Big Dogs Huge Paws has declared February Golden Rewards month, reducing the adoption fee on their senior dogs, and is holding a fund raising drive to help provide food to their foster homes.
As a rescue, BDHP doesn't have a shelter where the dogs are housed until they find a home, but each of the available dogs for adoption are living in a foster home, to which BDHP provides food and veterinary coverage for the foster dog. The February Food Drive will raise funds to pay for food provided to the foster families.
With more than 100 dogs under care at any given time, and several in the Wichita area (though adopters can choose from all the available dogs as transportation can be arranged once adoption has been approved), the organization's cost to feed the dogs runs more than $3,500 a month. Donations can be made through the BDHP web site, and you can note that the donation is for the Food Drive.
The Golden Rewards Club launched this month encourages potential adopters to look at the wonderful senior dogs waiting for their forever home. Typically, BHP defines a "senior" as one that is wseven or older, but for this month, the reduced adoption fee will include those that are six and older. When one considers that a purebred Mastiff can run well over $1500, the $250 adoption fee for the seniors is very reasonable. BDHP usually has considerably more in a rescue than the adoption fee, as they evaluate the big dogs coming in and often pay for medical procedures that help prevent possible conditions that are unique to giant breeds.
Tim Irwin, Kansas Coordinator and BDHP foster said that the rewards of a senior far outweigh the concerns. He has had several seniors, and in every case, they are more settled than the younger dogs and show their gratitude for having a home that is theirs every day. Most recently, Havoc, a senior Saint Bernard who was featured on this site, found her forever home and her foster family is very happy that this laid back, loveable Saint will have a family to love her and through her later years.
Available seniors through BDHP are shown in the slide show. You can contact Kansas Coordinator Tim Irwin at [email protected] or contact the organization through the web site. An adoption application must be completed before Feb. 28, 2011 to qualify for the Golden Rewards reduced adoption fee.