I saw two chi's on Petfinder today and sent an email to inquire about them. The ad wasn't off, per say, but I was taken aback when I saw another one for the same agency calling the pups designer. So anyway, they replied to my email by copying the application into the body, no biggie, but the ending made me scratch my head.
"The adoption fee for PUREBRED and DESIGNER puppies
This is payable in CASH only!!!"
So I guess I'm wondering if this is legit. For those of you who work in rescue, are your adoption fees higher for pure breeds? Do you mention the dogs being "designer" in your listings? I didn't want to include the name of the place on this thread, but if you want to check it out, let me know.
I think they are crazy to ask sooo much being a rescue! They usually have at the highest 300 in our area.And thats with a sick animal that has had alot of vet bills/meds. And they should DEFINETELY not list anything as a designer dog as this would make BYB list them in this way also...Just my opinion but I'd go elsewhere.Could this be a BYB that is stating its a rescue?
I'm thinking the same thing; I guess that's why I posted to stop myself from jumping to the wrong idea. I'm going to look elsewhere ( I actually decided that prior to sending the email), I just wanted to see what others thought.
One of the humane societies near me typically charges $90 for an adult dog. The fee can double (or even quadruple) for small adults or "highly desireable" dogs (read: purebred puppies that aren't labs or pits). On the flip side, the fee is cut in half for adult dogs that have been lanquishing at the shelter. They clearly explain their pricing policy. It's not emotional. If they charge more for one pup that's going to be adopted before the sun sets, they can pay for another dog's surgery so he can live to be adopted next month.
Perhaps you can ask for an explanation of their pricing. How they respond will tell you what their motivation is.
That is because BYB and Puppymills are using the site to sell puppies and saying it is an adoption fee to get around the no breeder listings. Same with Craigslist. It is better to contact the parent club of the particular breed you are interested in, as they normally have there own rescue program with much more reasonable adoption fees. If you are going to be paying $500 why not contact a reputable breeder and look for a pet quality puppy. But Chi's are naturally expensive because they normally have really small litters.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
There's a poodle rescue here that charges $300 to $800 in "adoption" fees for Standard Poodles.
When I asked on the forum if this was a bit much for rescue, I was ripped up one side and down the other for objecting to such fees. I was told how much this cost and that cost, etc. etc.
Then I got into rescue for a short time again and the rescue paid to get the dogs I was fostering up to date on shots and I paid for all the food, transportation, grooming, etc. That was expected of a volunteer.
I think that rescue groups who ask for such high fees just drive people into the hands of less than ethical breeders because there is little or no difference in an adoption fee for a rescue and the cost of a byb puppy.