Cruising Petfiner, trying to help my mom find a dog, I came across this:
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2445593 What is wrong with people that they are charging $500 to "adopt" a dog? He has no medical issues that they have to cover, and their other dogs are much cheaper - they sold a pom for $250, the others are $100-150. Is it the smallness? The AKC registration? Do they just not want him to be adopted? do a lot of rescues have sliding scale adoption fees based on the desirability of the dog? The laws of supply and demand, I suppose. :P
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I think so - there's a lot more demand for toy-sized dogs. The economics of dog rescue are kind of a mess and I'm not sure how they can be straightened out. On the one hand the barrier to adoption needs to be high enough to keep the likelihood of a dog going to a good home as high as possible, but if the barrier is too high (and a $500 adoption fee might be, depending on breed) it's going to encourage people who want a dog to buy one from less than completely reputable sources.

Some rescues do better than others at striking a good balance. But if a Yorkie is going to cost more than $500 anyway, and the demand is high, this kind of adoption fee is not going to tend to push aspiring owners out to disreputable breeders.

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Cruising Petfiner, trying to help my mom find a dog, I came across this: http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2445593 What is wrong with people ... scale adoption fees based on the desirability of the dog? The laws of supply and demand, I suppose. :P Jana

Not only is it wrong but the rescue should be reported to the AKC for transferring registration papers. When a dog enters a shelter or rescue program, the AKC is supposed to be notified and the registratoin voided w/papers either sent in to the AKC or torn up. This rescue appears to be brokering or peddling.

Tara
Rescue groups get paid by the people who give them the dog. And then they get paid by the people they sell the dog to.
I don't see a problem with that. Any smart rescue would make money wherever they can, because it would allow them to rescue more dogs and have more social functions and parties.
Where's the problem?
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Cruising Petfiner, trying to help my mom find a dog, I came across this: http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2445593 What is wrong with people ... scale adoption fees based on the desirability of the dog? The laws of supply and demand, I suppose. :P Jana

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Rescue groups get paid by the people who give them the dog.

Since when?

Tara
Rescue groups get paid by the people who give them the dog.

Since when?

Don't you hit them up for a "donation" or at least try to guilt trip them into giving you money, whenever possible? If somebody drives up in a, say a 2003 Benz to drop off their 2003 Bernese Mountain Dog, you are a lot more likely to hit them up for cash, aren't you?

And then you'll cash in when you sell the dog?
Again, I don't see a problem with this.
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I think so - there's a lot more demand for toy-sized dogs. The economics of dog rescue are kind of ... is high, this kind of adoption fee is not going to tend to push aspiring owners out to disreputable breeders.

You're full of crap.
People buying dogs aren't influenced in the slightest way whatsoever by the silly, arbitrary policies of rescue groups.
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Since when?

Don't you hit them up for a "donation" or at least try to guilt trip them into giving you money, ... aren't you? And then you'll cash in when you sell the dog? Again, I don't see a problem with this.

No. If they want to make a donation to the rescue that's fine (few ever do) but they aren't asked to do so nor is one demanded. Maybe some groups cash but I've only heard of demanding an owner deliver the dog already spayed or neutered or somesuch...even then that policy isn't blanket in rescue. I think it would be more apt to say that the rescue might get a donation from the original owner and then get a fee from the adopter because the original owner paying anything is pretty rare. They'll either threaten to dump the dog at the nearest shelter or just do so without ever letting you know if you so much as ask for a dime in most cases.

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