||Do you catch your pet surfing the web for a new friend?|
Consider finding him or her a new friend from Rawhide Rescue. To adopt one of our animals, try our Online Application or download our
Microsoft Word Dog Application.
If you don't hear from us, please, follow up with an email as we
are sometimes overwhelmed by your interest and may not respond as quickly as
we'd like. Also, follow your special pet on the website. Dogs are marked PENDING when recently adopted.
Come take a look at Our Current Pets
Adoption fees are donations to Rawhide Rescue. Rawhide Rescue is not a shelter and we are not
subsidized. Most shelters receive municipal funding, while Rawhide Rescue operates on adoption fees and donations. All of our
members are volunteers, and none of us receives a salary or payment of any kind. Our funds go 100% toward the care of our dogs,
primarily for veterinary expenses and occasional boarding fees. Volunteers usually pay the costs for transport, fostering,
phone calls, and adoption screening out of their own pockets.
The adoption fees typically range from $200to $300 for dogs and $300 - $400 for puppies and purebreds. Below is a list of some of the
tangible and intangible cost factors that go with each animal we rescue:
$75 to $90 for spay/neuter
$20 for rabies vaccination
$15 for distemper shots
$35 to $45 for vet office visit fee
$100+ for transport if required
$10 for health certificates
Additional vetting can cost an extra $100 to thousands of dollars|
Other cost considerations include:
food (some dogs will require special foods which we will supply)
Plus, no price can be put on the following:
Endless hours of personal time put in by loving foster families
What to expect when you're expecting (to adopt)
A guide to pet-adoption procedures at Rawhide Rescue (any many shelters)
for Rawhide Rescue
The decision has been made -- you've
decided to adopt a dog or a puppy to add to your family.
You've done the research and have decided to do the
intelligent and humane thing by adopting from a rescue
group or a shelter instead of a pet store. Once you've
located the "perfect" pet for your family, you may be
unfamiliar with the next steps in the adoption process.
The following are some procedures you can expect:
1) Expect to fill out an adoption
application. Complete the application honestly and
completely. Shelters and rescues are not trying to keep
you from getting the dog you want, just trying to find a
good "match" for your family AND for the dog. It is
traumatic for both the dog and the family to return a
dog to the shelter or foster home because it "didn't fit
Rescues and shelters put serious effort
into matching the home with the pet, rather than
"selling" to anyone who pays the price.
2) Expect to have references checked.
Most rescue groups and shelters will contact your
veterinarian, groomer, dog sitter and neighbors. This is
not done to invade your privacy or for intrusive
purposes, it is simply a means by which we can verify
the statements in your adoption application. Most of us
involved in rescue have seen pets that have endured
horrible abuse or been abandoned by uncaring owners, and
we work diligently to make sure we don't place dogs in a
situation where they will not be loved and cared for
3) Expect a rescue volunteer to visit
your home. Again, this is not done for judgmental or
intrusive purposes. By bringing the pet to your house
for a "visit," we can see how he/she interacts with all
members of your family in a relaxed environment, and
determine if your other pets will get along with your
new addition. We're also better equipped to help you
with specific questions that you may have after the pet
is in your home.
4) Expect to pay an adoption fee. Most
rescues and shelters, Rawhide Rescue included, are
nonprofit, self-funded and work with an all-volunteer
network of foster homes.
Our adoption fees help us pay for the
care and feeding of our animals. Donations are
tax-deductible within the extent of the law. Last year,
Rawhide's veterinary bills were in excess of $70,000. We
take in all types of dogs, young and old, sick and well.
We don't give up on a dog that requires special surgery.
We also use donations to help the community by providing
people with low-cost spaying and neutering options,
microchip clinics and other resources. We make sure that
all of our animals have been completely inoculated,
de-wormed and altered prior to adoption.