How to Adopt
The adoption process is almost always completed within one week from when you submit your Adoption Questionnaire. Times can vary depending on your location, the dog’s location, and availability.
Once approved you will need to finalize your adoption by completing an adoption contract and paying the adoption fee in cash or check. At that time, available medical records will be provided along with a variety of other information.
Our adoption process includes a phone interview, home visit, and various reference checks. Our adoption fees are non-negotiable and are based on the age of the dog and if the dog was treated for heartworm disease. Please see adoption requirements below:
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must provide landlord or condo associations contact information to verify that you are allowed to have the pet you are applying for.
- Willing to complete the interview and home check process.
- All members of the household must be present during the home visit.
- Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment and proper care for your pet.
- K-9 Lifesavers will not place dogs on hold or take deposits.
- K-9 Lifesavers will not pay veterinary costs for dogs once they are adopted.
K-9 Lifesavers provides basic veterinarian care on all our dogs up to the time of adoption. This includes:
- Age appropriate shots
- Heartworm testing (if positive, heartworm treatment)
- Monthly heartworm prevention
- Monthly flea/tick prevention
- Treatment of all obvious ailments while in our care (i.e., kennel cough, mange, parvo)
We cannot guarantee the health of the dogs upon adoption. All adopted dogs should be taken to the vet within two weeks of adoption for a complete exam. Rescue animals are often exposed to a variety of diseases that may have a gestation period, in which we are unaware. K-9 Lifesavers takes extra precautions to ensure our dogs are healthy, such as holding puppies for a minimum of 10 days, to ensure they do not break with parvo. Once an animal is adopted the adopter is responsible for all medical expenses.
K-9 Lifesavers is committed to the dogs we rescue for their entire lifetime. If at any time you cannot keep your adopted pet, you must return the dog to K-9 Lifesavers. We will always take any dog we adopted out, back into our system, for whatever reason.
- Puppy (6 months and under) – $350.00
- Young/Adult Dog (7 months to 9 yrs) – $300.00
- Golden Year – $150.00
- Heartworm positive Dog – $375.00
K-9 Lifesavers is often asked what is included in our adoption fees. Because we receive no government funding, we rely primarily on adoption fees to support our mission.
Some of our costs are obvious, such as food, leashes, collars, bowls, crates, bedding, and toys. But the adoption fee also covers a number of other services. Because we save Death Row Dogs, if an immediate foster is not available, we have to pay boarding fees in order to save the dog and, transport costs to bring the dog to the area.
Adult dogs have been altered and puppies receive a certificate to cover the cost of spay/neuter (at designated K-9 vets). Our dogs receive Heartworm tests, DHLPP, Bordetella, and Rabies. Puppies receive vaccinations appropriate to their age. We also flea-treat and de-worm every dog that comes into our program. Some have also been treated for other medical issues such as heartworm or kennel cough. The adoption fee covers only a portion of our animal care expenses and is less than what you would pay for these veterinary services on your own.
We hope this information is useful in helping potential adopters understand some of the costs that are involved in supporting K-9 Lifesavers Dog Rescue.
Things to Consider Before Adopting:
Do you really want a dog? Are you prepared for the lifestyle and financial impact? Are you up for cleaning up various messes? Do you have time for a dog? Are you willing to make scheduling changes and sacrifices in order to make this new relationship work? Are you willing to take your dog to obedience training? Do you have the time and energy to exercise your new dog appropriately?
What are your future plans? Will you be moving? Are you committed to finding a place that is dog-friendly? Are you getting married or having kids? How will you help keep the socialized with other people and kids?
Your new friend is counting on you to meet their needs. Consider food, toys, routine vaccinations, heartworm disease preventative and don’t forget about emergency care. Please review our articles on the Cost of Dog Ownership to get an idea of how much it costs to have a dog for their lifespan.