Main > Fair Adoption Fee??? (35 replies)
Fair Adoption Fee???
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 03:43
|Curious as to what you all would ask for a very nice puppy who required surgery (at my expense, not the adopter's). 10mos. old, no other health issues besides multiple fractures. Surgery went well, prognosis is good for a pet. Shouldn't do repetitive jumps. Spent the last 5 weeks recuperating and is just about ready to go after a final set of follow-up xrays. He may get sore after prolonged vigorous exercise, but we're certainly not talking about a cripple. Active family life is perfect and there isn't anything he "can't" do due to the surgery. Super bloodlines, super nice temperament. No issues with cats, dogs, kids, surfaces, etc. Just a really nice dog who has had a rough time of it. |
Not looking to recover my investment (HA! That'd be something! LOL), obviously, but I don't want him to fall into that "free to good home" pit, either. So, what's fair to ask as a commitment to proper care for life? What is a pet GSD worth?
BTW, he should need no special future care besides some kind of joint supplement to keep arthritis at bay, so there shouldn't be any significant additional expenses for the adopter, or at least as much as you can guarantee that with ANY living thing. Thanks in advance! I have no idea what rescues typically charge!
by Chaz Reinhold on 03 August 2012 - 03:54
|Free. A few hundred doesn't make someone better. The right home is the right home. Idiots buy $5000 Pups every day.|
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 03:58
|Maybe you missed this part. . |
I don't want him to fall into that "free to good home" pit, either.
by Chaz Reinhold on 03 August 2012 - 04:08
|I didn't think you were going to run an ad on craigslist. Thought you were above that. Just figured you would put the word out with respected people. Honestly, how does a few hundred make a person better suited? That's a few months worth of food and heartworm.|
by Dawulf on 03 August 2012 - 04:15
|$500? 750? Considering lines, temperment, assuming a little basic training and manners? I'd pay it. Espescially if he's half the dog his momma is, or half the "cripple" Qira is (*cough* Convince her that its OK to use the stairs rather than soar over them, please? LOL).|
If all else fails he can come hang out with us!
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 04:17
|It's not like I'm going to not check a person out if they pay something...I just don't want to wave a flag that says "Free well-bred GSD" either...|
I get what you're saying. And that might be the most flattering pic you've posted of yourself thus far.
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 04:23
|Obviously, my comment regarding the photo was to Chaz, not Dawulf. LOL|
It's not about actually collecting any money- of course the right home is paramount. Hell, I've given perfect puppies away to the right home on some pretty creative terms...it's just that I want to know what a reasonable, customary asking fee would be for all the reasons you don't want to post something good for free. I don't want to suggest that he has no value by posting him for free. I am concerned about who would be interested and am concerned that the right people may not be because he's "free." Makes it seem like he is really undesireable, you know? He's a nice boy who will need a little TLC as he ages, like many of us.
by BroncoK on 03 August 2012 - 04:23
Honestly, Jenni, I would just stick to your guts on whatever price you were originally thinking of his worth. You know him, you know his working ability, you know his weaknesses better then most.
I think there are good people out there who will pay what you are asking despite his weakness because they are good hard working people who want a good dog.
I also agree that 550-800 is fair. I was going to say so, but I didn't want to sound offensive.
by Chaz Reinhold on 03 August 2012 - 04:26
|Lol. Thanks. I'm just weird, I guess.|
by desert dog on 03 August 2012 - 04:27
|!0 month old, good temperment, good with kids, other animals. Sounds to me like he could be trained for several types of work, that do not require a lot of rough work. He could be worth a lot to the right person. His only limitation would be what you used him for. I would look at what I would ask if he had not been hurt and probably ask at least 1/2. a lot of people with sound dogs don't work them close to their potential. Probably more get hurt at play then work. Accidents just happen.|
by Dawulf on 03 August 2012 - 04:37
|I am no good at pricing things, so by all means take that with a grain of salt. (I don't want to offend either!)|
Although there is a GSD RESCUE around here who asks $300+ for un-papered, un-trained, zero-mannered, BYB dogs who may or may not even be purebred. THAT is what I would consider to be a Pet, and if that is considered a fair price, I'd think a fair price for Jen would be $750+ at least. He could still do lighter sports, like competitive OB or Rally, after-all.
I hope he finds a good home.
