Often, people that are getting a rescue dog are surprised to learn there is an adoption fee. Almost all rescue groups have an adoption fee. The adoption fee for Passion 4 Paws is between $225-$375 depending on the age of the dog. The following is an explanation of the adoption fee so that understanding of the process is increased. All pups will be current on vaccinations. Our average cost in 2016 to rescue a dog at the shelter was $665.00 (vetting, boarding, transporting, supplies, medical emergencies, Heartworm Treatments, etc.)
When buying a dog from a breeder or pet store, there is an understanding of the money required to obtain the dog. People often think if they are rescuing a dog there are no costs. This is the misunderstanding.
The dog has already been rescued so one is actually adopting the dog in exchange for an adoption fee. Dedicated volunteer rescuers are hard at work all day, every day rescuing dogs. The dog is rescued by the group, vetted, assessed, and placed in a safe home. They are then listed on the internet where potential adopters can find out about the dog. Adopters are screened, matched to a particular dog, and an adoption takes place. This allows the rescue group to rescue another dog and the process starts all over again.
Our adoption fee goes 100% toward the rescue and care of the dogs. No one involved in P4P profits personally in any way. In fact, just the opposite is true because each dog that is rescued costs much more than the adoption fee.
** except on puppies up to 16 weeks old **
Puppies under 16 weeks of age will not have their full vaccination series completed. It is the responsibility of the adopter to complete this and provide us with proof of doing so. Although we provide the animal with the necessary medical care appropriate for each situation, we highly recommend following up the adoption with a visit to your veterinarian to discuss any optional vaccinations or procedures that they may recommended. Puppies are not micro-chipped as they are too small/young; this is the responsibility of the Adoptive family.
How adoption fees are used: Please understand all adoptions fees are applied to any bills received by our rescue for shelter fees, boarding fees, supplies, transportation fees, vetting fees, micro-chipping fees, preventative medications and dogs that need medical treatments outside the general vetting. This also helps with various items needed such as crates, bedding, toys, leashes, collars and more. There is NO PROFIT in this organization; all of the monies are used to save dogs and keep our rescue going; it’s kind of a pay it forward you might say! Many of us take money out of our own pockets to help! Our founder, Robin Shover, contributes $250.00 for every home she sells in her Real Estate business to our rescue. Sometimes people think rescuing dogs is free of charge, but it is quite the opposite. Thank you for understanding!