Big Dawgs Rescue believes that pets are family, and we want our adopters to feel the same way. Adopting a pet is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. We firmly believe that adoption means providing for your new furry family member for the entirety of their life, including in their old age. We are looking for “forever” homes, not “for right now” homes. Before you adopt, please think about the responsibility a pet requires, and make sure that your lifestyle can accommodate those needs. As an adopter, you need to be prepared to make big life decisions with your pet in mind. A pet will determine where you are able to rent, will require financial stability, and will demand your time and attention.
If you are ready to open your heart to an adoptable dog please take a look at our adoptable pets, and fill out an adoption application. You can also check out the locations and times of our adoption events if you prefer to come down and meet some of our adoptables in person. There is no obligation to adopt by completing an application. A member of our staff will review your application, and you will be contacted within 48 hours. You may be asked follow up questions, or for additional information. Once your application is approved, you can set up a meeting to visit the pet in their foster home to decide if he or she is a good fit. Should you decide to adopt, you will make an appointment to sign the appropriate paperwork and take your new pet home once he or she is available. Adoption fee is due at the time of paperwork signing, and must be paid before bringing the pet home. We do allow in-home trials for 2-3 nights if requested.
Please note, at any time we may ask you to allow a home check prior to bringing home your new pet. If you do not consent to a home check, you will not be allowed to adopt.
Adoption fee includes:
Vaccinations up until adoption
Spay or neuter surgery (at one of our vets)
General care and veterinary costs while with the rescue
Dog Adoption Fee
adoption fee varies $275 and up depending on the dog
Some people have asked why our adoption fees are high compared to local shelters, etc. Most of the animals we rescue come from the high-exposure environments of animal shelters. With so many stray and uncared for animals kept in such close quarters, contagious ailments spread like wildfire. As a result, a high percentage of our rescue pets are treated for common illnesses upon intake (kennel cough, upper respiratory infections, ear mites, etc.). Although all of these are easily treated and cured, veterinary costs quickly add up. In addition, Big Dawgs Rescue takes on financial responsibility for pets with far more costly health issues as well. We have accepted dogs requiring surgery for things like broken bones or cherry eye, and have specifically chosen to rescue puppies with severe cases of demodex (a skin disorder causing hairlessness).
Most importantly, Big Dawgs Rescue has repeatedly cared for puppies with the deadly parvovirus, requiring costly extensive 24-hour care. Although the mortality rate is high, many puppies do recover and go on to find forever homes. To us, that is why we rescue. We want to be able to take the pets that no one else will and give them hope for a new beginning. We have spent upwards of $2,000 to treat single puppies with this brutal disease, yet those puppies were still adopted for the same $275+ adoption fee as any other dog. Our adoption fees allow us to provide our pets with the best veterinary care to give them every possible chance at success. Although we may not have spent $275+ on the dog you adopt, we may have spent thousands on another dog that needed those funds. In one way or another, you can be sure that your adoption fee goes directly to helping the animals in our care.
Outside of veterinary costs, as a rescue we pay for shelter fees, food, supplies, evaluation/ training of special needs dogs, and transportation in order to rescue pets from other areas. Although our adoption fees lessen the burden, pretty much everyone involved in rescue takes on some financial responsibility of their own as well. Many of our fosters pay for food or toys out of pocket, simply because they want to help. Our fees are what we need to be able to continue to rescue.
For the 2016 tax season, Big Dawgs Rescue spent over $68,000 on veterinary expenses and $7398 on needed supplies (such as vaccinations and dewormer).