About Adoption Donations
Our adoption donations allow us to save as many dogs as possible – even the ones with a few extra miles on them.
SOS adoption donations help offset the expenses we routinely incur, such as transport, vetting (spay/neuter, worming, vaccinations, or other special needs), boarding, and behavioral modification. SOS adoption donations are set based upon estimated age of the animal as noted below, unless noted otherwise on the dog’s posting.
Please see this Animal Health Emergency Order from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources , and their further guidelines that we must follow to adopt dogs to Massachusetts residents.
PuppiesDogs less than 1 year old
Adult DogsDogs 1 - 7 years old
Senior Dogs / Special NeedsDogs 8 years and up
“Why do you ask for so much for a rescue pet?”
We get asked this a lot. The answer is: because we need adopters who are willing to support all rescue pets, not just the dog they adopt. A young, healthy dog might cost us $150-400 in (discounted) vet care, and many people will want to adopt it. An older one with health issues can easily cost $500-1500 in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation; yet, we can only ask a minimal adoption donation, and it may be a long time until anyone comes forward to adopt it. We also do our best to help dogs with serious medical issues. For example:
- Standard heartworm treatment – $550 on average
- Typical dental cleaning – $200-300 on average
- Diagnostic x-rays – $150
- ACL repair – $1500
- Tooth extraction – $75 per tooth plus anesthesia
- Leg amputation/eye removal – $750 – $1000
- Patellar surgery – $900 (per knee)
- Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) – $1300
- Entropion repair – $600 on average
- Emergency hospitalization; surgery; serious/complex heartworm treatment- $3,000
Adoption donations from the younger, more easily adoptable dogs help offset the cost of saving the others. Most of our dogs have a sad story to tell, and some have suffered through years of neglect or abuse, all through no fault of their own.
We hope that you are willing to give ALL of our dogs the opportunity for a better life by supporting them through our adoption donations. Without these funds, our rescue efforts would not be possible.