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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTING FROM            PULLED FROM THE PITS

All costs for FOSTERING are covered by PFTP, including a loaner crate, if needed, bedding, food, treats & any medical care. Please see the Foster Application for further details.
ADOPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Pulled From the Pits certifies that all dogs that have been imported into the State of Maine will have been tested for heartworm, elrichia, lyme, anaplasmosis and intestinal parasites. They will have received vaccines against the following: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Infectious Tracheobronchitis, Canine Parvo Virus and Rabies. This may not apply to puppies that were not old enough at time of transport to be tested or given all shots. PFTP is not responsible for other diseases or issues that may arise at a later time after the quarantine period, as we have no way of foreseeing or controlling that.  Adopters should be aware that they may need to finish the series vaccinations after adoption is final.
All animals are also treated topically for fleas and ticks, but please keep in mind that it can take up to three weeks to take care of any issues, and in the case of puppies they can't be treated too early. 
The State of Maine requires that all animals being imported into the state be quarantined for the following periods before they can be formally adopted: Animals 6 months and older 48 hours, under 6 months must be quarantined for 5 days.  
Because Pulled From the Pits is a foster based rescue, the adoptive families are asked to serve as fosters for the quarantine period, which will also serve as as part of the decompression period that we strongly support.  Adopters must agree to keep the animal that they are applying to eventually adopt separated from any animals inside or outside the home, during the quarantine period. Pulled From the Pits will not be responsible for any issues that may arise with any animals in the home prior to the new pet should the quarantine period not be observed.
Once the quarantine period has passed, as long as there has been no sign of any issues, then the adoption can proceed. The final paperwork showing transfer of ownership will be sent to the adoptive family after the quarantine period has passed.   Please keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks after final adoption for the paperwork to be sent to the adoptive family. The records are emailed directly to the address on file. Hard copies are only sent upon request. It is usually earlier than 2 weeks, but may take that time.
Spaying or neutering is part of the adoption fee. Should the animal being adopted not be old enough for the procedure, arrangements will be made at the rescues vet of choice, and the adopters will be notified of the appointment. Adopters are expected to bring their animal to Gray Animal Center at their allotted appointment day and time. Should they not be able to get to this vet due to distance, they may make an arrangement at their own vet for the surgery. The rescue will reimburse the adopter $100 after proof of the animal being altered is provided by the vet directly to PFTP. This represents the amount that the rescue pays to Gray Animal Center for this procedure. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Pulled From the Pits determines when the animals will be altered according to information provided by our veterinarian. If the adopter does not abide by this policy, and does not bring the animal to GAC at the time set, we reserve the right to take possession of the animal with no return of funds paid.
If they aren’t microchipped at the time of adoption, PFTP can provide that service as a courtesy. We do not pay for an animal to be microchipped anywhere else.
ADOPTION FEES AND POLICIES:
All Dogs and Puppies $550 each
A non-refundable deposit of $100 holds the dog you choose, if they are available after the application has been received and has been approved. Processing time for an application depends on how quickly responses from references are received. We do our best to get quick results, but suggest that references are notified to expect contact. This deposit will be applied to the total for the animal adopted. If the adopter decides to return the animal within (7) calendar days then the balance of the adoption fee will be returned to them.* (Please see below for more details.)
The initial deposit is non-refundable.
No animal will be released to anyone outside of our organization until all references have been checked and the applicants have been approved.
Please note, even if an applicant has been approved, this does NOT guarantee adoption. Adoption or Fostering will occur at the sole discretion of PFTP, and they reserve the right to deny an applicant at ANY time during the process before the placement is complete.
The blance of the adoption fee is to be paid in full before the adopter is allowed to take an animal home. If within 7 days (after the quarantine period if applicable, 12 days for dogs adopted after the quarantine has been served) it is determined that it isn’t a good fit, the animal may be returned to PFTP (adopter MUST contact the rescue to make arrangements to surrender their animal, do NOT drop off an animal unannounced please) and all monies except the application fee and the initial deposit will be returned, OR they may apply the funds to another animal. This is dependent upon the animal be returned in good condition. This condition is subject to the discretion of the rescue. If it is after 7 days there will be no refunds issued. Pulled From the Pits retains the right to determine whether the adopter will be allowed to transfer funds to another animal. Should the adopter and the rescue feel that the animal needs more time to adjust, the 7 day policy may be extended. This is at the sole discretion of the rescue.
If the animal being adopted is located out of state, and is scheduled for transport, and the adopter is unable to pick up the animal on the day they arrive, a $25 a day boarding fee will be charged for each day the animal must be kept over.  If the adopter is unwilling to pay the boarding fee, the animal will be made available for adoption by someone else, and the deposit fee will be forfeit for that animal.  It is up to the discretion of Pulled From the Pits as to whether the adopter will be allowed to use the deposit for an alternate adoption.  The deposit will not be refunded under any circumstances.
If the animal being adopted is within the State of Maine either at the kennel in Lewiston or staying at a foster home, pickup is generally scheduled within 24 hours of the deposit being received and the adoption contract being signed.  This may vary depending on the availability of the foster, they try to accommodate quick pickups within reason.  If the adopter is unable to pick up their animal within 24 hours of the date given, (unless prior notice was given during the application process) the $25 a day boarding fee will be charged for every day past the scheduled day. If the adopter is unwilling to pay the boarding fee, the animal will be made available for adoption by someone else, and the deposit fee will be forfeit for that animal.  It is up to the discretion of Pulled From the Pits as to whether the adopter will be allowed to use the deposit for an alternate adoption.  The deposit will not be refunded under any circumstances.
If it is determined that the decompression policy ( available at all times on the website) was not followed, or that the animal needs veterinary attention there will be NO refund of any kind given. After (7) seven days there will be no refunds given no matter the circumstances.