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?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Wed 21-Aug-13 18:04:01

You could have a night away in a nice hotel for that.

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Aug-13 18:04:32

It depends on what the rescue center are offering with it?

But it does sound excessive.

Which one is it?

KissMeHardy Wed 21-Aug-13 18:04:51

Our local Dogs Trust charge at least £100 for one of their rescue dogs !

£200 does seem a little excessive though sad

lljkk Wed 21-Aug-13 18:07:02

I suppose it's a pittance compared to what annual costs of owning a dog can be.
Would put me off, too.

RedbreastRobin Wed 21-Aug-13 18:09:42

I realise they have a lot of costs, and dogs are generally expensive, but she was giving it a bit of the hard sell, telling me that I'd be looking at £400-£500 if I were to buy private hmm

I just think that must put a lot of people off, and surely the most important thing is that these dogs get a decent home after a shitty start sad

BrokenSunglasses Wed 21-Aug-13 18:09:50

The rescue will have a high price partly to make sure that owners get message that owning a rescue dog is a big commitment and expense, plus they probably try to make back some of what it cost to keep/rehabilitate the dog.

I understand its a lot of money, but it's a dog.

RedbreastRobin Wed 21-Aug-13 18:10:16

They come chipped, neutered, wormed and flead.

StuntGirl Wed 21-Aug-13 18:10:30

The RSPCA near us charges £100. That's to ensure the animal is neutered and chipped and has a health check at the vets. What does yours cover for that cost?

cricketballs Wed 21-Aug-13 18:11:18

the rescue charity has a lot of costs - kennels, vets, admin, insurance, feeds, trainers etc that unfortunately needs to be met and therefore a charge is made to cover these costs. £200 does seem a bit high though so ask them what this charge covers; a reputable rescue will be very open and honest regarding their costs

StuntGirl Wed 21-Aug-13 18:11:28

Well there you go. If you don't like it shop around. Different rescue centres charge different amounts.

Our rescue dog, from the Dogs' Trust, was spayed, wormed, microchipped etc, and we paid £110, iirc.

Is this an independent shelter or one of the big national ones, OP?

I would be very hmm about the hard sell she gave you.

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 18:22:32

My little lad cost £52 from the RSPCA 14 years ago and is still going strong. He then cost me £500 just 3 days later for a serious operation for a pre-existing condition they had missed, so my insurance didn't cover it.

Whilst £200 may seem a lot it is a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of ongoing dog ownership, so don't take it on unless you are sure you can afford it.

teaforthree Wed 21-Aug-13 18:23:15

We paid £120 for our 16 month old crossbreed from the RSPCA. We did look at the German Shepherd Dog Rescue and they wanted over £200 for a pedigree GSD. I wouldn't trust it if she was giving you the hard sell though, our experience has been rescues don't want to give their dogs to just anyone.

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Aug-13 18:24:58

It's nothing compared to how much the OP will end up spending on the dog over the years.

But that doesn't mean she's going to be happy to be ripped off for any amount of money.

And this does sound like a rip off.

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 18:33:35

What size of dog is it? Neutering can be rather expensive, so that might explain the cost.

We had home visits, all the family had to go twice to the rescue centre to spend an afternoon with the dog and a worker so we could be assessed on our ability to care for the dog, so I can easily see how the costs mount up. My little lad had only been there 3 days before we picked him out, but some had been there for years, so no doubt cost a fortune to look after.

teaforthree, £200 for a pedigree GS is cheap indeed.

RedbreastRobin Wed 21-Aug-13 18:43:59

We already have a dog, so fully aware of ongoing costs.

We are after a small crossbreed, not at all fussed apart from it obviously has to get along with our current dog. Not after a specific or 'designer' dog AT ALL

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 18:46:19

Well, if you haven't already chosen and fallen for one, move on and look elsewhere if you are unhappy with the cost.

StephenFrySaidSo Wed 21-Aug-13 18:49:21

is it definitely a rescue?

I ask because there is a place local to me that has 3 different 'operations' going on. they have the contract from the council for taking in the dogs the warden catches, they also breed dogs and they say they are a rescue and rehoming centre aswell. BUT- they seem to regularly have a few litters of a certain type of pup to 'rehome' and the cost is the same as if you were to buy one of their pups that they breed.

I am very hmm about this tbh.

Spikeytree Wed 21-Aug-13 18:51:48

Stephen, many breeders also act as re-homing centres for the breeds they breed. We have a local Belgian Shepherd breeder who also takes in and re-homes Belgians from across the region.

Preferthedogtothekids Wed 21-Aug-13 18:53:07

When you donate to a rescue, you are not buying that dog, rather you are paying towards the general running of the rescue. Many of the dogs will cost the rescue much more than £200, possibly into the thousands for their healthcare. Your dog will (hopefully if it's a good rescue) have lifetime behaviour support and will always have a place to go if you can't keep it. Your dog will possibly be neutered, usually chipped and up-to-date on vaccs, will have been transported, boarded, fed and assessed. The majority of the staff will be volunteers who spend their free time fundraising to help make up the deficit from the donations. £200 is a drop in the ocean. I would be happy to pay that, and have done. I also have the most wonderful collie who came from a rescue 2 years ago having been fully assessed in a family home for several weeks. Priceless.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 19:07:40

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!

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

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

Oh and she was chipped.

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.

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?

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Our last two rescues were £150 and £170.

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

And I agree with midori completely.

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?

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

I should have read the thread properly. blush

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