So. There is a family friend who is in the process of having a child and can no longer keep their Maltese, female. I am aiding in rehoming her because they are somewhat English/The Real World of People Wanting Toy Breeds impaired. I know next to nothing about this dog except that she is not spayed but she does have her shots, she comes with all her stuff, and is potty trained. She is 2 years old.
Mind, we live in the northern NJ/NYC area, where demand for cute little dogs is high, and BYBs can charge $1000-3000 for tiny puppies and can get away with it. As much as the couple does not want to charge any money for their beloved family member (they think it'd be like selling off their daughter for money), I'm afraid there are a lot of crazies out there.
I do not know how much of an adoption fee to charge. I browse CL daily just too see what the damage is in the Pets section and someone was chewed out for trying to rehome his Yorkies for $75 apiece. He seemed legit but everyone insisted he was a fraud. Others get chewed out for charging $300-400 for 3 y/o JRTs and Cockers. But I also know that for a purebred Maltese who is only 2 years old, even if I charge only enough to cover her spay expenses, someone WILL be able to get away with selling her for more than that and be able to make a profit. Not that I'm saying every potential adopter will, but why am I so paranoid?
So I guess this is where the screening process kicks in. What do I do? Vet refs, interview? Why does everyone look so .. untrustworthy in my eyes? I guess it's after seeing all these scams and.. people dumping their dogs, blahblah.
Thanks in advance for any help!!
***Edited By: ntki on 12/30/2005 11:54:31 AM*** Reason: sp
I would seriously consider spaying the dog before re-homing it. That way, you know it would not fall into the hands of a puppy miller or backyard breeder. After all, what would they want a neutered or spayed dog for? They could only make money off of it once, by selling it.
Do the dog a favor and have her spayed before placing her. Good luck.
I have a friend who is re-homing her dog, because she has two, and they no longer get along. But she contacted a rescue, and asked for their help. Their arrangment was she agreed to "foster" the dog, and the rescue looked for potential homes. They did the application, the fees, screening all of that. They found a home for the dog, even let my friend communicate and interview the potential new mommy herself. I know its not the same as you actually approving and screening the person, but if you can find a good rescue organization, you should be able to feel pretty confident, if they have been doing it for a while, they know how to screen. just a suggestion.
If this dog was purchased from a responsible breeder, you should contact the breeder about rehoming the dog. My contract states that any dog that I breed must be returned to me if it needs to be rehomed (this is a common requirement in the contracts of responsible breeders). I carefully screen prospective homes (including a home inspection) and, when the dog is sold, the money is returned to the original owner, minus my expenses (spay/neuter costs, for example).
If the dog was not purchased from a responsible breeder, screen your prospective homes carefully (this includes a home inspection at the new home) and spay the dog before it goes to it's new home.
I don't recommend "giving" the dog away. The ability and willingness to pay a reasonable price is a reflection of the new owner's ability and willingness to accept the financial responsibility of caring for the dog properly.
I just had to rehome one of my dogs because he was increasingly becoming very aggressive towards my other dog and had attacked him several times. I called vets, shelters and friends. I said I would keep Max until the right family was found. My friends had some friends that met the perfect situation. They even live very close to me. I would not just give Max to anyone. They had to meet my standards. I "gave" him away, no charge. He is a purebreed JRT. I just wanted him to be happy and loved and safe. I did not want to make any money on him. He was already neutered and up to date on all of his shots. I trust these people because they are friends of a friend. Win/Win situation for everybody. Good luck. How much does the Maltese weigh?
One contact may be your vet to see if any of their clients are looking for a small times, I've placed a few rescue dogs this way with great success...the vet techs knew of families that had recently lost pets and were ready to start looking for a new member of the family.