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

March 6, 2009 | By lori | 53 answers | Expired: 1958 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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Angie
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Mar 06, 2009

We have done this at our auction in the past, but I'm not personally a fan. I will say, that the owners were screened before purchasing the dog and was required to use a vet, that would take care of the treatment for the dog and if any time he felt that the dog wasn't being properly cared for, the dog would go to another home that we had approved. I do know that in the past years we've done this, we've never had the dog go to a home that wasn't good. We are opting out this year, and I'm not complaining.

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Darlene S.
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Mar 06, 2009

This is definitely not a good idea. No animal should be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A potential dog owner should be screened and should have time to decide pros and cons as to the type of dog they want. This is not an impulse buy, but should be given much thought. This could be a 20 year commitment.

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Butte Humane S.
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Mar 06, 2009

Are they going to screen all the people before they are allowed to bid to ensure a suitable home is lined up. I don't feel like this is a good way to match up a dog with a forever home. Each dog is an individual and it's new home should accommodate that dogs individual needs, not go to the person with the most cash in hand!

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Amy P.
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Mar 06, 2009

Nope. Not the way to go at all. Why not auction off a "dog lover's basket" with toys, treats, etc for someone?

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Meems
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Mar 06, 2009

Not to my way of thinking.

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karen w.
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Mar 06, 2009

No way!! I would think they would at least want some say who gets the dog, you can't do that at auction.

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Liane M.
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Mar 06, 2009

I don’t like this idea at all. Dogs shouldn’t be an impulse buy and this seems what would happen at an auction. They are living creatures and should have owners that put some thought into acquiring them. I own two dogs and consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about them, and I would never acquire a dog this way. They are better off to auction off a vacation or something other than a live animal.

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Jen T.
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Mar 06, 2009

If ppl attending have a heads up about it- they may give it a lot of thought before bidding. I have some mix feelings about this though...

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Tracy  H.
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Mar 06, 2009

This is a horrible idea. This dog will end up back at some shelter.

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JD472
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Mar 06, 2009

Is this dog going to go to a good home? The largest bidder may not be a good dog owner. I think this is a bad idea for the dog; it may be a great fundraiser, but at what price?

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