REQUIRED ADOPTION DONATIONS
Adoption fees are donations to New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network, not payment for value received, and are based primarily on the age, health, and temperament of a particular dog and our expenses. Please understand, NJSRN is not a shelter, and we are not subsidized - most shelters receive municipal funding, while NJSRN operates entirely on adoption fees and donations. All of our members are volunteers, and none of us receives a salary or payment of any kind. Every dollar we generate through donations or adoption fees goes toward the care of our dogs - primarily for veterinary expenses, plus a small amount for grooming, board, and occasional shelter fees. Volunteers usually pay the costs for transport, fostering, dog food, phone calls, postage, printing, and adoption screening out of their own pockets.
Generally, the required donations for our senior and special needs dogs are lower, while the adoption fees for our younger and healthier rescues are higher. Adoption donations typically range from $50 - $550, with the rare puppy we get in requiring a slightly higher donation of $600 - $700:
- Age 10+ years: $50 - $150
- Age 8 - 9 years: $150 - $250
- Age 5 - 7 years: $250 - $350
- Age 3 - 4 years: $350 - $450
- Age 1 - 2 years: $400 - $550
The adoption fee for all puppies is $600 - $700. In some cases the puppy may be too young to fix, and there will be an additional $100 refundable spay/neuter deposit, which will be returned upon veterinary documentation of altering.
We have a special "Senior for Seniors" program, in which the adoption fee is waived (in lieu of a donation of the adopter's choice) for a senior citizen adopting a senior Schnauzer.
The adoption donations listed above represent the typical ranges. Occasionally, dogs may have slightly higher adoption fees than the price range listed, depending on circumstances and our expenses. Please feel free to ask about the specific donation required for a dog of interest. All dogs adopted from NJSRN receive the following:
- veterinary examination;
- DA2PPv and Rabies vaccinations;
- treatment for worms and intestinal parasites;
- 4DX test;
- dental cleaning and extractions, if needed;
- urinalysis to detect potential urinary tract infections and bladder stones; and
- bloodwork, if necessary.
If the dog has any other medical needs, they also will be addressed. We will have the dog microchipped and it will be groomed or shaved down if its coat is very matted. The dog will also be evaluated for temperament and a determination of the type of home that is best suited for its needs. The average cost to NJSRN for all of these services is more than $450!!