Adopting Puppies Before They Are Born
1. If you are interested in adopting a Catskill Country Australian Labradoodle puppy and have any questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com
2. Once you've decided you'd like a puppy, the first step to adopting is filling out and submitting an application, along with a $300 deposit, securing a spot on our reservation list. This deposit is non-refundable unless there aren't enough pups in the litter in which case you have a choice to either move your deposit to another litter or be refunded.
3. Once your application and deposit are submitted, you will be contacted within 24 hours and we will notify you of your application approval and spot on the reservation list.
4. Then the hard part comes. . .waiting for the pups to be born. :) As soon as pups are born, we will send you pictures. We will update each pup's picture weekly.
5. At two weeks of age, the selection process will begin. The first person on the reservation list will have first choice. The second, second choice, etc. We do reserve the right to hold up to two puppies per litter as part of our breeding program. At this time half of your remaining balance is due ($1150).
6. At six weeks of age, we begin to make travel arrangements and the remaining balance ($1150) is due.
7. At eight weeks, pups are ready to go to their new homes. We would love for you to come and meet us and pick up your puppy here at our farm. It is also possible for us to hand deliver your puppy to you. Costs vary depending on your location. Just contact us as early as possible to make arrangements.
The Reservation List vs. The Wait List
We only take a few reservations which require a deposit. It is usually 4. This is a tricky business. You never know how many pups will be in a litter. We simply do not want families waiting for a puppy for months and then not have enough in the litter for them so we are extremely conservative. This is where the Wait List comes in.
Once families have an approved application, they can put their names on as many litters as they are interested in. There is no obligation or deposit required to be on a wait list. I simply contact families in the order they signed on when puppies are born. I let them know one way or another if a puppy is available for them. Sometimes families aren't interested anymore. Perhaps they have found a puppy from a different breeder. I understand completely. I simply go to the next family on the wait list.
Since the average size litter is usually 6-8 and we only take 4 deposits, we very, very often are able to get puppies to some families on the wait list.
You do need an approved application before you can be on a wait list.