I was looking into helping my sister get an irish setter because i have an irish setter mix and when i was looking at the breed rescue it was like $200 for an irish setter. and I also saw $350 poodles for adoption and i find this rediculous at those prices you might as well buy a new dog. They don't have shelter fees because they have fosters and they feed and home the dogs. The website is free and all they are paying for is shots and fixing and there are low cost shelters all over town i think $100 should be the max of adopting dogs. What did you pat for your adopted dog?
depending on where you live, that's still a good price. I knwo it'd cost at least $120 to $150 for the spay alone in our area :P And you'd still have to have it done on any puppy you got, and any puppy that you paid so little for would have to be very poorly bred by a BYB>
when you consider all that has been done to a rescue dog while in foster care and consider all the money you would put out the first year alone if buying a puppy from a breeder, you will see that a 200 dollar adoption fee is really quite low and the most economical way to go.
any breeder you find selling irish setter puppies for less then 200 dollars is a breeder to run away from.
I agree with you, Scout. Kind of like buying a lab from a breeder for only $200. They should have written in the contract, "guaranteed to develop hip dysplasia". But, what can you expect from someone who looks at buying a dog the same as buying a car. Hmmm, should I buy new or used?
There is more to it than just vet care and spay or neuter. Many rescue people have to travel to get the dogs and need to eat and have some place to stay. Some dogs have to have many tests and some times corrective surgeries. Maybe one dog is inexpensive, then the next needs lots of care, it evens out. Also if a person is willing to put a good amount of money into their dog to get it, than they are more likely to take better care of it. I have learned quite a bit about rescue since we have adopted two from a rescue group. One cost us 750.00 and the other was 650.00. You can't put a price tag on love.
Shelters and rescues are sort of different things too. Of course they both rescue animals and find them homes.
Rescues are usually breed specific and usually don't have a not-for-profit status. They also are usually ran by a few people and some volunteers. They spend a lot of money on the animals they rescue.
Shelters are almost always not-for-profit. They have all breeds and mixes. They are ran by a lot more people and volunteers.
The shelter where I live (Idaho Humane Society- http://www.idahohumanesociety.org ) is not-for-profit, it's kind of big, it's ran by many people, and has a lot of volunteers. Adoptions are pretty inexpensive usually $100 give or take some. It depends but all of the adoptions come with a lot of stuff.
I know that our local Greyhound rescue costs, I think, at least $300 to adopt.
It all depends on where you live and what type of shelter or rescue it is.
I think that that price is pretty good. I think that as long as you know it's a reputable shelter, paying a a good price for a dog is a good thing. Not only for the care of the dog, but also to be sure that the people adopting the dog, will have the finances to take care of it and know that a price of ANY dog is going to be expensive down the road. The adoption fee is nothing compaired to what kind of money you will have to put into it for the rest of the dogs life. Not only that, but I personally don't mind paying more because I know it's going to a shelter or a rescue. I am sure they could use all the help they can get. Most of them are doing a wonderful thing...helping dogs all over the world and placing them in loving homes. You have to appreciate that!!!
I can tell you as someone who does breed specific rescue that often we spend a lot more on the dogs than $300.00!!!!! I've had dogs that cost in the thousands! We give them whatever they need to get healthy, we don't charge for food, collars, etc... We simply try to get some of the vet bills back which doesn't always happen, for the dogs that have smaller vet bills we ask for a donation on top of it to help off set the costs of the more expensive dogs.
If you want to go support a BYB go ahead, at least with a reputable rescue you will get health records, know what the dog is like, often times it's trained etc.....