I just read an ad for someone wanting a free dog. I dont think this person should have a dog at this time.
"i am looking for anyone that is giving away a young purebred puppy,prefer female.either chocolate or yellow. i am on a very tight budget,and can't afford to buy one.but my baby boy leaves in two to three months for iraq for the army national guard,and he has always wanted a lab puppy,but my budget will not allow it at this time.and i want to give him something to always look forward to while he's gone,can anyone please help me give my son a little happiness before he goes of to war.i would be deeply in your debt.thank to all,and god bless,and always remember our boys and girls in your prayers at night defending our country. prefer someone living within 100 miles of our home in spencerville,ohio "
I would never give this person a dog. What would happen if the dog got hurt? How can you have a dog if you dont have any money. Also, when he is gone, the puppy grows up and he would miss the best part of a dog, puppyhood. Wait until he is back and you can afford a dog.
Lots of ads make me have to restrain myself from emailing the people involved. Lots of people looking for purebred animals. Like "wanted miniature doxie, willing to pay 0-400". Or "I'm on welfare and my daughter's toy poodle died. Want another one, can only afford free". Or ads where the person says they have little kids and want an innapropriate dog.. " I have a 3 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old. I want a teacup chi. Willing to pay 500."
I feel bad... But I figure most people won't respond to a want ad.. These people would have to do the legwork, and might find what they wanted if they did..
I think all situations are different. There are many programs out there to help people who don't have the funds to provide vet care. Going to the vet is expensive, no matter who you are. If these people are aware of the programs that can help them and have used them in the past, then ask for a letter of reference from the vet who provided these services. Here is what I copied from a pamphlet from my vet (from when i use to have animals):
Question - We shouldn't help low income pet owners - if they can't afford a pet they shouldn't be allowed to get one!
Answer - It's not a question of whether low-income folks should have pets; they do. This segment of society has more animals and more intact animals than any other. The problem is that they can't afford the most basic of care for their pets; sterilization, basic wellness services which include vaccinations and de-worming. And I have found through the clinics I have run that many of our low-income neighbors can be good pet owners if given a helping hand. Needing help isn't wrong. Not giving it is. And it is the fiscally responsible move for our community to make as well - we all save when we lower the cost for taxpayers who pay the price for animal control. This is a community problem that we all pay for. Solving the tragedy of pet-over population through prevention is a win-win situation for all of us - pet owners as well as our neighbors who do not own a pet. And the animals are the biggest winners in this solution!
That's true Dizzy, there are many low cost shot plans, I've seen some packages offered pretty cheap through PetCo and the shelters near my house. The shelter even spays/neuters for free if you live in Chicago.
Of course, if I have a litter of puppies I would not go skimming the newspaper looking for people who want free dogs.
a bit off topic, but it was mentioned shelter dogs. yes they are 'cheaper', but i didnt realize, in this day and age, there are still shelters that adopt out intact animals!!! that's just perpetuating the need for shelters in my opinion. how can they not sterilize??? i was amazed when i found this out. i think its in new jersey (correct me scout if i am wrong) that shelters give out 'vouchers' for spay/neutering based on how much $$$ is left in the general fund for the county/shelter. seems ridiculous to me.
and while i dont necessirily think that money makes fro a responsible owner, i think that if you have less your pets will have less. medical care, food, toys, etc. we make good livings both of us and i still am on the vets payment plan for my cat's surgery ($1400) on jan 3rd. she died mar 1. but, we did all we could financially and otherwise to give her the best. adn we weighed the financials of having 2 dogs, all the pricey stuff and decided we make plenty. after the kitty though i will be sure to have a oet reserve of 500-1000 for emergencies. you will probably not see that kind of plannin ahead from people looking for free pets.
how many episodes of animal cops are there, people in 'projects', with animals that have been calle don for one injury or another, adn the animal ends up seized because the people cant afford a vet? do shelters offer sliding scales from the vets on staff. my lame a$$ spca doesnt even have a vet.
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 3/21/2005 12:09:43 PM*** Reason: .
When we adopted Bowen, we were given a voucher for spay/neuter at certain vets offices, and we had to sign a contract that said we'd get him neutered within 2 months of having him. Which of course we did, he was about 10 or 11 weeks old when we got him.
However, I know someone who adopted a dog from the same shelter a bout a year later, and didn't spay their dog and she ended up having 8 puppies... 6 of which ended up back a a shelter.. she's spayed now but I wish that the HS had reclaimed the dog from her for being an irresponsible owner.
The two HS I have worked out give out vouchers to be done with in a couple of months or when animal is 6 months of age. Unless they are certain breeds or they have reservation about the people actally having the animal altered. Then they send the animal in to be done before the new owners can pick them up.
The one back home would keep track of people we applied with them. Those that do not get a black ball report and can no longer adopt an animal from them.
Ads like this one should immediately send up a warning flag. "Bunchers"- the low-lifes who collect dogs (and cats) for Class B breeders to sell to research facilities- are given orders to collect a certain type or breed of dog.
They do this in several ways. 1. Pounds. Animal control often only asks for a $5 fee on a neutered/spayed animal- that's a $20-45 profit for he buncher.
2. Theft. Yep, they're quite famous for stealing pets right out of their own backyards (one very good reason to NOT allow your dog to stay outside while no one can supervise). This is FULL profit. For example- notorious Class B miller/dealer C.C. Baird was found to possess a LARGE quantity of pets that matched "missing" ads and were reclaimed by their owners. Who knows how many died in his kennels- or were already sold off?
