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    Crested's thread re the Million Paws Walk registration costs got me to thinking about the cost of purchasing dogs from shelters/pounds/rescue sites etc...

    I know I have come across some rescue dogs that are in the vicinity of $450, and that honestly does dumbfound me.

    I know times have changed, but does anyone on here (particularly those currently involved in rescue) have access to statistics over the past 20 years of the ratio of animals PTS? As in, is it going up or down?
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    Elwood who was rehomed last week cost me in excess of $2500!!!! We rehomed him for $500. He was worth every cent.

    It costs me $6 per day (2 meals) to feed each dog premium food. They stay in care an average of 3 months. Entropion surgery (3 out of 5 require) is about the $1000 mark. 3 weeks at boot camp is $1000, 5 weeks id $1500. Work, heart worm flea meds for each dog is about $10 per month x say 20 dogs per months = $200 per month. Add to this transport, beds, bowls, leads, collars, meds, enclosures, fencing, etc, etc.

    Over 200,000 dogs and cats are pts every year. The #'s are rising, but I have no statistics.

    My advise would be not to entertain the thought of rescue if you want to save your money. It is an expensive process, but in our case:
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    I know this is not what you were looking for but ... I got Sam for only $53 because I didnt live in canberra. That had a C6, microchip and worming. But with the drive there and back and the desexing it ended up costing about $250 all up, which was well worth it! My point being that to get him out of the pound if I did live there woud have been about $170ish and that included a voucher to get him desexed so they were really only charging basic cost to have vacination, microchip, desexing, worming done. Not to mention that they hold and feed the dogs.
    Bt in saying that when I was looking through the pound pages there were some places that charged huge amounts to rescue from them.

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    Well we got Ziggy from the pound for $40, plus $200 for desexing etc. So I think $450 is quite reasonable, when you take into account feeding, specialist medical care (which Ziggy didn't need but I know it doesn't take much for the vet bills to add up), and training.

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    Thanks for that input.

    So currently Shar about 200,000 dogs are PTS throughout shelters/pounds in Australia each year. Yet the numbers are rising?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Thanks for that input.

    So currently Shar about 200,000 dogs are PTS throughout shelters/pounds in Australia each year. Yet the numbers are rising?
    Yep, sad but true. Makes me cringe when I know I am only saving 100 - 150 lives per year.

    You have motivated me to do up a bit of a tally. If I take say 6 dogs I currently have in care.......

    Sasha was a surrender and her surrender fee was $200- (paid to us). We flew her from Sydney $186. She was already desexed, vacc & microchipped. She needed entropion surgery which was about $800 (rescue rates) She has been in care about 1 month, so x $6 per day is say $168- & this months worming $10. "hire" of bed, bowl, collar, lead, enclosure so lets just say $10 per day to cover every thing?? She is now cost me over $1000 and still ticking. She is available for adoption @$400
    Lovely girl and well worth a chance at a good life.

    Yoshi Cost $210 to release from the pound, another $350 for his training. $900 for his eye surgeries and meds. Been in care about 3 months so say $840. His adoption fee is $550

    Arizona Pound cost $170 & $800 eye surgery. In care about 2 months.......you get the picture. Available for adoption @ $550

    Rosie Cost $240 from the pound (this was for all her vet work) Been in care about 3 weeks, say $210- Adoption fee $320

    Merlin Cost $210 (included entropion surgery......shelter is very proactive in placing the pei with us) In care for the last week, will stay with us at least another 3 weeks @ $280 May sent for a short training course, say $150. Adoption fee $400.

    Cootes Vaccination cost $70 (tri annual). In care 3 weeks @ $210. Adopted for $600. What I am trying to show here is that perhaps 1 in 5 or 6 we may break even on or if we are lucky we will make up a couple of hundred dollars to add back to someones elses costs.

    Please don't think I am complaing about the costs - this is my choice as to where to spend my money, I am just trying to establish why rescue dogs cost as they do.

    Yes anyone can get from the pound (although Clea be careful mentioning 16D as there are strict rulings on how this is used and an individual is not supposed to use - even an incorprated rescue org interstate (like us) are not legally allowed to use - its for NSW rescue orgs only). The difference in adopting from a rescue org is that they are temp tested and a better picture is known for the adopter. Hence why rescue groups are more expensive than the pound because of the extra care.

    Hope this makes sense.
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    Yep, makes perfect sense, and thank you for your elaboration of your rescue situation, Shar.

    What I'm on about though is literal pounds/shelters. I don't know the answers, which is why I'm asking the question. WHY are the numbers of PTS dogs esculating?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Yep, makes perfect sense, and thank you for your elaboration of your rescue situation, Shar.

    What I'm on about though is literal pounds/shelters. I don't know the answers, which is why I'm asking the question. WHY are the numbers of PTS dogs esculating?
    Simple really DA.....Not enough space in the pounds to accomodate!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    and it WAS in NSW....it WAS done by rescue organisation rescuing him...he WAS in their name....he WAS signed over to me to be new owner...I DID pay for desexing etc!
    Yes Clea, I hear you. And thats my point. Rescued under 16D but paid for by an individual. Don't shoot the messenger, I am simply quoting the law.

    ETA Please feel free to investigate the legislation.....
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    Well yeah, that's obvious, stands to reason. Doesn't give a broad picture of all the reasons why though.

    Our laws are constantly being reviewed and updated to try and give a better future outcome, nicer stats, but in my eyes it's not working. If it is esculating (the PTS) I'm interested in ALL the reasons why. Hope that makes sense?
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