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Don’t listen to these people. Don’t back down.
If they can’t pay for a pet fee, they can’t pay for vet bills, food, toys, etc. Free brings all the wrong people. Sorry, but you need disposable income if you’re going to get a pet. Too many shitty owners out there who just get pets as entertainment for their kids and dump them when kids lose interest.
They’re not getting any takers because no one looks for pets on craigslist or FB. They go to a shelter or rescue. It’s not because they just want a pet for free.
Add to this, some people get pets as free emotional punching bags to take their stress out on.
They'll be less willing if they have to pay money for the thing they plan to shout at or store in a cage all day.
Upfront investment of money is a decent (though, of course, not perfect) indicator that a person is willing to continue investing in the little critter.
I want to pay people to adopt the kittens and cats who were born in my yard. I'll pay the amount of the basic vet bill. I'll buy you a 20lb bag of food, a pet safe carrier, some toys, a little box.
Still no takers.
There is not a "no kill" shelter in my city.
This is actually the biggest problem I face in my life. I would pay hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands, if it could give these animals homes. Even the charitable organizations who specialize in cat rescue won't work with me, even with a big donation as part of the conversation.
Maybe talk to them about a feral neuter clinic? It helps reduce the population without the need for adopters.
You could for example buy 200 dollars worth of new pet supplies, charge 200 dollars for adoption, then just hand over the supplies with the pet. That way it was still technically free for you, and you can hand over some of your pet’s favorite things, making sure they have a good chance at an easier transition.
Great idea, as long as people don't know it'll be free outright as people are always trying to take advantage of situations.
ESPECIALLY kittens. As sad as it is, people will use them to train dogs for dogfighting.
And people feed guinea pigs and rabbits to their snakes.
Especially little dogs that people will use to train fighting dogs
I had a cat I tried to donate to the local shelter and they were charging me $250 to take her in... luckily I had my boy take her but idk if that was normal to pay for that
If you bought your pet from a kennel, contact them first they will most likely buy it back from you
The conservation centre that I got one of my animals from asked for a donation of whatever kind, and of an amount that I deemed fair. It's tax deductible, tested to see if I was a tightass, and made sure I had disposable income. I like the method so much that if I ever rehome mine I'll ask them to donate a substantial amount to a charity.
If you can't or won't yeet a few hundred dollars away on the fly, you can't or won't pay the ambush vet fees when they manage to do some exciting new injury to themselves.
I love these comments especially. You speak with absolute certainty on a subject you actually have no data on. It is hilarious to me that you absolutely know what someone will or won’t do based on paying for an animal when most animals in shelters and abandoned were already paid for. But somehow making the next people pay is the end all to cure it all. So glad you know everything.
Our beloved dog, Moose, was a "free" adoption from a family with a changing situation. We could have paid the shelter adoption fees, but looked into the offer direct from the family because we wouldn't have to pay $300 or more. Just because people would rather not pay hundreds of dollars, doesn't mean they are irresponsible. We have since paid over $1000 in vet bills, training classes, toys and other equipment and he is one spoiled pup.
So you're not part of the problem. That's awesome! You're not who this is about. My dog Xeno was free as well. Best boy ever. Ours are the lucky ones. Most aren't.
This suggests there are not other ways to find the right people. I have rescue birds and have helped rehome over 100 birds to forever homes and I absolutely will not pay for birds and even insist on taking the cages and such.
Most animals they have to be rehomed were paid for. Paying does not guarantee anything.
Exactly. I wanted an older dog for free because, most of the time, older animals are more expensive to take care of. My dog Elke spend her last nine years with me and did have a wonderful dog life.
Besides the fact that someone who isn't willing to pay $50 for a pet probably can't afford to take care of them properly; you also have to worry about giving your pet away to someone that is going to sell them to a lab for testing.
When I was younger we were giving our guinea pigs away. We got a few inquiries. As well as several messages warning us to be careful who we gave them to as people will pick up free pets on craigslist and sell them to labs for testing. We made sure to meet with the person who took them. She came with her daughter and they seemed like great people which we were relieved by.
Hope you enjoyed your second family, Midnight :)
I think that requesting references from a veterinarian is the best thing to do.
Not sure if you can measure people's worth/responsibility strictly by their income or lack of income because there are plenty of slime balls with money.
Read my edit :)
Very impractical. In most cases, people would go for the free option, so you are not buying yourself any time. Dubitable at best. Any host should be better than a host that takes ages to find.
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