FAQ

Useful Information

Q:  CAN I FOSTER AN ANIMAL?

A:  We do not have a foster program.  We found that foster programs are too stressful on JRAAR staff and the animals.  In the time that we fielded a foster program, we encountered many issues with scheduling, quality of care, and financial responsibility. 

To surrender or adopt with a foster system, we found that the patron would have to contact us, then we would have to contact the foster, then the foster would have to respond to us, then we would have to respond to the patron.  This seems like a lot of steps especially when working in emergency surrender situations.  It is much easier to book an appointment with the adoption center in one step.

It is also hard to monitor quality of care for exotic pets when they are scattered throughout multiple households.  Exotic pets, like fish and reptiles, need specific environments to thrive and making sure that our volunteers have the proper environments for the constantly shifting animals here at JRAAR too much work when we can monitor everything at our adoption center. 

Finally, caring for exotic animals is expensive!  The equipment needed for life support like food, filters, heaters, lighting comes with a large price tag, not to mention the electricity, and ambient heat needed for the animals to thrive.  We want to make sure that our volunteers have the resources they need to succeed and writing an expense report once a month to recompensate them for every dime spent is a lot of work for the volunteer and they tend to overlook it.  Keeping the animals under one roof consolidates the supplies needed as well as the life support systems.

Instead of fostering, we encourage people to adopt permanently instead.  It serves the same purpose, freeing up cage space in the adoption center, and the animal gets a permanent home instead of bouncing around in the foster system.

Q:  DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO SURRENDER AN ANIMAL?

A:  No.  JRAAR never charges a fee for surrendering a pet.  Making the choice to surrender a pet is hard enough and we do not want to place any additional boundaries or burdens on people that are already in a heartrending situation.  We are always willing to accept financial donations and the donation of any equipment that the surrenderers are not planning on using.

Q:  WHY DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN ANIMAL THAT YOU GET FOR FREE?

A:  When we accept the surrender of an animal, we must spend money to keep it alive and thriving.  Often this includes buying new equipment like caging, lighting, and other life support systems, food, and medical care.  We spread these costs out as adoption fees rather than pass these costs on to our volunteers. 

We also use pricing to deter people just looking for free pets and those that would turn around and resell the animal.

Adoption fees are typically 30 to 50% less than retail prices so there is still great value to be had by adopting over shopping.