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"