QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How much does it COST to get a canine from the Caretaker Program?
Becoming a Caretaker is FREE! We do not ask anyone to pay for one of our puppies or Adults in the Caretaker Program. In fact WE pay the Caretakers! These canines are still a part of our Program. Each time a litter is born our Caretakers are given $500. Most often the owners put that towards the cost of food, training, etc. but isn't required.
We also cover Health Clearances required for breeding (Hips, elbows, genetic testing), yearly exams (no additional visits), yearly vaccinations, and all breeding expenses until the Canine is retired from our Program. Below is a list of everything we cover.
- Canine Annual Combo Vaccine (DAPPV)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Lepto Vaccine
- Bordetella Vaccine
- Heartworm Test (IDEXX)
- Stud Fees
- Progesterone Test
- X-rays (for puppy count)
- C-section (if needed)
- Hips & Elbow certifications (OFA, FCI, PennHip, etc.
- Degrative Myelopathy DM
- Multidrug Resistance Mutation MDR1
Our Caretakers go home with a starter pack for their new canines, which includes all their basic immediate needs (These are given at time of take home ONLY).
- Crate (no replacement Crates)
- Food (1 Bag)
- Food & Water Bowels
- Collar (flat)
- Herm Sprenger Prong
- Toys (selection will vary)
- Poop Bags
- 1 month of Heartworm & Flea Prevention
"Caretakers Canines are in your Program. What does that mean for me?"
The canines in this program are essentially a part of your family. They live with you go on vacation with you, to events, etc. The whole point of this program is that we want these pups to be a part of the family and a well respected part of the community.
Because these canines have full registration this also means your canine is eligible to be shown in conformation, rally, obedience, etc. We strongly encourage Caretakers join a club in their area. Training grows and helps cement the bond as well as makes your pup into a better citizen.
Since Caretaker dogs are part of our Breeding Program They have full registration. Because of this Zuflucht K9s is kept as the dog's owner on the Paperwork until they retired from our Program. Once the canine is retired they are spayed/neutered and full ownership is signed over to the caretaker.
"What do I have to DO with my Zuflucht Canine if I become a Caretaker?"
This is a very broad question. Out biggest desire is to see our pups in wonderful loving families who provide unconditional love and attention. You would be responsible for the well being of the canine you are adding to your family. Everyday responsibilities such as food, water, exercise, training, socialization, etc.
Many of the canines we import have been raised in kennels and aren't used to being in a home. Time will need to be dedicated to this transition. We ask that families set up an exercise plan such as walks, hiking, pool days, fetch, etc. Feeding a quality food and supplements is part of this.
We do not advertise our pups. Word of mouth and social media is the only way people learn about our program. We do require that regular pictures and videos be taken so we can use them on our Social Media pages. Our ideal Caretakers take the canines out with them whenever possible. Weekends downtowns, vacations, pet friendly restaurants, and stories, etc.
Caretakers must also be willing to bring their canine to and from our location for breeding and whelping. Females are welcome to stay here during their full heat cycle if desired or they can be brought during their progesterone peek to be bred and taken home directly afterwards. We want to be considerate of their and the Caretakers routine as much as possible.
"Where do I have to live in order to be a Caretaker to a Zuflucht Canine?"
We ask that you live in North Carolina and be willing to transport the distance to our facility when as needed (Heat cycles, whelping, etc.)
"Will I receive compensation when my dog has a litter?"
YES! Being a part of our Caretaker Program has several benefits. Not only do you receive a FREE well bred, health tested canine to add to your family, we also pay you for each litter they produce!
For Caretakers with females, the family will receive $500 for each litter she produces while in our program. For Caretakers with males, each time the male is used as a Stud that results in a litter, the family is paid $100