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Some of our Policies
Some of our Policies
WE DO NOT SELL TO ANYONE UNDER 18
WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT.
We realize that many people who are under 18 make wonderful caregivers to animals. However, because we do offer a written guarantee that requires our signature and a purchasers’ signature, if the person buying a pet is under 18 years of age, we require that a person over the age of 18 is present at the time of purchase to sign our Health Guarantee / Sales Contract.
(By signing, the person over 18 accepts the terms of the agreement as described on the Health Guarantee / Sales Contract and he or she understands that they are assuming all responsibility for the pet.)
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT OF REFUSAL
We may refuse the sale if ...
We feel that a person is not ready to make the type of commitment needed to care for the pet properly. Sometimes we may suggest that they wait until their situation changes and they are better prepared for this responsibility and commitment.
If an animal seems too immature to let go to a new home or if it appears even a bit off (unhealthy) in any way, we may need to ask you to wait.
Everyone has the privilege of choosing where they are willing to purchase something from, but when our decision involves buying pets, we all need to be especially mindful and be sure we are making a wise and informed decision. Likewise, the seller has the privilege of choosing who, where, when and to decide if they are willing to sell something living to just anyone. Unfortunately, there will always be people who will sell anything to anyone but an ethical breeder knows that he or she has a responsibility to their pets and to their customers. They know that they need to be extremely mindful before agreeing to part with any pet. Sometimes that may mean saying NO!
NO REFUNDS NO EXCHANGE
We do not rent out our pets.
Ask yourself…would you want to buy an animal from a breeder who takes back animals not knowing where they have been or what they have been exposed to?
When someone is purchasing a pet from a breeder they are putting their faith in the breeder and they want to know that the breeder can back their guarantee.
When we agree to sell you a pet, it is because we were lead to believe by you, that you have already done your research and that you are well-prepared and 100% committed to taking the pet home, where it will be well-cared for by you, for the rest of it’s life.
If we did not feel that you were serious and committed, we would not have agreed to sell you the pet.
We never pressure anyone in to purchasing any pet from us or anywhere else. The decision to do so is entirely your own to make.
Once an animal leaves our home a person may choose to return it to us but he or she will not be provided with a refund. We will not give them a credit towards a future purchase and we certainly would not be willing to purchase the animal from them.
If for any reason, you feel the need to return a pet that you have purchased then it is you who has made a mistake. Somewhere during in the process, at some point while doing your research, until the time when you decided to make the commitment to purchase the pet, you neglected or forgot something. We all know that when we make mistakes or poor choices, they are usually costly. When dealing with pets, mistakes are costly for you and for the animal.
If you choose to bring the animal back and accept your loss, if we accept responsibility for that animal it will be considered as a surrender (we have a few pages dedicated to surrendering pets and foster animals on our site).
We are not always able to take in animals. We need to be able to accommodate them comfortably and have the time needed to care for them properly. If we do take them in they will be cared for just like all our animals. It will not be offered for resale right away and it will not be returned to you.
It is important to understand that whenever we take an animal into our home, whether we have purchased it for our selves or if it comes in as a foster, we follow a very strict quarantine protocol. We do not make exceptions.
Every animal is placed in quarantine for 10 days or longer if needed, because we need to make sure they are healthy and time to assess their behavior. While in quarantine, they will be treated (as a precaution) for parasites and they will receive a fungal bath. They will receive a premium, good quality diet and then when we feel it is safe to release them, we will do so.
If we have not found a good home for them we will post their picture on foster page on our site and offer them for a small fee. By this time, we have invested a fair amount of time and money into caring for the animal and we never expect to recoup these expenses, but we will eventually find a good home for them.
If you don’t not agree with our no refund policy you may want to hold off getting a new pet. You may need to do more research until you truly understand the commitment that is needed when purchasing any animal.
When mistakes are made irresponsibly, the breeder, the purchaser and the animal suffer. So be sure you are making the right choice and always do your research before purchasing any pet.
Haggling over price just isn't something we do!
We do not negotiate or discount our prices on animals.
If you cannot afford to purchase a pet right now perhaps it is better to wait until you are in a better financial position to do so. ‘Remember, there are additional costs of owning a pet after you make the initial purchase’
Sometimes people trying to get a "deal" feel that by telling us that they feel that an animal is not worth the value of what we are asking for it and they try to negotiate with us. We are not interested! Instead of trying to get a "deal" ask yourself "Why would any good breeder want to sell someone a pet knowing the person buying it can not afford to buy it or is someone who does not value its worth". We are never in a hurry to sell one of our pets and are perfectly fine with someone choosing not to buy one from us. If you truly feel that an animal is overpriced or do not want to pay the price for the animal from us then we actually do prefer that you look around until you find one that is within your price range. There will always be someone trying to sell things, looking to make a quick sale. If you are comfortable purchasing a pet from some like that, then you may want to rethink why it is you are wanting a new pet.
