Ok this is just a vent but man it's getting outrageous
I constantly scan petfinder to see what dogs/puppies are out there.
Well I come by this cute little pug puppy in a local rescue group and his adoption fee is $600!!! PLUS $125 transportation fee. Hello!??!
So I figure *ok* maybe that's their typical fee on puppies, it's outrageous but I give them the benefit of the doubt until I click on a border collie puppy who is the same age and his adoption fee is only $200 with transportation included!!! ARGH!!!
I wrote them an email and this is their explanation - of course....
I ONLY posted these 2 dogs for 2 other rescues - these are NOT my rescues. They set the adoption donations based on vet expenses in their areas & based on age of dogs to cover vet expenses for ALL the dogs in their rescues - many of which have HUGE vet bills as they rescue from puppy mills in MO & IL - this pug pup has an eye injury. P.s. the b/c is in Arkansas has much cheaper vets than the pug which is in Illinois.
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...........but the adoption process goes through HER rescue. Whatever.
Rescues get no were near enough money in and if they get a pup in they think they can get a lot for then I think they should go for it. It only means the dogs still in their care will have better care. its expensive as hell to keep those dogs and they get no were enough back.
That said some are scams but if they have other dogs i'd doubt it.
Twenty dogs that all need a vet visit with spay and shots. So lets say a discounted rate the vet gives them this for 200$.
then you have the dogs who have some serioues issues which is probally more than half but I'll just go with a fourth. So five dogs need another 500$ worth of treatment(and remember its usally thing slike hips eyes etc that are in the thousands).
then you have all these new dogs plus the probally already thirty out in foster homes needing food that month. So forty$ for fifty dogs..
I think thats abot 8,500$
But its wrong to try to get a couple hundred out of a dog?
Most of the money spent on the dogs is sucked up by fosters and people pulling money out of their own pockett and if they can get just a little money back to help each month mroe power to them.
***Edited By: joce on 1/22/2007 1:35:20 PM*** Reason: b
Rescueing is costly by all means. But I agree if the "Pug" or any other rescue has major medical problems prices are adjusted to help counter the costs that have been taken out of pocket by either the foster or the rescue group itself. Most rescues are not for profit so any money brought is is spread out evenly and kept track of so that every purchase etc is on book for legal reasons.
Let me see if I can explain the difference in MY opinion.
There are two shelters here. A and B.
Shelter A takes in all the dogs that they can. The get them medical care, and try to get them good homes. Sometimes they get purebreds, sometimes they get mutts. These people charge more for a purebred, and for smaller dogs. They post in their adds that "this dog's fee is higher to help us pay for the dogs who don't bring in a high adoption fee, or for those who can never be adopted." So the little yorkie might cost $500, while the mixed australian shephard might cost $75.
Shelter B is a "small breed rescue" that takes in ONLY small, adoptable dogs. They accept only the yorkies, poos, and chis, and they flip them. Like some flip houses. They charge $500 for every dog, "because it is a small breed rescue".
Shelter A is using the price of the little yorkie, on the open market, to support their good cause of saving lives. It is worth more, and they can use that to help them save the lives of those who were not fortunate enough to be born a yorkie.
Shelter B is trying to make money, and is not helping dogs in need, they are flipping dogs, just like the real estate business of flipping houses. (*I wanted to add, that I am not saying that a breed specific rescues are in this class. If someone rescues IG's, then that is because they love the breed, and that is different. The rescue in question ONLY has good looking dogs for adoption. They have the dogs that are "in style" every week in the paper. And, while they say they will not accept large dogs, they have included a couple of purebred boxers in their list, because they were 'good looking' dogs that people would pay money for)
THAT is the difference. Don't base it off the price of one dog. Talk to the shelter and see what they believe in, and then make the decision as to whether or not they have practices that you can morally support.
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 1/22/2007 1:58:49 PM*** Reason: clarify
I would question this adoption fee, it sounds more like a breeder wanting to dump dogs than it does a legitimate rescue. Sadly, not everyone who places ads on petfinder are fine, upstanding, rescue people/groups. When in doubt, check them out just like you would a breeder. I, personally, would not adopt a dog from a rescue who was not a 501c not-for-profit organization. My rescue group rarely gets back what we've put into a dog for medical.
Not all rescues are created equal. Some are just breeds that pose as rescues and being non-profit doesn't mean much. Just one example is Gentle Giants in California. It's non-profit, but they also have adopters pay at least $400 cash, most like not reported. They also house all their dogs together, most intact, and have puppies available constantly. You need to look into a rescue just as much as you would a breeder.
There is a shelter called PAWS 2 HELP and they like bid there dogs. Most animal shelters here don't like her at all. That is alot of money to me at are pound it is 20-57 for adult dogs and 67 for puppies.
I drove 5 and 1/2 hours to see Big Jake and 3 and 1/2 hours to pick him up when he was able to go home. I paid $250 for him and was given all of his vett records. (he was 250 because he is a pure bred others are 150) Jake had Dermoids which are genetic in Rhodesian Ridgebacks. He almost lost his life, once when the owner opted to have him put dowwn because he couldn't afford the medical bills and another when he was so sick from this he weighed in at 70 lbs. His medical expenses were almost $3000. Thaat does not include feed, regular upkeep or what the rescue group has to put out for other dogs. I have been in rescue and know how expensive it can be. Most Rescuers are not in the business to make money, they do this for the love of animals and their big hearts. It's a tough business and unfortunately their are unscrpulous people out there, but most of the rescues arre on the up and up. Do your homework if you think a dog is too expensive, find out why the high cost, but more importantly go with a rescue that has set fees for their animals and hopefully you'll avoid the "flippers".
I think that fee is too high as well! Recovering some costs of a og that had vet bills, maybe. But considering it is a rescue and is in need of additional vet care by the adoptors...that is too high IMO.
First you an get an AKC puppy from a reputable breeder for that price. Secondly, Petfinder, if contacted will remove the ad. They only allow for reasonable adoption fees to be asked, and they also think 600 is not reasonable.
Maybe a breeder trying to sneak in a sale, it happens all the time.