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Old 10.03.2015, 19:27
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Re: 3 scams, 2 rejects and a puppy

Today is my adorable little dog's first birthday. I simply love him more each day.

He never leaves my side and we have had a lot of fun with dog classes.

We go to training class as well as on social walks, as he gets a little anxious on the leash when other dogs approach. It's a work in progress but its all part of helping make his life as stress free as possible.

I never have regretted the decision. He is such an integral part of daily life now I cannot imagine not having him around.

Happy birthday Chilli!!
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Re: 3 scams, 2 rejects and a puppy

Please be very careful when importing a dog that is supposedly rescued in a 3rd country like mine (Portugal). There are a lot of people making business keeping animals in miserable conditions to play the pitty card to sell them to central europe. And they pass the idea in this country that they're animal saviours, which is mostly a lie. However, you have honest shelters and association.

If any of you are planning to adopt a dog from Portugal, let me tell you that it is mostly free of charge or you only need to pay a small fee to cover the vaccinations, deworming, passport and microchip etc. Never more than 75 euro, usually.
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Old 19.03.2015, 16:45
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Re: 3 scams, 2 rejects and a puppy

Not quite true, a reputable nonprofit rescue kennel will have a Schutzgebühr on top of the vet fees, for "breeds" expect at least minimum 300€ a doggy.
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Re: 3 scams, 2 rejects and a puppy

Adoption fees are all over the ballpark - depending on the rescue organization, the country in which they are located, possibly the age or breed of the dog.

(The Muttley Crew have cost me from 400 Euros to CHF 1000. And repaid that many thousand times over in the joy they have brought me.)

Please do not look at adoption fees as quid pro quo - that's not how most rescues work. The fee is often set based on what is realistic for the location.

For example, we all know that people line up around the block to adopt puppies while oldies linger for months or years, unwanted. Ditto small dogs over large ones. Many rescues will ask a higher adoption fee for puppies, both to discourage the folks who are not really serious and to help fund the care for the poor rejected oldies.

Another example: pedigreed dogs in shelters are often sought by battery farmers - barstewards posing as nice normal folks - looking to get 'stock' cheap. So many rescues will ask for fairly high fees for pedigreed dogs, simply to help weed out the dodgy folks out there.

On the other hand, some rescues ask for a minimal fee for their hard-to-place dogs when the right home comes along.

But whatever the fee, rest assured that it's but a drop in the bucket against the huge costs of saving homeless dogs' lives. Most rescues run pretty much on a wing and a prayer, many in Switzerland do not receive any public funding and must rely on private donations to keep afloat.

So if you have had a good experience with a rescue - either here or abroad - please consider ongoing support for their good work.

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But Chihiro makes a good point, one Slammer pointed out upthread:

Sadly, the Hundemafia, the greedy con artists, are not only operating in the battery farm sphere. These evil barstewards have cottoned onto the public's approval of rescue work and are using this as a front for their nefarious money spinning schemes. We are starting to see more fake rescues these days, much like we have seen battery farmers posing as caring breeders. It's appalling.

So... just as with choosing a breeder, also do your due diligence when choosing to adopt.

Most rescues are indeed on the up-and-up, run by honest caring committed folks working their fingers to the bone to help our homeless four footed friends. Shame we have to waste energy and limited resources fighting the taint of the barstewards. But Augen auf...

I've said this many times before: If you are considering adopting from abroad - and I truly believe that as a national border is meaningless to a dog neither should it be a barrier to our compassion - please, when you adopt from abroad, travel to the rescue in question yourself, spend time getting to know the dog and the folks at the rescue. Afterall, willingness to ship dogs to folks unknown should set everyone's spidey senses tingling.

I've adopted from several countries in Europe and beyond, as well as from here in Switzerland. All good experiences. If you are considering a dog, and if your life and family situation are such that you feel adoption is a possibility - then please, consider opening your heart and home to a critter in need. Wherever you might find him. And if going to a breeder is the right choice for your family, then please go to a a well-respected one. Both reptuable rescues and reputable breeders are working together to combat the dark side of the dog world.


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Happy Birthday, Chilli!

I've very grateful for this thread, Galatea. It has been a good window on to the whole process.

Any chance of a new Chilli pic?

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Not quite true, a reputable nonprofit rescue kennel will have a Schutzgebühr on top of the vet fees, for "breeds" expect at least minimum 300€ a doggy.
As I said, there are honest shelters and associations and they're quite the majority yet.
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As I said, there are honest shelters and associations and they're quite the majority yet.
Sorry, totally misread what you wrote. We here mostly believe that a sheltered animal is a sheltered animal and that charging extra for specific races is not honest.
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Re: 3 scams, 2 rejects and a puppy

If anyone is looking to rehome a dog or puppy. I can personally recommend Sonnenhunde. My two dogs are from this reputable charity which rehomes dogs in Switzerland and Germany. All dogs are vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and have passports. All potential parents have to undergo a home evaluation from a member of the team prior to any adoption.

http://www.sonnenhunde.org/homepage/index.php
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