How much is your adoption fee and what is the money used for?

Adoption fee:

$350.00 for dogs under 1 year old
$300.00 for dogs over 1 year old
$250.00 for dogs over 6 years old (negotiable, depending on age and health)

Of this total, $50.00 is a non-refundable application fee. The application fee is paid only if an adoption is completed (ie: you sign, in person, a paper version of an adoption contract and pay).

The Adoption fee may be refunded if the dog is returned to the rescue for legitimate reasons that made the relationship not work out.

In such a case, the adoption refund will occur as follows:

0-7 days: No Refund
8-14 days: Full adoption fee refund
14 days and after: No Refund

These fees include the following:
an initial exam, Rabies vaccination, DHLPP-C vaccination, Bordetella vaccination, heartworm blood test, skin scrapings or ear swabs (if necessary), fecal tests, heartworm treatment (if necessary), other medication (if necessary), five day treatment of Panacur intestinal worming, heartworm prevention medication, flea prevention medication, spay/neuter (if not already done), dewclaws removed (with spay/neuter), dental cleaning (with spay/neuter), hernia repairs or other medical procedures (if necessary), pre-anesthesia bloodwork (on dogs having a spay/neuter or other medical procedure requiring anesthesia), nail trims, thorough ear exam, range of motion exam of joints, AVID identification chipping

These costs helps defray the German Shepherds' medical costs, feed costs and housing costs. Each German Shepherd has an initial exam, including Rabies, DHLPP-C, Bordetella vaccination, heartworm blood test, and general exam which may include skin scrapings or ear swabs and fecal tests. If a dog needs heartworm treatment or medication, we take care of that treatment. All dogs are treated with a five day treatment of Panacur intestinal worming and placed on heartworm prevention and flea prevention.

As soon as we have assessed the dogs behaviorally, we set up their spay or neuter. If the dogs need their dewclaws removed, dental cleanings, hernia repairs or other medical procedures, we have those taken care of also. All dogs have pre-anesthesia bloodwork done to make sure they are healthy enough for surgery. Our vet does nail trims, a thorough ear exam, range of motion exams of their joints and AVID identification chipping while the dogs are asleep for their surgery.

Not including feed, kennels, bowls, leashes, collars, tag fees, each dog costs between $125-$650. As you may guess, the fees charged for our dogs may not always cover expenses.

These numbers are current as of November 2011.