Since we are purely a research group, we run only off of grant money. Our team continues to apply for more so that we can sequence the samples that we have waiting on the free participation list. The good news is that we have been able to slowly, but consistently send out free participation samples with the grant money that we have. 🙂
In order to combat this wait time issue, we made Darwin’s Ark into a non-profit so that owners can fund their own dog if they do not want to wait for more grant money to come in.
You are more than welcome to remain participating for free, meaning we will eventually support your dogs sample to be sequenced. The timeline for that is a bit unpredictable though as things like this take time. If you do not want to wait any longer, then we have that option for owners to fund their dogs sample for $99.00 if we have it here at the lab.
I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have any further questions.