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Confessions of a Rescue Worker (all over)
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Date: 2009-01-25, 7:38PM PST
Your Ad sort of touched me ,and I am having a attack of conscious right now so I am going to let you know what happen to you. You see, I worked for a Rescue for many years. What happened to you is that an employee got a phone call from the rescue during your adoption process. Your dog was sold from under your nose as you were signing the papers. This was something that I used to do all the time.
I learned from the best. I had connections at every shelter up and down California to Nevada. I’d call these employees everyday to find out which dogs ware available. I wanted lap dogs, I wanted puppies, I wanted valuable breeds which I could pump and dump. After I made my calls I would take a wad of cash with me. The employees at the shelter would get a “Referral Fee” , most other people would say this was a kickback. This fee would vary depending on the age , breed, ect. A lot of times my contacts would just keep the dogs off the books so I could come and get them. It also wasn’t above us to check ads in the paper and the internet and respond to lost dog threads as the owner for valuable breeds. It amazing how flashing cash in front of someone as a reward made it so much easier to people to give up the dog to us.If they were micro-chipped we would just degauss it.
We wanted small dogs and puppies because they were easy to care of and easy to move. Since we were a non profit we did occasionally bring in the older dog from a kill shelter. We called them our “Show” dogs , as we pretty much just kept them in their cages so we can save face. They never got sold and usually died. They were there to make us seem like were doing the right thing. And we did think that but, deep down we knew we were just working a sales position.
If you ever had a Job in sales you would know that selling is easy. The great thing about being a rescue is that people actually feel good about themselves when they buy a dog from us.” Adoption fees” maybe the greatest term ever for this business. You as the consumer are Adoptiong this poor little homeless animal .The dogs sold themselves especially when you threw in some sob story about where you rescued the dog from We would charge 200 – 500 dollars for every dog. And we always have the answer for any question someone might have.
“why so much?” – this covers spayed/neuter, de worm, shots and microchip – this was already done by the shelter and didn’t cost us a thing. Even if it wasn’t we said that is was. Occasionally we said they had to have surgery for some unknown illness we just made up out of the top of our head. People bought it like crazy .
Never bring your kid to buy a dog. I would make sure you paid at least 400 dollars. We also would do other things like say we had a stringent adoption process , that way the customer felt like we sold quality animals and they were well taken care of under our care.
Cash is king in the animal sales worl. Most of my transactions were cash and never reported. I was making anywhere form 500- 2k a day. I quit because of a attack of conscious and competition form other Rescues was cutting into my profit margin.
Yesterday I went to a animal shelter to get to get a puppy for our family. My little 5 year old son was so happy. Inside the shelter they had this adorable little pug puppy with this one droopy ear. My son instantly fell in love. They wanted $175 for it , which I thought was a little high but, I jumped on it. As I was going through the adoption process I was told some horrible news, that the puppy wasn't available anymore as someone else had first dibs. My son was devastated and started to cry. I was a little suspicious as earlier they said they just got the puppy in and it was available but, overall I didn't think too much of it.
Today I saw the same dog with the droopy ear being sold outside a store by a Rescue. They wanted 450 dollars for it. My son went ballistic, he is just so sad. My question is , is this legal for Shelters and Rescues to do this? Even though I didn't loose any money or anything, I feel lied to , scammed and sorry for my son. How can this happen???