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Old 01-04-2010, 04:46 PM
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I think the higher prices end up doing more harm than good in the long run.
I agree.

Here small dogs from rescues (the only place to get small dogs from around here, none in shelters) are all between 400 and 600 dollars... besides the millions of hoops you have to jump through, under, over, and around.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:57 PM
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I wouldn't pay $400 for a dog thats been in three homes...or at all..but thats just me. Also advertising that shes been rehomed so much will turn the average person off IMO.

All that aside, she sounds like a typical young pup...where all three owners not aware that dogs chew and run around?
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:03 PM
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Also advertising that shes been rehomed so much will turn the average person off IMO.
That may be exactly the point. They may want the non-average people only seeking her out.

Thankfully she's so far away. My desires for a small dog for agility have been pretty out of control lately, and she fits the needs to a T.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:11 PM
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That may be exactly the point. They may want the non-average people only seeking her out.

Thankfully she's so far away. My desires for a small dog for agility have been pretty out of control lately, and she fits the needs to a T.
That's my thoughts too. I'd rather them be honest and find her an appropriate home than not. Some papillons are extremely high drive and would be a horrible fit for someone looking at toy dogs wanting a lapdog. Some of them absolutely need a job of some sort. My guess is that is why she was rehomed so many times. Sounds like a good dog but people just didn't know what they were getting into.

ETA: When I said 'breed rescues' I meant papillon breed rescues. I know the three major breed rescues charge that much.
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You need to get her, so we can hear twice the stories.
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I think the higher prices end up doing more harm than good in the long run.
Agree.
I think a lot people would end up buying a dog than adopting with that price.
And then it's more rescued needed.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:58 AM
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Agree.
I think a lot people would end up buying a dog than adopting with that price.
And then it's more rescued needed.
I guess it just depends on the person and their way of thinking I guess. Yes, you can go to Craig's list, or the news paper.........maybe even a good breeder if you can find one, and probably even get the dog cheaper in most cases......

But

For many people, it's a charitable donation to continue helping OTHER dogs of a certain breed (for breed specific rescues) and saving ONE yourself Some people have time to donate physically, some have money and/or resources. If you are a person who looks at it that way, it's well worth the price
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:14 PM
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Man, if I had tried to charge $400 for Virgo, I'd still have her. As it was, there was no adoption fee involved with her, I felt that ILoveMyLab was a good enough fit that I waived it and knew that she was going to need all the extra money to repair what Virgo was likely to damage during her adjusting phase.

I sure could have used an adoption fee to help recoup MY costs though.
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:50 PM
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If rescues didn't charge the amounts they do, a lot of them would go bankrupt. We charge $350 for a dog, and that doesn't even cover a lot of the dogs we get in--ones with mange, parvo, broken bones, or aggression issues that need special training before we consider them adoptable.

Yup, sometimes we get the magical healthy puppy who we don't have to spend a cent on who's adopted in a week--but for every one of those, we have 5 dogs with mega vet bills to make up for it.

As it is, we don't cover our costs with adoption fees. We fundraise like crazy, have sponsors for our events, and still rely on our volunteers to give generously. If we lowered costs to a "reasonable" $100, we would no longer be able to rescue.
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