View Poll Results: How much would you pay for a rescue dog?

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  • Over $400

    5 11.11%
  • $300-400

    17 37.78%
  • Under $300

    22 48.89%
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Thread: Rescue Fees

  1. #91
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    We do have differences of opinion on this forum but it sounds very much like the only reason you posted on this thread was because you wanted to disagree for the sake of it, not because you genuinely believed in what you were posting.
    I'd have to say I agree and that was precisely what I was pointing out. In fact, he admits that he found that everyone agreeing was 'vomit worthy'.
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    Tkay I put an opposing view as no one else was prepared to put an alternative. All I was reading was "yes I agree".

    I became confrontational after my first post. The perception I gathered from that day is these are our views and if you don't agree with them you are evil.

    If you don't want me here remove me. I am happy to depart the forum if you don't wish people to put alternative views forward.

    Cheers

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    There is a huge difference between putting an aternative view or opinion forward and being antagonistic.

    Again I will say, your opening line in this thread sums up your attitude. Perhaps you need to look at the way you express yourself and your 'alternative views'.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    I was very honoured to attend the NDN Summit in QLD last week.

    This summit was held to address the many issues and spearhead change for companion animals in pounds and shelters across the country.

    There were many speakers, amoungst them Nathan Winograd and Mike Arms, both from the US.

    I was not at all suprised to hear that Sheltering in Australia (Including the stigmas attached to rescue pets in communities) is depressingly behind.

    So far behind in fact that we are on par with the 1970's!

    When you sit and speak with people who have enormous success and are the best in their feild at creating positive change for companion animals you sit up and listen.

    Rescued pets are consistantly devalued in this counrty. Price is only one way this happens.

    Rescue groups, pounds and shelters should not be running on the smell of an oily rag. They are already doing that, CLEARLY this is not working!!

    Talk about the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!

    Profit should ABSOLUTELY be made! Not to put in your own pocket. To extend buildings, to offer better services, to begin low cost desexing clinics, to be able to meet the needs of animals with special needs. To advertise, to promote rescued pets in the community, to employ behaviourists and trainers, TO SAVE LIVES!! the list goes on.

    If that means that a rescued pet costs $350 so be it. If someone is prepared to quibble about that, and would prefer not to be part of the solution they are not the sort of people i would like to see with a rescued pet, simple.

    Culprit- All you have done is railroad this thread into oblivion. I suggest you keep out of it until you get some idea of what we are dealing with here.

    Anne could easily double the adoption fee for her Pugs and still have a waiting list. My local shelter! could charge $600 for a Pug. Let me tell you there would be a list of people wanting to adopt at that price.
    Last edited by Billy; 10-08-2009 at 04:51 PM.

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    After a full day at the pound, and after watching a number of healthy rehomable dogs dragged into the euth room this morning...

    This thread came to my mind.

    How on earth is it possible to quibble over the price of an adoption fee for these deserving souls? Esspecially when there is potential to also assist other companion animals also in urgent need?

    Does anyone here believe their lives are less worthwhile? Why are their lives any different to other companion animals sold?

    Does anyone believe that these dogs have less loyalty and devotion to offer a responsible, loving pet owner?

    The RSPCA rake in millions and millions of dollars from adoption fees and donations as an organisation. An organisation who does very little to advocate on behalf of impounded companion animals (with exception of the ACT under Michael Linke's leadership)

    Do you oppose them making a profit as well?

    Honestly, it is time to wake up and move forward. There is no excuse in this day an age for simplistic, outdated, uneducated views.

    The ones who will continue to suffer are impounded companion animals who have no voice what so ever.

    To persist with backward views and to refuse to open to positive change is appauling in my view.

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
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    Oh Billy I don't know HOW you could watch them be 'put to sleep' that would just destroy my sole and also why i was so passionate that our new family member would be a rescue pup...

    If anything I think they are more worthwhile and deserve a new start with a great family because after all it's not their fault they're first family was lousy

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    I also have a GAP (greyhound adoption program) dog. They're $200. De-sexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped; all the bells and whistles.

    From reading this thread, it seems like an absolute bargain!

    Its so hard to put a price on a pet. They bring so much joy to a household. Covering cost seems the most logical way to price abandoned dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodz View Post
    Oh Billy I don't know HOW you could watch them be 'put to sleep' that would just destroy my sole and also why i was so passionate that our new family member would be a rescue pup...

    If anything I think they are more worthwhile and deserve a new start with a great family because after all it's not their fault they're first family was lousy
    Hi Jodz

    It is most certainly soul destroying at times.

    Congratulations on choosing a rescued pet. I agree there is something very special about rescued pets and also the journey you share together. They seem to be eternally gratetful for even the most simpilist guestures

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
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    Quote Originally Posted by cazztan View Post
    I also have a GAP (greyhound adoption program) dog. They're $200. De-sexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped; all the bells and whistles.

    From reading this thread, it seems like an absolute bargain!

    Its so hard to put a price on a pet. They bring so much joy to a household. Covering cost seems the most logical way to price abandoned dogs.
    Hi Cazztan

    I adore the Greys, they always sweep me right off my feet and make such lovely family companions.

    Aside from saving precious lives I believe pounds and shelters in particular (rescue as well) need to promote rescued pets in the community. They need to educate people on responsible dog ownership and how to safely and responsibly buy a family pet. This costs money.

    We need to consider the needs of dogs with special needs (and who will cost more money to rehabilitate) These are the dogs who may need a dental, or heartworm treatment, or have patella problems, or have behavioural issues that are able to be resolved with training or a behaviourist. This also costs money.

    So what you save on one dog who's vetwork and rehabilitation is straightforward, you will spend on another.

    Gap are doing a great job. They are also supported financally by the greyhound racing industry. The majority of ex racing Greys are euthenased in my local pound. There is no support what so ever from Gap.

    The co ordinators of rescue in Gap are also paid a wage. I dont know of any other rescue group whos org can afford to pay staff wages. The majority are devoted volunteers.

    Covering costs is only one part of this. If we want to move forward we must work proactively in addressing the enormous issues for unwanted companion animals in this country.

    Atm everyone has their heads down and bums up trying to save a few precious lives though no one is working on the flow of companion animals in pounds and shelters.

    Marketing, and ensuring orgs run as a buisness with the ability to educate people and promote rescued pets is the only way to move forward.

    I hope this makes sense.... and congratulations on a new gorgeous family member in your home.

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
    Nathan Winograd.

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    Having just adopted a greyhound from GAP NSW, I was interested in reading your post, Billy. I do not know Sydney and I am not an expert on how rescue groups are run, but I was wondering why GAP NSW don't help out in your area? It certainly can't be from lack of funds if as you say they are supported by the racing community. It doesn't make sense to me that they then wouldn't try to help save at least some of the greyhounds that go through your pound. Tell me if I am wrong - I am after all on here to be educated and to get different opinions on things - but to me that just doesn't make sense

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