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    What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    So I've been talking with a lady on craigslist about a Cavalier they're wanting to re-home. I'm not sure why, but it seems the pet section is overrun by nutjobs. Anyway, they can't afford to keep the dog any more.

    The dog is a 1 year old intact male. She tells me the dog hasn't been to the vet since it got it's first puppy shots. She wants a $200 "re-homing" fee. Is it me or is that just too much to ask for a dog who's going to have to go to the vet immediately? They claim this price is reasonable because the dog is purebred and they are including a crate that they say is worth $129 (to which I laugh).

    What seems like a reasonable re-homing fee?

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I personally wouldnt pay a $200 rehome fee for a dog that was not fixed. My maggie is a purebred JRT that only had her first set of shots when we got her and not fixed (she was 5 months) and we paid a $50 rehome fee, she came with a bed, leash, harness and toys. Bella is a mixed breed puppy (she was 12 weeks) and we paid a $75 rehome fee she came with a huge bad of puppy chow (that we didnt feed) a bed and some toys.


    Although I can see asking a little more for the dog because of the crate (I still wouldnt pay $200 though)Maybe $100? When we got Bella we were willing to pay up to a $200 rehome fee for an older (under2 )fixed dog but not unfixed.
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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I would not pay a $200 rehoming fee for a dog that I'd have to put a few hundred dollars in to for basic care (vaccines, neutering, etc). Tell the owners to keep the dog's papers and sell his crate separately on CL if they're trying to get money for it.

    My local CL is overrun with idiots lately, too. I wonder why.


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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Uh, what everyone else said. Jack was neutered, fully vaccinated, and healthy from a shelter. Adoption fee was $200.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    If it is an AKC Cav, that's a really low price. Not that it's necessarily a low re-homing fee, but you couldn't find a pup at that price around here.

    I find Craigslist too depressing to even browse. It's seedy and dishonest and awful and snarky in the pet section. I hate it. It's like looking at a bad accident even though you know better...

    How will you know it's a Cav and not a cocker? Have you seen it in person?

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I've seen pictures. The pictures are definitely a cav.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    If it is an AKC Cav, that's a really low price. Not that it's necessarily a low re-homing fee, but you couldn't find a pup at that price around here.
    My AKC Dachshund was $200 at the shelter.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Also even though we dont think $200 is a good rehome fee, if its a dog you want and like...$200 would be ok if your willing to spend it plus the extras when you come home.

    Like I said we spent $75 on Bella but we also have to do all the shots still, the first one was $62 so times that by three and add the fixing charge thats $200. If this dog is up to date on shots thats worth something too to not have to pay it out.
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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I don't understand the hang up on AKC papers. They're like the DVM kind of... a registration that gives you a number. They don't make you fancy or worth more money, especially if the dog is to be spayed/neutered. Somehow people equate papers to quality. As all of us here at DF know, that is not always the case.

    I'd tell the people to keep the papers & the crate and offer them $75.


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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Without a doubt, the shelters offer the best deals in the world when you fold in vet fees. You CAN'T beat a shelter! Cavs rarely show up in shelters. I worked at one for 3 years. We got one in. And she was a fearful wreck.

    We got in a few dozen dachshunds and hundreds of labs. All of my critters came from shelters. Two of them were free because I pulled them out of the euthanasia van. Best dogs ever.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThoseWordsAtBest View Post
    My AKC Dachshund was $200 at the shelter.
    But she was spayed and UTD on shots, right? This one is neither. This is too much.



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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I don't understand asking a rehoming fee. If (doG forbid, knock on wood, etc etc) I ever had to rehome Bella I wouldn't ask for money.. I'd want to know she was going to a loving home. I understand shelter fees.. they keep the shelter running.. but a fee for someone to take on a dog you can't keep??? That makes no sense... and there is no way in ... That I would pay $200 for a dog that wasn't neutered, could have any sort of disease because he hasn't been to the vet, and all it comes with is a crate.

    Maybe I'm just close minded.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I think what is reasonable is all subjective. Basically, I think what's 'reasonable' to you is whatever you are willing to give. If you think it is too much then walk away, however if you don't have a problem paying it then I say go for it.

    One thing I would be concerned about with a cavalier from craigslist is the risk of Chiari Malformation (CM) and/or Syringomyelia (SM). Very costly and often heartbreaking conditions.


