How can we donate to NARC?
You can drop off any items at any time in our “Donation Drop Box” at the front entrance of our property or drop in weekends between 1pm and 3pm! Or, mail us a cheque, payable to NARC, 4388 Navan Road, Navan, Ontario, K4B 1H9. We take in Canadian Tire money or you can always leave money at our veterinarian, Blackburn Animal Hospital to help pay this week’s invoice. We also have PayPal, send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you funded by the government or any other places?
Unfortunately not. We rely on the public for donations, it is people like you and us volunteers that keeps NARC running. If it wasn’t for items donated by you (the public), NARC couldn’t remain in business which would be a shame!
What is included in your fee?
Definitely spay or neuter if they are of proper age, annual vet check, dewormers, multi-advantage and of course good nutrition and training. Most of our dogs may also come with their rabies, DA2PP and Bordetella. Many dogs also often need dental cleaning, teeth pulling, hernias or tumors removed, cherry eye surgery, etc… we try to do all that we can at NARC before re-homing them to make it less expensive for our clients.
Why isn’t there someone available during the day?
We are all volunteers at NARC, no one has a paid salary here and most of us have full-time jobs in order to pay our bills and help NARC move along. We are all working families putting in our personal efforts into rescuing. We are available by appointment evenings or weekends and try to please everyone as best we can! Sometimes during summer, we have University Students that may be available during the day – call us to see if one is available this summer!
Is there a reduction in price for a dog that comes in already altered?
Even when a dog comes in already altered (which is very rare), our fees remain the same. This helps us recover veterinary costs from other dogs that needed dental work, teeth pulling, hernia removal, cherry eye surgery, etc… which certainly costs way over our adoption fee. Many dogs come in with very bad teeth – call around and ask how much it is to remove just one tooth – you will see how expensive it is. Yet, we manage to sometimes remove 18 teeth or all teeth on one dog alone! The only time the dog is not full fee is if they are a Senior pet or un-altered due to our vet recommendations.
Does NARC have a health guarantee?
No, we can’t provide a health guarantee as we don’t know their parents or history. We do have them verified by our veterinary and have a clean bill of health from our veterinary before re-homing any of our dogs. If a dog is ill when we first see our veterinary, we will usually go back a second or even third time before sending them off to ensure they are in good health before we place them. Although, if you ask any of our clients, we will provide you with what we can help with once you have adopted your pet such as if you find worms shortly after the adoption, we will deworm them again at no cost to you!
Why are your fees so high for a rescue?
Our fees are very competitive (between $250-$600) and we think very good considering all we do for our dogs. Training, neuter or spay, rabies, multi-advantage, deworming, annual vet check, food, treats, dental sticks… Also considering most have dental cleaning done and other surgeries such as removing tumors, hernias, teeth, cherry eye, etc… Considering the amount of money and time we spend on our dogs, our prices are very cheap!
Do you deal with other rescues? I often see on your website other dogs for adoption through other rescues – why?
Yes, we help anyone that calls for our help – especially other rescues. We have quite a few rescues that we deal with on a regular basis and are always opened to help or lend a hand to others needing our assistance. We even take dogs in to rehabilitate here and return them to their original rescue – without fees! We are all here doing the same thing and the importance are the animals – no matter where they come from! Most of our dogs come from other rescues contacting us, Humane Societies, Pounds and SPCA’s – when a dog is in need or on death row – we run to their rescue! If you see a dog for adoption through another rescue on our website, you do have to contact them for more information and location as we wouldn’t have information on their pets for adoption here at NARC.
Do you take larger breed dogs such as German Sheppards, etc…?
First off, we rarely take in releases, we send them to the Ottawa Humane Society or an SPCA near them. We do take in large breed dogs, we do make the odd exception for death row dogs or will certainly help in finding others a home. Either we will contact another rescue to take them in or post them on our website to find them a permanent home under “other dogs for adoption”. We specialize in smaller breeds here at NARC but have always managed to find the larger breeds a home somewhere – sometimes without having to take them in. Although, we do also specialize in Mastiff breeds, Standard Poodles and Danes so we will often have those breeds here looking for homes when we have room.
What do we need to do in order to adopt a NARC dog?
We have an adoption questionnaire that needs to be filled out, either download it from our website under adoption information or we can send it by e-mail to start the process. We always ask for a veterinary reference, if you don’t have one we will accept a volunteer, work reference or neighbour. We meet the whole family and this includes your dog if you have one as we want to ensure they get along with our rescue before re-homing. Then, we have our contract to sign and once everything is completed you may take our rescue home!
Do you provide help to the public, those that don’t have a NARC pet?
Of course, if you call or e-mail us with questions, we will certainly try our best to help you with your issue. We have good training procedures that work on any dog! We also could go or invite you over to help you with training for a minimal fee to help our charity!
Do you take cats in?
Unfortunately not, we don’t have the room right now for cats. We sometimes will rescue kittens that are born ferile here in the area but we don’t want adult cats to be stuck in cages 7 days a week – it goes against our beliefs! Maybe one day if we can get another building on the property – we would then use it as a cat home! Until then, we don’t want to have to cage animals all day!
Do you take farm animals?
Yes, we have a few farm animals here and may have room for a few others. So far, all of the farm animals have found their permanent home here at the farm and are not for sale. They are pets and clients really enjoy them when they visit!
Why do you always use natural products on dogs?
NARC is not a regular rescue and we rarely take in releases (dogs that owners no longer want). We specialize in rescuing dogs from death row in pounds and most of these are either from puppy mills, horders or found as strays. That being said, they haven’t had the best of lives so we really want them to have a healthy start with very good nutrition. We give them Wild Oil of Oregano in their water to boost their immune system and reduce risk of worms, intestinal parasites, etc… We bathe them with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo which is also the perfect preventative in skin conditions, fleas, ticks, etc… We strongly believe in our natural products and believe they strenghten our dogs before re-homing. That, mixed with veterinary products such as dewormers (Panacur or Strongid-T) and our multi-advantage monthly ensures that our dogs are hopefully completely parasite free for their new home.
Should we continue your program once we adopt a NARC dog?
We feel strongly about our natural products and a dental stick once a week to maintain your dogs health. Yes, you could keep your new dog on the Wild Oil of Oregano, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and a dental stick weekly! This will reduce so many issues in the long run in your dog and of course reduce your future veterinary bills.