To find something within your budget, you may need to shop around.
Our prices are fair!
And they are not negotiable.
We are breeders who take pride in caring for our pets and taking the time to educate others about caring for them. We are never in a hurry to sell one of our pets and know they all find homes quick enough. We are committed to raising animals properly and ethically. We never cut corners and never deprive our animals of having everything they need food, a clean warm and dry shelter, medical care etc. (Veterinary care can be very expensive.) We know from our own experiences that raising pets is not a cheap hobby and if it is, then something is not right.
If you feel that you can not afford the price, then you need to ask yourself what you’ll do if your pet gets injured.
When we price our pets there is a lot to consider and we can only hope that we break even. Our prices are determined after first considering what it costs to raise them, (supplies, lineage, the amount of time it takes to raise a successful litter and to care for our animals properly) and some other factors that influence prices (listed below).
Availability – Some species are seasonal breeders and therefore there are more babies available at certain times of the year. Late fall through early spring, the time when many people stick closer to home and want to add a bit of sunshine to their lives by bringing a new pet home. For us, this is the time of year when the demand is highest, but the availability is lowest. Prices are affected by the lack of availability.
Gender – Quite often the males of certain species may be offered for sale at slightly lower prices than that of a female of the same species. Many species are not monogamous, and one male will mate with several females and he can sire a litter numerous times throughout the year. A female on the other hand, can only reproduce a set number of times each year. Therefore, when they are housed in captivity, a breeder may not keep as many males as they would females.
This is ideal for people looking for a pet. Males of some species are known to form better bonds with their caregivers. They are not usually nest protective and their personality is more consistent than females that experience hormonal changes when she is nesting.
Colour Variety- A lot of breeders specialize in raising rare and unusual colour morphs. If they are rare that means that there are not as many available. Colour morphs are a result of genetic inheritance and while there certainly can be some degree of predictability there is not always a guarantee that this colour morph will reproduce itself regularly. Often a single gene may be dominant and override the other gene so these colours can be more challenging to reproduce. If you want to save a bit, why not consider a more common colour. It could save you a bit of money and you will still have a pet that you will enjoy.
Age- When selecting a new pet, a lot of people believe that younger animals make better pets even though that is not always the case. The longer the baby stays with its mother the more opportunity he or she will have to learn from her. Of course, all babies must leave the nest eventually but to be fair to you and the pet, never buy a pet that is too young especially one that has been weaned too early. Babies that are weaned too young can develop physical and psychological health issues that can affect the animal throughout its life, which often becomes problematic for the pet owner.
It is a natural part of human nature that when we are looking for a new pet we tend to gravitate towards nurturing and watching baby animals mature into an adult. Baby animals often have the look of innocence which we humans find very attractive but then as they age some people who are choosing a new pet might find them less appealing and choose one that is younger. This is not always a wise choice. While the experience is cute it is important to accept that often caring for young animals can be more demanding more so when a person needs to care for a newly weaned baby. We also need to remind ourselves that a baby animal is only a baby for a very short time, they are not developed physically or mentally yet. Animals start to mature quickly, as it matures it’s looks will change and although we may be able to influence its personality somewhat, we need to consider that personality is also influenced by heredity. Sometimes considering a pet that is a bit older is a wiser choice. Occasionally, some breeders who need to sell the pet, attempting to make them a little more appealing to a person buying a new pet, may be a little more flexible and willing to adjust prices on older animals. This is not always the case because most good breeders never need to sell a pet.
We always suggest to breeders looking to add another pet to a breeding program that it is often better to purchase an animal after it has had more time to mature. Teenage pets or better still, proven breeders from 'good quality' stock are often the best choice. You may not always save money when purchasing an older animal and in some cases it may even cost a little more, but you’ll have a better idea of what the animal looks and acts like after it has matured a bit and you’ll be in a better position to decide if it is the right fit for you or your breeding program.
Our price are FIRM and non-negotiable however if would like, you are welcome to email us your name, email address, phone number and you include the price that you are willing to pay, should we find ourselves in a position where we are looking for a buyer in a few weeks, we may be willing to contact you to let you know that we have adjusted our prices and posted the price on our website.