frequently asked questions

 

            What can i expect when i take my New dog home?

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While puppies are adorable, they are a lot of work.  So when deciding which dog will fit into your home, please consider the amount of time you have to spend with your new addition.  Adult dogs are a great alternative.  Even a dog 3-4 years old can be consistently passed over for a cute little puppy. An adult can still be an outstanding companion who will - in some cases- already be house trained, crate trained, up-to-date on vaccines and spayed or neutered.  Some will have already learned commands such as,  sit, here and down.  Even if you have plenty of time to spend with an adoptive dog, adopting an adult dog is a rewarding experience that makes a difference for both the dog and adoptive family.

What are The benefits of adopting an older dog?

Why is Spaying or neutering so important?

Food and Treats .....................$250-700

Toys .......................................$150--200

Beds ..........................................$50-200

Leashes and Collars ...................$20-50

Grooming ..................................$30-500

Routine vet care ......................$150-350

Preventative medication .........$100-300

Training classes  ...................$100-1000

(estimated for dogs only)

Petsitters/boarding .................$200-400

Emergency care ....................$200-1000

Pets require life-long medical care and expenses beyond the initial adoption fee, ensuring that you understand the financial responsibility should strongly influence on your decision to add new addition to your family. These costs can vary greatly depending on breed, coat, age and size.

How much should I expect to spend per year on my pET?   

Dogs

Spay or neuter ..........................$75-150

Microchip .........................................$50

Heartworm testing ...........................$20

Fecal parasite testing .......................$20

Rabies vaccination ...........................$20

Distempter vaccination ....................$20

Bordatella vaccination .....................$20

Medications ..............................$20-100

(parasite control, heartworm preventative)

ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation would like you know how we determine our adoption fee. We have provided an example of the minimum done for each of the pets in our care, and some of the animals will require additional medical care not listed here. 

Where does my Adoption fee go?

Adopting a pet from a rescue or shelter is saving a life.  An estimated 4 million dogs and cats each year are euthanized in shelters. Most pets are given up because the owners just don’t have time for them and not because they are a “problem.”  The dogs and cats in shelters and from rescues make wonderful family pets. Some would say even better, since rescue animals seem to almost be “thankful” for the second chance.  However, there are some animals that have had hard lives and will require a more experienced owner, respectable rescues will disclose this information and make sure the potential owner is ready to handle the challenge.  Currently we are experiencing an influx of requests for rescue due to the economy and home foreclosures.  Remember there are more than just mixed breeds in rescue,  if you are looking for a pure breed dog for a family companion, a rescue organization should be the first place you look. 

Why should I adopt?

After taking your adopted dog home, he might display symptoms of stress.  Especially for dogs that have been in a several homes or shelters in their short lives, it will take some time for them to adjust to and bond with a new owner.  Don’t be discouraged if your puppy cries or has accidents when he is left with you.  We suggest that you have a crate ready for his arrival and a variety of toys as well as the same food that his foster family was feeding him.  We will always try to provide new owners with a small supply of the food as well as a few toys that were important to the pet. Petfinder.com has developed a wonderful resource for individuals that are planning to, or already have adopted.  Check out http://www.petfinder.com/promotions/furkeeps.

Cats

Spay or neuter ..........................$75-150

Microchip..........................................$50

Fecal parasite testing .......................$20

Rabies vaccination ...........................$20

Distempter vaccination ....................$20

Feline Leukemia/FIV testing..............$20

Fe Leukemia vaccination..................$20

Medications ..............................$20-100 (parasite control, heartworm preventative)

ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation believes all dogs and cats should be spayed and neutered.  Each day across the country, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.  We take in so many unwanted pets and are dedicated to reducing overpopulation by requiring all animals adopted through ACT V Rescue are spayed or neutered.  e importance of working to reduce the numbers of unwanted litters.  Additionally, male and female dogs that are unaltered are susceptible to certain cancers that can be almost eradicated if the pet is spayed or neutered.