Choosing an animal who is right for you begins with choosing the rescue that’s right for you.
This is a dog…not a gallon of milk you can purchase with no consideration for the next 12 years of its life. That means we do not do adoptions for canines on the spot. There is a process…one that both gives US the time to check things like rental permission, (no we do not just blindly trust the public) and YOU a pause to consider if this is the right dog at the right time. Generally our adoptions take no more than 7-10’days from your application till you taken the dog home….usually less.
But why is this a good thing for you? I mean, let’s just say you are a responsible adult, and have given this adoption great consideration. Why is our mandatory pause a good thing? Well, to put it plainly, its just one of the many indications that we actually CARE. We care about your family. We care about the dogs happiness and well being. That means we will never stop caring. When you have problems down the road, we will be there. We’ve invested time, love, and work into every animal you take home. They are our family, and by adopting from us, so are you.
We microchip everyone and we take the time to make sure every animals registration is changed over to you, as the new owner. Yes. We actually have a volunteer that sends an email explaining step by step how to transfer your microchip. She will walk you through if you have problems. She will nag you and follow up until it’s done. Is it the most FUN part of her volunteer job? No. I doubt it. But a microchip has no VALUE unless registered. And we care that your pet is safe.
No one is paid. Not a cent. Not for the hours of paperwork filing. Not for the countless time planning and executing fundraisers. Not for the disasters caused by new anxious foster dogs. Not for miles carting animals to adoption events and vet appointments. Not for maintaining our website or quickbooks. No one. Not a penny. Not a kopek. Not a fen. We do it because we love it. And when we love doing what we do, we do it well.
Sometimes we say no to adoptions. Maybe you are fantastic but this dog is all wrong for you. We hope you understand. We try to point you towards the right dog. Sometimes we make the difficult choice to decline a family altogether. In the end, we are willing to take the flack if it’s in the animals best interest. We aren’t trying to win popularity awards We are trying to place animals in the BEST home for them for the rest if their very long life. They can’t speak for themselves. We try our best to find their voice.
We do not give animals away for free. Some places think that “free pet days” increase adoptions and lower euthanasia rates in kill shelters. We subscribe to a different way of thinking. While we agree that more animals will be adopted, but what happens once they exit those doors. What does TOMORROW look like for that animal? Quality means something.
The care and maintenance of animals is not free if “zero cost upfront” is a requirement for adoption, will that animal likely receive routine vet care? When it’s sick will he suffer untreated?
“Zero cost upfront” encourages “zero thought” up front. It encourages impulsive choices where the end result is frequently animals being passed from home to home on Craigslist, FB free pages, or life at the end of a short heavy chain. Every home invests nothing, teaches the animal more bad habits then tosses him out to the next free home. No value is put on his life. We feel strongly that every animal has value. Period.
Our foster homes choose which animals live in their homes. While with us, they are family. They go to our kids baseball games, lay by our fireplaces and share s’mores with us, and sleep indoors as members of the pack. They learn manners and usually basic obedience. We know the good the bad and he ugly about each one and we are 100 percent up front with every detail, characteristic, and, flaw. Why? Because the right family is out there for every animal in our care. We want the first family to be the right family. Many of these animals have already been passed around in their previous life. What they need is stability and we will fight for that.
Once a CVRR dog, always a CVRR dog. If for any reason, at any time, an animal adopted from us does not work out you are contractually required to return him to our care. Not give him to your neighbors. Not Craigslist. Not clogging a shelter. To us. This allows for the opportunity to reassess the animal, work behaviorally with any issues then match to the right family for the dog. There is no fee to “resurrender”
We offer “adoption trials” that last one week. For a small “we want you to take it seriously” sort of fee, we encourage you to get a real “in home” feel for if this match is right. While most dogs need more than a week to settle in, it’s at least a sample of what your years to come may be.
Every animal is altered, chipped, heartworm (or felv/FIV tested for cats) vaccinated and dewormed. They are treated for any preexisting conditions. Seniors receive comprehensive bloodwork and dental cleaning as needed. Every animal leaves us in better condition than he arrived
“Hope for today. Home for tomorrow”