ReHoming Fees: What Are They & Are They Justified?
Wow… There are people are all over the internet “giving away animals to a good home.” But in the process, many of them are charging, what has been termed, re-homing fees. What exactly are these fees and why are people, who are giving away animals, charging them?
Re-homing fees have become the new standard among people who are “giving away” pets. This is extremely evident on classifieds sites such as Craig’s List, where individuals post ads to find a new home for their animal, usually a dog or cat. Many (most, if not all) of the posters claim to ask for this fee to
ensure that the pet goes to a good home. Others claim the fee is to make certain that the person responding is serious about obtaining the pet. There is yet another group that claims to use this fee only to offset previous costs associated with the animal. Hmmm…
I have certainly seen a range in these fees. They tend to go up to around $350.00. Does the word “breeder” come to mind? Now, how exactly is charging someone $75, $100, $250, $400 or more going to ensure a good home for a pet? In my opinion, it does not. Get real people… Either you want to find someone who will truly take care of your pet, or you want to get rid of it and make a buck at the same time. As a matter of note, I’ve seen several people pay big bucks for an animal, and as soon as the newness wore off, that pet was treated horribly. Paying a fee ensures nothing!
I am by no means saying that most or all of these people are breeders. That just isn’t the case. However; it is true that many breeders and scammers use CL and similar sites to list their animals for sale, but under the guise of a re-homing fee. After sending an email to the person requesting information about a specific animal, you’ll receive an email which will undoubtedly make the true motives clear. That “small re-homing fee” turns into an admission of all of the puppies, and even other animals or items, that are For Sale. Even if you are willing to purchase an animal from a breeder or rescuer, can you really trust someone who is clearly deceptive and unable (ahem… unwilling) to follow the rules? Many of these people are quite unsavory, so BE AWARE! I must add here that Craig’s List uses the following disclaimer in its Pets section to practice CYA medicine: [ no pet sales or breeding please — rehoming with small adoption fee OK ]
Bottom line: If you want to charge a “re-homing” fee, that’s your choice, but don’t be a lying boob about it. Be honest about what you’re doing. If you’re selling a bunch of puppies, own up to it! BUT… If you’re going to ask me for money, have the paperwork to back it up. That’s right! Paperwork– As in “papers”. As in vet bills–from a vet–on actual vet letterhead! And if I can’t tell the expenses are for the pet I’m considering, game over.
For the record, I have respect for TRUE animal rescuers that spend their time and money trying to save lives and find good homes for animals. I used to do that myself when I saw an animal in need. Unfortunately, even some rescuers go overboard in the fee department, and in many other areas, and that ain’t cool. To be honest, some (that I’ve met) act like Nazis, completely lack morals, and remind me of backyard breeders. Ick!
Also FTR, I don’t deal with breeders. There are too many awesome animals at shelters that need love and a good home, and those babies are just waiting to shower someone with love! If you truly look at price, for the same money or A LOT less, you can get an awesome animal that has been spayed/neutered, immunized, and possibly even micro-chipped at a shelter. Pure breeds, too! And, just in case you didn’t know… Animals know when they have been saved, and they thank you for it for the rest of their lives. Can you think of a better place to spend your money? Just sayin.
Recently, I was reading several pet ads that were posted on Craig’s List. Interestingly enough, I came across the following post that was written by a very enlightened Jason Harris:*
Reply to: comm-966470336@craigslist.
Date: 2008-12-21, 7:45PM CSTHow is it that people honestly think they need to charge you a rehoming fee thatcovers all costs that they have put into said pet. If you can no longer take care of said pet, due to illness, job loss, moving or whatever, what really gives you the right to charge for said pet. I mean if I sold a vehicle for whatever amount of money and it is only worth whatever amount of money, does it really mean I can collect the money I put into the vehicle on top of that? Like all oil changes, or routine serviceprocedures, new tires or maybe a major repair. I’m not trying to compare pets to vehicles, but I think the principle here would be and should be really simple. Take your time and investigate the situation you may be putting your pet into. You have the ultimate choice of saying yes or no to whom ever may be inquiring on your pet. Don’t tell everyone a rehoming fee applies if you don’t have said pet gone by a certain day and then say it will be going to the pound if not rehomed (that doesn’t make a lot sense???). Sometimes I think alot of people charge a fee to clear their conscious to make them feel like they’ve done the right thing or just to try and make a quick buck, but maybe I’m looking to far into that. Ultimately I think everyone wants the best for their pet but it is just as hard on the pet as it is for the owner looking to rehome. I know breeders aren’t supposed to sell here, I mean post here, but some of these rehome fees are absolutely crazy. Just one persons opinion and questions. I know they have another board on here to post these comments, but I couldn’t keep from sharing.Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year from Everywhere!& Have a safe holiday season….
Kudos Jason! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Be Well, And That’s What’s On My Desk.