Why do you charge to adopt a rescue dog?
When AZ Chihuahua Rescue (AZCR) takes in a dog, we incur some veterinary costs. Sometimes, the cost is minimal. However, there are several dogs we have taken in with significant medical needs. In some cases, we may take in more money on one dog which will help offset the higher medical expenses on another dog. (See our "featured chihuahua" link to read about one of our medical needs dogs.) Reality is that in many cases, without additional donations from the public and our volunteers, we still would not be able to cover some of the medical expenses AZCR has incurred.
What is the fee to adopt a rescue dog from AZCR?
Puppies (fosters under a yr): $250
1 - 4 yrs: adoption fee of $200
5 - 8 yrs: adoption fee of $175
9 yrs and older: $150
*Chi-whisperer Corner* for the person with that special gift to help abused and breeder environment dogs that need that little extra care.
2nd dog discount: 10% off second dog-applies to dog with the lower fee
Military - Vet discount: 10% off with proof of service
Senior discount: 10% discount for adopters age 60 and over
Special needs discount: 10% discount for special needs dogs
10% maximum discount per dog - only one discount per dog allowed
What medical expenses does AZCR have?
Most rescue dogs have not been altered or vaccinated. In most cases we need to spay/neuter and vaccinate each dog. Vaccinations include Rabies, and DHPP. In many cases we also have to have some teeth extracted. Small breed dogs can have bad teeth if not properly cared for. In some cases we have also taken in dogs that have been hit by cars, abused and/or have some kind of treatable skin disease just to name a few.