TERMS OF ADOPTION: The adoption fee for a puppy (up to 5 months old) is $485. This includes a minimum of the following: de-worming, fecal testing, spay/neuter (via signed spay/neuter contract), rabies and distemper vaccinations, microchip. Please make your payment immediately by visiting the donations page on our website, BARC-CT.org/donate Veterinary records and paperwork cannot be issued until payment has been received. We do not accept checks as a form of payment for adoption fees. The fee is tax-deductible where allowed by law. This fee helps to off-set the incurred veterinary expenses, food, supplies, and general needs of the dog while in foster care. ADOPTION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless otherwise agreed to (in writing) by BARC CT Director *prior* to adoption. Full details about your puppy adoption should be discussed prior to adoption. By signing this contract, you agree to all terms: I agree to pay the full adoption fee to BARC CT. If the adoption fee is not paid, I agree that the dog must be returned to a representative of BARC CT, immediately. Should I not be able to return the dog, I agree to permit a representative of the rescue come to my home to retrieve the dog. I agree that I can not transfer custody of the dog to anyone other than BARC CT and I agree to return the dog to BARC CT if I am ever unable to keep the dog. I may not make unilateral decisions about whom the dog will go to in the event I cannot keep the dog, and I agree to give written notice to BARC CT that I need to re-home my dog. I understand that it may take up to twenty days to make arrangements to care for my dog and if I need to remove the dog immediately, I agree to arrange and pay for boarding for up to twenty days as may be required. *
I understand that this dog will need time to adjust to new routines, new family, and new surroundings. This adjustment period may be anywhere from a few days to several months. Also, I am aware that the dog may need training in basic house manners. I understand this means the dog will not necessarily be perfectly well-behaved on arrival and I will work with the dog just like I would if I was bringing home a human baby. I agree that as an adopter, no matter the circumstances, I will behave appropriately and in the event, I must return the dog, I will not make threats to shoot the dog/dump the dog/turn the dog into a shelter/hurt the dog, or other inappropriate behavior. I also will not demand that someone get the dog RIGHT NOW. I am an adult, and I understand that things can go wrong and I will deal with it appropriately. If I deal with it poorly and threaten the dog or make unreasonable demands of BARC CT and/our it’s representatives which include demands that we get the dog immediately/before dawn/from 10 hours away, etc., I understand that BARC CT will deem this an immediate threat to the safety of the animal and will take immediate action. *
I agree that as the Adopter of the dog, I am ultimately responsible for the actions of other people in the home as they relate to the dog. I agree that should be any member of my family or other occupant/guest of my home engage in conduct detrimental to the dog, that BARC CT may at its sole discretion, reclaim the dog and remove it from the home. I understand that the safety and well-being of the dog is my responsibility as the Adopter and that includes supervision of the interaction of the dog with other people in the home. Every effort is made to make sure that any dog we place is thoroughly evaluated for its temperament, health, physical soundness, and overall adaptability before it is ever offered up for adoption. We spend a tremendous amount of money providing vet care for our dogs, and we hire vets to provide that care. Vets can and will make mistakes just like anyone else does. We rely on the vets to decide what kind of care is needed and if our vets miss something, it doesn't mean they are bad vets or that we failed to provide care. Not everything is, and if we know about it, we treat it. We also rely on our vets to determine what vaccinations/treatments/tests are needed just like you do. We are not vets. If our vet does something different than your vet does, that does not mean your vet is better or worse than our vet. Professionals have different opinions on what care should be done, and it has been our experience that vets will frequently have a difference of opinion. *
It is further agreed that if I fail to perform any of those acts which I have guaranteed to perform or if I violate any term of this agreement or if I give BARC CT any reason to fear for the safety of the dog or if I engage in behavior detrimental to the BARC CT, then BARC CT may, at its option, retake possession of the dog and I will forfeit further right to the dog. I understand I may be held responsible for all costs related to the retrieval of the dog, including court costs, attorney's fees, vet fees, boarding fees, and other related expenses. I agree to hold harmless and release BARC CT and/or its officers, directors, volunteers and other individuals working for and/or assisting with rescue from all liability, claims, and/or causes of action arising from any acts, injury and/or occurrences engaged in and/or caused by the dog subject to this agreement, as well as indemnification for damages, court costs, and/or attorney's fees incurred by the BARC CT and/or its members for any court proceedings relating to such matters. I agree that the adoption of this dog shall be deemed to have occurred in the State of CONNECTICUT and jurisdiction for any dispute lies with the Fairfield County, Connecticut , courts and that Connecticut law will apply to any dispute. *
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