We wanted to take a moment to answer a few of the most common questions we get asked about adopting from us. Please read them over, you may find the answer to your questions!
What is your adoption process?
The first step of adopting is to fill out an application. It can be found HERE on our site interactively or for download to email to us. Once we receive your application, we will begin the approval process and you will hear from us soon! The application process includes reference checks and additional questions we may have about you to appropriately match you to your puppy.
Please be patient as we are all volunteers. If you do not fill out an application, you will not be considered for a puppy.
I just have a few questions, why do I need to fill out an application?
Please understand that, depending on the time of year, we can get up to 100+ inquires/applications/emails a day. If you do not fill out an application then we do not think you are serious about adopting. We try our very best to answer questions when we can but due to the lack of of volunteer-power, we take serious adopter priority.
What is your adoption fee and what vetting has been done?
Please read through the puppy's entire description on petfinder. All of their information is listed there including veterinary care done, adoption fee, personality traits, etc. Adoption fees range based on the veterinary care that was done as well as transportation to Connecticut and fees that we incur to save these lives.
Where are you located and when can I visit your dogs?
This is one of the most common questions. We DO NOT have a shelter, hours of operation or a facility to meet all of our available puppies. We are a foster based rescue and all of our adoptable puppies are in private homes around CT. Once you have an approved application we set up a private meeting with the puppy you are interested in. We think meeting with a puppy before adopting is important to a match.
The only time it is possible to meet with multiple puppies is to come to an adoption event. Otherwise, it is impossible to co-ordinate a multiple puppy meeting. Please understand the time it takes to coordinate meetings, foster home traveling, etc only to be left with a homeless puppy at the end of the day when others are interested.
Do you adopt out-of-state?
The short answer, yes! If you are a great match for one of our puppies, we are happy to have out-of-state adopters. However, you must travel to us to adopt the puppy. There are no exceptions.
Where do the dogs you save your puppies from?
Our puppies come from all types of situations. Unwanted homes, unwanted litters, high kill southern and northern shelters and private surrenders. In a high-kill shelter situation dogs, and even puppies, only get 3-7 days to get adopted before they are euthanized. That is where we come in! We pull them, get them to the veterinarian for vaccines, deworming etc, find them a southern foster home or boarding facility to stay and set them up to get here to CT via USDA certified transport companies.
How do they get here?
We use USDA Certified transport companies. All puppies traveling need to have a clean bill of health accompanied by a health certificate, as well as up to date on vaccines and deworming. These transporters are professional, clean and make the trip more bearable for all of our puppies.
Is this puppy purebred or exactly the breeds listed?
Our puppies are all from different situations. Most of the time we do not know either parent, and if we did it would be listed in their description. We cannot guarantee any dog is purebred or if there are or are not certain breeds in these puppies. Our professional and seasoned opinion along with shelter volunteers and our veterinarian affiliates do the best we can to identify breeds that may be in a particular puppy. They are educated guesses.
Is this pup good with kids, cats, and other dogs?
This is a common question. We try our best to test and socialize our pups with kids, cats, and other dogs. If a dog is not good with any of the above, it would be listed in their description and we would not deem this dog a "match" for you. 95% of all puppies are good with children, cats and dogs. Training is key to ensuring any puppy gets properly socialized. Most of the puppies we get are 16 weeks and under, leaving them trainable.
Is this puppy house trained?
All of our puppies have started to be crate trained and house trained. But we can never guarantee that a young puppy is house trained. As many of you know (or will find out) house training is a process that take a little time! Mostly time for the puppy to grow and get a big enough bladder to hold it for 6+ hours. A good rule of thumb for house training: A puppy can hold it for the number of months old it is plus one! Dont forget that new environments can also trigger new behaviors. Your pup could have been potty trained in their foster home, but may either test the boundaries or have accidents in their new home! Just be sure to always be on the "potty language" look out when your new baby is roaming free and take out as much as possible!
Why is your rescue different?
In addition to having a passion for saving the lives of dogs, BnK was created by a group of canine professionals. Within our volunteers are veterinary technicians, dog trainers, nutrition experts, and professional puppy raisers amongst our many animal lovers to give our puppies the best in medical care, behavioral assessments, socialization and nutrition foundation. That means you can feel confident knowing that each puppy has the very best start and the knowledge to back up the assessments. PLUS with us you get to meet the puppy before adopting it (and sending over the fee). We want perfect matches and this is something very important to us despite having a full understanding of our puppies!
Can we set up a meeting with the puppy and then let you know?
