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My understanding is that adoption fees generally run under $150 for most groups, slightly higher if the group carries higher bills or for special cases. Am I off base in thinking this way?

Our Golden rescue group has adoption fees in line with the dog's age. Breed rescues are generally a bit higher than the average shelter.
Janet Boss
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Ok, so overall, rescues are caharging more than I had thought (which I don'thave a problem with at all!). My issue was that this is more than double their usual fee because of the pup being a purebreed dog. Is that part weird?

Not IMO. I had suggested doing this when I volunteered in rescue because there was a big demand for purebred dogs, and not so much for mixes. I thought it would help raise money for the rescue and encourage people to adopt more of the mixes because their fee would be less. Some really nice mixed breed dogs languished at the rescue for month after month, while the purebreds practically flew out the door.
One instance I can think of, we got in two purebred Chihuahuas. Huge demand for small dogs, and purebred dogs. Seemed to me we should have raised the adoption fee from $75 to about $150 or $200 - which would have been considerably less than the local backyard breeders were asking for their Chihuahuas, $350.
I don't see anything wrong with a rescue charging what the market can bear. The one I volunteered with couldn't support itself on the adoption fees alone, but they surely helped.
flick 100785
That's how I viewed this particular situation..though even if the vet bills weren't all that high, I still view $375 for the adoption, when they offered no support for the dog when she was fostering the poor thing, extremely high.

Well, adoption fees are supposed to offset expenses, and if a group's expenses aren't that high, I'd question why the adoption fee is that high. Certainly one would hope that an adoption group would offer support to foster homes and adopters, and a group that provides more along the lines of support gives more bang for the buck.
My understanding is that adoption fees generally run under $150 for most groups, slightly higher if the group carries higher bills or for special cases. Am I off base in thinking this way?

I think $150 might be a bit low. Our adoption fee is $200 and our costs - - spay/neuter, dental, vaccination update as needed, tick panel, deworming, microchip, martingale collar and leash - - are over $200. I do know one area greyhound group whose adoption fee is still $150, and you definitely get what you pay for.
Mustang Sally
That's how I viewed this particular situation..though even if the ... dog when she was fostering the poor thing, extremely high.

If this is a legitimate rescue, they should have standard policy for all this. What is their normal policy on ... it possible that she violated their policy in some way, and that's why they are not paying the medical bills?

That shouldn't matter. We have a particular vet we prefer our dogs to see, but foster dogs are the financial responsibility of the rescue group until they're adopted.
Mustang Sally
Ok, so overall, rescues are caharging more than I had thought (which I don'thave a problem with at all!). My issue was that this is more than double their usual fee because of the pup being a purebreed dog. Is that part weird?

Yes.
Mustang Sally
The rescue is demanding a $375 adoption fee.

If I'm understanding correctly that the rescue's only role in the matter was to transport the pup from the owner's house to the foster home, and that she has already paid out a great deal more than $375 for the dog's care, I think it's ridiculous.
In this particular situation, I think the rescue should be extremely grateful that she not only did all the work for them but is willing to keep the pup, and either charge nothing at all or charge only what was actually spent for transport.
Were I in the foster home's shoes, I'd present the rescue with a bill for vet costs etc., and tell them that they can deduct the $375 from my reimbursement.
My understanding is that adoption fees generally run under $150 for most groups, slightly higher if the group carries higher bills or for special cases. Am I off base in thinking this way?

I wouldn't say you're off base, since that's in line with fees from some shelters and rescues around here, BUT - I also know of quite a few breed rescues which charge in the $300-400 range.
That shouldn't matter. We have a particular vet we prefer our dogs to see, but foster dogs are the financial responsibility of the rescue group until they're adopted.

I think that it makes a difference, because rescue groups often have negotiated discounts with certain vets and not others, and it certainly impacts the bottom line if the fosters decide to take the dogs wherever they feel like taking them. Unless there is an emergency, in which case, the foster gets to decide where the dog goes, and the rescue foots the bill anyway.
Suja
That shouldn't matter. We have a particular vet we prefer ... the financial responsibility of the rescue group until they're adopted.

I think that it makes a difference, because rescue groups often have negotiated discounts with certain vets and not others, ... emergency, in which case, the foster gets to decide where the dog goes, and the rescue foots the bill anyway.

Believe me, I understand about negotiated discounts and such. Our foster homes are asked to take the dogs to our vet because of negotiated discounts. Sometimes our vet isn't convenient to everyone, though, in which case we make other arrangements. However, I think that to punish a foster home by not covering vet bills at a different vet is counterproductive.
Mustang Sally
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