To adopt a Siberian Husky from us:
The initial interview is to find out if you like the dog and the dog likes you. This meeting will take place at the foster dogs home. If you have a strong-willed dog and you are adopting a cream puff, there aren't usually problems. .
Besides the adoption fee, on the day adopt you will need a leash, collar, ID tags, a crate, water & feed bowls, dog food, dog biscuits, dog shampoo, brushes, nail clippers, a chew toy, First Aid Supplies, and a fence as a minimum. Never leave a choke chain on a dog, these collars are for training only. See here what happens when a choke chain is left on a dog.
In addition, the first week the new owner will have to take the dog to a vet and get his/her on monthly heartworm (HW) prevention. This is a must in Texas!! Heartworms are transmitted by mosquito's so dogs need yearly protection. Over half of the dogs we rescue are positive for heartworm infection. Depending on the size of the dog and whether your vet will take our vet's HW test results, you will be charged for an examination, HW test, and 6 months HW prevention. Call your vet ahead of time and get the costs as they can be steep! You can expect to spend at least $150.00 a year on basic care.
Generally the rescue dog is on his best behavior for a while. It takes a few days or weeks for the dog to feel comfortable enough to start testing the hierarchy. The dogs always have their own ideas on this that don't necessarily correspond with your own
You will also have to consider what happens when your beloved companion starts to get older, and starts to slow down and loose function. The sad truth is that we usually outlive our pets. Before the end, the last few years of your dog's life are often extremely expensive. We want adopters to think about this as well as how cute & affectionate the dog is today.
Please consider that this dog will live to be 12 to 14 years old. Are you willing to keep them thru MOVING--MARRIAGE--NEW BOYFRIENDS & GIRLFRIENDS--BABIES--DIVORCE??? These are already "throw away" dogs and we are looking for permanent homes for them.
ONLY STUFFED DOGS ARE DISPOSABLE!!!!! They are members of your family and have to be considered when life styles change. You can not just dump them because they are no longer convenient!! Please consider this when adopting!!!
If you incorporate a dog into your life, if you bring him/her in when you get home from work, and walk him/ her in the evening after supper, and talk to him/ her about your day, and take him/ her to the park on Saturday, and train him/ her and love him/ her, he/she will return all your effort a hundred times over. He/She will never demand to know where you have been, he/she will always give you a sympathetic ear, and he/she will comfort and amuse and exasperate you like nothing else in your life.