We do not hold puppies for any reason. Please do not schedule a visit if you are not ready to adopt a dog. We ask all adopters to be prepared to take their new family member home at the time a match is made and cannot guarantee a dogs availability if you leave without it. Please understand that we are dealing with many dogs and puppies at all times as well as many interested homes. The time it takes to coordinate a meeting only to be left with a full foster home, a still homeless puppy and no room to take another one is not fair to our volunteer organization nor to all of the dogs waiting in the shelters. We will only approve a matched home and do not sacrifice quality for quantity but it is a matter of life and death we are dealing with. PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE A MEETING IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO ADOPT A DOG! Obviously a no-match at meeting does not count and there is no obligation to adopt, ever.
What veterinary care is done to your puppies? And why those choices?
We consider ourselves a holistic puppy rescue and follow those practices as much as we can.
We start our puppies on a holistic, high-quality food including supplements for digestion (probiotic), immune system boost (colostrum) and a natural dewormer (diatomaceous earth) in addition to our veterinarians dewormer. Many times we add goats milk as well.
Once the puppies arrive to us, we limit vaccines to the necessary while still remaining a responsible and safe organization. Over vaccination and unnecessary vaccines can lead to an immune drop while the puppy is recovering from a long travel. We follow, when applicable and able, holistic veterinarian Dr Jean Dodds protocol for vaccination. Please look into for the health of your pet.
We do NOT vaccinate for canine influenza, lyme or leptospirosis vaccine. If you would like to know more, please ask or do your own research on vaccinations.
We do NOT use chemical flea and tick preventative. After an initial flea killer called "Capstar" when the puppies arrive, we use a natural cedar based repellant and killer. Again, we want to avoid weakened immune systems and do not want to expose our volunteers or children to chemicals.
Why an adoption fee?
Yes, these puppies need homes because they were thrown away and are homeless but they are not given to you in that condition. And if they were, you would spend three times as much to get them healthy, socialized and on their way. An adoption fee is necessary not only because it ensures first and foremost that you can afford a pet, after all an adoption fee is the least amount you will be spending on your dog for its lifetime, but also to reimburse the costs that we incur to save these lives. Many times volunteers, on top of the free hours they work, end up spending their own money on supplies and to help out!
A list of costs, some which you may not realize or factor in: *Pull fee's from shelters *Veterinary exams pre and post arrival and 15 days before adoption *Vaccinations- DA2PP & Rabies (when applicable) *Dewormings- many times several *Transport Company fees for travel to Connecticut (when applicable) *Flea Preventative- Capstar and Holistic Cedar Spray Treatment *High quality food and supplements to boost immune systems *Disinfectant, Bleach, Paper Towels, Pee Pads *Medications- ie antibiotics *Telephone line & paper for contracts, puppy packs, records copying, etc *All of the things that aren't 'planned'- emergency surgeries, sicknesses, extra medications, hospital stays
What isn't included in the adoption fee (so please don't complain to the volunteers because they may just snap one day): *Driving to meet transports on the weekends, to vet appointments and to adoption meetings *Cleaning up puppy poop. Lots and lots of puppy poop *Nursing a sick puppy back to health *Volunteering time to help with screening applications, foster applications and completing adoptions *Helping to socialize, potty train, and begin training your puppy *Taking photos of the pups *Managing the website/facebook/petfinder page *Scheduling transportation companies to pick up and drop off puppies from south to north *Coordinating with our local CT veterinarian to ensure each animal is seen *Coordinating with southern and northern shelters to take in animals *Pulling, housing and coordinating housing and foster homes for all of the animals we take in
What food do you recommend and why?
As any holistic-minded veterinarian will tell you, food is the foundation of health. We start all of our puppies on the highest quality food available including high quality kibble, dehydrated raw, dehydrated whole food, goats milk, colostrum, etc
Two of our most popular kibbles to place the puppies on are as follows:
Canine Caviar Grain-Free Puppy Dinner This truly amazing diet is hormone, pesticide and antibiotic-free made in the USA is high digestible, alkaline to keep our pets bodies functioning at their best and most importantly formulated to avoid health concerns like health concerns like diabetes, cancer, kidney, liver and heart disease. Human grade, flash cooked and the most digestible kibble on the market- this food is incredible.
Canine Caviar Chicken and Pearl Millet (Free Spirit formula) As amazing as above, but better suited to a larger breed puppy. The millet gives this formula an even easier digestive rate!
*No Wheat *No Ethoxyquin *No Gluten *No GMOs *No Potato (highest food in pesticides 2014!) or Tapioca *No Added Hormones *No Meat or Poultry By-Products