: We make no guarantees in reference to the health and/or temperament of the dog. The dog is adopted "AS IS" and the adopter assumes responsibility for the treatment of all existing conditions or any other conditions of physical or temperament changes that may occur, now or in the future. While the rescuer makes every effort to place only healthy animals, the rescue cannot guarantee the health of any animal.The rescue shall not be held responsible for any medical expenses which may be incurred, hereby or expressly excluding any implied or express warranties, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose including without limitation and warranties regarding health, temperament, housetraining, etc. If your dog is from a southern state, heartworm disease is very prevalent and it is IMPERATIVE that the dog receive heartworm preventative on the EXACT date shown on the paperwork or the date that is provided by the rescue or veterinarian. Dogs need preventatives 12 months of the year, even in New England. If you miss or are late giving preventative, your dog most likely will become positive and require treatment which is expensive and invasive. There is a possibility that your dog may test positive for heartworm disease and require treatment even with consistent preventative.
In this case, we or your vet can advise the next step. We follow the American Heartworm Association's recommended treatment protocol and we do not advocate a "wait and see" approach which can result in damage to the heart and further complications. The rescue is not responsible for financing heartworm treatment or any other medical treatment or surgery. This is one of the most important pieces of owning a new rescue dog
. PLEASE understand that every dog that comes from a southern state needs a heartworm test 6 months after arrival into the state of Maine. We recommend an additional test at the one year mark after arrival, and then annually after that. If a puppy is younger than 6 months old, it is a waste of time and money to test their blood for heartworm disease - any dog younger than this will test negative. If your dog has come into your care younger than 6 months old, he or she NEEDS to have a test once they are fully six months old. Please don't hesitate to ask more
about heartworm disease and preventatives, or anything that you may have questions about on this application or regarding the policies and procedures of the rescue. Your signature on this page indicates that you have read the above notice and that you will provide monthly heartworm preventative year round for your adopted dog. Local dogs can absolutely get heartworm disease too. This form does NOT need to be physically signed until adoption but clicking "submit" acknowledges that you have read and understand all pages of this contract.
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