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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.

I think that's how we work as well. However, the fosters have to get the expenses signed off by someone on the board of the organization, I believe. I also think that they have to get an approval if the medical treatment goes beyond what is considered routine care. Otherwise, the foster may end up having to foot a portion of the bill.
However, I think that to punish a foster home by not covering vet bills at a different vet is counterproductive.

I think that if the policies of the organization WRT vet coverage is clearly outlined, and the foster decides to do whatever they feel like doing, in violation of those policies, the rescue is under no obligation to cover all the vet bills.
Suja
However, I think that to punish a foster home by not covering vet bills at a different vet is counterproductive.

I think that if the policies of the organization WRT vet coverage is clearly outlined, and the foster decides to do whatever they feel like doing, in violation of those policies, the rescue is under no obligation to cover all the vet bills.

It's quite possible, likely even, that my opinion is based on the fact that we're desperate for foster homes. Also, we've never had a foster home take a dog to a differnet vet just because they felt like it, and the person Tara describes doesn't sound like a person who would do that. I could be mistaken, certainly.
Mustang Sally
If it were me, I wouldn't assume they are stupid or greedy, but point out that the vet bills paid ... as a donation if they were doing good work for other dogs even if they hadn't paid anything for mine

That's what I was thinking as well.
Depending on how much she ended up paying (and if she didn't break the rescues rules by doing so, as another poster fairly pointed out), I figured $100 bucks to support their good works was a fair adoption fee for getting the pup out of a bad situation, and to support thei overall good works.

Tara
My understanding is that adoption fees generally run under $150 ... 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.

I assumed a breed specific rescue would be higher. I've just never heard of a regualr rescue group chargine that much of a premium (to the foster home, no less) for a dog simply because its a pure breed.

Tara
Ok, so overall, rescues are caharging more than I had ... 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 ... market can bear. The one I volunteered with couldn't support itself on the adoption fees alone, but they surely helped.

Ok, fair enough.
I still have a problem with them offering no support to eht foster home, and then trying to extract that moeny from her. Its not like she was waiting for them to get a purebreed dog in for her to adopt. But I see your point about why some rescues would do that.
I'm uncomfortable with a fee of almost $400 for a pup they have never even bothered to evaluate though.
Tara
I think that if the policies of the organization WRT ... is under no obligation to cover all the vet bills.

It's quite possible, likely even, that my opinion is based on the fact that we're desperate for foster homes. Also, ... it, and the person Tara describes doesn't sound like a person who would do that. I could be mistaken, certainly.

I genuinely don't know. But I am curious about that and will try to find out today.
Of course, it might be a moot point by now, since the group was demanding that she pay the money last night, and she may have caved.

Tara
I've just never heard of a regualr rescue group chargine that much of a premium (to the foster home, no less) for a dog simply because its a pure breed.

Question, which may seem off the wall, but... is it possible that the rescue group paid the owner for the puppy? I have heard of situations where that's occurred because the rescue worker felt it was imperative to remove an animal from a situation.
I've just never heard of a regualr rescue group chargine ... less) for a dog simply because its a pure breed.

Question, which may seem off the wall, but... is it possible that the rescue group paid the owner for the puppy? I have heard of situations where that's occurred because the rescue worker felt it was imperative to remove an animal from a situation.

Another good question. I'll ask, but I doubt Phyllis would know that.

tara
Here's where it gets sticky for me. The rescue is demanding a $375 adoption fee.

I haven't read the whole thread yet, but here's my thought anyway. The dog is in her possession, no? So what is the rescue agency gonna do, confiscate a dog? When they come for it, she presents them with the vet bills.
Lia
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