Under 6 months old (all breeds): $350 6 months to 4 years (except pit or Chi): $325 6 months to 4 years (pit or Chi): $300 Over 4 years (all breeds): $250 Highly Adoptable Puppies (under 16 weeks): $400 (to help offset recently high medical costs) Belize Dogs: $400
What do adoption fees cover?
Your dog's spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and current vaccinations.
WHY DO YOU HAVE ADOPTION FEES?
Many wonder why we have adoption fees at all. If these dogs were going to be euthanized, why charge anything? Well, running a responsible rescue group is very expensive.
Spay & neuter: Even with discounted services through our partner vets, spay & neuter costs still account for over half of our adoption fees (and would otherwise be more than our adoption fees).
Everything else: Transporting dogs long distances from high kill shelters, vaccinations, dewormer, food and supplies make up most of what remains of the adoption fee.
Emergency vet care: The biggest part of our budget. Some of our dogs will come down with life-threatening illnesses such as parvo and pneumonia, which require hospitalization and result in super-sized vet bills. Adoption fees help a bit, but we have to mainly rely on donations.
Why are the adoption fees different?
Pits & Chis: Sadly, the two most common breeds in California shelters and the most euthanized. Because of the sheer number of pit and chihuahua mixes (as well as the unfounded stereotypes that pit mixes are inherently aggressive dogs), it's much harder for us to find these deserving animals loving homes. We hope the lower adoption fee will give these great dogs a second look.
Babies: Young puppies are cute, fluffy, and irresistible. We call their higher adoption fee a "cute tax" that helps subsidize the costs of the older dogs.
Older & wiser: Adult dogs over 3 years of age are aces in our book, but those darn puppies always steal their attention. So, we've given this sage set of dogs a lower fee to help move the spotlight towards them.
Belize Dogs: These dogs have higher travel and medical costs.
HOW do you know if a dog is pit or chi?
Most often there's no way to say for certain what breeds a rescue dog is because the majority come into shelters without paperwork. We rely on shelter staff determinations, which can be imprecise. As a pit-friendly rescue, we urge all adopters to keep in mind that there's no evidence pit mixes are any more aggressive than other breeds of dogs. In fact, in the rescue's history, the most aggressive dogs we've encountered have all been non-pit mixes (yes, true!). In contrast, most pit mixes have made great family dogs and are often especially gentle and loving towards children.
Woof! We're an all-breed dog rescue serving the San Francisco Bay Area.