We received an all-to-common inquiry the other day concerning a turn-in. Five doxies, none spayed or neutered, three newborn puppies with no prospective homes, one of the dogs was just getting over the effects of Parvo, no veterinary care.
Affording care was no longer an option for the owner who was unemployed. Yet, she hesitated. After all, DRBC stood to make a windfall of money from this turn-in. Yes, that's us, DRBC the profitable non-profit, the money machine.
The truth of the matter is that DRBC will not make a fortune, but lose one on this scenario and many others. Forget the puppies and the sick dog and use the Mom or Dad of the litter to illustrate our typical expenses in relation to our placement fee.
Physical Exam: $ 35.00
Vaccination Series: $120.00
Spay/Neuter [Averaged]: $195.00
Bloodwork [Averaged]: $125.00
Medications: $ 45.00
Medical Boarding: $ 60.00
Veterinary Sub-Total: $ 580.00
- Rescue Discount -$ 58.00
Vet Total: $ 522.00
Food for 15-30 days: $25.00
Heartworm Preventative $ 3.50
In House Expenses: $35.00
DRBC Total: $63.50
Adoption Fee : $250.00
-Rehab Costs: -$585.50
You don't have to be an accountant to see that DRBC loses on almost every dachshund we save. Animals which have major illnesses or injuries or suffer extreme neglect can cost 10-15 times the total listed.
So you want to adopt. That’s great! Please know that DRBC, like many groups has requirements for you and the doxie you are about to meet. This list should help you decide if we are the group for you.
What DRBC Does for Our Doxies:
What DRBC Asks of You:
Still excited? OK, get out that pen and contact DRBC for the application. That’s how it all begins!
DRBC Adoption Forms
The documents listed below allow potential adoptees to understand and begin the application to adopt a doxie from DRBC. Please download both documents and complete requested information properly. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
DRBC lists potential dogs for placement on PetFinder. Look below to see some of our current residents. Please keep in mind that not all of our dogs are posted. Remember, this is a match of the heart based on both your personality and the doxies. Typically, we find that the doxie picks you at our meet-and-greet sessions and not the reverse. This is why we discourage applicants armed with a laundry list of features including sex, color, age, etc... This is a companion not a new car!
The DRBC Medical Difference
The practitioners supporting DRBC are the foundation of our team-based approach to the lifetime of compassionate care awaiting your future companions. Over the past 20+ years these specialists have helped DRBC to become THE Dachshund Medical Rescue Group.
Medical Services include:
Here at DRBC that’s what our Foster Care system is all about. The beginnings of love, the importance of training, family that is always there for you. A minimum of 10 days, a maximum of whenever and whatever issues need to be addressed, you can count on outstanding behavior training at our foster care homes.
DRBC is thrilled to work with major Universities in the continual development of the DRBC Long Life Diet Program. While the National average for our breed remains at 14 Yrs, DRBC was proud to raise this average to 17.5 Yrs in 2005! Much of this is due to our special diet, which targets all the major body systems.
DRBC helps many and at a high cost, but we never pass the direct cost on to our adoptee’s thanks to donations, fund raising and events. Here are our adoption fees:
Dachshund Over Age 2: $275
Dachshund Under Age 2: $375
The DRBC Facility
Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County is located in the Yardley-Morrisville-Langhorne PA area. While we are convenient to both NJ and PA there is no physical structure...yet. All the foster care we provide is conducted in private homes by volunteers foster families. Visiting us is by invitation and appointment only!
A Note to Our Friends in New York
One of the most asked questions we receive here at DRBC involves the adoption of our dogs to the New York area. While most New Yorker’s recognize the quality of the program we offer, they are frustrated at our lack of reach into their state. We are too.
Many potential applicants tell us that they are more than willing to drive to reach us and adopt the animal they have fallen in love with on our website, but the distance for the adoptor is not what is at issue for DRBC. The problem lies in the lifetime of support we stand ready to provide to those that adopt from us. The reference to a veterinarian we know and trust or the ability to reach out and extract the dachshund we placed should things not work as planned.
Our network of volunteers is not at a size that can accommodate New York at this time. Remember, we are an advocate for the animals we place and always will be. This means being there for them on a moments notice. The 3-5 hour drive is just too far for right now. The time will come, and not that long from now, when we will have the capability to change that policy. Until then, we thank you for your interest, your support and your patience.
Want to help the policy change? Join the DRBC Volunteer Corps and become one of our first New York members! Here is that link: DRBC Volunteer Corp