Originally Posted by TNR1
I'm not sure what shelters/rescues you are referring to...but every shelter/rescue that I know of here in Virginia charges the exact same amount regardless of it is a domesticated tabby or a purebred persian. With approx. 6 out of every 10 cats/kittens in Virginia shelters being PTS....there really is no advantage to charging more.
Well, when I was looking for a Bengal, I used to go on the Petfinders website. Most of the time, they listed a Bengal/ Mix as a Bengal, until you read up on the cat. On the rare occasion that they had a purebred Bengal, they listed at the bottom that the adoption fee would be $300 or somewhere in that neighborhood, because the cat had papers. I contacted some of the Foster Care people about the cats up for adoption. In one case, the Foster lady, asked me if I'd ever had a Bengal before, when I told her "no" I hadn't, but that I had studied up on Bengal's and I knew they were extremely active and extremely high energy cats, and that I was used to Siamese Cats, she absolutely REFUSED to even consider me. She said we don't want to adopt out a Bengal to someone who has never had that breed before. First of all, I was a great deal insulted by her attitude. When I called another foster mum about a Bengal up for adoption, she questioned my age. Because I have a husky voice, she thought that I was elderly, which I'm not, and she didn't want to adopt out a young cat to an elderly person, because they might up and die. I told her my age, but I don't think she believed me. I had 2 strikes against me, with that foster parent. She was convinced I'd was elderly, and she against adopting out a Bengal to a first time owner.
I have had nothing but bad luck trying to adopt cats from rescue organizations. I'm sure most are caring and loving people who just want to find great homes for their cats, but sometimes they "judge" you before they even meet you and refuse to even consider you based on something as silly as thinking you are old, when you're not.
As far as my not having ever had a Bengal in the past, I think that was wrong to go against on that as well. Every Bengal owner, has to be a first time Bengal owner at some point.
I am now the proud Mother of my Bengal Simba. I LOVE him to pieces. He is high energy. I knew that going into it. He's also lots of fun, and a real joy to my life. However, the only way I could get Simba was to pay big bucks from a breeder. If I could have adopted a Bengal, I would have paid a few hundred dollars less than what I paid for Simba. However, I'm glad things worked out the way they did, because Simba is my baby boy, and he's special. No other cat would have been my Simba.
I'm in the Los Angeles area, by the way.