How much does it cost to adopt a dog?
The adoption fee for puppies under six months is $125.00 plus $125.00 for the spay or neuter deposit. This deposit is refunded upon certification by a vet that the puppy has been spay/neutered. (This price will cover the reduced S/N from one of our three participating veterinarians).
The adoption fee for an older puppy or adult dog - $250.00 - one that is already spayed/neutered.
Where do rescue dogs come from?
We get frequent calls to take in litters of puppies, some with/some without the mother dog, and we have bottle-raised many puppies found on the road, in the woods or when the mother dog was unable or unwilling to raise them.
Why should I adopt from a rescue? Why not just get a puppy from a pet store?
Please don't buy from a pet store, and be very wary of websites and newspaper ads. Above all, don't ever buy a dog if you can't physically visit every area of the home or breeding facility where the dogs are kept. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop buying their dogs. Read more here
How long does the adoption process take?
Normally less than one week. Possibly more if we need to coordinate our calendars with the home visit.
Can I adopt a dog for a Christmas or birthday gift?
It is generally not a good idea to adopt a dog as a present. We encourage everyone in the household to come visit the puppies/dogs that we have available. Every dog has his/her own personality, and we would like ALL members of the family to meet the new pet prior to the home visit. It is very important to match the temperament, disposition, and activity level of each dog to your ENTIRE FAMILY and your lifestyle.
The holidays are also usually a very hectic time- travel, relatives, etc. The time to introduce a dog to his new home is when his surroundings are calmer than holidays can be.
January, right after the holidays, is always, sadly, a busy time at animal shelters. Dogs that were adopted/purchased in haste as gifts are returned a month or two later.
Most reputable adoption groups do NOT adopt puppies, and sometimes even adult dogs, between mid-December through the Christmas holidays. This avoids them going home during these normally stressful and extremely busy family times. It is a much better idea to wait until after the holiday season has passed, kids are back in school, and routines are back to normal before bringing a new four-legged family member into the household.
What should I do to prepare for my new adopted dogs' arrival?
It is best to have everything pretty much ready before you bring your dog home - Crate, toys, dishes, food. The household should be calm and quiet as possible for a few days after bringing the dog home. Let him get comfortable with his surroundings before bringing over the neighbors, friends, and extended family. Let him get used to who his new "pack" will be. A good schedule and routine should be established right away for feeding, potty breaks, naps (time for a puppy to have time in his crate to sleep without people playing with him), bedtime, etc.
What breed dog is right for our family?
Deciding on a breed of dog is at least as important as deciding on the right wardrobe for business, the right car, the right school for the kids. A dog is a part of the family for a dozen or more years; the commitment to feed, shelter, and nurture a family friend for that amount of time should be based on rigorous analysis of an appropriate breed for the family circumstances. Many dogs in rescues and shelters are mixed-breeds. They may have the personality of more than one breed. Mixed breed dogs often do not have the health problems associated with pure breed animals.
What if my dog is not a good match for our family ?
Here at Pups 2 Luv, we devote a lot of time to get to know each of the dogs we have in our rescue. Each dog has his own distinct personality. When we place our dogs and make home visits, we are simply wanting to find the best possible match between the dogs and potential owners. In this way, we reduce the chances of having to re-adopt the pet when it is not a good match.
We will take a dog back if the match does not work out. Please call us and let us know if you are having problems with your dog PRIOR to returning him. Sometimes behavioral problems can be fixed quickly before they become so large that you would need to return him. We must know if there were any aggression problems in your dog if you return it to us.