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How much would you pay?

Post by chuckanut » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:41 pm

I am considering adopting a two year old GSP that has had little training but is well socialized, has had some exposure to birds, and is house broke. The dog will not have papers but the foster family can provide the information I need to get them if I want them. He is also neutered, current on vaccines, and micro-chipped. The organization that has the dog is asking a $300 "re-homing" fee. Does that seem reasonable? If not, how much is a 'normal' fee for situations like this one?
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Re: How much would you pay?

Post by ultracarry » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:42 pm

Nope.

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Post by romeo212000 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:53 pm

Nope. $0.

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Post by Fireside » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:54 pm

Most rescue organizations go seriously into the red with their rehoming fees. The vet visit to vaccinate, neuter and micro chip probably costs about $200. That means for a normal healthy dog they "make" $100. If the dog had been heartworm positive, they would have gone several hundred dollars in the hole and a foster family would have had to keep him for several months to treat him. I guarantee that for every normal healthy dog that goes thru rescue, there are several dogs come in that need expensive veterinary care. The price sounds pretty darned fair to me.

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Post by rkappes » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:56 pm

I paid that much for a rescue JRT. Seems reasonable to me. I see a lot of rescue/shelter dogs for $200-$300+.
Already house broke, neutered, vaccines, and chipped….expenses you won’t have to incur.
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Post by RYNO » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:59 pm

If the organization paid for the neutering, shots, microchip and food thats not out of line to recoup their cost. My girlfriend volunteers for a "little dog rescue" :roll: and thats a pretty standard re-homing fee. She makes nothing from it BTW.

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Post by cjuve » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:05 pm

$300 to me seems way high for what the dog is. If you are truly serious about this dog, do yourself a favor and check to make sure that he is not noise sensitive. I know of more than one dog that come from a rescue that ended up being gun shy....

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Post by Cajun Casey » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:14 pm

Rescues are not supposed to provide registration papers. Those are supposed to go to AKC, but they may have a pedigree on the dog or be offering you a PAL.

Thr cost is average in the rescue industry. They should provide you with complete medical records, including heartworm blood test, which is required annually now in order to purchase preventative.
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Post by Cajun Casey » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:14 pm

Rescues are not supposed to provide registration papers. Those are supposed to go to AKC, but they may have a pedigree on the dog or be offering you a PAL.

Thr cost is average in the rescue industry. They should provide you with complete medical records, including heartworm blood test, which is required annually now in order to purchase preventative.
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Post by Sharon » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:41 pm

Fireside wrote:Most rescue organizations go seriously into the red with their rehoming fees. The vet visit to vaccinate, neuter and micro chip probably costs about $200. That means for a normal healthy dog they "make" $100. If the dog had been heartworm positive, they would have gone several hundred dollars in the hole and a foster family would have had to keep him for several months to treat him. I guarantee that for every normal healthy dog that goes thru rescue, there are several dogs come in that need expensive veterinary care. The price sounds pretty darned fair to me.
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Post by brad27 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:18 pm

chuckanut wrote:I am considering adopting a two year old GSP that has had little training but is well socialized, has had some exposure to birds, and is house broke. The dog will not have papers but the foster family can provide the information I need to get them if I want them. He is also neutered, current on vaccines, and micro-chipped. The organization that has the dog is asking a $300 "re-homing" fee. Does that seem reasonable? If not, how much is a 'normal' fee for situations like this one?
What are you wanting out of this dog? Hunting partner? Pet?

Is this dog gunshy? Do you have kids? Is the dog good with kids? The list could go on...........

For $200 more you could buy a GSP puppy and start with a clean slate, not have to worry about the above questions..........

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Post by Brazosvalleyvizslas » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:02 pm

Fees like that are absolutely normal for breed rescue groups. Even with volunteers, rescue groups incur costs that must be recovered or they can't rescue any more dogs. It's usually called an adoption fee and in many cases that fee doesn't come close to what it cost to get the dog healthy and worthy of adoption. Only you can decide if it's worth taking on a dog like that. You have to go into it with the mind set that you are helping one of mans best friends and not with the thought of the next National Champ.

