Post # 1
I was wondering how many people out there have walked away from adopting animals because the animal adoption place made your life hell?
This has been talked about many times in the past here and other sites. I myself have walked away from a few pet adoption places because of all their demands and wait times. Meaning the background check to get the pet takes so long its crazy. And I hate to say it – but – sometimes the prices are somewhat high for an ‘adult’ dog when you start calculating how long the animal will live after the adoption. My FI figured out the cost of the pet through adoption verses the amount of years it should live. The pet ended up costing more than it would have from a professional breeder. Is this what things have come to?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t live in disneyland where everything is wonderful and falls right into place. I live in a world where I work hard for my money. And I’m in a world where something does not seem right if I pay more for a recue dog to live out the rest of his years than a breeder would charge. I’m very interested in people who may have had a rough road and how you ended up with a pet you love. What are some of your experiences?
Post # 2
I saw a thread this week where someone said the breed rescue they were going through required a key to their home, and the ability to take back the adopted dog as well as the existing dog(s) in the home at any time if they deemed it necessary. That sounds absolutely insane!
I agree that sometimes adoption fees can be way too high. I am all for them recouping the costs of medical care, spay/neuter, etc., but I don’t think they should gouge people who are trying to do a good thing by adopting. Sometimes it seems like they are preying on their good nature.
Post # 3
Just get one from the humane society. A dog does cost money in care, food, and vet bills, but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg upfront, or require the key to your house. That is crazy!
Post # 4
The process makes you wonder if these animals really are that desperate for a home. Whatever happened to ads for “FREE KITTENS TO A GOOD HOME!” ?
Post # 5
Both of my dogs have been “rescues” and I have been involved with a rescue as well. I am not sure about your location but in the region I live in, the cost to adopt a dog is $300. This includes all shots but rabies and their spay/neuter.
I have looked into getting dogs from reputable breeders which also have some silly requirements and contracts you have to sign such as co-ownership, can’t spay or neuter without permission. If you get a dog through a breeder, you should ensure you get what they tell you are getting. Papers and insurance for certain disesases often come from certified breeders – otherwise you risk getting a dog from a puppy mill. When you consider the cost of the dog from a breeder and initial medicals, a rescue is a deal!
That being said, you have to pick a rescue that works for you. They are looking for the best homes for their animals. There are have been horror stories in the area about dog fighing rings and such. The world we live in can be so cruel.
Post # 6
chica95110: I think there needs to be some sort of obstacle to stop people from getting petss on a whim. I cannot tell you how much I hate resues that hand out animals to anyone and everyone. I think some places scare of truly good homes but I do think there needs to be a challenge when people come in because too many animals are taken home and sent right back.
My own rescue takes time before someone can bring take home a pet and we do make sure that we can trust you to be a good owner. Some of our animals have gone to hell and back and it would be irresponsible for us to hand them out to someone who we are not 100% certain will give them the care they need.
Post # 7
I am on the board of a rescue – our average cost per animal is 550, we adopt out at 150, so we don’t recoup our cost in adoptions at all so that’s another way of looking at it suppose! I don’t support the crazy inflexible adoption restriction that some rescues have either – I couldn’t adopt a dog from a number of rescues when I was a board member of a rescue, had a long term rescue pet, a full time dog walker, and a job as a lawyer! We do “matching” at ours to see what might be the best dog for each person’s situation and offer counselling, consultation, and classes for adopters, but that’s it.
Post # 8
uCory_loves_this_girl: Whaaaat! A key to your home and the ability to take all animals out of the house? Not often that my jaded jaw hits the ground but omg…it just did!
Post # 9
I have volunteered for a no-kill animal resuce for 7 years. We adopt out at $100 for a cat and $150 for a dog. Our debts are massive. Not only do we need to spay or neuter nearly every animal we rescue, but many come from deplorable conditions and require additional treatment, medication, vaccines, and even surgery. Currently the rescue I volunteer for carries a $5,000+ balance at multiple vets. We are constantly fund-raising to pay back these fees.
So I guess my point is just that the system is broken. No one wins. If we stop screening people thoroughly, animals just go to shitty homes and end up back in a resuce (if they’re lucky, anyways. many end up in humane societies and eventually euthanized), abused, neglected, or abandoned. If we lower fees, our debts go even higher. Nobody wins. You, as a viable and responsible adoption candidate, unfortunately must bear the burden of all the irresponsible, downright shitty pet owners that dominate the landscape.
