest family member and your impact on our community!
Unfortunately, we can make no guarantees that you will be able to adopt a particular pet that you’ve got in mind, as the adoption process can sometimes move quite quickly! The best way to increase your chances is to fill out an adoption application as soon as possible, email us to ensure we’ve received it, and then arrive to our Adoption Center for your meet-and-greet at the very beginning of our adoption event that day (typically at 12PM).
If someone is already ahead of you in line for that particular dog, we recommend completing an adoption application and following up anyway. We occasionally have a family change their minds before the adoption process is completed, in which case we notify the next person in line! And we can always give you information about anyone else who may be a good fit for your family!
We always make our final adoption decisions based on families that we believe are the best match for our dogs, so please do remember that just turning in your application for someone first is not a guarantee that they will be adopted to you.
Unfortunately, the IRS dictates that you may not deduct any type of donation where you receive something in return, and a new family member falls into that category! So no, your adoption fee is not tax-deductible, but any money or items you might generously donate to us on top of your adoption fee most certainly are!
Many of our rescues come to us in less than ideal physical condition. We feed our dogs a high-quality diet so that we can make sure they have their best chance at improvement and recovery before they go home with their new families. It also helps to make sure that they have some consistency in their diets, and thus a greatly decreased chance of upset tummies. There are many shelters in the area who will accept any types of food and we’d hate for your kind donation to go to waste at our facility!
Our rescue is completely run by volunteers - we have no paid employees. Our hard-working volunteers also have full-time jobs, families, and personal and foster pets of their own. Please be patient with us, as that can be quite a lot to juggle. We make every effort to get back to you as soon as we possibly can!