Deposits are $500 and applied to the final amount owing when the pup is ready to go. Deposits are required to secure a spot on the waiting list or to pick a particular puppy. This allows me to dedicate as much time as possible to my adoptive families that are genuinely serious about adoption.
Deposits are accepted via personal cheque, e-transfer or cash in person.
If paying by E-transfer: the final payment is to be completed (sent by buyer, and received by Ravine Acres) BEFORE pick up. E-transfer should be sent minimum 12 hours prior to the pick up schedule as it often times will not register in my account for a while. If you do not feel comfortable sending e-transfer before hand please pay in cash, I absolutely understand the reservation of paying in full prior to pick up.
If paying by cash: final payment is due upon pick up. We do not accept personal cheques .
Deposits are non-refundable. This assures me only the families that have done their research into the breed and are fully ready for a new family member apply. If you place a deposit for an upcoming pup, I ask that I have 8 months to fill the request as I don't want to just place a dog with you, I want to ensure we have the right fit. If you have a specific time frame in which you prefer to take your pup home, we will accept deposits only if you are flexible with adoption criteria. We will produce all colors & sizes that an aussie comes in, however have no control over what we end up with in a litter.
If you are VERY particular regarding size/sex/color, we ask for up to 24 months. We have litters born throughout the year, it is very likely that your request will be filled with in several months, however we can not 100% predict what nature has in store for us. I have received a very large number of difficult to please adoptive families lately, if you are picky, I will need time to fulfil your requests. Please understand this. We will provide as many options as possible for adoption, selecting only puppies which we feel would be a positive match both with personality and looks.
Once puppies are born, we will be waiting until the puppies are 5-6 weeks old prior to potentially fitting puppies with their prospective families. Once we have figured out where each puppy is heading in color/personality/size, I will start letting families know. I will supply a personality profile and photos of the pup(s) that I feel fit the criteria best.
We will be taking weekly photos of all puppies from birth. Once we have an idea of who is best fitted to what family, we can forward a compilation of photos from birth on, to get you updated on what has progressed thus far. Once you have your pup picked out, we will try to keep you updated every 10 days to 2 weeks or so, photos will accompany the update. We will not be sending puppy photos until I have a good idea of what puppies would fit int your adoptive criteria best, I find that it overwhelms people, making the puppy selection much more complicated than it really should be.
Once you have your pup picked out, this pup will be marked as 'sold' and we will not be offering it to anyone else. If you change your mind or your circumstances change, we offer to move the deposit to the next available litter up to the age of 6 weeks. If the pup is older than 6 weeks, we will honor half of the deposit ($200 of the $500) towards the next litter. Being that we have already reserved that particular puppy for you, we are counting on you to adopt that particular pup. Of course we will find a fantastic home for the pup that you had reserved, however when the puppy is reserved for a family, I will turn away potential fantastic adoptive families due to the fact that it has a home lined up.
At birth we will give you a tentative date for potential pick up. We reserve the right to keep the puppy a bit longer if we feel it is in his best interest. We spend a LOT of time with the pups, know when each individual is not only mentally but also physically ready for their new adventure. We just want my pups to get the best start possible, everyone is happier that way!