(Closed) Would you pay $500 for these rescue pups?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That’s a lot of money! I’d definitely be doing my research on the rescue to make sure they’re legit…not that I doubt it, but I’d want to learn all I could about them so I could feel comfortable making a contribution of that size to their program. I’d rather give a rescue that much money than a breeder, that’s for sure.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Lexy: I agree!

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@MsYellowJacket:

I really think it comes down to whether or not you like the dogs (health, tempermant, energy level, breed, etc.), whether the rescue is legit, and whether you prefer to get a pet from a reputable breeder or via adoption.

When you adopt/buy a puppy, you’re making a lifelong (~12-18 years for a small dog) commitment. I personally don’t feel like it’s the place to worry about a difference of a couple hundred dollars, as long as that money is going to a good cause and not to a backyard breeder or something. I mean, if your budget it tight, then it might not make sense for you to get these dogs, but I don’t feel that cost should be the primary decision point… (this is coming from someone who is very frugal!). [Also, not saying that it is the primary decision point for you – just sayin’ in general! :)]

$500 may not be the going rate for puppy adoptions, but it may be in line with what “breeders” charge for that cross and probably much less than what pet stores charge.

Rescues get TONS of applications for the cute dogs but still take in the not-so-cute ones with mange and everything else. So they charge more for the sought-after dogs to be able to pay for the less sought after ones. Is that fair? Maybe not, but it wouldn’t really be fair to only save cute – highly sought after dogs either.

Vet care is extremely expensive. A legitimate rescue is not out to line it’s pockets, rather, it is just trying to cover operating costs, which are MUCH higher than you’d ever imagine.

Sorry if that sounded soap-boxy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 34
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@78h2o: The only “breeders” who are going to sell a schnauzer/yorkie mix (aka a mutt) are backyard breeders.  Legitimate breeders don’t ever breed mutts.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes… my Yorkie was over 2k and if she died I wouldn’t hesitate to pay that much again. Lovely dogs.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Mrs.KMM: agreed. That’s why I used quotes around “breeders” ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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@Mrs.KMM: Totally fair! I just wanted to make sure we kept in mind that the dollar amount itself shouldn’t be a deal breaker if everything else is kosher.

Post # 39
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@MsYellowJacket: Good luck at the Atlanta Humane Society!  I browsed through their available dogs yesterday when I was looking up adoption fees and they had some real sweeties!

You’ll have to post pictures for us when you find one!

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I paid either $300 or $400 for my dog a couple years ago.  I can’t remember exactly how much it was now, but she was estimated to be about 2 at the time.  When I was looking I saw a lot of places that charged more for puppies.  I don’t think that $500 is outrageous, but as others have said I would make sure they’ve been neutered/spayed, shots, etc. 

Also, maybe the group would be willing to bargain if you and your parents are going to each buy one.  2 guaranteed adopters at $800 might be appreciated, as opposed to only hoping to get $500 each out of them.

ETA:  should have read the poster’s update first!

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@MsYellowJacket: oooh, exciting! good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes! I would def pay $500 for a puppy & they are sooo cute!  That seems like a good price these days & smaller breeds tend to sell for more money, someone once told me this is because they have smaller litters.

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Although they are cuties, I wouldn’t pay that much for a puppy from anyone.  That’s just my personal opinion.  I’ve recently adopted my Pekingese mix from a Shelter even though I found some real cuties via local Rescues.  Brownie isn’t perfect(severe underbite) so I highly doubt he would’ve rescued.  Also I don’t believe in giving my DNA and other private info to adopt. 

My suggestion is to continue to look @ the local shelters and adopt a 2yr or older.  Brownie is 2 and although he’s a Brat, he’s crate trained and potty trained.  He doesn’t have some bad habits such as jumping on the couch and bed but those are minor when it comes too being crate and potty trained.

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