Our Adoption Fees and the Forms of Payment We Accept
Many people ask us why our adoption fees range from $75.00 to $400.00 and how we decide the adoption fee for each dog. For the most part, our adoption fees are based on the market value of the dog. For example, more people are hoping to adopt a young Sheltie rather than a 10 year old Sheltie. We have many senior Shelties that are turned over to us. These dogs generally need more medical attention than younger Shelties. These senior Shelties are not highly sought after by adopters and yet, they cost us more money in medical care. We want their golden years to be comfortable. Each senior in our home is a special gift that we get to have for as long as we're allowed. We ask higher fees for the youngsters that are more sought after by adopters to help us pay for the medical expenses of the seniors. However, our adoption fees alone are not enough to pay our vet bills. We do a lot of fundraising. We implant microchips for $20.00 a dog, we do some pet sitting in our home - whatever we can to help pay our enormous vet bills.
In addition, we are more knowledgeable than the typical animal shelter is about the behaviors of our rescued Shelties, both the good and bad, that you're likely to see in your home. This is because all our rescued dogs live in homes. We can tell you how well house-trained they are, if they surf the kitchen counter-tops, or if you need to protect your wastebaskets while you're at work during the day. We can tell you if they play with toys, which ones are their favorites, and how they like to go to sleep at night. (Most like to cuddle in our bed if allowed.) Any suspicion of a medical problem means a trip to the vet's office for an evaluation. Our rescued Shelties are, at minimum, spayed/neutered, wormed, up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Middle aged and older Shelties get complete blood panels with thyroid testing since this is a very common medical problem in Shelties. We share all medical records with our adopters. Overall, we provide more behavioral information and medical support for our dogs than you'll find with most animal shelters and breeders, except for the conscientious and careful Sheltie breeders in Utah and Idaho, who are members of the local sheltie clubs that we belong to also. If you would like to talk with any of these Sheltie breeders we'll be happy to direct you to them.
After you bring your adopted rescue Sheltie home — we're still here for you, providing answers to questions, resources for training, and guiding you as you feel you need support. We hope that you'll become part of our SRU family and rescue network possibly helping us in the future to run a Rescue Booth at a dog show or foster a rescued Sheltie in your home, or making life easier for new adopters or new foster families. In other words, you get a lot more for your adoption fee with Sheltie Rescue of Utah than you'll get from an animal shelter or not-so-serious breeder.
To help our wonderful adopters work with us and adopt a great rescue Sheltie, we provide several means for payment of the adoption fee. We are willing to set up a payment plan based on what you can afford monthly and the adoption fee, itself. We try to be flexible in this regard. You can also charge your adoption on a credit card. Of course, we accept cash and we do accept personal checks. If you have any questions about the adoption fee and payment please don't hesitate to contact us.
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