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Post by chuckanut » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:20 pm

brad27 wrote:
chuckanut wrote:I am considering adopting a two year old GSP that has had little training but is well socialized, has had some exposure to birds, and is house broke. The dog will not have papers but the foster family can provide the information I need to get them if I want them. He is also neutered, current on vaccines, and micro-chipped. The organization that has the dog is asking a $300 "re-homing" fee. Does that seem reasonable? If not, how much is a 'normal' fee for situations like this one?
What are you wanting out of this dog? Hunting partner? Pet?

Is this dog gunshy? Do you have kids? Is the dog good with kids? The list could go on...........

For $200 more you could buy a GSP puppy and start with a clean slate, not have to worry about the above questions..........
The dog wil be a family pet first and a hunting dog second. The foster family has kids and he's apparently great with them. I just went through the puppy thing and am not ready to deal with that again. I just like the idea of having another dog and this guy fits the bill. Sounds like the fee is reasonable so I'll probably go for it. Thanks for the insight folks.

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How much would you pay?

Post by Gooseman07 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:30 pm

I just 'rescued' a pup from someone who apparently didn't want these dogs bred. It was a very sad situation. The pups were said to be 3 months old and had the first round of shots. At first, there was no talk of too many dogs, papers or other super major issues besides their size and health and price. Turns out they were 5 months old and probably 30 pounds underweight. I 'rescued' this dog for $200 and gave it to a friend because I couldn't have another dog in the house right now.

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Post by AZ Brittany Guy » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:51 pm

Sharon wrote:
Fireside wrote:Most rescue organizations go seriously into the red with their rehoming fees. The vet visit to vaccinate, neuter and micro chip probably costs about $200. That means for a normal healthy dog they "make" $100. If the dog had been heartworm positive, they would have gone several hundred dollars in the hole and a foster family would have had to keep him for several months to treat him. I guarantee that for every normal healthy dog that goes thru rescue, there are several dogs come in that need expensive veterinary care. The price sounds pretty darned fair to me.
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+3 but if you are looking for a good huntining dog you are rolling the dice. It is like buying a used car. If you are just trying to do the "good hearted thing" then $300 will be the least expensive part of owning a dog.

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Re: How much would you pay?

Post by Garrison » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:09 pm

The initial price of a dog is the cheapest part of the whole deal. In my mind a good deal is low on the list of requirements for taking on a new dog.

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How much would you pay?

Post by brad27 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Garrison wrote:The initial price of a dog is the cheapest part of the whole deal. In my mind a good deal is low on the list of requirements for taking on a new dog.
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Post by Gertie » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:34 am

I'm not part of any rescue organization but I got wind of a 2 year old 'intact' male setter on craigslist and decided to take him on as a rescue and between the vet. care that my friend has volunteered and the time, food, and energy that I have invested I would say that $300 is very reasonable if what you're saying you are getting is indeed what you're getting. I hope it is and I wish you the best of luck. Thanks for taking a chance :D
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Post by Garrison » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:36 am

brad27 wrote:
Garrison wrote:The initial price of a dog is the cheapest part of the whole deal. In my mind a good deal is low on the list of requirements for taking on a new dog.
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BTW Brad and I both have rescues in our care that have issues to iron out, but are on their way to being nice dogs, and yes they have cost more than $300.

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Post by gotpointers » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:37 am

I have a shorthair male that's ready to hunt that I would sell for that. He has his akc full registration that goes with him too. Steady to wing and shot, does a nice retrieve also.

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Re: How much would you pay?

Post by TRoberts » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:27 pm

chuckanut wrote:
brad27 wrote:
chuckanut wrote:I am considering adopting a two year old GSP that has had little training but is well socialized, has had some exposure to birds, and is house broke. The dog will not have papers but the foster family can provide the information I need to get them if I want them. He is also neutered, current on vaccines, and micro-chipped. The organization that has the dog is asking a $300 "re-homing" fee. Does that seem reasonable? If not, how much is a 'normal' fee for situations like this one?
What are you wanting out of this dog? Hunting partner? Pet?

Is this dog gunshy? Do you have kids? Is the dog good with kids? The list could go on...........

For $200 more you could buy a GSP puppy and start with a clean slate, not have to worry about the above questions..........
The dog wil be a family pet first and a hunting dog second. The foster family has kids and he's apparently great with them. I just went through the puppy thing and am not ready to deal with that again. I just like the idea of having another dog and this guy fits the bill. Sounds like the fee is reasonable so I'll probably go for it. Thanks for the insight folks.
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