Occasionally a puppy will be listed as one of the items for sale in a gala auction. If you’re considering selling a dog at your event, please watch this video. You’ll learn tips to help ensure the animal gets started off on the right foot with its new family.
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I really appreciate the advice you have on this site, but I think you should really reconsider supporting auctioning off an animal at an auction. They are not property, they are living creatures and desrve to be treated as such. Getting a pet is a huge decision and spontaneously auctioning off an animal can lead to people making irresponsible decisions or taking the animal to a shelter. Even a certificate for vet care does not mean that the family or person is respnsible enough to take care of the animal. Families should meet an animal in a personal setting to introduce their children and other dogs before buying an animal. Furthermore, you are undermining the importance of adoption by treating animals as a commodity to be sold when so many sit in shelters and are killed every year.
Sherry Truhlar says
Janine, I appreciate your thoughts. My family’s last 3 dogs came from rescue or shelter situations. And I myself wouldn’t dream of getting an animal any other way.
Yet we humans are a varied lot. People have their own reasons for wanting to spend $2k on an dog, even though they could drive to the pound and get one for free. I’m just not a big fan of turning a critical eye on others’ behavior because they could easily turn around and judge some “inappropriate” behavior in my life, too.
Honestly, I have never felt a twinge of regret for the puppies sold at my auctions. Not by chance, they are often sold into homes that already own a dog of the same breed. Those buyers are more than familiar with the dog’s temperament and responsibility. And the breeders themselves are picky! They arrange for a proper hand-off and even follow-up to ensure the family adjusts well to the dog. Frankly, the breeders I’ve observed are waaaaaay more particular about where their dogs go than any shelter is.
In our culture, a dog – despite being a living creature – is property. Though there is a movement to refer to humans as “caretakers,” the reality is that — at the dog park– we ask, “Who owns this dog?” Or “Whose dog is this?” Dogs — and children, for that matter — “belong” to someone. (And more than one of my friends has mentioned that it’s easier to have a child than try to adopt a dog from a rescue. I’m not sure that makes sense, either. Certainly some of my CASA and CAC clients would love to see a license required to birth a child.)
You can still have a great auction without selling a dog. Focus on acquiring other items … you’ll feel good about your revenue AND be able to sleep at night. 🙂 Good luck!