$350 adoption donation? Seriously?
Now I understand they they are one of those "designer breeds" being cocker spaniel/shih tzu mixes and all but I still don't get asking for $350 for them.
I mean people can actually buy those from a "breeder" for smaller quantity than that.
Like I said, they would be a popular choice for many people and I can see asking a slightly higher allowance for them being the mix that they are and being puppies but even I would not pay $350 for them and I am adjectives for adopting dogs.
They need to get money somewhere. If they can gain more money for the "special" dog, they will use it to make up for the ones that they had to keep for a while.
Most dogs come any spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested, etc.
Those things would cost you well over $350 whether you bought a dog from a breeder.
Also, you're not paying for the dog, you are giving the rescue organization a donation so that they can continue to do what they do.
Not only did I foot $300 for the dog I rescued, I will be sending the rescue $100 every Christmas so they can keep doing what they do, because I am grateful to them for it. (I also send another $50 directly to her foster mom, in her X-mas card)
Dog adoption donations/fees aren't around getting a bargain. It has nothing to do next to breed, it has to do with the expenses of the rescue.
If you read the full description it says the money goes for the medical needs of other animals. I would much to some extent save an unwanted animal, than have a pure bred. I agree it is a lot of money, but some society are set on having a specific breed. A lot of purebred animals go for over 1,000, so maybe this is a wrangle? Plus, I know there are wait lists for purebred puppies from rescue groups.
I KNOW my dog cost $250 and he is a yorkie/chiuaha mix
High demand often equals difficult price in private rescue groups.
Why would you pay more just because they're mutts? Your reasoning is very strange.
I brought the 18-month-old, 145lb, badly cropped, intact male, un-vetted Great Dane domestic from the owner who wanted to "get rid of it." I took him to be neutered, and have him vaccinated and microchipped at the same time. He had complications to his sterilize that required constant daily care for the subsequent month (changing bandages, supervision, etc.). At the very least, it cost me $1,200 out of my own pocket to win this negligent person's (former) dog ready for adoption, and that doesn't include my time, training, etc.
The rescue group merely coordinated the adoption. They did all the paperwork/legalities, whereas I did the domestic inspection and interview of the applicants in addition to actually rescuing, civilized for, training, and transporting the dog. I also sent him to his new home with the alien collar and leash I'd purchased for him. His new family sent the rescue group the $250 standard adoption fee. (Of course, I don't see any of that money, myself. Not that it would've made much of a dent.)
Rescuing is done for the love and respect of the animal, not for accolade or remuneration. It costs a lot to operate a reputable rescue organization. By adjectives rights, adoptions should be more like $1,000. But the reality is, rescues can simply charge so much because the public is just not willing to pay. So rescues must acquire most of their funds through fundraising events and donations, to some extent than through the adoption fees. They do the best they can and rely on unpaid volunteers and people like me, who don't ask to be reimbursed for expenses.