Thank you for considering adopting a pet from Ahimsa Rescue. We want to place these dogs in homes where they will receive loving care for the rest of their lives. Please read the following points and think carefully about your ability to care for this dog for the next 10-15 years.
If you adopt a dog, you should be prepared to be responsible for it the rest of its life which could be 10-15 years. Your dog will need loving attention every day. Is your family ready for a long-term commitment?
Pets are living creatures with personalities and needs of their own. If you don’t want a dog, please don’t get one just for your child! You will be the one paying the vet bills, you will be buying food and supplies, and you will be caring for the dog when your child grows up and becomes involved in other activities. If you don’t want a dog, you could offer your child a frog, fish, hamster, or other small animal that requires less money, and training.
Puppies are very cute, but it takes hours and hours of patient training to housetrain your puppy and teach him/her not to chew forbidden items, nip people, and jump on people. All these behaviors can be curbed, but that takes a lot of work. Trainers say it requires nearly 2,000 repetitions of a behavior for a dog to completely absorb it. Are you willing to spend lots of time training a puppy? Will it drive you crazy if puppy messes on your carpet, chews on your furniture, and asks to go out in the middle of the night? Adult dogs on the other hand generally housetrain quickly as they have the physical capacity to hold off elimination for longer periods. Adult dogs two years and older generally have outgrown chewing and other destructive behavior.
The Perfect Dog is an enticing fantasy pooch. It is the dog that instantly learns to pee outdoors, never menaces or frightens children, plays gently with other dogs, won’t jump on people, never rolls in gross things, and never chews anything not meant for him. This dog does not exist. The peddling of Perfect Dogs amounts to a multi-billion dollar business in the United States.
Pets are a big responsibility, and it’s not fair to “give” a person a responsibility they’re not expecting. The person you give the dog to will have to spend thousands of dollars over the years on vet care and food. The dog’s owner will need to spend time with the animal every day. Please don’t place a living creature in the hands of someone who may not want him or be willing to spend time and money on him.
Routine vet care costs $100-200 per year, and emergency care can run over $1,000. Are you willing to spend this much money on dog care? Quality food for small dogs can cost $10-20 per month. Food for a larger dog could cost $20-40 per month. Are you willing to spend this much money per month on dog food?
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is a non-profit 501.3c organization and your donation is tax deductible. Each dog incurs individual vet care and the donation fee is based on what each dog needs. All dogs are spayed or neutered; tested for heartworms, ehrlichiosis, A Phagocytophilum and lyme disease; is on monthly heartworm preventative; up-to-date on vaccinations; treated for parasites, and microchipped. The fee to adopt a pet is normally between $150.00-$250.00. Adoption fees are individual to each pet and veterinarian fees incurred. Ahimsa is an all-volunteer staff. There is no one who gets paid, so your donation is what helps these dogs have a healthy life and find loving homes. Besides the adoption donation for individual dogs, any and all donations are gratefully accepted.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a companion from Ahimsa Rescue. The first step of the process is to fill out and submit an application. Please remember some important points: Ahimsa Rescue’s only interest is in the safety and well-being of the pets in our care. We will take every step possible to ensure they are adopted to loving, forever homes. We take the time in processing each applicant to make sure we find suitable homes for these pets.
Once an application is submitted you should hear from the Adoption Committee within 24-48 hours if your application is approved.
This is sometimes delayed if we are unable to reach your references; please include email addresses for personal references whenever possible.