DIRECT ADOPTIONS FROM OZATO.
From time to time, a family/individual may be interested in adopting a dog that is not in our foster care system but is still at the Okinawa Prefecture Animal Control Center. A few important things to understand about direct adoptions from Ozato:
1. dogs at Ozato have no known history. Health status and temperament, except for what can be observed is unknown.
2. dogs at Ozato get no veterinary care before they leave the facility. Adopters are responsible for handling all routine and non routine veterinary care and will have a timeline to accomplish the vetting and provide copies of receipts and certificates to us. The general timeline for adult dogs is 3 months to get everything accomplished. Young puppies - 4 months. Older puppies, 3 months. Dogs with heart worms may be given a longer period of time to get everything accomplished. It can cost anywhere from $300 - $500 to fully vet a dog (just routine vetting like vaccinations, micro-chip and spay/neuter) depending on gender, age, size and the vet you use. Puppies cost more (more sets of vaccinations required), females cost more than males (spay costs more than neuter) and larger dogs cost more than smaller dogs (cost of spay/neuter goes up with size and weight of the dog). Heart worm treatment can cost anywhere from $400 to $500 depending on the size of the dog.
3. All family members will need to meet our volunteer adoption coordinator at the center to check the dog out to determine if suitable for adoption. The center is only open from 9:30 - 11:30 and 1 to 4, Monday through Friday. We are restricted to certain days/times and we have to make an appointment with the center in order to bring visitors into the facility. Before applying for a dog at the center, make sure everyone in the family will be available and able to go to the center during their hours.
4. You will have 24 hours after visiting with the dog to make a decision whether to adopt the dog or not. There are no trial periods. Once a dog is pulled from the center, it cannot be returned. While we understand that things may not work out and the dog may need to be placed in a new home, we have the expectation that anyone trying to adopt a dog straight from the center understands that there is no such thing as a "perfect dog" the first day it arrives at a home. Adopting a dog straight from Ozato is not for the casual dog owner that wants an easy and fully trained dog that is healthy. All dogs will have to be house-trained, crate trained, leash trained and will need obedience training. You may get lucky and adopt a dog that has lived in a house before but those dogs are few and far between. Most dogs that end up at Ozato have been outside dogs and will need time and patience when adjusting to living indoors.
5. If an adoption does not work out, the dog MUST be fully vetted before we will work to find a new home for the dog. No dog can be re-homed independently nor can that dog be surrendered to Karing Kennels or any other rescue group, shelter or animal control facility. We are responsible for every dog that gets pulled from the facility under our name and we must handle any subsequent placements should the adoption not work out. If we have room in our foster care system, we will take the dog in but again, the dog either must be fully vetted or funds provided to vet the dog when it is surrendered back to us.
After a period of 10 months where Americans were not allowed to rescue/adopt animals from their facility, the Okinawa Prefecture Animal Protection & Control Center (Ozato) started allowing Americans back into the facility in February 2011 to rescue & adopt animals. In the past, some irresponsible adopters did not honor the commitment they made when they signed an adoption agreement with Ozato and this resulted in the termination of adoption/rescuing privileges from the facility for all Americans. We were given rescuing privileges in Feb. 2011 and have worked hard to gain trust and build a solid reputation of being a responsible rescue group. In order to be able to keep rescuing animals from the center, we must place any rescued animal in a home with responsible pet owners who will honor the commitment they make to the animal and follow the stipulations in the adoption agreement that they sign. Ozato's policies/rules as well as a few of our policies/rules have been adopted by our group to form our adoption stipulations. It is important to understand that we have no prior history on any dog we rescue from Ozato so we cannot guarantee health or temperament of any dog that we rescue and place into permanent homes. We strive to place dogs into homes where the dog will have the best chance of success and will get what they need. We also want to keep all family members safe. It is important to understand that our primary responsibility is to the dogs that we rescue.