Questions and Answers
Q: How much is the adoption fee and what does it cover?
A: Dog adoption fees are $280. The adoption fee covers a physical wellness exam and health certificate, spay/neuter, dental with extractions (if needed), age appropriate vaccinations, routine deworming, microchip with lifetime registration and monthly flea/tick preventative. The dogs are also provided with a high quality diet and anything else they made need such as a bed and blanket, toys, an exercise pen, collar/leash/harness and food/water dishes while they are in a foster home.
Q: Are dogs that you have under Adoptable Dogs at your facility?
A: We do NOT have a facility. All of our Adoptable Dogs are placed in foster homes.
Q: What are the steps to adopting?
A: 1) Complete an adoption application and pay $20 application fee on our website, lilrascalsrefuge.org
2) Have a home visit/dog meet completed and approved
3) Complete adoption contract and contract agreement and pay adoption fee
Q: Where does your money come from?
A: Lil' Rascals Refuge Inc. relies solely on donations from the public and adoption fees.
Q: Where do the dogs come from? How do you get them? Why are the dogs released?
A: All of our dogs are retired breeding dogs and come from commercial breeding facilities or ‘puppy mills’. We have a contact between us and the breeder who coordinates with the breeder to pick up the dogs when they are ready to be released and then the dogs are delivered to us. The dogs are released to us when they are either sick, injured, not able to produce or are not producing enough puppies, not producing the type of puppies that the broker is looking to buy or they are no longer breeding a certain breed. The average age of a retired breeder is between 8 and 10 years old.
Q: What is a commercial breeding facility or 'puppy mill'?
A: A commercial breeding facility or puppy mill is a breeding operation that mass produces puppies. Dogs and puppies are typically kept in a cage with a wire bottom to let urine and feces fall through to under the cage. There are usually 3-4 dogs per cage or more, 1 being a male and the rest females. Puppy mills do not take into consideration the health or wellbeing of their dogs, mentally or physically. The only goal of a puppy mill is to make as much money as possible while spending as little as possible to care for the dogs. State and USDA regulations are very minimum, which keep puppy mills legal. Female dogs are bred every heat cycle (2 times per year) and never given a break from having puppies. Once the puppies are around 6 weeks old a broker comes to the breeder to pick out the puppies they would like to buy to in turn sell them to a pet store or sell them online through puppy websites where the puppies will then be shipped to the buyer. Puppy mills in our area have anywhere between 25 to 500 dogs. There are over 100 puppy mills in Wisconsin and 2,000 adult dogs enslaved.
Q: How do I set up a time to meet a dog available for adoption?
A: We do require you have an approved application in with us before we set up an appointment. If your application is approved we will set up a time for you to come meet the dog you are interested in or set up a time with the dog's foster for you to come meet them.
Q: Where can I see your adoptable pets?
Q: What do you look for in a home visit?
A: We make sure the home is safe and an appropriate environment for the dog to live.
Q: Why am I asked to submit an application before I've even met the dog I'm interested in?
A: Our application contains valuable information about your home and type of pet you are interested in. This information helps us ensure the pet you are interested in is the perfect match for you and your family. We want to ensure that the pet you are interest in will fit with your children, other pets, fence (or lack thereof), activity level, etc. If the pet you are interested in doesn’t seem like a good fit, our adoption counselors will work with you to find the perfect match.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: We do not have hours of operation due to not having a facility. We are by appointment only, to set up an appointment please contact us.
Q: How much does it cost to care for an Angel?