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. #51
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    I'm pretty sure kimba was about $270

    Price wasn't that important as we were after something specific.
    I have 2 small children so had to get a dog that was ok with them and we were not after a puppy. Breed wasn't important but size was. As I live with my parents dad wanted a king charles sized dog (kimba grew a lot..lol)

    I am considering getting another dog as a friend for Kimba and again will be looking for a similar dog, yet would consider it twice before spending anything over $300. Just on the basis that i'd have to buy a second set of dog items.
    Then double the food, treats and etc that come along with owning a dog..

  2. #52
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    Dont get me wrong Ihave nothing against adult dogs and if I was after a specific pure breed I probably wouldnt hesitate to pay more especially if it was the type of brred that can be hard to come by in aust or is $$$$ to begin with.
    In sa at the rspca it costs nearly $200 to adopt a domestic cat so I guess $500 for a dog aint that bad.

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    I voted less than 300, but I would pay more if the dog had had a lot of vet work, or it was a particular breed/dog that I wanted.

    My current dog was $40 from the local pound, and I love her to bits. But I have no problem with rescues charging more, even making a 'profit' as Anne does. Especially if it means no-kill, and dogs get proper attention before they are rehomed.

  4. #54
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    I have not read every word of this, so sorry in advance if i have missed something.

    I agree with running a rescue just as you would a buisness. Just because we are rehoming rescued pets does not have to make it all doom and gloom.

    I too prefer a positive, professional image.

    I dont see making a profit as raking in the $$$ It means that you may save some money on one dog and you will spend this on another.

    It is straightforward vet work, as opposed to extensive vet work.

    You most certainly are not paid for your time in regard to the endless hours and weeks of intensive care and rehabilitation in your own home, the phone bills or petrol!

    There are not many dogs on deathrow who are desexed!! I have only rescued one desexed dog. Did i save money? Nope!! she was 8 years old, had a hideous UTI which required treatment, then x rays and blood work as she was incontinent, then further xrays for bone spurs in her feet and spine.

    She is a million dollars after treatment though her vet work was way more than$300.

    Some rescues who assist over represented breeds in pounds and shelters are forced to kennel dogs until a space arrives in care. That alone is a minimum $80 a weekif you are lucky! one months temp care in kennels is not unusual, thats at least $320 with no vet bill added!!

    Small breeds may have cheeper vet work at times, though they also most often require grooming and clipping. Theres another $55. They also quite often have bad eyes, teeth and patella problems.

    Rescue is very individual, the priorty must always be to ensure the dog has all of it's needs met. Vet work, rehabilitation and strict rehoming practice.

    We have put forward a desexing proposal to our local council for all pets adopted from the shelter.

    Despite the fact we will be given a discounted rate for vet work we are going to be really pushing it to have an addoption fee less than $280.

    If a dog comes in desexed the same addoption fee will apply, because what we save on one dog we will most certainly spend on another.

    If people are not prepared to pay an adoption fee for a great dog who has all vet wok completed they are not the sort of owners we want to adopt from the shelter.

    This may sound harsh, but let me tell you i have seen some terrible dog owners adopt from the pound. If they came to me for a dog they wouldnt even get through the phone interview!

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

  5. #55
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    We picked up our greyhound at the local vet in January, then drove her to a vet in Northern NSW for de-sexing, vaccination etc, and paperwork.
    The vet charged the Greyhound Adoption Program $180 for de-sexing, but we don’t know if that included vaccination etc.

    The rescue normally provides a collar, coat and muzzle, but we didn’t get that because we already had them.
    We paid the rescue $205, so it looks like a female breaks even at best, while a male de-sexing is $100.

  6. #56
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    I guess it depends what vet work is included other than desexing.

    Heartworm test, Vacc, flea treatment, ears cleaned, nails trimmed etc is pretty standard, also a dental if needed.

    Chipping and life time registration needs to be included in the price as well.

    It most certainly all adds up!

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

  7. #57
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    That vet does the work for the greyhound rescue of the far North Coast of NSW.
    She certainly did vaccination, heartworm, microchipping and registration.

    The rescue takes greyhounds home into their ‘dog run’, somewhere south of Murwillumbah, then most are fostered and adopted on the Gold Coast, and to the south of Brisbane.

    They now charge $230 for a greyhound, and have only seven listed, down as far as Sydney.
    It’s impossible that all their costs could be recovered with $230.

    Our dog didn’t even have a name.
    She wasn’t going to be any use at racing; she runs like a kangaroo.

  8. #58
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    I am so happy she runs like a kangaroo!! bless her

    My darling Grey Sasha has just gone to the home of her dreams. She has completely swept me off my feet and has been such a gift to have spent time with.

    She was blessed with not wanting to chase and was surrendered at Hawkesbury. No one was able to help her so she came home with me

    Fantastic with big and little dogs and cats, the kids, chooks, horses...you name it.

    I agree there there is no way those costs would be covered with the adoption fee. GAP is however supported financially by the racing industry, most rescues do it on their own. Everything comes out of their own pocket.

    Rescue is a very individual thing...

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

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    I think $150 - $300 is reasonable for a rescue dog, $300 would be my absolute limit for a rescue dog regardless of what vet work they have had done, rescue is not about profit but finding the dogs the right homes. People will not consider rescues if they get to expensive and will go to byb to buy dogs that are cheaper... but will cost more in the long run anyway. Just my opinion.

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    After going to a workshops of sorts yesterday and listening to a man named Mike Arms from the US rescue "Helen Woodward Animal Centre" I only have one thing to say;
    rescue is the business of saving lives.

    Business, not welfare.
    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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