Dog of the Week: Maximus

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Dog of the Week: Maximus
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Source: Spark Rescue

Max is an adorable 7 month old male terrier mix. Max was no longer wanted by his family as they were too busy to give him the attention he so desperately needed and deserved. Max has been in rescue for two weeks and what an amazing dog he is! Max enjoys a walk on leash or run next to his foster mom. Max loves to play with other dogs and hasn’t met a person he doesn’t like! Max would thrive in a home with an active family that would include him in their daily activities.

Donation $550

More information: https://www.sparkrescue.org/available-dogs-cats

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PitMix Oct 05, 2020 07:19 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

Donation $550? That's the highest I've ever seen. County shelters are $130 last time I checked but they don't need to make money to operate because they are supported by the General Fund.

greytfull Oct 05, 2020 08:20 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

Pitmix: I agree with you . I contacted Spark and they said the same thing: that they are private, not additionally funded, and have overhead. I can't help thinking that the rescues they have must linger there longer because people (especially now) don't have the funds to pay these fees. Pretty sad.

a-1601915766 Oct 05, 2020 09:36 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

Wow you're all so critical. Don't like it then look at the county shelter. They are a private volunteer funded organization. These volunteers will drop everything to drive 4+ hours to rescue a litter of puppies and bring them back to their homes where they nurse them back to health. They use their own cars, food, time, and energy. Plus these dogs live with the volunteers to avoid a sad, lonely cage so they're happier, healthier, and better socialized. You all need to relax.

RHS Oct 05, 2020 09:44 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

As so many do, this place has lost perspective on the mission they choose. At $550 there is an immense number of families that cannot afford to 'adopt' this pet. They appear to be setting high prices on desireable animals, perhaps to subsidize others but really, the group should survive on donations or move on.

a-1601916722 Oct 05, 2020 09:52 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

If a family cannot afford the adoption fee then they definitely cannot afford veterinarian bills. What happens when Fido eats something it shouldn't and needs its stomach pumped and they can't afford the bill? Dog ends up on the street or back in the shelter.

letmego Oct 05, 2020 10:02 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

Yep. Four month after adopting our pup (she was old, so cheap at $75), vet bill for $5000 for surgery.

Laurel Boshco Oct 05, 2020 10:39 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

That is simply not true and a real easy way to get lots of people out of the way to adopt these pets., Our last pup just passed away this past Sept, she was 16 years old, her partner in life, passed away on Christmas eve, he was 17 years old, we also had bred them, had 6 puppies, gave away 4 and kept 2, we had them for there entire lives as well until they passed with cancer at 11 years old. We had this entire family from when there parents were 12 weeks old, 17 1/2 years all together and these pups were never without anything they needed. We have always taken them to White's or LaCumbre Animal Hospital when needed, we even kept all there teeth cleaned!! They ate all natural foods,, they were very healthy, loved and dearly missed. It's just simply not true that if someone does not want to pay these prices to adopt a rescue that they would not be able to "afford" it. We can most certainly afford it, but it's not right to charge this, and won't be paying these prices.

a-1601920429 Oct 05, 2020 10:53 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

@Laurel, then don't. I don't get why this is such an issue. If you can't afford the fee or don't want to pay it, then don't and look elsewhere. No need to critique.

Laurel Boshco Oct 05, 2020 09:52 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

I wish the pup to find the best home possible. I would love to have but this amount of $$ is crazy to adopt a pet., I know the volunteers go to great length to rescue and take care of them until they can be adopted out, but I'm guessing the volunteers realize this before they decide to take this on. The amount of $$ however does not resemble what the cost of the pup should be. There are so many "forever" homes that just can't afford that amount, but can afford that amount over time to feed, care, take to vets, etc...as needed. It does not mean that someone doesn't have the capability to take care of one of these pets, it's just that the amount is an exorbitant amount to start off with. I imagine there are quite a few "forever" homes that are not getting these pets because of the costs, so why not lower them to have more "rescues" rescued? I would think 100.00 would be more then sufficient to adopt one of these animals that needs rescuing, doesn't seem to be much "rescue" in it, just pricing puppies and selling them. It's just sad that some of these animals could have the best home and the most love ever, if it were not for the exorbitant amount to begin with.

PitMix Oct 05, 2020 10:15 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

If you can get a puppy for $350 or so, then having a rescue want $550 decreases the chances of adopting that rescued dog unless you want to support their mission. The other fact about adoptions is that people balk at adoption fees but once that dog is a family member, will try to pay for the vet care that it needs. That is why the shelters often run $0 adoption fee specials. Rescues can never fund their ops through fees, so rely on fundraisers from other donors. We will see how this works out for them.

Lucky 777 Oct 05, 2020 11:06 AM
Dog of the Week: Maximus

As an alternative use the magic of the internet. In 20 years Petfinder.com has helped more than 25 million pets find their families through adoption. Prices vary by organization, but you can search by whatever breed is your fancy and the available dogs or cats are listed, with photos, and showing distance away. VERY FEW would be this expensive.

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