http://www.aarpmagazine.org/money/Articles/a2004-04-16-mag-refund.html
Putting the Fun in Refund
May & June 2004
Eight ways that big fat check from the IRS can change your life!

Bring Home a Best Friend
A puppy's floppy ears and oversized paws won't just tug at your heartstrings. A pooch can provide companionship and encourage you to exercise.
You could get a pup free at the animal shelter, but you won't be sure if you'll have Toto or Marmaduke when the dog matures. If you want specific characteristics, consider a thoroughbred. You'll pay $750 to $1,500 or more for a pure-bred dog. Spring for one with great bloodlines and champion ancestors, and he may even earn a few bucks occasionally; stud fees range from $250 to $750.
Now's a great time to buy, as many breeders time their litters to arrive in the spring, says breeder Linda Ciocci of New Haven, Connecticut. Also, it's easier to train a puppy with lots of warm weather ahead.
While at the breeder's, spend time with the pup's parents (the mother, at least) and siblings to see how the breed behaves, advises Gail Miller, a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club in New York City.

Three gentle, easy-to-train breeds: the Portuguese water dog (active and won't shed), the Yorkshire terrier (small and intelligent), and the greyhound (mellow and large). See dogbreedinfo.com or the American Kennel Club's website for more information.
Or go to your local ASPCA and pick out a dog nearly for free!
Or go to your local ASPCA and pick out a dog nearly for free!

I've been in animal shelters - not rescues, shelters - that ask for $150 donations for adoptions. That's still less than most people pay to most breeders, but it's not nearly free.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If the Bush tax cuts really create 300,000 jobs/month through 2004, it will have cost $871,046 per job
Or go to your local ASPCA and pick out a dog nearly for free!

I've been in animal shelters - not rescues, shelters - that ask for $150 donations for adoptions. That's still less than most people pay to most breeders, but it's not nearly free.

I've found that the more rural, the cheaper (or free) the dog is where shelters are concerned. Its $75, or was a couple of years ago, here in Charleston. Drive west, from the coast, and the adoption fees get cheaper. Go into a very rural community and you can get a dog for free.

Tara
I've found that the more rural, the cheaper (or free) the dog is where shelters are concerned. Its $75, or ... and the adoption fees get cheaper. Go into a very rural community and you can get a dog for free.

That's a good point - the ones I have in mind are in the NYC metro area. At the county shelter here I think the adoption fee is kind of high, but it's an ambitious shelter (I don't agree with a lot of what they're doing) with high expenses, plus it's a college town and that kind of skews things.
Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

If the Bush tax cuts really create 300,000 jobs/month through 2004, it will have cost $871,046 per job
There's also nothing wrong with driving a few miles and looking at animals in different shelters. You can dog and price shop if that is important to you. Good luck!
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I've found that the more rural, the cheaper (or free) the dog is where shelters are concerned. Its $75, or was a couple of years ago, here in Charleston. Drive west, from the coast, and the adoption fees get cheaper.

I paid $80 for a pom 4 years ago in Wilmington, DE. Came neutered, UTD on shots and with a free vet visit.
Elizabeth
Good deal. Of course, the best thing about it is the dog!