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Questions & Answers

1. What is SBRET's policy regarding long distance adoptions?

Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee is a small rescue group located in East Tennessee. We are not a rescue facility - our dogs are located in individual foster homes in this area. Once we receive an application that meets our criteria, our policy is to conduct a home visit. Since we have started posting our dogs on Petfinder, we have been receiving a large number of applications from people in other states and in Western Tennessee. Since our policy requires home visits, and our contract gives adopters a one week trial period, we have to be able to arrange a home visit and have the ability to get a dog back in the event an adoption does not work out during the trial period or even after the trial period. We will also not ship dogs due to the risk and stress to the dog. Therefore, we make every effort to adopt our dogs out to people in East TN. In certain situations we know this is not always possible and we will make exception to this policy. However to do so requires an extensive amount of time and additional travel expenses - both of which are in small supply.

2. What is the SBRET adoption fee?

For adoptions, in addition to the adoption contract, we request a nominal adoption fee to cover veterinary and other expenses incurred on behalf of the rescue animal. Our standard adoption fee is $175. We reserve the right to increase this fee for high demand or rare dogs in an attempt to narrow down the field of potential adopters to those who seriously want such a dog and are not simply looking for a "bargain." Although this may sound harsh, we can promise you that we have had such inquiries about our dogs. On a more pleasant and heart warming note, the small additional fee that is received on these high demand dogs will be used to help pay for some of the non-routine vet work that is often required for our older dogs (for example, teeth cleaning, blood-work, tumor removal, x-rays, and a multitude of other possible veterinary services). Since we get a large number of older dogs, as compared to the occasional young, high demand dog, this will not, of course, totally cover these additional expenses - but will at least help a little. We want to do everything we can to continue to save the older dogs and those that need medical attention, and unfortunately, funds are required to do this. We also want to try our hardest to do what we can to increase an older dog's chances of finding a loving, forever home. As a result, we will never RAISE an adoption fee for a dog just because it has required extensive vet work. Upon occasion we will even reduce our adoption fee for a hard to place or very old dog. We hope that by doing this that we can get someone to "take a chance" on one of these sweet, older guys, that still have a lot of love to give! Please note that any deviation from our normal adoption fee will be clearly stated in the description for a particular dog, so unless otherwise stated the adoption fee is the standard fee is $175.

Please check this page again soon as more questions and answers will be added later. If your question is not listed above, please see the Adoption Process page since many of the most frequently asked questions are already answered there.

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