Dixies' Voice Bulldog Rescue, Inc.

Volunteers dedicated to the English Bulldog Breed

 

 

We dream of a world where rescue is no longer needed

"You can't buy love but you can rescue it."

Adoption Fees


Adoption Fees**:

  • - 2 years and under - $600.00
  • - 3-5 years - $ 500.00
  • - 5-6 years - $400.00
  • - 7 and up - $300.00 or less

 

**DVBR takes into consideration if a Bullie has expensive monthly medications for life or is a special needs Bullie before determining their final adoption fee. All adoption fees go directly into DVBR's rescue fund to pay for health care and rescue expenses.

Note: If you cannot afford an adoption fee you should not adopt a dog. The adoption fee is just the beginning of the financial expense incurred with the addition of a bulldog to your family. It is not fair to the dog if you are unable to provide adequately for them- that includes in emergency situations that can quickly add up financially. Have a backup plan for large vet-bills. We recommend Pet Plan or Trupanion Insurance. We also urge you to look into Care Credit if you have an unexpected bill that you cannot afford. Please be prepared to provide financially for your furry-family members.


Why are adoption fees so high?

A common question among dog adopters is why are adoption fees so high? Shouldn’t adopting a dog be free, or at least super cheap? Remember, you get what you pay for.

When you purchase a purebred English Bulldog from a breeder you may be paying anywhere from $2500 to over $4000 for your new puppy, but often that’s all you're getting for that cost. When you adopt a bulldog from a rescue, your adoption fees are going to pay towards the cost of care your adopted dog has received while in rescue and for the care of other bulldogs in the rescue's care.  This is why adoption fees are often adjusted based on the age of the dog you're adopting. Here is a break down of what a good rescue has already put into your dog before you even adopt.


Spay & Neuter

The average cost for veterinary care varies greatly depending on your geographical location (city vs. country), the size of the dog requiring care, as well as their overall picture of health and how it influences the complexity of treatments. That said, the average dog spay or neuter can range from $45-$175 for rescued bulldog. However, this doesn’t include the cost of pain relief medication that the rescue will also be responsible, which is another $10-$30 dollars. If you were to get your adopted dog spayed or neutered on your own it could cost you anywhere from $200-$500 plus depending on said variables.

 

Shots

The cost of intake vaccinations for dogs to prevent Distemper, Parvo, Kennel Cough as well as rabies can cost approximately $40 for the rescue, if not more.  If your adopted dog has been in the shelter for a few months they’ve most likely received a monthly booster to keep them safe from shelter related illness.  If you were to pay for these vaccinations yourself you could be paying anywhere from $20-$150 dollars.

 

Parasite Treatments and Preventatives

Monthly flea tick and ear mite treatments as well as heartworm preventives for dogs are another monthly cost for animal shelters. De-wormer medications are often given preventatively as oppose to waiting to see evidence of worms. These treatments can cost approximately $10-$30 assuming that no labs are need. Lyme disease and heartworm tests are also another cost the rescue will incur to ensure that your dog is in good health. If a dog tests positive, Lyme disease treatment can cost anywhere from $20-$100 depending on the size of the dog. However, if a dog needs to be treated for heart worms the treatment can be extremely costly, and on average it’s at least $1000 if you were to pay for it yourself.

 

Microchips

A good rescuer will not allow their animals to be adopted without first being micro chipped.  Although a lot of pet owners insist that their adopted dog will never get lost, but rescues see it happen all the time— whether it be as a result of a natural disaster or an unfortunate accident. The cost for a rescue to microchip their animals is approximately $35. However, the cost to microchip your dog on your own can range anywhere from $45-$60.

 

Food, Shelter & Comfort

The cost to feed a dog for a month to a rescue can range greatly based on the bulldog’s special needs (most require a high quality, grain free food), but a general ballpark estimate is round $100-$120. This does not include special diets for dogs that need weight loss food or dog food for specific digestive needs. Then there are toys, treats, bedding, and other necessities that the foster home provides.

 

Extreme Conditions

If your adopted dog is on anti anxiety medication, eye drops, or other antibiotics the rescue will try to recuperate the cost from the adoption fees as well. This also includes X-rays, echo cardiograms, surgeries and other specialized treatments. This means part of your dog adoption fees will go towards animals that need additional care even if your adopted dog was lucky enough to have a clean bill of health.

 

Remember most nonprofit organizations do not receive Federal or State funding. The dog adoption fees make caring for the animals in the rescue possible.