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.
I would pay $900 for a rescue.
I would pay $2000 for a rescue if it happened to be the dog I wanted.
Sorry but no way... if it were a puppy then yes, but the dog is 4 years old, he's already 1/4 of the way through his life.
Yes, rescuing is a noble thing to do, but let's face it, the dog is "second hand", and price should reflect that. I would like to know the total cost to the rescue for vetting the dog.
Money wouldn't be the issue for me if I really wanted a particular dog either, rescue dog or not. But I would want to know where the money goes to. If you pay this kind of money to a breeder, it's a purely commercial transaction. So you cover their overheads, which are probably substantial, especially if they are purebred dogs and you accept that the cost is subject to the principles of offer and demand.
But unless this rescue dog did have expensive medical costs, he didn't cost the rescue people more than what the pound fee is (if they pay the pound fee, I'm not sure) and the usual vet fees that other rescue dogs incur. Rescue dogs in the ACT and NSW seem to cost about $350 usually. I've heard $450 elsewhere. So they're making a $450+ profit.
If they are asking twice the usual price because they can (ie. offer and demand), that is fine, as long as the money goes back into the organisation and benefits other rescue dogs.
Ok they need to make their money back on rescuing and vetting costs...
They had the choice to vet or the unfortunate option to pts, they vetted as obviously they wanted him to have an option at being homed. People do not go looking for a rescue for $900. Maybe if a puppy that had most of its life ahead of it was looking for a home, not a four year old dog.
I believe this is one case where they should just be happy they saved a beautiful dog and let him go for a reasonable price. What happens if he is not sold for $900?? he will be pts... so just be happy with a reasonable "rescue price".
They may be losing out, but it was their choice to vet him.
Off subject a little. I seen a rescue site on Facebook the other day that had a dog surrendered that afternoon and was adopted the very next morning.
I just kept thinking that surely isnt enough time to check its health, do all temperament tests needed!
To Pay the money to adopt a dog when its literally been there overnight, maybe had one feed! I don't see how that is reasonable!
So Its way off subject but it had me a bit offside the other day and I was going to thread about it but it would have been a pointless winge
If it takes too long to find someone who will pay that fee, they will probably reduce that price. If the price is to cover additional vet costs, they will try to recuperate that through fund raising.
I can't believe that you are suggesting that they should've pts him straight away instead of spending a few hundred on him so he can live a happy life for the next 6-11 years!!!
Our local RSPCA recently paid for a very expensive ear operation for a dog who is extremely dog aggressive and a committed fence jumper (jumps 5 foot fences with ease). My friend took him home yesterday to care for him while he recovers. Every dog is worth rescuing!
Last edited by Beloz; 08-27-2011 at 06:04 PM.
I said they had options. IN MY OPINION WHICH PREVIOUSLY I HAVE NOT STATED they did the right thing in rescuing the dog. BUT the price is way too high for a rescue, I am saying they should be happy they did a good deed and let the dog go at a reasonable price.
I am sorry but the crap you just went on with was REDICULOUS. I would never say anything of the sort.
I notice that the dog is being offered by the French Bulldog Rescue Group, who currently only have one dog on offer on the website. Being such a small group they may not have much opportunity to do any fundraising like the bigger groups can do. So the money for the vet has to come from somewhere. You can hardly expect these volunteers to pay for it. They already cover all the costs associated with the everyday care of these dogs, plus their time.
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