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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  1. #41
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    No offence Occy, but I believe you are now grasping at straws. Your question has been answered, just not the way you want it to be. If your use of language was 'so superior' you would realise that best practice had not even come into the equation.

    As for cross breds, good dog, yes Occy, I rescue those mongrel bred Pugs too. I don't disntinguish but I do set limits. If there is Pug in there I rescue it.

    This isnt about Pug Rescue, I agree. It is about a simplistic view and the right or lack of right to make assumptions and judge.

    As for the poll being a real indicator... please Occy.
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    Occy, have you ever looked at the crosses in my rescue album on FB? Cookie, the most expensive of all the rescues I have had in, was a Pug x 'something'. Her Veterinary costs exceeded over $4,000. Luckily for me, the Specialist who was treating her and who originally asked if I could assist her, charged me only what I could afford to pay him.

    I re-homed her for only $250, a far cry from her actual costs. She spent over 8 months living with me while we rehabilitated her and searched for that special home that was needed to take on such a dog. A dog with a smile as wide as a main highway. A dog that had every right to live and who wanted to live. A dog that, because of the way I run my rescue and the fees I charge, could be helped.

    I know there are rescuers who are in this game for the fame and glory, but I don't know of any who are in it for the money.

    I know there are rescues who have poor practices and a lack of management skills, and worse still, don't care, but they are certainly not in it for the money still.

    I know there are a lot of shonkies out there in the dog world, but who are we to make judgement on their business practices without knowing anything about their business, and when to me, it really isn't something that can be determined in such a simplified way.

    Each rescue is so incredibly different. Different breeds, different areas, different states. Some run form their homes, some have kennels. Some have foster carers, others don't. These differences mean that there will be HUGE differences in how much each rescue needs to operate efficiently. It stands to reason that each rescue would set fees accordingly.
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    puggerup - I don't take donations. There are many like me who don't. I rely soley on my own financial income, and the income from the re-homing fee, to continue my rescue.
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    I don't see anything wrong with a rescue group making a profit, if anything it's good as the extra money can go to next dog needing extensive vet treatment like in Annes case. I think that alot of people hear the word 'profit' and think it's being spent on little luxuries for the rescuer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with a rescue group making a profit, if anything it's good as the extra money can go to next dog needing extensive vet treatment like in Annes case. I think that alot of people hear the word 'profit' and think it's being spent on little luxuries for the rescuer.
    I agree. I'm just an outsider looking in...I buy rescue pets..most of my pets have been from a rescue organisation (bar Candy & the PB kelpie I had)...as I said before...when the average Joe goes out intending to buy a rescue pet...not a lot of us look into the background of the org/profits etc...we basically just go and pick out a dog we like and go from there.

    I don't disagree with the way anyone runs their rescue org...so long as their op runs and all dogs are well cared for...I really don't see why profit matters. As pointed out...profit doesn't allow for that person to live in a lap of luxery...it simply see's that their rescue org can keep rescuing (sp?).

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    I think in the SA RSPCA they charge $290 to $520 and their price is dependent on breed and age when I was there the beagel x rotties were $300 ish and the heeler xz were under that bothe were puppies.
    I think people are willing to pay more for a pure breed hence Anne being able to charge that.
    With a x breed people will pay more for a puppy.
    I dont have a issue in paying $300 to $400 for a rescue puppy that has been desexed as it cost about that to do it anyway.
    I wouldnt pay that for an adult dog for several reasons but would pay $2oo or under.

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    I'm not sure if it's the 'thought' or 'intention' of making a profit from Rescue that is raising the question. Well to me anyway.

    I look at some of the Rescues running where turnover of dogs is very high and often numerous,prices also being above what I would deem 'fair'. I find these types bother me more than say Annes .
    Rescuing is so much more than just getting dog from pound/paper/wherever , desexing ,washing,fle treating,worming and then rehoming.
    I dont believe a dog can be assesssed thoroughly and properly in a matter of days/a week. How could you safely ensure everything about a strange dog in that period of time considering the few weeks its just had?What about quarantine if needed? Sometimes a lovely dog may come along and is a perfect candidate for a quick rehome,but it's not very often.

    And then we head into murkier waters with those that rehome BSL affected breeds to unknowing general public.Something I am very much against. And BSL affected does not immediately just mean "oh Pit Bulls"
    Anything listed or is urecognisably 'Bull' bred is BSL affected and should be rehomed accordingly.

    This is where the 'profit' making becomes a worry.Turning over quickly with the view of making extra without the safety of the dog or public, entirely thought out.

    I guess really,Rescue and Profit said together is both confronting and condemning to most.In fact its almost hypocritical .
    It is about saving the dogs afterall isn't it? Wwe need to also see things from a larger perspective.

    But as I said earlier.
    I certainly don't run at or for a profit.
    I rescue when and where I can.
    I don't rescue every 'bull' at any cost.

    And like Anne,I feel pretty bloody shitful at times if I have a spot but overlook others because it's not 'my' breed. But there are oh so very few of us and when that spot is needed it is there.And as sad as it is, I cannot save them all.

    Occy though has brought up a very valid point. Seriously,why would a person go and pay a large amount of money on something from a 'rescue' when maybe for the same price ( from a BYB-paper)or a little more ( Registered Breeder) they can go and get a purebred with/without papers?
    We are dog people ( well like to think of ourselves as them at any rate),we think differently to your average general person/family looking for a pet.
    Asking why the broad comparison in some Rescue rates is a valid question.
    As a general rule we all have to pay the same? Why does one charge so much more than the other ?

    I think I've rambled and my point has been lost somewhere along the way.....at the end of the day I don't agree with a Rescue in it for just profit.
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    I agree about the quick turnovers, and this has been a bugbear of mine for some time.

    I also hate the thought of dogs sitting in kennels and assessments being made on these dogs that are barely seen or interacted with at some rescues.

    My Pugs live inside with me or with a carer. I get to know every little quirk as they are with all the time while I am home. The quickest I have re-homed a dog was 3 weeks, the longest was 8 months. The avergae is 8 weeks. This is not because I can't find homes either, but because I have a very detailed assessment process of each dog and a very detailed re-homing process.

    Again though I will say, there is NO rescue that is in it for profit. None. There is not enough profit to be made to sustain a decent living on rescue. Plain and simple.

    You could as an agent or as just a re-homing service for dogs, but not as a rescue. There is one very good prime example of a 're-homing' agent in western Sydney. They charge to surrender (the last I heard they charged $300 plus) and then the dogs are kenneled and re-homed for a fee. They actually state on their website that they do not take dogs from pounds, only private surrenders.
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    Wellll.... my two cents worth - I said in the poll under $300 however I would be happy to pay up to about $320. I paid $280 for Taya. I think buying a rescue dog is excellent value as they are desexed, wormed, treated for fleas etc. And of course you are giving them a second chance

    I agree with comments that people look for the cheaper dogs. Having said this, if I found one that was more suitable I would be prepared to pay a little bit more.

    Last time I checked, RSPCA in WA here were charging up to $500. I think this is way too much - how many people would see that price and head straight for the paper??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren View Post
    Wellll.... my two cents worth - I said in the poll under $300 however I would be happy to pay up to about $320. I paid $280 for Taya. I think buying a rescue dog is excellent value as they are desexed, wormed, treated for fleas etc. And of course you are giving them a second chance

    I agree with comments that people look for the cheaper dogs. Having said this, if I found one that was more suitable I would be prepared to pay a little bit more.

    Last time I checked, RSPCA in WA here were charging up to $500. I think this is way too much - how many people would see that price and head straight for the paper??
    Whoa! $500 from RSPCA Thats a very high price .
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