Luv Furever Animal Rescue
Making a difference, four paws at a time
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I adopt a dog and pay a $200-$300 adoption fee when I can get a puppy/dog for free from the classified ads?
The adoption fees we charge are our only source of revenue for the rescue.  The animal you adopt will have already been examined by a veterinarian, up to date on all age appropriate vaccinations (DHLPP, Bordatella, Rabies), fecal tested and dewormed, frontlined (flea and tick preventative), spayed or neutered (if medically possible), and microchipped (if the dog is already spayed or neutered).  We must charge adoption fees to pay for the services that have already been provided for the animal.  We also have costs associated with transporting the animal to NJ since many animals come from kill shelters in the southern United States and basic supplies/food for the animal while in foster care.  Many animals we take into our rescue are sick and may require extensive medical care before they are able to be adopted.  This veterinary care can cost hundeds or thousands of dollars.  The adoption fee from healthy animals helps to pay  for the care of sick animals.  If you take home a "free to good home" dog/puppy you will have to spend hundreds of dollars at the vet within the first few months.  The going rate for vet services in NJ are as follows:  Spay/neuter $200-$500, DHLPP vaccine $25, Bordatella vaccine $25, Rabies vaccine $25, heartworm test for adult dogs $40-$50, fecal test $20, deworming $15-$30, Frontline $15, microchip $30, office visit for physical examination $50.  This adds up to $305 - $700!  If you are unable to afford the initial adoption fee we charge, chances are you will not be able to afford to properly care for the animal throughout its life.  The best benefit of adopting a rescue dog is that you are saving an innocent life!

Where do the animals in your rescue group come from?
Most of the animals in our care are rescued from high kill shelters in the southern United States.  The euthanization rates at these shelters range from 50-95%.  The animals we rescue would have been euthanized due to overcrowding at the shelters.  Sadly, most of the shelters we work with only give animals 5 days before they are automatically euthanized, even if they are healthy and have a great temperement.  One shelter we work with does not even adopt animals to the public.  Once an animal enters the shelter, the only way they can make it out alive is if a rescue group, such as ours, saves them.

Why are there so many puppies for adoption on your site?
Many families are looking to adopt puppies.  There is an overabundance of puppies at shelters in the south.  It can be very difficult to find a puppy available for adoption at a shelter in NJ.  We have very good spay/neuter programs in NJ.  In the south, many dogs are not altered and live their lives outdoors - making the perfect combination for reproduction.  Once the puppies are weaned from the mother, they are usually abandoned or turned into the shelter.  

Where can I go to meet the animals that are currently available for adoption from your rescue?
Our rescue group consists of a network of volunteer fosters.  We are not an animal shelter.  Our fosters take our rescued animals into their home and care for them until we are able to find the perfect forever home for the animal.  Once you submit an adoption application the volunteer that is fostering the animal you are interested in will contact you to set up a time for you  to meet the animal.

What are the benefits from adopting a dog that has been in a foster home?
While in a foster home puppies/dogs will work on crate training/housebreaking, basic manners, and get much needed socialization with people and other animals.  Many of our animals have never set foot in a home until coming to their foster home.  The volunteer foster mom/dad gets to know the animal well and can determine what type of family would be best for the animal. 

I want to adopt a cat, but am worried my furniture will get ruined.  Can I get my new cat declawed?
We do not agree with declawing and will not permit an adopter to declaw one of our rescued cats.  Some of the cats we rescue from the kill shelters have already been declawed by their previous owners.  If you feel that you need a declawed cat, please adopt one that has already been declawed.
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