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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  1. #61
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    Not for me Anne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    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.
    It was really interesting to hear Mike Arms speak. The US are leaps and bounds ahead of us in terms of sheltering. At least 10 years probably 20!!

    He is running an incredibly sucessful rescue org and has rehomed millions of rescued pets.

    He felt very strongly about pounds, shelters and rescue running as a buisness and i agree. His org is certainly proof of that...

    It is not about personally making profit for yourself. It's about running a strong, ethical and efficent org that has the potential to move forward, develop and grow. To advocate on behalf of and promote rescued pets.

    Mike Arms also raised another very valid point. Rescue pets are "devalued" on many levels in our communities. Ways in which that is done in Australia are terms and descriptions such as X breed to describe a dog. Another way rescued pets are devalued is on the price they are available for in comparison to other companion animals for sale.

    I was not at all suprised to hear the average price rescued pets are adopted for. There were many representatives from rescue orgs present. I did not hear a price lower that $300. Average was around $350, there were quite a few groups who adopted dogs for well over that.

    Prices were lower for Golden Oldies and pets with special needs.

    I am really looking forward to the National Desexing Summit in September!

    It was lovely to meet you Anne

    I was also excited to get a hug from Mike Arms!!!

    Nic

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

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    Yes, it was great to meet you Nic. A hug indeed. That'll teach you that you can't sneak out! lol
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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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    Lol...Things like that always seem to happen to me!

    I have been thinking a lot about the ways in which rescued pets are "devalued" and there are so many!

    I have a Cat here under DOC (she is lovely, never rescued a cat before!)

    She was heavily pregnant and was going to be euthed on the spot as there was no room.

    She has had 6 bubs, they are terribly sweet What difference is there in any way from her kittens to those sold at a pet shop, over the internet etc?

    Why shouldnt the same amount be charged for these babies? if anything they are heads and shoulders above the others as they will have all of their vetwork done and have been raised in a loving home being spoilt rotten!

    And if (after everything that needs to be done for Mum and bubs) there is some money left over, that money can go toward helping others in urgent need.

    Nic

    "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 bought my daughters (Aimee) cat Matilda from a rescue lady. She raises unweened kittens who have been dumped. Matilda was 19 weeks when we bought her. We paid $150...and she was desexed, vacc, wormed and came with lots and lots of info
    Matilda turned 2 a few days ago

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    One thing that really pleased me about the seminar is that more people are now thinking like I have all along. Hopefully tha means that less people will be inclined to harshly judge me because I say that rescue should not focus on charity and that profit is a good thing.
    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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    we gave just over $300 for the lovely rescued dog we brought home today, she came spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and will also be registered for us once the trial period is over. we didn't think it costly at all.

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    yeah i paid 230 something for my rescued gsd inc: vacc, speyed, wormed, microchiped

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    Buddy was $350 which is standard I think for staffy rescue. he was desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, lifetime council rego, up to date with his worming etc.. all good and ready to go! I thought that this was very reasonable considering all of that myself would have been a fortune, plus the actual cost of a 'brand new' dog.

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    I have adopted 2 dogs and a cat through three different rescues - my first was through the ARF and cost $253, my cat was through pet rescue and cost $180 and my other dog was through GAP NSW and cost $250. I was happy to pay this and more, when I logged on to these web sites the last thing I looked at was the price, the first thing I looked at was what this animal was like and was it suited to my lifestyle. I could have certainly got a free cat from the newspaper or a free dog but I wanted a certain type of dog and considering I paid $700 for my first dog that I bought from a registered breeder I reckon I got a bargain with my next two. I love all my dogs and my cat and they love me so would I have paid extra to have them in my life? - damn right I would have!

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