Time to look around and try to fill the void left by my last pooch. Always adopt so checked out the local shelters and then the dogs on Petfinder. Local shelters don't have many dogs (aside from pitbulls) and adoption fees are $175-$225. Thousands of dogs on Petfinder with all these rescue group/organizations charging $400-$500+. Just looking for a mutt, not a Westminster Kennel Club champion. Called two of the local groups about their dogs and they weren't even available to see/meet. Dogs were in shelters or foster homes down South somewhere so you couldn't even assess the dogs personality prior to adoption. Dog is transported after you agree to adopt.
Are many of these scams? Why are there so many dogs "down south" in need of adoption. I've always supported adoption and shelters but would hate to support people who are creating a cottage industry by taking advantage of folks who want to do the right thing. Spoke to a lady nearby who cynically suggested there were puppy mills breeding mutts to fill this pipeline for adoptable dogs and cashing in on people's well intentioned desire to reduce the unwanted dog population.
I know there many well intentioned adoption organizations and medical treatment, neuter/spaying and care costs for pets add up, still seems like a lot of people are getting into dog adoption, hopefully not for the $$$.
Used to only have local shelters. Anyone familiar with the process these days and why so many people are involved in the biz?