Mulberry Farm Kennel's
  Adoption Procedures
 
**  Last Updated :  May 24, 2015  **


DUE TO THE LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE asking to be notified about available puppies than the actual number of such puppies, we can no longer accept application Forms from people who wish to be on a "waiting/notification list".
However, our policies regarding a deposit  are as follows...


Deposit is $500 and will be applied to the purchase price of a puppy.  Deposits will only be accepted from people who have been pre-screened and who qualify (please see "Restrictions" list below) to adopt one of our pups.

A deposit is to show a commitment  to purchase. Please think carefully before making a deposit.  If you decide not  to purchase a puppy, your deposit will be forfeited.  All deposits are non-refundable.
In the event that the puppy you've chosen is critically injured or dies before you come to pick him up, you will get the choice of the next available puppy.

The adoption fee is the purchase price of the puppy, minus the $500 deposit.
Deposits and final payments must be made in the form of either a Cashiers Check, Money Order or cash... there will be absolutely no exceptions!

People who submit a deposit will be either e-mailed or phoned to arrange a date & time for when their puppy may be picked up.  If more than one person wants the same pup, the breeder will decide who is best suited for that particular puppy.  The breeder will take various factors into consideration in this process, including personality & size of pup, whether the potential owner's home environment will suit a particular puppy, and how long a person/family has been waiting since they submitted their deposit.

All sold puppies are to be picked up by their 8 week birth date or the weekend immediately following their 8 week birth date, unless prior arrangements have been made with Mulberry Farm owners.  It is up to the buyer to contact Mulberry Farm owners to arrange a pickup date and time.
Additional time that the puppy is here prior to pickup will be considered board, and subsequently billed at $30.00 per day.


* RESTRICTIONS *

Mulberry Farm will no longer sell puppies  to . . .
  1. Families with more than one child under 6 years old, unless we can see
    the children interact with our puppies
       (Click to find out why! )
  2. People who are away from home for more than four (4)
    consecutive hours per day
       (Click to find out why! )
  3. Families which already have two (2)* or more dogs in their home.
    *(This is subject to a case-by-case review )
  4. People who smoke tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and/or pipes)
  5. People who would need a puppy shipped to them by air;  however..., OR ...
  6. We, the breeder, reserve the right to cancel the sale of any puppy prior to the pick-up date and time set forth by us if  it becomes apparent to us that a prospective client is unsuitable for one of our dogs.
      We, the breeder, reserve the right to cancel the sale of any puppy prior to the pick-up date and time set forth by us if  it becomes apparent to us that a prospective client is unsuitable for one of our dogs.  General visits to Mulberry Farm are by appointment on weekdays between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and weekends when no puppies are being picked up (and  the weather conditions are favorable).
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      We will not place our puppies in homes with more than one child under 6 years old, unless we can see the children interact with our puppies.  This is both for the safety of the puppy *and* your child(ren).
When the puppies leave our home, they typically weigh between 3 to 5 pounds.  Children can easily hurt a small puppy.  Even with the best of intentions, accidents happen.  Please trust our judgement on this.

       These restrictions are made in EVERYONE'S best interest!
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      The breeder does not sell dogs to people who need to leave the puppy alone all day because a puppy is similar in intelligence and needs to a one- or two-year-old child.  To leave a puppy alone all day... either in a crate or enclosed in a room... is similar to leaving a toddler alone in a crib or a room.  With no (human) socialization, companionship or interaction all day, the puppy will be frantic and frightened by the time someone comes home.  The caregiver... now home from work... has to cook a meal and take care of many things.  There is not enough time to take proper care of a puppy.  For example, an 8-12 week old puppy needs to be taken outdoors or put on paper every few hours to be properly house-trained.  At the same time, the puppy needs socializing and obedience training to become a good member of the family.  All of these things need to be started immediately... or certainly should be... when the puppy is brought home from the breeder.  Young puppies can be waking up and needing to go out at 2 A.M. or 3 A.M., and later will last perhaps from an 11 P.M. walk til 5 or 6 o'clock in the morning.  After their "walk", they need at least 30-45 minutes of playtime, then feeding, then "walking" again and more playtime.
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      We do *not* ship puppies because of the great risks involved
(e.g., extended layovers at airports resulting from stepped-up security), but we WILL refer to some selected breeders in other parts of the country.
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