About Our Rescue Group...
We are a small, non-profit organization of VOLUNTEERS, volunteers being the key word. We are not running a business and have no paid employees. We have many dogs in our care from varied backgrounds. We are no-kill, but for that reason, we do not take anything and everything. While we would love to be able to help every dog at risk--including those whose people have decided for one reason or another they no longer fit into their lives, that is just not the case. We do not have the space or volunteers for that. We are forced to be somewhat selective. We are primarily a small-dog Rescue for the same reason--lack of space and volunteers..
We feel we are personally familiar with each of the dogs, therefore, we are also selective about what type of home each individual dog requires. You needn't worry about them while they wait for their forever home, however, they are safe and will continue to live in a home environment until the appropriate home is found for each.
We are a non facility shelter. All dogs are in foster care and will be shown only after we have an approved application on file. . If you are really interested in adopting a dog complete the application that is located on our site.We are a non-facility shelter. All of our dogs are in foster homes, not in a shelter. All are being socialized and an attempt is made to housebreak them in a home setting. For this reason, we do not show dogs without an approved application, except at PETCO or other scheduled adoption fairs. It would be more than we could expect from our foster people to allow strangers into their homes.
Come Meet Our Pets...
If you see a dog listed--IT IS AVAILABLE. Once an adoption is completed, the dog is removed from this site. We process the applications in the order they are received. We are sorry, but we do not have the manpower to update you along the way. Although we may be processing applications, the dogs are not considered adopted until the adoption is finalized and the contract has been signed. So, until then they are still available.
IF YOU NOTICE THE DOG YOU APPLIED FOR HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM PETFINDER BUT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANOTHER, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
If you email and ask if a dog is available before submitting the application, you are just slowing things down for yourself. If you submit an application and feel you cannot wait for the process, please let us know so that we can eliminate your app from the line and move on to another. Although our goal is to get the dogs in their new home as quickly as possible, we are going to take the time to do it right.
We describe the dogs the best that we can. E-mailing for more information is a waste of your time and ours. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask. But, please do not e-mail requesting "more information about the dog". If you do, the respone you will get is that we need more information about you and a completed application.
Our Adoption Process...
AN ADOPTION FEE DOES APPLY.
First and foremost, we are not in the business of selling dogs. The adoption fee is designed to help us defray the costs that we incur for vet fees on each dog and allows us to continue helping more dogs.
Our fee is not based on purebred vs. mixed breed or young dog vs. older dog, but strictly on the costs our vet charges us, unfortunately we are not able to negotiate those fees; we are at their mercy. That is something over which we have no control.
The fee covers the following: spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, distemper and parvo vaccinations, worming, heartworm test (and each dog is kept on the preventative while in our care as well as on flea preventative), dental cleanings and simple extractions when necessary, AND a microchip for identification purposes.
That is the minimum of what is done. Each dog has special needs to take into consideration. There are problems that will quickly raise the cost of "vetting", such as uterine infections, major dentals with numerous tooth extractions, mammary tumors/breast cancer, hernias (all of which require additional anesthesia), further testing such as blood tests or X-rays. Then there are the dogs with even more major problems such as broken bones, dysplasia, luxation, diabetes, eye problems requiring surgery, ETC. ETC, ETC. . .We cannot turn them away for something over which they have no control and that money can fix.
Unfortunately, the cost of our vet care continues to go up. Recently, we have taken a loss on most of the dogs in our care. We cannot continue to do that and continue to help dogs.
We have tried to establish a consistent fee across the board--at this time $200.00; a little more in some cases. Due to the cost of our vet fees, that may have to be reevaluated very soon, which will raise the adoption fee.
Be assured that every penny goes back into the Rescue Fund. Not one cent goes to any of our volunteers. There are no salaries paid and most expenses other than vet care are are "out of pocket". We accept that as part of the price of being able to help the dogs.
In addition to feeding and providing for the dogs, Kansas law mandates that we pay a yearly fee in order to rescue dogs. In addition to an annual Shelter Fee, each foster home must pay a fee. Then there are the other daily expenses of doing Rescue: Dog Food, long-distance phone calls to check references, gasoline for home visits, printing, postage, toys, medicine such as heartworm preventative and flea control products just to name a few. Again, these things are "out of pocket" so as not to deplete the funds needed for vet costs.
NO ONE WITH A CONSCIENCE MAKES MONEY OFF OF RESCUE.
WE CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT WE DO. WE HOPE THAT YOU CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF THE DOG(S) THAT YOU ADOPT.
IF YOU SEE A DOG THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT PLEASE GO TO OUR WEB SITE AND FILL OUT THE APPLICATION
THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ADOPTION IS THE SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION!!
If you are interested in adopting any of the dogs you see here, please go to our website and fill out an application.
You must complete the application in full. The reason we ask for references is because we plan to call them. Without phone numbers, we cannot contact your references and your application will be discarded.
A fence is MANDATORY. If you do not have a fence, please do not apply. We also require a home visit to check your fence to assure it is adequate for your new family member.
We do out-of-area adoptions IF you are willing to travel to central Kansas for the dog: WE DO NOT SHIP OR TRANSPORT! If your application is approved, you must be able to travel to central Kansas in order to pick up the dog in person. If you are not able to come for the dog, please do not apply. It is often a difficult transition for many of the dogs, so we ask you come to them in order to spend a reasonable amount of time making them feel comfortable in going with you.