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

March 6, 2009 | By lori | 53 answers | Expired: 2098 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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Debbie M.
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Mar 06, 2009

Bad idea. Getting a new pet should take time and research to make sure you find the right pet for your family. Not a spontaneous decision made at an auction.

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jennifer r.
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Mar 06, 2009

No way....that dog needs a family with the right lifestyle not just the right amount of money. How are you going to match it up when it is getting auctioned off? It needs to be the right dog for that family and the right family for that dog...NO AUCTION, BAD BAD idea!!

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Percysmom
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Mar 06, 2009

It's a bad idea in my book! Getting an animal requires a lot of thought and planning none of which happens at an auction. People need to research which type of dog will best fit into their lifestyle and also decided where THEY want to get this dog from. I've seen breeders bring kittens with them to cat shows to sell and it bothers me. People buy them impulsively since they're cute and obviously the breeder doesn't care enough to research who they're selling their babies to. An auction is sort of the same situation. Impulse on the buyer's part and the puppy goes to the highest bidder regardless of whether or not it's the best choice in homes. How about auctioning off a vase?!

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Mary W.
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Mar 06, 2009

Not such a good idea. Often people think animals are cute and cuddly until they get them home and discover that animals need a lot of care, time and money. Many people are not prepared for this. They may end up abandoning or abusing an innocent animal. We have to think beyond our immediate wants and whims as humans and think & feel for the animals.They have feelings and emotions too. They rely on us and only us for their well-being and for responsible decision-making.

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joan j.
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Mar 06, 2009

I think animal ownership is too great a a responsibility to be the payoff in a raffle. Bonding with a family member, even a 4-legged one, is an important process that should be the result of thoughtful research.

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Hanna D.
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Mar 06, 2009

It isn't a good idea becuase many people don't like animals, and no one goes to an auction to buy an animal! They go these to buy old cheap stuff! You old FART!!

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KittyHunter
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Mar 06, 2009

This is a horrid idea - the idea of auctioning an animal for fund raising is repulsive on many levels. First, the "buyer" may make an impulse buy as we all know puppies are all cute and adorable, and..... Second, where is the animal coming from? Puppy mill? Third, there is no way to interview the "winning bidder" to see if they are a good home for the animal. I could go on and on, but Rex needs training......

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Skyeblu
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Mar 06, 2009

I think it's a terrible idea. I mean maybe because they have to compete and pay money maybe it will screen some but it just seems that a lot more needs to go into picking a home for a puppy. Who's to say what person might be bidding and what their real intention could be...I don't like that idea much. The whole concept of an "auction" seems disrespectful as well. In fact, the more I think about it the more I dislike the notion.

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jerrie  y.
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Mar 06, 2009

No doubt they don`t mean harm just have not thought this through!is there another animal-related prize that could help animals without involving a live animal`s future? This is a surprisingly bad idea for a time when animal wellbeing awarenes is hopefully being raised.

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Traceylbosinski
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Mar 06, 2009

Bad Bad Bad idea! What would happen with this animal if the "winner" doesn't know how to care for it or gets tired of taking care of it's needs, etc? What about the personality of this breed? Does it fit in well with the family situation it's about to live in? then there's some people that just buy tickets to help out the cause never considering "what if I should win? Do I really want a dog..

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