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Depending on the amount of available dogs and the characteristics of the dog you're looking for, it can be as little as week, but usually less than one month.
We get dogs from a number of different sources. Some come through the shelter system, some come from owners who can't keep the dog for one reason or another, and some come from other rescue groups. We even get dogs from other countries, like Mexico and Turkey!
Puppies up to 2 years old - $500, dogs between 2 and 7 - $400, and dogs over the age of 7 - $300. This helps to offset the costs of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchip, fecal testing, and any surgeries or treatments the dog must have before deemed healthy enough for adoption. When we get dogs in from other countries like Turkey, those dogs will normally have higher adoption fees due to the higher costs of getting them transported here to the U.S. in addition to receiving all the above care. This means their adoption fees could be from $800 to upwards of $2000, depending on the costs involved with vet care and transportation.
The reason the adoption fees are so much higher is because of the cost to get the dogs from Turkey or other places overseas to the United States. By the time we get a dog here, it costs us between $800 and $2000 dollars for vetting, health clearances, custom brokers, and the cost for a 13-17 hour plane ticket. The good news is there are a lot of people who want to help by saving dogs from wherever they come from. We rarely cover the costs of these dogs and often lose money. We count on people with big hearts to adopt these special dogs, and although it costs more money, they're totally worth it!
All of our dogs are temperament tested in foster homes before they are made available for adoption. We test them around kids, cats, other dogs, on/off leash, and we get a good feel of the dog's personality. We then post the dog's personality profile on our website.
Most of our dogs are house-trained, thanks to the time they spend at the foster homes before being made available for adoption. However all dogs take a little time to settle into their new homes, and require patience and training to give them time to fit into their new environment. Each dog has its unique characteristics, so we ask that you give your new dog some time to be the best dog that they can be.
We often have meet and greets at places around town, and you might meet your future dog there! We also have a meeting at the foster's home after a match has been made, to make sure that the choice you made and the match we made for you is indeed a good fit. You always have the option to say no when you meet the dog if you feel like it's not the one for you!
If you're referring to the California Lottery, probably not. That's the bad news. The good news is that by adopting from Rover's Retreat, you'll feel like you did win the lottery, thanks to your new best friend!