I second going to a humane society if you are looking to adopt a pet without a long wait time, a large fee, or an invasive background check. Humane societies are so overcrowded that they often kill at a rate of 4-7 days per animal (as in, an animal gets approximately a week upon being dropped off at the humane society to get adopted before they are euthanized). But this also means that they are feeling the pressure to move animals much faster than a private no-kill rescue so they will not be as expensive or stringent.
And to the poster who asked “What happened to ‘free to a good home’,” please realize that no one should ever give an animal away for free. You are inviting an impulsive, irresponsible action on the part of the adopter that requires zero commitement and, the majority of the time, ends unfavourably for the animal.
Post # 10
Yup, we were seriously looking into adopting a dog, and the adoption agencies made it pretty much impossible. We were looking for a particular breed, but the closest agencies were both five hours away from us in opposite directions. The problem is that they required a home visit, but refused to drive that far to come see our apartment. I also noticed that most of them frowned upon the dogs being left alone for any length of time. SO and I work mostly opposite shifts, so the dog would have only been alone for 4-5 hours max on any given day, and usually we have different days off, so four days a week the dog would have had someone home pretty much all day, and that apparently wasn’t enough for them. They also required completely fenced in yards, and we don’t have that, but would have just took the dog out on the leash.
I think they have extremely high expectations. I’ve always had dogs, and we never felt the need to stay home on the weekends or have a stay at home pet parent to be there with the animal 24/7. If that were the case nobody would have pets! We ended up giving up on the dog adoption, and just adopted a kitten. Of course there were issues with that. We had no issues adopting her, but they gave her a clean bill of health, just said she is a “bit clumsy.” Well we take her to our vet only to find out that she had a URI, UTI, had previously broken her pelvis, had tapeworms and ear mites. That was a lovely $300 vet bill for a ton of things that were supposed to be covered by the adoption fee.
Post # 12
My husband was turned off to the amount of screening rescue groups were demanding. Eventually we just went to a Craigslist ad and bought a backyard bred pup. Ironic that rescues try to stop these kinds of breeding practices but also encourage it through very invasive practices.
Sure you can check my house. But once when we saw the woman in our backyard before we got back from work, snooping into our windows…no bueno. The little black Labrador was not getting a home. We got the BYB pit bull instead, because no one really seemed to want pit bulls.
Post # 13
$400 for adult dog
$400 for mandatory classes at their location only, of course
No other pets in the home
Home visit required
Must have fenced yard
Homeowner, no renting
Must not leave pet home alone for more than like 1 second at a time haha
Among other hoops to jump through, while they euthanize “undesireables” despite the City pound having declared itself no-kill.
Welcome to my local Humane Society.
Post # 14
Our puppy cost $450 from the rescue. That included neutering and the first two vaccinations so that wasn’t too bad. DH balked at the yard checks they wanted to do because the woman didn’t even introduce herself when she arrived in the doorstep to say she was from the rescue, just walked in like she owned the joint and said take me to the yard, lol. I put up with it because i wanted the dog. We were due to go away for a few days after Xmas ( this was a few days before Xmas) sho we asked if we could pick the dog up when we returned and they said no, they wouldn’t hold him but luckily other prospective adopters must have turned him down so we ended up with him anyway luckily. Their loss!
Post # 15
I work for an SPCA and cats are 50, kittens are 75, and dogs range from 75-300 at most depending on situation (for example, a 7 year old random mutt with chronic ear infections is going to be cheaper than a purebred Malamute puppy). ALL of our animals come spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. We also frequently have specials–from yesterday to Tuesday all veterans, active duty servicemen ans women, police officers, EMTS, and firefighters adopt for free in honor of Memorial Day. Our process includes an application with questions, a valid form of ID, proof of ownership of home or proof that your renting landlord allows you to have an animal, and a meet ans greet with the animal to see how you interact. If everythibg goes well you can go home with a pet that day.
A lot of peoples eyes bulge when they hear a dog here can cost 300, and compare us to a pet store.
We are a non profit. We are not funded by the city. Since all of our animals get ‘the works’ we need to make our money from somewhere.
Also, if youre too broke to afford 300 for a puppy you most likely cannot financially stay on top of all their needs, so its an obstacle put in place to ensure its going to a home where its taken of.