Welcome to K9BFF! Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in rescue and adoption. Through no fault of their own, many dogs find themselves in shelters or with guardians who can no longer care for them. We believe each dog is special and deserves to be cherished and protected. We are dedicated to helping find these loyal companions a loving and permanent home, and a second chance at life.
We hope you will find your new canine best friend here. If we don't have the dog you're looking for, there are other rescue groups with whom we work and recommend (Helpful Info). Please NEVER purchase a pet from the internet or a pet store, as these dogs are born and bred in puppy mills where they live in horrible and unsanitary conditions, and often pass on genetic problems from generation to generation (Why Rescue?).
We also hope you'll find some useful information and answers to many of your questions. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance (Contact Us).
To adopt one of our dogs, the first step is to submit an Adoption Application (Adopt).
Our adoption fee is $250 for most dogs, which covers vet check (and treatment if necessary), age appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm check, microchip, and grooming; all of our dogs are de-wormed, de-flea'd, and come with a collar, leash, and ID tag.
If at any time (even if years have passed), for ANY reason, you can no longer care for and keep any animal adopted from K9BFF, please contact us and we will take the animal back.
When you adopt a rescue dog, you help to save two lives: the one you bring home and the one who takes its place.
Spotlight on... SOPHIE!On May 25, 2013, we drove down to Fresno from northern California for a meet-and-greet, but it only took one look and we knew she was ours! An adorable little shihtzu named Sophie. When we met her we immediately thought she would make a good Canine Assisted Therapy (CAT) dog. She was so sweet, friendly, and calm.
My husband and I are very active in a pet therapy group called Paws For Healing (PFH), which serves five counties around the Sacramento area. We had Sophie evaluated by PFH and she passed with flying colors. We always tell our volunteers that the dogs cannot be trained for CAT -- they either do it or they don't -- the training is reserved for the human volunteer. Well, Sophie proved my point. She adapted to CAT like a duck to water. This dog was born to be a CAT! She made her first visit to the NorthBay Hospital in Fairfield and she was an immediate hit. After two visits, she now exhibits excitement when I put on her uniform vest. She is ready to go. I have known only one other dog that has exhibited the affinity for CAT that Sophie does. We are so proud of our girl!
But most of all, Sophie is our beloved family member and we can't imagine life without her. Rescue dogs make the best pets.
~~ Marilyn Horvitz
Fluff your Fluff!
Bichons, poodles, and other little fluffies need to be groomed regularly. When not tended to, their hair grows long and becomes tangled and matted. The kindest thing we can do when we rescue a dog in this condition, is to shave it down. But in a matter of weeks, beautiful healthy hair grows back.
So, if you see a dog that's available and it's a little short on hair... know that it will be beautiful, soft and fluffy-haired soon, just like this little darling...
Shelter vs Rescue Fees
Shelters are government funded. This means that all expenses like vaccines, worming, flea prevention, and spay/neuter are paid for at a low cost by the government. When an animal at a shelter becomes ill, the only outcome is euthanasia. This is to prevent the spread of disease in the shelter. It's less costly to "get rid" of the animal than it is to treat it. The government simply does not allow the funding to treat all of the animals in need.
Rescues, on the other hand, take on the expense at full cost and don't euthanize just because a dog becomes ill. This is why most rescues go under within two years of opening. Rescues would never save an animal from euthanasia at the shelter simply to "put it down" because the cost of treatment was too high. Rescues endure very high medical bills in a very short amount of time. Adoption fees are the only source of income. That is why monetary donations are so very important (and tax-deductible).
Please continue to support your local rescue groups in the fight over abuse, neglect, and the euthanizing of adoptable animals.
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To the world you are one person.
To a rescued animal you are the world.