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

    1 2.22%
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Thread: Rescue Fees

  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    even staffy rescue charges $350 max - and even that is excessive considering I can get a desexed staffy from the pound for much less.
    Well that's your choice to get a stafford from the pound, & of course its going to be cheaper at pound as it's gov funded etc. A lot of staffyrescue dogs are saved from death row at the "kill happy" pounds, Mina saves a lot of dogs from deathrow from a few NSW council pounds, at least some one such as Mina & staffy rescue care enough to save Staffords from deathrow & look after them nicely no matter how long it takes until adoption takes place

  2. #22

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    No more than 300 from me.

    And I see no reason for any rescue to be having to charge 400 and upwards for a dog of any age/breed.
    I realise we all need to cover costs etc...but well , we choose to rescue.I for one do not do it to make a profit or to pay for the next rescue.

    But thats just me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Well that's your choice to get a stafford from the pound, & of course its going to be cheaper at pound as it's gov funded etc. A lot of staffyrescue dogs are saved from death row at the "kill happy" pounds, Mina saves a lot of dogs from deathrow from a few NSW council pounds, at least some one such as Mina & staffy rescue care enough to save Staffords from deathrow & look after them nicely no matter how long it takes until adoption takes place
    Yep and I think thats just great.
    However,it is their choice.
    It is certainly no reason to charge any 'extra' for a rescue .
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    Thats the other thing - no matter how long is stupid. Dogs go kennel mad and some dogs are simply not suited to being rehomed - some dogs are dumped for good reason!! Im not saying it's right - I would pts a dog not dump it - but not all dogs should be rehomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Thats the other thing - no matter how long is stupid. Dogs go kennel mad and some dogs are simply not suited to being rehomed - some dogs are dumped for good reason!! Im not saying it's right - I would pts a dog not dump it - but not all dogs should be rehomed.


    I agree very much with this sentiment.
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    We paid $185 for our first greyhound, nearly 5 years ago.
    Our second one cost $205 last year.
    Both came from the Greyhound Adoption Group, even though we picked up the second one from the local vet, where she had been surrendered.
    We paid $50 for the Jack Russell in January, from the Animal Welfare League.
    He got sold as a ‘golden oldie’, and we were told that he was 8 years old.
    When the papers arrived from the Animal Registry in Melbourne, he turned out to be 5½ years old.

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    I really can not fathom what the issue is. I find the idea that a rescue shouldn't make a profit to be utterly absurd.

    Price is dictated by market demand. Simple. If the market wont pay that price, then the rescue won't rehome its dogs. The price they charge should be of no concern to anyone but themselves and their market.

    I run my rescue as a business. I dont run it so that I can cry poor mouth every 5 seconds and I don't run it relying on the generosity of others. I run it so it is sustainable.

    Why is there this bizarre mentality that rescues should live on the smell of an oily rag? Where is the business sense in that? Do you think rescues should be forever hoping the next buck comes in so they can keep their doors open? Ridiculous!

    Profit is only a dirty word when the rescue puts profit over and above the care of the animals.
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    It's not about rescuers being poor - it is about people making a profit. I don't agree with it and never will - which is perhaps why I will never be rich.

    This is only a small selection but already I can see that most people seem to be thinking around $300 is reasonable. In a few years - prices will rise again and again and again - inflation and the rest - but to charge $400 now - over priced.

    In case you were too busy with your vitriole Anne - I might remind you that all this discussion is doing is "testing the market".

    We are all entitled to our opinions. Elsewhere when I have said this I was told that my contribution to rescue was so insignificant and that I was a poor example of a rescuer if I thought it was too much - least you haven't dropped down that low - yet!

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    You take my comments to much as a personal affront Occy. They are simply my views.

    I don't plan on living like a pauper because I rescue Pugs. There are loads of positives about ensuring you are making ends meet in rescue.

    For example - when a Pug comes in that has obvious brachycephalic syndrome and requires surgery, I can provide this surgery before the dog is re-homed. This dog is then ensured a longer, easier and healthier life and the new owners are saved potential heartbreak and high costs of surgery.

    If a rescue comes in with pigmentary keratitis, my rescue can afford the $60 for the 2gm tube of Optimmune in which to treat it.

    My rescues eat the highest quality food. They are not fed whatever I can get for free or the cheapest food I can find. They are fed high quality meat and veges and kibble. The rescues have soft and clean bedding and beds.

    I don't take donations either. I only use money that the rescue can make or my own wages. There is no chance that my services will ever cease due to financial problems like many others over the years have.

    I can afford to rescue every Pug. Young, old, frail, it doesn't matter. The finances are taken care of by looking at what my costs are and what the market will accept.
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    The profit made by me, and other rescues who admit to making a profit, is then put straight back into the rescue. Profit is not a dirty word... but in rescue, people assume if you make a profit that you must be using that profit for your own gain. A very insular and sad view indeed.
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    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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