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Questions on adopting a labradoodle

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Hi everyone,

Me and my wife have been searching for a rescue to adopt in the last couple of weeks. I was able to speak a person who rescues animals and had a 4 year old male labradoodle available. She said the owner surrendered the labradoodle to her due to restrictions for dogs in a new apartment.

So she seems like she’s independent and not part of an organization. I searched her information and I saw that she has a lot of rescues. Apparently, the fire department in the city she lives in had referenced her when there were dogs displaced due to flooding.

However, she said that she didn’t have the information for shots for the labradoodle. I don't know if the owner had given it to her. However, she would give a 5 in 1 vaccine shot and she would chip him for me. She said I would need to go to the vet to get him neutered and get a rabies shot. Also, she said I should check to see what other shots the vet would recommend.

She’s also charging a $700 rehoming fee. She said it’s to help with expenses for the rescues she takes care of. I’m fine with that.

I wanted to ask if this is normal or does it seem like there’s red flags here? We’re going this weekend to see him so I wanted to ask if this seems normal and if there's anything I should look out for.
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That seems like a pretty steep "rehoming fee." So she's not licensed and not a 501c non-profit?

We paid $350 for a rescue from a licensed non-profit and the dog was neutered and up-to-date on all vaccinations, including rabies. That organization has legit expenses for transportation and medical care of dogs pulled from high-kill shelters. I periodically send them small, additional donations - especially when they have a dog with expensive medical needs. I would use them again in a heartbeat if I have the need for an additional dog in the house.
I'm not sure if she's licensed. She didn't say she was part of an organization. She just said she rescues dogs. I searched her name and found a article where a fire department had given her dogs that were displaced due to flooding. Someone told me that sometimes there's people who do this independently and so they don't have an organization. But they may charge more because they have their own expenses. That's why I just figured it's fine I'll pay a little more to help her rescue more dogs.
I agree that $700 is a steep fee for a dog that has had so little put into it from someone who isn't a legally recognized rescue.
Yeah, I know. I'm debating now whether to go see the dog or not.
Thank you guys for all of the comments. I decided not to go ahead with the adoption. I will seek a legit shelter or rescue organization to adopt a new dog.
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