Do these look like death-row dogs?
These are just a few of the dogs adopted out by Mutts & Moms. One of my many objections to the debacle over Iggy was the claim made by Marina Baktis that they were saving death-row dogs. While some of these dogs were said to have been found on the streets, she "rescued" most from shelters.
The dogs in the photos above are not the dogs that typically get euthanized at shelters. If you want to see a few of the dogs that really need to be saved - the ones that are euthanized at an alarming rate every day because of too many dumb-ass pet owners, look here.
I don't know if the word "rescue" fits the scenario of taking cute fluffy and/or pure breed dogs from shelters (where the adoption fees are usually between $20-100), sending them off for a nice grooming, and then charging a much higher adoption fee in addition to requiring a "DONATION" of $250.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines donation as: a free contribution.
Yet Marina Baktis stated the following on her website under The Adoption Process:
Am I willing and able to make a minimum suggested donation of at least $250? We are looking for "rescue partners" who understand that in order to continue doing our life saving work, we must find adopters who are financially stable, are able to make the commitment that a substantial contribution implies, and are willing to help us save the next dog. Donations are not a purchase price nor an adoption fee but a contribution freely given. Donations are not refundable.
It's vulgar to require people to make freely-given contributions.
And what is your idea of financially stable? Would you adopt one of your dogs to a loving working class family? Or a single mom who lives in a pet-friendly apartment? Or God-forbid, someone living in a trailer?