Adoption fees run anywhere from $250.00 to $850.00 or more ~ depending on the dog and the costs to save it.
These fees are used for our rescued dogs well being.
We make sure each dog that comes into our rescue is spayed or neutered before it is adopted. All required vaccinations are provided.
They are all DA2PP shots, rabies, bordetella, dewormed, flea treated, microchipped and groomed.
Because we specialize in Death Row Dogs, many of them require special medical attention.
Some dogs require surgeries including expensive orthopedic surgeries, dental work, teeth extractions, cherry eye, heart worm testing, various routine medications like flea treatments and de-worming medicines, specialized medications to get them healthy for adoption like ear, eye, antibiotic, and medications and other veterinary services.
Some of our dogs require emergency care at the 24 hr vet clinics and that is very costly.
Sometimes we have to "Buy" the dog in order to save him.
Many dogs also require professional bathing and grooming.
Adoption fees are also used to pay for transporting the dogs from shelters to Seattle and many are a good five to six hour round trip.
Many of our dogs are transported from California. We pay for all expenses, rental of van, gas, motel & food for the driver and insurance.
Our dogs are also flying into Seattle on Alaska Airlines ~ 20 dog at a time. We pay for shipping crates, health certificates, and all the vetting is done before arrival of each dog along with the required out of state heart worm testing.
We have to pay for leashes, collars, dog food, dog tags, food bowls, and our needs list is endless.
Because we specialize in saving Death Row Dogs, if an immediate foster is not available, we have to pay to boardings fees in order to save the dog.
If for any reason any adoption does not work out, we are happy to take the dog back and fully refund the adoption fee!
Our adoption fees also work like an insurance policy.
It protects our dogs if the adoption does not work out.
People who adopt from us know that they can get a full refund so none of our dogs will ever end up being sold on CraigsList or in the hands of research laboratories.
Most shelters and other rescue organizations do not refund or take the dog back.
We fully refund because our mission is all about the dog and to make sure that every dog we adopt out goes to the very best forever home!
No dog should ever be given away for FREE!
A "Free to good home" ad is one of the biggest mistakes a person that truly loves their pet can make.
These ads draw animal abusers and Class B dog dealers that sell dogs to medical research institutions. Research laboratories are willing to pay $200.00 for a dog.
Gangs are always looking for Pitt Bull bait and will use free or cheaply obtained dogs for that purpose. All of these "adopters" can be very convincing about how they are going to give the animal the best care, care for it forever, etc.
Adoption fees coupled with post adoption welfare checks help ensure that rescued dogs go to bona fide loving adoptive homes.
Adoption fees screen out the people who can not afford vet care.
If you can not afford the adoption fee, you can not afford vet care.
No one in animal rescue gets rich from charging adoption fees. For every dog or cat that comes to the rescuer spayed/neutered, and in great condition, there are several others who's actual veterinary costs will never be recovered in the adoption fee.
That is why donations to animal rescue groups are always welcomed!