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Yesterday I saw this havanese/maltese mix puppy on petfinder and I quickly emailed the rescue asking about information. The puppy is located in a town a little over an hour away from me, but close enough.
Beverly cautioned me on another thread saying that some organizations are not what they seem on Petfinder... Well low and behold...
My most recent email from the rescue was pictures from all the 7 puppies available for adoption and their parent's pictures. They even sent a picture of the mother's PUPPY picture. My husband quickly caught on to that one.
Well the adoption fee to begin with was $550, which I thought was a bit high, but I have seen some ranging up to $300, so i thought it still might be okay. But then the email says the others puppies are anywhere up to $900!
(and the reasons for high price were: havanese are highly sought after dogs, expenses are over $1000/week, etc)
Well needless to say, if I am going to spend that much money on a puppy, I might as well spend that amount or more on a pure bred puppy that is from a reputable breeder as opposed to a "rescue." We have decided to get a puppy and are keeping our options open on getting a rescue or one from a breeder. We are just looking at this stage. While I thought that this would have a been ideal situation: getting a puppy and a rescue, I certainly am not supporting that "organization."
I found Mimi from a well known no-kill shelter in the area and she was microchipped, utd on shots, spayed, and we even got a vet visit (of our choice) included. Her adoption fee was only a couple hundred dollars. I don't mind supporting this organization as they have an amazing facility and I will continue to support them in the future with additional donations.
So I started to wonder What is a normal range for adoption fees if you are going to rescue?
What other things can you look out for for when finding dogs from rescue organizations?