to think £200 for ...

(46 Posts)
RedbreastRobin Wed 21-Aug-13 18:02:26

...a mixed breed rescue dog (not a pup) is excessive? Are they having me on?

Feminine Fri 23-Aug-13 09:34:48

I should have read the thread properly. blush

Feminine Fri 23-Aug-13 09:33:10

Interesting... the lady next door, fosters dogs.

At the moment she has a little cross puppy. In terms of breed obviously.

she will be £175 apparently.

All checks and spaying done etc...

Why do they cost to re-home?

I'd take the puppy if she was free!

I understand that it would cost that much to have all the health things done.

Is it a way to weed out genuine families?

littlemog Fri 23-Aug-13 09:22:32

And I agree with midori completely.

littlemog Fri 23-Aug-13 09:19:04

Our last two rescues were £150 and £170.

Famzilla Fri 23-Aug-13 09:16:33

£200 seems very steep for a rescue dog IMO.

And as for the £400-500 mark, what are they on about? My pedigree GSD only cost £450. No way I'd pay that for a mongrel! It's all well and good saying "but they're neutered blah blah blah" but the shelter will end up keeping a lot of dogs on for a lot longer (possibly forever?) if they out price the kind people looking to give a dog a loving home.

The shelters round here charge £60-100.

I wouldn't think £200 was excessive if it came with an explanation of the why's.

The hard sell would make me very hmm

Did they seem thorough with regard to home check, telling you about the dog etc.

saintmerryweather Fri 23-Aug-13 08:07:01

we were meant to pay £100 for our pedigree dog from the breed rescue, but she ended up javing health problems that we then had to pay for so they said we wouldnt have to pay it in the end. id still pay 200 for a rescue dog, i cant really see how thats a rip off

midori1999 Fri 23-Aug-13 07:51:59

stephenfry Many breed rescues are run by the breeders who are members of their breed club, usually also funded by their own personal pockets, so the person you mention may not be 'dodgy' at all. However, I have also known local pounds that are also puppy farmers (breeding pedigrees and mongrels, although the mongrels are apparently 'handed in' in litters full to the pound and surprisingly all look very similar hmm and obviously these are dodgy, so if you are in doubt, do keep reporting.

Sadly, the place I know of has had several RSPCA visits after reports from members of the public, but they never do anything. sad

midori1999 Fri 23-Aug-13 07:47:38


Of course £200 is not excessive, for a dog that is neutered, wormed, flea treated and chipped (and presumably vaccinated if they've done all that?) it probably barely covers their costs. It will certainly be less than if you bought or rehomed a dog for free and then had to vaccinated, neuter etc and possibly pay for a behaviourist too. It won't cover their costs if the dog has been with them for any length of time.

Rescues are charities. Why shouldn't your donation for a dog that will presumably be your pet and companion for years to come, cover their costs?

Not dogs, but we paid £90 each for our rescue rabbits. Again, massive bargain. It can cost £90 just to get a doe neutered and the vaccinations alone are £42 per rabbit.

chickensaladagain Fri 23-Aug-13 05:03:01

The rescue you are talking about isn't in West Yorkshire is it?

The rescue my niece got her dog from told her it would be a small dog -you only had to look at it as a puppy to see it was going to be massive!

AdoraBell Fri 23-Aug-13 03:40:55

For me it would depend what the money would be used for, presumably it costs a lot to run rescue centers.

Eastpoint Fri 23-Aug-13 03:34:41

I think one of the reasons they charge is to prevent people casually adopting dogs and then discarding them on a whim. By charging a large enough amount to make someone think about it they are preventing that dog from being 'adopted' and then given up six weeks later when it has peed on the carpet/burrowed under the fence etc.

They are also preventing the dogs from being used as training dogs for dog fighting.

SomeTeaPlease Fri 23-Aug-13 02:54:22

My dog cost us about £100 from the pound. Several years later, he racked up over £1500 in vet bills because he developed an auto-immune condition. Thankfully he's now in remission with no lasting symptoms. Dogs cost rather a lot of money. Some more than others.

£200 is not unreasonable especially if the dog needed some treatment or the neutering was more complicated than normal. I haven't had an animal neutered for quite a while, but doesn't it often run over £100? Then microchipping, a checkup, flea treatment, behavioral testing, food and shelter... it adds up quickly.

Floralnomad Wed 21-Aug-13 23:18:35

I think Battersea are charging about £165 for puppies under 6 months and £135 for dogs over 6 months at the moment , I think its reasonable when you consider the costs and overheads of running the places . We got our puppy from Battersea 3 years ago on Sunday and he was only £95 which was an absolute bargain .

Dogsmom Wed 21-Aug-13 23:03:57

We paid £120 for our mongrel from Sunnyside kennels which is owned by Birmingham Dogs Home, they told us it was because she was a puppy, I still remember the puzzled look DH and I gave each other, we've had her 2 years and she is exactly the same size and looks the same as the day we had her, no way was she a puppy but we did get a'puppy pack' with her which consisted of training pads, a clicker and some Pedigree dog food which we told her she couldn't have as she was a mongrel and the GSD should have it.

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 22:40:55

Ooh, OhWouldYouJust we are thinking retired greyhound for our next dog. Present one is a lurcher who thinks he is a greyhound and is at the moment stretched out on his back with all four paws in the air. How is it working out for you?

shufflehopstep Wed 21-Aug-13 22:08:00

As someone said, if it's already been chipped and neutered, I don't think it's too much. Some people pay £1000s for dogs and cats just because of the way they look. The amount of money you'll probably save on vet bills if you get a mongrel instead of a pedigree will easily surpass £200.

OhWouldYouJust Wed 21-Aug-13 22:01:58

Oh and she was chipped.

OhWouldYouJust Wed 21-Aug-13 22:00:45

We paid £125 for our pedigree - retired greyhound.

She came spayed, wormed, flea treated, teeth cleaned, freshly shampooed and with a muzzle, lead and I'd tags.

Bargain. smile

Floatsyourboat Wed 21-Aug-13 19:07:40

To buy my pedigree pup I paid over £500 and then had to pay to have him neutered. I then got a 5 year old pedigree for free who was already neutered. So that really was a bargain! Both dogs are gorgeous and beautifully behaved so winner!

StephenFrySaidSo Wed 21-Aug-13 19:06:19

I have reported my concerns to the council following a really dodgy event happening and was told they would investigate- but I never heard anything back from it. I assumed it was all ok but I still have my suspicions. others locally do to.

Floatsyourboat Wed 21-Aug-13 19:05:56

If the pup comes chipped, neutered, wormed and flea'd then £200 is a bargain as it cost me over £100 to get my pup neutered.

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 19:03:00

I don't know Stephen, they only shelter and re-home Belgians, which is the norm here e.g. my friend who breeds St Bernards will take in abandoned ones and re-home. If you suspect fraud you should report it.

Tryharder Wed 21-Aug-13 18:57:43

I think that £200 is cheap to get a dog that is vaccinated, neutered and chipped.

And agree that they have to charge to prevent nutters and non=serious people from adopting dogs.

StephenFrySaidSo Wed 21-Aug-13 18:55:25

spikey would the rescued dogs also be sold for the same price as the 'bred' dogs even when other rescues are going for the standard £70?

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