My parents and I are looking for a female Black Labrador Retriever baby or young one to have as a pet. I have checked a lot of Labrador Retriever sites on the internet that offer puppies and they are all over $200.00 I found our last dog (Labrador Retriever) through a rescue association that is no longer in business. Does anyone have any leads that I can follow? I live in Southern California - close to Long Beach, CA.
Good luck with that. Even rescues generally charge more than that. You have to factor in the first shots, vet checks, workings, etc not including the cost to take care of the preggy mom, and pups from birth. Unless its an unvetted litter, you may have a hard time finding one at that price.
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Under $100? Okay... My sister just got a Labrador Retriever MIXED with German Shepherd. And she was only $40 and everyone mistakes her as full Lab so she just lets them beleive that. If you want her as just a PET why not get a mix that LOOKS like a full Lab?
I know you say you got your last lab for under $100, but when was that? I use to pay $1.89 a gallon for gas, but those days are long past. The price of everything has gone up, so thus rescues have to charge more just to break even. Since you have owned a dog before, you should know that buying the dog is the cheapest part. My son adopted a pit mix from the shelter in CA for less than a $100, and to date has now spent over $5000 in vet bills.
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Loriloveslabs: Go ahead and google "Lab Rescues" and narrow the search with your location, you should be able to find a good rescue that way. Or you can search for a lab rescue on Petfinder. I think many of my friends in this thread misunderstood you. I took you to mean that you would RATHER rescue a pup, you just didn't have the resources to find an appropriate rescue, am I right? There are still many rescues that will adopt a dog to you for under $100, you just have to look. Heck, our local rescue (Nebraska) has a few labs right now. And their adoption fee is usually $60, depending on their vet care. Good luck finding a pup, and God Bless you for wanting to adopt!
Around here (NJ) you can find inexpensive but healthy labs much cheaper than some other places because with all the marshes we have duck hunting is extremely popular. Walk down any street and you'll see plenty of them in people's yards. The shelters are full of lab mixes here too. I hope you will find the dog you are seeking in a shelter and rescue it but if you don't a good alternative is a coastal area where duck hunting is popular.
Here is a rule of thumb with dogs. The initial payment is just a down payment. Also, Many "cheap" purebreds are cheap for a reason. The reason is anyone with half a brain is going to steer clear of the dogs. Because what your paying for with a purebred, is the lineage. The papers that prove the ancestors were worthy of breeding. So, for me, cheap means "buyer beware". I am not saying that cheap purebreds are always bad, but buyer beware. and expensive dogs can be messed up. but I think you get the idea.
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I'm surprised you haven't found one. I see free Labs in our newspaper all the time, even with AKC papers. There should be one at a shelter for under the $200 I would think. CA has high prices though so what do you expect.