3. "Free to gooed home"ads. They answer these ads more frequently than anyone would want to know. They bring a child accomplice along, pull out all the charm- in the hopes of fooling you into handing that pet over to their "good home".
4. The applicable one. WANT ads. Yes, these people are THAT cruel. They make up sob stories- "Fluffy died and my child is heartbroken- please replace her beloved pet!" and other crap, like this one. They try to pull at your heartstrings. People forget their good sense when emotion come into play. I'd be willing to put MONEY on it- that this person is not who she claims. Labs are a very common breed- one found in shelters all over the country for pocket change. But "free" means more profit for the buncher- and less work. People just BRING them the dogs- they don't have to lie on adoption forms. And yes- people are stupid enough to fall for this over and over.
If you want to play devil's advocate- contact this woman! Tell her you just had a litter of purebred labs last summer- and weren't able to move them. Ask her if she'd like one- and if she knows of "good homes" for the others. If I'm right about this ad- and I PROBABLY am- she'd be happy to take all of them off your hands. :(
If this makes you sick to your stomach, it should. NEVER place a pet up for "free" adoption. NEVER adopt to someone without serious investigation (and people WONDER why rescue groups are so stringent??). NEVER leave your pet where strangers can get to them. And if you lose your dog- act IMMEDIATELY. This is what a buncher DOES- they watch the shelters and AC facilities- send in friends to make the "adoptions". They'll act fast- you need to, too.
My bf and I don't have much money. We are both in college, he has an internship all day at a hospital that he does not get paid for and I work a little job and earn about $275 a month. I pay rent, all of my bills, my tuition, etc. all by myself. Im sure everyone knows that $275 a month cant even pay the rent. And I have two dogs. And they are the most spoiled dogs in the world. They get bought new toys everytime Im out, have a ton of treats, quality dog food, are spayed/neutered, get their heartworm/flea guard every month, and go to the vet everytime they are sick. When Summer had kennel cough, I brought Ace in for medicine..just in case.
I know that no one singled me out personally, but I just felt like I should add in that just because someone doesnt have much money doesnt mean they wont treat their dogs like royalty.
I don't think yu should give the pets free,but I think they should be given at a more affordable price. I've been looking for a rescue pet and most fof them costs more than I can afford at this time. I have a dog now and I always take the money when he needs a vet. He's 12 years old and up to date with his shots. Don't make the rescue dogs so expensive and more people could afford to buy them.
We've had this argument in past. Rescues have to have the money to provide for the rest of the dogs in the rescue's care, and part of the cost you are paying is to be spayed or neutered. Here, rescue dogs are 100-300 depending upon the rescue.
I agree w/ ya'll....Speaking now from experience...Dogs are very expensive especially puppies!!! All the shots that they need when they are young and spaying and neutering, (side note: spend the money and have it done early and don't put your female through pregnacy if you are not a breeder, b/c if your dog needs to have a c-section it is at the least $500 or more!!!!) OK I am done, sorry to vent!!! :)
How will they buy food, heartworm meds, and etc. ???
Save your money and wait until he comes home so he can enjoy the puppy, that is the funnist time!!! :) (don't think funniest is a word but oh well)
I don't think just because some one can't afford to buy a puppy for 200 to 500 dollars mean they are a bad person.
Most of the time the only vet bills you need to pay are for shots and to have the animal altered. In most places there are low cost places to go to have your animal altered.
If an emergancy does come up most vets will work with you on a payment plan or something can usually be worked out.
Also it can be just as expensive to get an animal from the shelter as it is to buy a purebred.
When I got my shepherd from the shelter she had come in with a dog bite. They didn't treat it so when I got her two months later it had healed over. My vet said that it was just a hot spot. But with in the week it had absessed (sp) and I had to take her in. They drained it, but it came back two days later. Which I then had to take her back in and they had to do surgury. They cut her neck from right under the ear to right under the throt and put in a drain tube in.
By the time you added the adoption fee, and the vet bill up I spent enough on her to have bought a registered shepherd.
***Edited By: langniappe on 3/21/2005 12:57:32 PM*** Reason: reworded last paragraph
They usually are a scam and people just want a free dog. I hate to sound heartless here, but I've seen it locally happen. IF they can't afford a dog or save for one, who says they will be able to pay for emergency and proper care.
Funny-female and purebred! I have a friend that is also a small breeder. She had a puppy that had a heart murmer and a woman just fell in love with it. She fully disclosed everything about the condition and the woman told her she'd love it no matter how long it lived. Well, she found out the woman sold it later, after my friend practically gave it to her. Made some nice profit and didn't disclose the problem. My friend was disgusted! So I mentioned that the woman would need a brokers licensed to do what she has done and I think just maybe my friend may see her in trouble!
You know I think people alot of times when they think about getting a dog, they don't think about the responsiblity of raising and loving and taking care of another living, breathing, creature. I guess they think oh, well if it gets old, sick or whatever just take it to the pound. It costs to take good care of an animal and thats whats they deserve. They are apart of the family.(or should be)My grandfather took off a little fox terrier. He took her across town and dumped her because she was pregnant. I guess he thought she might find a home. (this has been umteen years ago) But, he took her clear across Fort Worth, Tx. on the other side of where they lived. About 2wks. later, one day here coming walking up this little dog. My grandfather litterly cried, and said NEVER AGAIN would he do that to an animal. She loved them so much that he thought how could he do that, and so they kept her and found good homes for the puppies. But not everybody would be that compassionate.