Applications are emailed out. I do this for a couple of reasons. All applications, once received go into a file in my Hotmail account for that dog or pup. If they are scattered it is not only inefficient for me, but you may lose out on your place in the cue. By emailing email@example.com it ensures that Oops! is on your safe senders list and the attached application won't trigger a spam response by your email security. The last thought is that I don't keep a pile of applications on file. An application is for a specific litter or dog, once placed all applications are deleted.
Can I come and Visit
A very common request! I run Oops from my home. It's a seven day a week job and having a volume of random people coming into my home is not comfortable or practical. So, because pups are placed based on what they need in a home there really is no point in having a lot of strangers in my space. People do not come and choose a pup. Once an application is approved for a dog or pup an invitation is then extended to visit!
Where are you/the dogs located
I live near Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley. The dogs stay with me, that way I can assess them and know what they need in a home.
What is the adoption fee?
The adoption fee is $400, fifty of this is refundable once you spay/neuter the pup. If a dog comes into Oops already altered the fee is then reasonably $350.
What does the adoption fee cover?
The pups stay with me for a minimum of 14 days. They are given numerous doses of worm meds, often with a dose to go home with them. They are flea treated, and other parasites as needed (like coccidia, a common parasite they come in with). They see the vet and are given a health certificate. They receive their first vaccine (protocol is 8, 12, and 16 weeks, the last two being boosters and the responsibility of the adoptive home). They are micro chipped and the fee also helps cover the cost of spaying Momma. Momma dog stays with her family typically. The costs for gas, cleaning, food, grooming, laundry, supplies etc also come from the fee.
Why was the dog given up?
This is a sticky wicket for me. I feel that sometimes people ask this because they want to adopt a story rather than the dog. I need homes that are going to work the dog and make sure it becomes all it can be! I don't adopt aggressive dogs. A sound temperament dog will continue to be a sound temperament dog, no matter what has happened in its past. I've had personal dogs who got frightened of a broom falling, and for his life was afraid of brooms, it never even touched him. The truth is I don't live with the dogs, I don't know what their story is. I know a family approached me and asked that I care for and find an appropriate home for a dog. I assess each one and place them based on that assessment. No story needed.
How are they with cats?
My house would be the worst life for a cat. There are always new dogs and pups coming and going. Different temperaments, different energy, different manners and behaviors. If a dog or pup has lived with a cat I'll note it on their web page, otherwise it's safe to say that I don't know how they are with cats.