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. #101
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    Hi Cate,

    Because Greyhound owners and trainers have an endless numbers of "offcasts" not suitable for racing and making money. Many are only 18 months old or younger.

    Gap has a waiting list for ex racing Greys in need, or for those who dont make the grade.
    Greyhound owners and trainers are not prepared to wait. It is much cheaper to surrender them to the local pound for $37.50 than pay a vet to euthenase them, let alone spend the time needed to rehome them.

    They are a disposable commodity.

    Only a small number of Greyhounds make the grade in racing so to speak.

    Even after a great racing carrer and making a lot of money for the owners they are still dumped in shelters and pounds.

    We have a racing track here in the Hawkesbury. You would think GAP would get involved as there are so many who need help, but no.

    In short they are simply not doing enough. And this is coming from an org who is flooded with finances from the racing industry.

    Local rescuers with no finances what so ever, but with a great empathy and passion for this breed are these dogs only lifeline in this area.

    I hear you, None of this makes sense...

    Welcome to my world!

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

  2. #102

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    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.
    I Totally agree,
    and those who can't afford the $200,$300,$400 should not be getting a dog anyway as there's more to being able to afford it then the price of the dog.

    Ps. Good to see you Billy
    Last edited by Magdalena; 10-09-2009 at 11:05 PM.

  3. #103
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    Shelters and rescue groups should take a lot of the blame for making the general public believe recycled pets are overpriced.

    Most advertising focuses on the emotional. "Don't Breed or Buy While Homeless Pets Die" or "Find a friend and save a life". Take pity on an unwanted dog and give it a second chance. "I didn't ask to be born, will you let me die?" etc. etc.

    So having played on John Doe's heart strings and begged him to save a life you then ask him for $300 or whatever. It's a bit like asking people to donate goods to the Salvos and then making them pay when they drop them off.

    It's the shelters who make the public feel their animals are worthless. Time to change advertising tactics.

    "Magnificant Lab x Staffy, $300 to selected home only. Price includes desexing, vaccination and microchipping."

    "Do you qualify to share your home with one of our superior dogs?"


    People are happy to pay a fair price if they feel they are getting their monies worth. Based on Vet fees alone I consider $400 a very fair price to bring a good dog into my life. It's a bit expensive though for a problem dog no one else wants. It's up to the shelters to change their tactics and make people feel their dogs are worthwhile.

    Shelters and rescues should also be a little more careful when rehoming dogs. Too many are over zealous when it comes to saving lives and often rehome unsuitable dogs with inexperienced dog owners. Square pegs in round holes never fit. Shelter workers should not send the bouncy, untrained Lab x home with a family of toddlers simply because he is due to be euthed the following day. Match the dog and owners carefully. One unhappy experience can easily turn people off adoption permanently.

    And while I'm on my soap box just a few words about the term "rescue". A lot of people say they "rescued" a dog from RSPCA, Animal Aid or whatever. No you didn't rescue the dog. You purchased (call it adopted if you like) a desexed, vaccinated, microchipped dog from an animal shelter. If you hadn't taken him/her there is a good chance someone else would have done so. The dog may or may not have needed rescue in the past but someone else did this, not you. You simply purchased a valuable family member. You are the lucky one for finding such a special dog.

  4. #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Shelters and rescue groups should take a lot of the blame for making the general public believe recycled pets are overpriced.

    Most advertising focuses on the emotional. "Don't Breed or Buy While Homeless Pets Die" or "Find a friend and save a life". Take pity on an unwanted dog and give it a second chance. "I didn't ask to be born, will you let me die?" etc. etc.

    So having played on John Doe's heart strings and begged him to save a life you then ask him for $300 or whatever. It's a bit like asking people to donate goods to the Salvos and then making them pay when they drop them off.

    It's the shelters who make the public feel their animals are worthless. Time to change advertising tactics.

    "Magnificant Lab x Staffy, $300 to selected home only. Price includes desexing, vaccination and microchipping."

    "Do you qualify to share your home with one of our superior dogs?"


