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Q: Auctioning off a dog for charity...good idea or bad idea?

March 6, 2009 | By lori | 53 answers | Expired: 1957 days ago

lori

A local charity (non animal related) has decided to auction off a dog this year to raise money. I want people's opinions. Is this a good idea or bad idea and why? From their email, they will be offering a puppy at the auction and want suggestions of breed so they can get that type of dog from a breeder.



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Mary  L.
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Mar 07, 2009

This is the worst thing that anyone could do to a dog in the name of charity. This dog's life is in your hands and you shouldn't gamble with it. PLEASE PLEASE do not do this. What if the person who wins the dog abuses or kills it? How would you feel then?

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Alexa P.
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Mar 07, 2009

BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD! This is Making Me MAD! Dogs are NOT something t auction off! For all you know it could be going to a BAD home! You should report it to your local SPCA! Or to someone! Because that is WRONG ON ALL MEANS!

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Erica R.
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Mar 07, 2009

Bad, how would a person like to be auctioned off?

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Lori B.
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Mar 07, 2009

BAD BAD BAD no way to screen them as appropriate family.

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seldom seen s.
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Mar 07, 2009

THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST IDEAS I'VE EVER HEARD.

PLEASE DO NOT LET THEM GO THROUGH WITH THIS.

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Ann G.
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Mar 07, 2009

That is positively the worst idea I have ever heard! First of all, they shouldn't be going to a breeder. If they want to send some sort of message, they should go to a shelter. But that's all beside the point because whoever "wins" this dog at the auction will then suddenly have to take care of it, etc. Getting a pet is a huge decision. The auction will get everyone carried away and the dog will be caught in the middle. I hope your community will rally to stop this stupid event from happening.

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Ann  C.
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Mar 07, 2009

Bad Idea on so many levels
1) by auctioning off the dog/puppy, there is no way to properly screen the home. An auction gets peopel caught up in the moment and the person may not be ready or prepared to have a pet. Nor mey they be responsible enough to provide the pet with a safe, loving and nuturing home
2) To get a puppy from a breeder promotes the idea of adopting from breeders instead of rescuing from a shelter.
PLEASE RECONSIDER.

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JOYCE S.
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Mar 07, 2009

I admit it's different, but I'm not sure I agree it should be done. Unless all those who are bidding have been checked out as to how good of home they'd provide and if it will be a good match, there are too many variables and it would be easy to make a bad decision.

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Linda K.
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Mar 07, 2009

Absolutely NO!!!!! It takes a lot of thought and time when you're contemplating getting a new pet. That won't happen at an auction. There are many items you can bid at an auction, but not an animal. If you want to get a pet, go to your local animal shelter - that would help the cause more than money earned at the action.

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Chriss J.
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Mar 07, 2009

BAD BAD BAD. It sounds like the charity thinks any dog can go to any family and work well together. This is NOT TRUE. For example, I have a little terrier. Most people think terriers are cute little puppies yet have no clue as how to raise or train them. For these people a terrier would not be a "just right dog," but my little terrier and I mesh well together so we are an excellent fit. I would not mesh well with any sort of greyhound, poodle or chihuahua... our personalities and temperaments don't click. Having said that though, not every Jack Russell that comes along would be a "just right dog" for me. There needs to be a connection. If the charity auctions off the puppy, more likely than not the family who adopts him will not be getting the "just right dog" for them, and he'll end right back up in the shelter.

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