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%
  • Nothing - I wouldn't have a rescue

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    We would all say we would pay more for our current dogs - but given the choice at the time, I wonder how many would.

    The particular rescue I am talking about sells dogs under 12 months for $400 which considering another rescue in the area charges $253, I find excessive.

    $280 is about right - it covers the vet costs and remember that not all dogs that come into rescue are entire.

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    When we were looking for a dog I wasn't checking how much each rescue organistaion or shelter was charging. I just looked for the dogs and I would have happily paid $400.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    We would all say we would pay more for our current dogs - but given the choice at the time, I wonder how many would.

    The particular rescue I am talking about sells dogs under 12 months for $400 which considering another rescue in the area charges $253, I find excessive.

    $280 is about right - it covers the vet costs and remember that not all dogs that come into rescue are entire.
    I do agree...comparing prices is what most ppl do reguardless of what they are buying...so if there is a good variety of dogs available for under $300...compared to another similar shelter that charges a lot more for the same...then yes, I would go to the cheaper shelter 1st.

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    If anyone wants a rescue Pug, be prepared then to pay more. My rescues are worth it. Price is best set to what the market is prepared to pay and what the rescue needs to continue to improve and operate.

    I am not a charity. If you want to adopt a Pug, then be prepared to pay a fair price. If you just want a 'cheap dog' then I don't want to know you.
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    I voted 300 to 400 as I think this is reasonable. I paid 295 for my yellow labrador Molly and she had been vet checked, spayed and vaccinated. I thought she was very good value and I continue to donate to the shelter she came from because I am so grateful to have her. I paid a lot more for my choc lab and still had to pay to neuter him and vaccinations etc so I still think a shelter dog is excellent value.I think if you are not willing to pay to adopt the dog then you probably arent goint to be too excited to pay for the vet bills etc.

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    Utter rot. I paid nothing for either of my dogs and have paid thousands on their vet bills. I still don't believe in paying more than $300 for a rescue dog with all vet work done. Once a dog is with me, it is mine and its welfare is my problem.

    I fail to understand how one rescue can charge $280 and another one can charge $380 for the same dog.
    Last edited by Occy; 07-31-2009 at 07:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Utter rot. I paid nothing for either of my dogs and have paid thousands on their vet bills. I still don't believe in paying more than $300 for a rescue dog with all vet work done. Once a dog is with me, it is mine and its welfare is my problem.

    I fail to understand how one rescue can charge $280 and another one can charge $380 for the same dog.



    That's easy to answer, those rescues that charge less are the likes of the RSPCA that are gove funded & are self reliant, own vets etc on site, bigger buying power when it comes to medication, food etc- so of course they can charge cheaper, but private non funded rescues rely on donations etc & are not gove funded

    i would never support or buy any pet or product etc from the likes of the rspca, they have a 7 day kill policy on a lot of pets, where as most private rescues do have a NO KILL policy, a lot of pets in private rescues are their for a long time until adoption takes place
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 07-31-2009 at 07:39 PM.

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    I mean two private rescue groups. For example 2 groups in the same area. One charges $250-$400 depending on the age of the dog (not anything else) and the other charges $253 for any dog. How can that be justified? I mean for me - not an issue - if i want to source a dog I will contact my contacts within the rspca or ldh or wherever and tell them I am looking for a dog but for your average Joe? esp if they also have to pay transport costs.

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    even staffy rescue charges $350 max - and even that is excessive considering I can get a desexed staffy from the pound for much less.

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    That's right ...the 'average Joe' is going to go for the cheaper shelter. The buyer (the average Joe) wants a healthy pet dog that comes with everything done. Sure...if they want a particular breed, then they may very well have to look at paying the price too, but usually the 'average Joe' is happy with a mix breed. IMO, if you go to a shelter, you can have a certain breed in mind, but 9/10 the closest dog to the breed you'd like is going to be a cross breed...and 9/10 'average Joe's' are happy to own a cross breed.

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