Recently I was surfing the petfinder.com forums. (Something I do on occasions just to raise my blood pressure to boiling point, and to see red for the hell of it.) It gets very frustrating at times, I can no longer post on there since my IP was banned because I dared to question the authority of the gorrilla. ( anyone who is on the forum KNOWS the gorilla thinks it’s god).
Anyway… A poster asked if anyone knew anything about a certain rescue. Posters responded with the ” no I know nothing about them, but by the looks of it they are selling pups.” This of course peeked my interest… since when does a rescue SELL pups?
I checked the listings and the website, and sure enough they listed a large amount of pure bred & none pure breed pups with “adoption fees ” of anything from $150- $600, not only that, for that grand total you got what looked to be a sickly pup, that was said to have had it’s shots but was not altered, but on a spay/neuter contract (A HUGE NO NO in a lot of rescues) As the thread progressed and my blood pressure got to the point where steam was coming out of my ears (10 pages I think it was) it turns out this “Rescue” was BUYING puppy’s from Back yard breeders and puppy mills and listing them for “ADOPTION” at what most people who are in rescue would consider Broker/ Pet Shop prices. (another big no no) not only this, but some of the posters commented, as the thread progressed, that they knew about this rescue, it buys 15-20 pups per week, it had handed off some very sick dogs to another rescue, trying to pass them off as fully vet checked, there are some other things that raised my doubts that I don’t recall the details right now, but the signs of this being a re-seller posing as a rescue was as clear as a 1000 candles buring on a pitch black night.
The poster of the original question was actually brow beaten for daring to question this rescues ethics, ( this happens a lot on those forums, certain few people seem to get away with bullying, name calling, and instigating) as were some others who gave less than favorable information about this rescue.
My pent up frustration at the entire situation prompted me to do some checking of my own on Petfinders Shelter listings, I was pretty disgusted by the end of an hour.
I saw so called “rescues” listing pure bred pups for adoption fees ranging from $300- $900, these listings offered little information about the dogs, and offered these pups with less than reasonable vetting. Oh and of course across the USA shipping.
My advice is if you use petfinder to look for your next family member check the “rescue” out first.
Lots of pups listed, spay/neuter contracts (although not in all cases) minimal vetting, and adoption fees over $300 are all red flags. In these cases you need to ask lots of questions.
Why not altered when pediatric Spay/Neuter is available?
Who did the vaccinations?
Has the pup had rabies shots?
Where did they get the pup?
Who is the vet they use?
Do they have the pups parents, if so can you see them?
Ask if you can see the pup in it’s current enviroment.
Do they ship?
I am sure you can think of more things you would like to know.
Remember, when looking to adopt an animal ask questions, a REAL Rescue will have no problems giving you straight answers, and will infact be delighted to give you as much info as they can, they will also be pretty impressed you care enough to ask. Just as not all people are good, neither are all that call themselves rescues.