    People are happy to pay a fair price if they feel they are getting their monies worth. Based on Vet fees alone I consider $400 a very fair price to bring a good dog into my life. It's a bit expensive though for a problem dog no one else wants. It's up to the shelters to change their tactics and make people feel their dogs are worthwhile.

    Shelters and rescues should also be a little more careful when rehoming dogs. Too many are over zealous when it comes to saving lives and often rehome unsuitable dogs with inexperienced dog owners. Square pegs in round holes never fit. Shelter workers should not send the bouncy, untrained Lab x home with a family of toddlers simply because he is due to be euthed the following day. Match the dog and owners carefully. One unhappy experience can easily turn people off adoption permanently.

    And while I'm on my soap box just a few words about the term "rescue". A lot of people say they "rescued" a dog from RSPCA, Animal Aid or whatever. No you didn't rescue the dog. You purchased (call it adopted if you like) a desexed, vaccinated, microchipped dog from an animal shelter. If you hadn't taken him/her there is a good chance someone else would have done so. The dog may or may not have needed rescue in the past but someone else did this, not you. You simply purchased a valuable family member. You are the lucky one for finding such a special dog.



    Great post DH

    Sometimes it feels like you cannot say anything , even just good advice or suggestions to maybe improve or help , to some REscue groups. They get very defensive the minute you stop saying " well done - oh you're an angel-oh luckily you were there to save it" . The halo slips very fast once you step outside the pat on the back stage .
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  5. #105
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    I agree DH. The same argument can be put forward about emotional/impulse purchases from pet shops being the same as an emotional/impulse purchases from rescues. If you are using a 'lure' that aims to see an emotional response then you are selling using the same process. One lure may be 'cuteness' and the other maybe 'pity or heroism' but they are lures nonetheless.
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    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

  6. #106
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    Very true Deerhound and Anne

    We recently dicovered that someone was listing adds for Hawkesbury dogs on Gumtree. The photos were copied from the pound site and another rescue forum. Then began an emotional plea along the lines of "I am going to die on Tuesday, please save my life, I dont want to die..."

    I was mortified...The dogs would not have been adopted due to a well thought out and researched decision, it would have been a descision made out of pity.

    Pound staff also wasted valuable time trying to deal with abusive callers. Time they could have spent working on adoptions or rescue options.

    To make it even worse the dogs were given a description by someone who had never met them! Needles to say a complaint was made and the adds were removed.

    I do a lot of introductions with families and pets at Hawkesbury. I only ever focus on the positives and offer all sorts of advice and support.
    People often ask me what will happen to the dog if they decide on another (they may look at two or three) I have never once discussed it.
    I always remind them that they need to make a decision based on what they think they can offer the dog for its life.
    To ensure that they are making the right decision for their family unit as a whole....there is a lot to consider and it is a great commitment.
    Basing a decision on pity or raw emotion is a disaster waiting to happen.

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

  7. #107
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    At SHAR PEI Rescue, we have 3 standard fees:

    $400 for most adult dogs
    $500 for adult dogs who have cost in excess of $1500 in vet work
    $600 for pups

    (and anything from $100 - $250 for seniors & $150 -$350 for pei X)

    Ours are obviously more expencive than a lot of dog rescue, however, we also have a lot of dogs through who have been dumped because they need extensive vet work.

    For example, this year in Vic, of 33 x rescues
    33 x needed vaccinations,
    26 x needed to be desexed,
    22 x needed microchips,
    19 x needed ear cleaning,
    11 x needed entropian operations.
    5 x needed eye tacking,
    and one dear little poppet needed a brow lift. In all, peis do have a lot of health problems and they are not cheap to fix. If you take into account all the rescues we have had in this year (in Vic), then consider at what cost we have rehomed at, we are out of pocket about 10k so far this year, and in this state alone.

    We also screen to the extreme. In short we make potential adoptive parents jump through proverbial hoops and when we do approve an adoption, the match is nothing short of perfect, even if that means the dog has to stay in care for 6 months (or more in a few cases). We are always there to support our adoptive parents and are delighted to say we manage to keep in touch with most. The bottom line is that we don't want the dogs back, so a perfect match is a vital part of our program.

    I would be very interested in your thoughts on this post given we do seem to charge more than most for our adoptees. Cheers
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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