As I mentioned in the daily thread, we want to get a puppy. Our ideal is a mixed breed that is part collie, part something else. Our dog would be a very loved farm and house companion.
So we're looking at PetFinder and coming across puppies that have been brought up here from Alabama. The rescue that has them has a very elaborate application process, the site has admonishments about how if you can't afford the adoption fee of $500 then you shouldn't have an animal, and so on and so forth. This particular rescue's website states that in 2016 it had over $550,000 in vet bills.
What. The. Fuck.
I mean hey, people can do what they want, but over half a million dollars in vet bills? For real? This does not seem to be an enormous rescue program. What in the world are they doing? Well, I can answer that: part of their "we need help" page is asking for money for the care of an elderly dog that has cancer that can't be treated with chemo.
Personally, I have zero interest in going through a complex application and a home visit and paying an enormous fee for a mixed-breed puppy.
What about you? Do rescues go to far? Is there a great sin in getting a puppy from a county shelter or a neighbor whose dog had a tawdry affair with the neighborhood stray? How much would you pay, and to what extent would you go, to get a dog?