Well this is my first post, so I apologize if I have placed this in the wrong area.

I am looking to adopt a cat, and there is a feline rescue center in my area that has a pretty good selection of animals to choose from. But, this is where my question comes in...

The owner quoted me a price of $100.00 for adoption (which is considerably higher than our city animal shelter adoption fee of $32.50, but she does have a better selection and she specializes in cats exclusively). However, she then went on to say that pure breed cats start at $150.00. The part that confuses me is that she does not have papers to prove that these cats are in fact pure breeds. It is true that some of her cats APPEAR to be Siamese or Himalayan or other nice breeds, but I guess I just don't understand why/how she can charge more for them when she takes them in for free just like every other cat and she can't back up the fact that they are what she says they are.

All of these cats are either dropped off at her doorstep or she otherwise rescues them. I am more than willing to pay an adoption fee, because I understand that their are fees involved in upkeep of vaccinations, food/water, litter, facilities....etc. She seems to absolutely adore the animals and I'd like to believe that she's not just trying to make a buck, but then again I don't know.

My sister and her husband breed dogs (Great Danes) and I know that in the world of pure breed dogs, a puppy/dog is just another dog if you can't provide the AKC/CKC registration papers. My sister has to keep her paperwork 100% in order so that they can charge the appropriate amount for the puppies.

So this is why I came to you guys/gals. Can anyone tell me if this is standard practice or should I steer clear of her?

Thanks!

I am looking to adopt a cat, and there is a feline rescue center in my area that has a pretty good selection of animals to choose from. But, this is where my question comes in...

The owner quoted me a price of $100.00 for adoption (which is considerably higher than our city animal shelter adoption fee of $32.50, but she does have a better selection and she specializes in cats exclusively). However, she then went on to say that pure breed cats start at $150.00. The part that confuses me is that she does not have papers to prove that these cats are in fact pure breeds. It is true that some of her cats APPEAR to be Siamese or Himalayan or other nice breeds, but I guess I just don't understand why/how she can charge more for them when she takes them in for free just like every other cat and she can't back up the fact that they are what she says they are.

All of these cats are either dropped off at her doorstep or she otherwise rescues them. I am more than willing to pay an adoption fee, because I understand that their are fees involved in upkeep of vaccinations, food/water, litter, facilities....etc. She seems to absolutely adore the animals and I'd like to believe that she's not just trying to make a buck, but then again I don't know.

My sister and her husband breed dogs (Great Danes) and I know that in the world of pure breed dogs, a puppy/dog is just another dog if you can't provide the AKC/CKC registration papers. My sister has to keep her paperwork 100% in order so that they can charge the appropriate amount for the puppies.

So this is why I came to you guys/gals. Can anyone tell me if this is standard practice or should I steer clear of her?

Thanks!