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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.
Rescues that are licensed and registered as non-profits will publicize the fact because it means, among other things, that donations are charitable tax deductions.

She may be doing good work or she may be an opportunist making a profit with very little invested in the dogs. Personally I would not give her the benefit of the doubt.
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