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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by alphadoginthehouse View Post
    But she was spayed and UTD on shots, right? This one is neither. This is too much.
    That's my point. AKC registered doesn't mean any thing, which another poster was suggesting paying more for if the dog was registered.

    And actually, Jonas was not altered, but I had him altered (for $65 at our vet) and was reimbursed $50- what it would have cost at the shelter to alter. So I guess he was $215. I only took him unaltered on a contract because he was only in the shelter for 6 days when I found him and if I waited for them to alter, it was not guaranteed he would be there if someone else did what I did.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    craigslist limits rehoming fees to $150.00

    If she is advertising a $200 rehoming fee, her add will be nuked in minutes. If she is not, then asking you for a $200 re-homing fee, post this up and her add will be nuked. If she expects to get $200, she can advertise somewhere else.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Craigslist does not have a rehoming fee limit. It simply says "small" and that is subjective, too.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    I think a question I asked is being misunderstood. I don't care at all about AKC papers, but I did ask if it was an AKC Cav. I only asked to try to understand if the dog is believed to be purebred. My stepson wanted a Cavilier so I did a bunch of shopping and couldn't find one for less than $600 and that looked pretty shady. Quality pups that had been health tested were around $1,200-$1,500.

    AKC does not mean quality. I know this very well. It just means it's a cav and not a cocker or something else.

    I will be interested in how things turn out for Hulk and what she decides about the re-homing fee and if there really is a dog...

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by pittsabowawa View Post
    I don't understand asking a rehoming fee. If (doG forbid, knock on wood, etc etc) I ever had to rehome Bella I wouldn't ask for money.. I'd want to know she was going to a loving home. I understand shelter fees.. they keep the shelter running.. but a fee for someone to take on a dog you can't keep??? That makes no sense
    If I had a dog I needed to rehome and for some reason I had to use Craigslist, I would charge a rehoming fee -- not because I need the money, but because I figure that if someone is willing to pay for the dog, they're going to be willing to pay for vet care and things like that as well. I know there's no real way to prove that (I'm sure someone could scrape up the rehoming fee and then never spend money on the dog again), but it would make me feel safer. I see way too many ads on my local Craigslist-esque sites that make me wonder if the people have enough money to care for a dog. I found a few recent examples in less than five minutes:

    im looking for a small purebread puppy 6 weeks to a year old, i dont want any papers its going to be a family pet so i cant pay that much, plus would like to have as a friend for my 2 yr old border collie/lab
    I am posting an ad for a friend, who is looking for a small breed dog for her daughter. She wants something that her 10 yr old can walk around the block and not be dragged. Breed is not important as long as it's a small breed. Looking for something free or very reasonably priced.
    Looking for a small dog that is inexpensive or free. We are a loving family that can offer a dog a wonderful home but just don't want to pay a lot of money at this time. Please email with info. Thanks.
    why do people ask so much for little dogs. i cant afford the high prices people are asking, but i would like to get a small breed chihuhua or even a terrior of some sort
    (Re: That last one, most of the small dogs I see advertised on these sites are from BYBs and are in the $200-$400 range (see?), so if he thinks that's too much to pay for a small dog, I wouldn't expect him to spend much on a dog once he got it.)

    Finally, I think a rehoming fee might be more likely to dissuade dog flippers -- I'm sure they want to make as much of a profit as possible when they resell the pet. A free dog would be music to their ears.
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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    If it is an AKC Cav, that's a really low price.
    There's a BIG difference buying a Cavalier from a high quality breeder and this situation of someone tyring to re-home their dog.

    BTW Hulk have you asked them if they offered 1st right of refusal to thier breeder. That would say alot about the quality of the dog and your potenial healthcare costs in the future. If you don't end up getting this dog you may want to give her some rescue contacts just in case.

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    Re: What is a reasonable re-homing fee?

    Last communication was me balking at the $200 price and them offering to negotiate and asking what I thought was reasonable. That's when I posted here. This was her last e-mail after I questioned the price and mentioned that I would have to take the dog to the vet just to get it up on shots.
    I agree, the cost of the vet would have to be taken into consideration. He is however purebred, with papers showing his full ownership history and much more managable than a 3 month old puppy would be, therefore eliminating some of the hassle of having a puppy around. Agian, If i felt like Todd was going to be very well taken care of and had a great home, I perhaps could lower the price, something that would seem to be more in your price range. Did you perhaps have something in mind? Id have to think about it, but like I said, the main concern is his happiness.
    Side note - Who names their dog Todd?

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