Everyone loves a rescue story, and a rescue dog seems “affordable” compared to buying a puppy from a reputable breeder - until it’s not. An owner of a puppy from my stud dog has just shared a Go Fund Me post from a young 20 something friend of hers - their 2 year old rescue GSD has dysplasia in both hips and now a torn CCL. So they are fundraising for $6500 to support 3 surgeries to try to make this dog sound.
Not sure why he was in rescue to begin with - they “rescued” him as a 1 year old. So, it is likely that he was intentionally bred by someone, and then his first home either couldn’t manage him, or they couldn’t afford his upcoming health issues (which were apparent at age 7 months). I don’t know if these people thought they could manage the symptoms, or if the planned to crowd fund to pay for his care? To be honest, I think $6,500 is pretty low for what they will need, so maybe they are paying the rest.
Please hold breeders to a higher standard. Don’t buy from breeders who don’t health test parents before breeding. It only supports their craptastic programs and their puppies go to “rescue” - while they are still free to produce more crappy dogs. Dysplasia isn’t entirely avoidable by testing, but a dog who needs bilateral hip replacement surgery at age 2 is probably not from tested health lines.
I know $1500-2000 sounds like a lot for a reputable puppy…but not necessarily compared to significant health issues that could have been avoided.
(Should anyone want to donate I will PM you the GoFundMe Link. I don’t know the owner, so I am not suggesting anyone donate.)