Adoption Fee

Why do you have an Adoption fee?  Why aren't your dogs free?

Just like any responsible pet owner, we must ensure our dogs are healthy, neutered and vaccinated prior to placement.  Consider how much you pay just to get your dog's annual exam, shots and heartworm preventative and you can understand our dilemma.  Many people do not realize what a 'bargain' a rescue dog is.  Our dogs receive an extensive medical evaluation and are:

  • Healthy and current on all shots, had a complete exam and any health issues (worms, ear infections, etc.) treated,
  • Heartworm free (treated if necessary) and placed on preventative
  • Spayed or neutered,
  • Temperament tested,
  • Housebroken,
  • Crate Trained,
  • Trained in at least basic house manners and, in some cases, quite a bit of obedience

Note: Puppies may not be fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered due to their age and those expenses would be the adopters’s responsibility, post adoption. The adoption fee would remain the same.

Then consider our dogs also come with:

  • Full education process on how to care for him/her
  • Lifetime guaranteed home for the dog if you cannot keep him/her
  • An organization full of resources on how to care & train for your dog, answer questions and advise on things for the rest of it's life

Don't the vets donate their services so you get free vet work?

No, we do not get free vet work.  We do get reduced vet fees.  Our veterinarians are very good to us, and we could not do it without them, but they still must make a living and cover their expenses. 

What is the average vet cost per dog?

Even with our discounted rates, our average cost per dog varies from $190 to as high as $400 per dog, depending on these factors: 

  • Time of year (heartworm, flea and allergy season),
  • Ages of dogs (puppies and seniors need more care),
  • Where the dogs come from (stray/shelter dogs need all vet work, owner surrenders may be spayed/neutered and have some of their shots up to date)

What vet care does the dog come with?

All GRR dogs are examined by a vet upon intake and are:

  1. Brought current on all shots:  Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, plus other viruses (DHLPP), and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). 
  2. Given a fecal to check for intestinal parasites (worms) and treated appropriately.
  3. Spayed/neutered if medically and age (>6 months of age) appropriate. 
  4. Tested for heartworms, treated if necessary, and then placed on preventative. 
  5. Treated for any other identified health issues such as ear infections, skin rashes/parasites, etc.
  6. Placed on flea and tick preventative to ensure they are parasite free and welcome in their new home!

Note: Puppies are examined and treated as appropriate to their age.

What do you do when the dog costs more than the adoption fee?

We do not deny care or turn away dogs based on their medical needs.  Since our adoption fee generally does not cover the cost of a dog's care, we rely heavily on fundraising and donations to make up the difference.  We are a non-profit group and all donations are gratefully accepted and tax deductible. 

Other than dog care, where does your money go?

We are staffed completely by volunteers, have no paid employees and no shelter or kennel facility.  All dogs are cared for in our volunteer's own homes.   GRR does not even pay for dog food -- it is graciously provided by the foster family, unless they are on special vet prescribed diet.  We maintain minimal operating expenses for our hotline, website hosting, & postage.  We scrimp and save everywhere we can so that all of our monies can go to the dogs care and rehabilitation.   

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