And no worries... this probably is the most flattering picture I've had in awhile too. LMAO!
by Chaz Reinhold on 03 August 2012 - 04:42
|Jenni, you know better than any of us. I'm just a giver. I look at it like this, if you couldn't pay me to keep a dog, how can I charge? People pay hundreds for stupid toys, like legos. I don't need or want them, so I would give them away.|
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 04:54
|If he wasn't a dog I would keep for myself, I certainly wouldn't have poured money I don't really have into him to give him the best shot possible of a good future. He's a very deserving dog. Hardly a case of "I don't want this crappy old thing so you may as well take it". It's a simple issue: I can only do justice to so many animals at once. I'm not a hoarder. |
Hank, Dawulf and Bronco...good points. I'm torn on this. I wasn't thinking as much as a few of you were because of the "fear factor" aspect of the future and all the unknowns about his prognosis, but you're right; he still has a lot of good, desireable qualities. I guess I'll leave it at " reasonable fee applies" and hope that will weed out the wackos and bargain hunters but not scare someone off of him.
p.s. Dawulf, are you biased? LOL Is he the one you held when you were here?
by kitkat3478 on 03 August 2012 - 05:30
|If Dawulf was serious about , he can come hang with us, AND, they already bought a dog from you, If it were me, I would send him for free there. To me, there would be no amount of money worth taking the risk he gets re-injured, or re-homed again. What is "light duty" to one could be totally different to another. For Real, I would send him with someone for free, That I KNOW was going to give him the life he deserves now, comfortable and easy...|
by darylehret on 03 August 2012 - 11:30
|Typical adoption fees in my area run $400, but "adoption" would not be an appropriate choice of words, unless I was registered as a nonprofit organization which would allow the adopter a tax write off.|
by Jenni78 on 03 August 2012 - 13:09
|KitKat, I'd send him to Dawulf in a second- but I'm afraid the poor girl would find herself homeless;-). Grouchy Granny (and I mean that as a term of endearment...) would have "stroke 15" as my own grandmother would've called it. |
I know, Daryl, but dang it, this PC rescue stuff has made it so that I can advertise a dog worth $3-4k and get emails wanting to "adopt my baby" and what is the "fee." Now, I'm not registered as non-profit, but one would certainly think I am running some kind of rescue if they looked around at the sad stories that wind up here, lol. Not a rescue, just a sucker! I just thought it would somewhat differentiate between a "regular", totally sound dog I have for sale and one that needs a bit of special attention.
I have a very promising-sounding home waiting on his last follow-up visit/xray which will shed even more light on his long term prognosis. They are within driving distance, which is nice for all of us. Stay at home mom w/a couple little kids, big fenced yard, active family but he'd be primarily a pet. Of course, they haven't met him yet, so if anyone knows someone who might be interested and they can vouch for their character, back-up plans are being accepted. I don't mind keeping him, but the sooner he gets where he's going, the better off I think he will be in terms of bonding, etc. I will take him back at any time should a problem arise.
Thanks again; this was very helpful.
by GSDPACK on 03 August 2012 - 16:06
|If he can do SAR you can donate him to a good organization, also there are organizations that supply service dogs to people and they always need good dogs without absolutelly NO issues able to live in cities also around MANY dogs. You know your dog... I donated healthy dogs to them but if you think he could do something like that, why not? right?|
My adoption fee is $300 but people dont care about the bloodline, they just want to give a nice dog a good home.I myself would not pay more, that is how I view it.
by Lady450 on 03 August 2012 - 16:31
|A dog that has had any problems with elbows-bad enough that required surgery is a gamble for anyone. If he were my dog, I would place him for free with the right family/person. You can go to a shelter and get a perfectly healthy, nice dog for anywhere from 60 dollars (city shelters) to 200-300 at a regular shelter.|
by BabyEagle4U on 03 August 2012 - 16:34
|500, 750, 800 ? Who in their right mind would pay that .. when for a hundred or three more get a broker and import a good dog or pup.|
That just sounds like a rip off to me. I buy crippled G1 rated Stake horses off the track for 200.00 - 250.00 sink about 3-4 grand into them then donate or sell to 4-H kids, scout and/or riding camp papers included. The most I ever charged was 500.00 and that was for a (PbHb) Native Dancer mare.
by Blitzen on 03 August 2012 - 17:15
|Good to know this dog had the surgery he needed. I don't normally like to see dogs given away free, but in this case you may have to do that.|