I had been looking on Petfinders for a purebred German Shephed puppy to rescue, I came across some very nice purebred puppies on the Good Dog Rescue Website and clicked onto its Application Procedures and fees. Was stunned to see that the rescue fee was $1350.00 including transport. The usual fee for most rescues, even purebreds, is in the $500. range. If a transport is involved, there might be an additional $100-$175 fee. I started to notice that any purebred puppy (German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, etc) was listed at the same fee. The mixed breeds were $575 including transport. The same woman appeared in each video for all of the puppies, leading me to believe that she was either a backyard breeder who was representing her puppies as rescues or was purchasing these puppies from puppy mills and re-selling them.
I did contact Petfinders, which responded thanking me for the information and promised to look into it.
The representative who e-mailed me was named Kristen. This was months ago and to-date, Good Dog Rescue continues to try to take advantage of people with puppies purported to be rescues at prices that top breeders might charge.
By the way, in April, I came across a Petfinder ad for a purebred GSD puppy from a group down south, which was asking $275. plus $125. for a transport fee. This group, 57 House Rescue, sent me a wonderful purebred puppy, sweet and cuddly whose breeder/owner could no longer care for the litter.
As a former GSD breeder, who now only does rescue, I can honestly state that Jackson is not only a wonderful representative of the breed, but he is now, at four months, a beautiful puppy with an outstanding temperament and disposition.
If Good Dog Rescue is operating as a non-profit, I would hope that the IRS will come knocking at its door to find out whether this is truly a shelter or a shill for a breeder and/or puppy mill.