"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole"
Can I meet the dog prior to making a decision?
We do not have an actual shelter where we house the dogs in Toronto. Because our dogs are all transported to their new destinations, we like to ensure that they have placement before they board transport. We do not want to transport dogs, only to put them in foster homes, where they will potentially be moved again. It causes too much stress, and we also do not have the funds to have every dog in a foster home. We find that it is best for the dog to go directly from the rescue to their new homes. For this reason, it is considered a blind adoption, so we encourage that you ask as many questions as possible about the dog you are wanting to adopt, so you (and we) can ensure that it is a good match. Have a look at our facebook reviews, or instagram tagged photos, where you'll see tons of happy past adopters (and pooches).
Are these dogs from Turkey or Canada or The US? Do you adopt to Americans or Canadians? I'm confused!
Homebound Houndz is a Canadian rescue organization. However, we adopt to both Canadian and American adopters. Our Turkey dogs arrive in Toronto, and our Kentucky dogs arrive in Buffalo. Technically, an American adopter could adopt a dog from Toronto if they were willing to cross the border, and same goes for Canadians adopting American dogs. But for the most part, our Turkey dogs are adopted by Canadians, and our Kentucky dogs are adopted by Americans.
USA Dog Adoption fees:
The current adoption fee for dogs from the US is $780 CAD/ $610 USD. The exchange rate is always changing, so please refer to the CAD amount and convert accordingly on google.
The adoption fees cover:
-vetting which includes: general exam, spay/neuter (unless the puppy is too young), deworming, heartworm test, vaccinations, flea/tick prevention, parvo testing for puppies
-food for the sanctuary
-transport from Kentucky to Buffalo and back
Turkey Dog Adoption fees:
The current adoption fee for dogs from Turkey is $1000 CAD/780 USD. The exchange rate is always changing, so please refer to the CAD amount and convert accordingly on google.
The adoption fees cover:
-vetting which includes: general exam, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations, blood tests
-the flight volunteer's flight there and back (usually around $1700)
-The dogs' reservations on the flight which is $600 each, so a total of $3000-$3600
-Airport fees which are about $200
-general rescue expenses including: food for foster dogs, vetting for foster dogs, compensation for drivers and helpers
If you do the math, you can see that the higher adoption fees are necessary! If the adoption fee is out of your budget, please kindly browse elsewhere.
The dogs from the US are transported via ground transport in secured crates.
The dogs from Turkey fly right into the Toronto Pearson Airport.
They do NOT require that the dog be quarantined. If the dog is 3 months or
older, they want to see proof of a rabies vaccination, which all of our dogs
have (and more). Your dog will come with their vet records and the is the
only paperwork you need to present. They may ask to see receipts in order to
charge taxes, in which case you would show the invoice. It may sound like a lot but it’s really not!
Crossing back with your dog will usually take 15 minutes or less.
After the contract is signed, you will be sent the invoice via email. You can pay via paypal or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past , we sometimes allowed people to pay upon pickup. More than once, we encountered unfortunate situations where one of the two following situations would arise:
1) adopters would back out of the adoption after the dog was already booked on transport (we don't get reimbursed) or WHILE the dog was on transport, meaning they'd then have to go to boarding in Buffalo.
2) Adopters would take their dogs home and not pay the fee/stop answering emails.
When adopters pay in advance, they then have an incentive to be committed and not cancel the adoption last minute.
How do you know you will get your dog? Well..
Petfinder has certain requirements to prove your legitimacy in order to get on the site as a partner and remain on the site.
You can see plenty of reviews from our adopters here:
https://www.facebook.com/emmasdogrescue/reviews. Please also visit the instagram page and view the tagged photos where you'll find tons of visual testimonials from previous adopters.
You can also view our instagram page where you will find tons of tagged photos and highlights of reposts from happy past adopters!
Lastly, if you wish, you can pay the adoption fee via paypal and use buyer's protection. This means if you do not receive your 'product,' paypal will reimburse you in full. However, paypal takes $30 from us when we receive the payment, so if you want to use the buyer's protection, you have to add and additional $30 to the adoption fee.
The dogs in Kentucky are at a sanctuary where they have insulated enclosures and are let out to play in the fenced-in play areas during the day. The dogs in Turkey are mostly at the shelter.
If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
The transporters would need to pay for a special permit to come into Canada,
and it would make them an international transportation company. They are
only domestic, so the closest they can get is close to the border.
Once an adoption is finalized, we will aim to get the dog on the next available
transport. Between all transport groups, there is a transporter heading
northeast every other week, sometimes every week. From when the contract
is signed, you should have your dog within 1-3 weeks. If an adoption is
finalized, we will discuss with you which dates are available.
Fosters in Texas and Kentucky are few and far between, and most are short-
term, so we do try to get them on the soonest transport if possible.
The transporters have scheduled trips and they stop in many states along the
way. We can not ask them for a specific drop-off day or time.
If you can’t get there for drop-off, there is the option to have a trusted sitter
(that we have used before) to pick up your dog from transport and keep them
until you can get to their house. You would cover the costs. It is usually about $20-$30 per day and $30-$40 for overnight.
We will never send a dog that has not been seen by a vet and deemed healthy.
If the dog is over 6 months old, we do a heart worm test to make sure they are
heart worm negative. They are given all age-appropriate shots, including bordatella (which is unfortunately not always effective). Vets do not test dogs younger than 6 months for heart
worm because it takes at least 6 months for heart worm to develop enough to
show up in test results. We make sure to deworm each dog and give them a
dose of flea/tick prevention. With that said, it is ALWAYS possible for your dog to show up with kennel cough, fleas, worms, or something else equally treatable. They go on transport with dozens of dogs and therefore it’s always a risk for each dog to contract something from another dog. The transporters only take dogs who’ve been seen by a vet but sometimes a vet may miss something or a dog can get sick in between seeing the vet and transport. For this reason, we always advise that adopters set up an appointment with their own vet once they’ve taken their new dog home. This is not just a risk with my rescue dogs. It is a rescue with absolutely any dog. Please know that if a dog had a serious condition or illness, the vet would typically be able to recognize it, and we would not send the dog without disclosing information to the adopters and making sure the dogs are fit for transport.
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