“Puppy Flipper” is a term that is used often to describe Doggedly. It is a term frequently used in the rescue community to describe rescues/rescuers who only save puppies or even just a certain type of “easy” dogs. Dogs that come with pledge money or already fully vetted. Puppies and pure bred dogs are usually the easiest dogs to place into homes and are known to come with pricey “adoption fees”.
On average, Doggedly charges an adoption fee of $600 + per puppy. Small breed dogs or pure bred dogs (allegedly- Barbara lists the dogs using her best guess, there’s no guarantee that her dogs are not mixed breeds) are also commonly listed for the same fee or even more.
There are many instances where Doggedly has charged thousands of dollars for one dog. Adoption fees are listed on each individual dogs' PetFinder profile. If you see any Doggedly dogs listed without an adoption fee, the odds are it is extremely high. High enough that the rescue fears backlash from the public about the fees so they choose to leave it unlisted.
Yes! It is normal for any non-profit rescue to charge an adoption fee. In fact, in the rescue community, we highly recommend charging a fee when rehoming or adopting out dogs. The hopes behind this is that it will deter people with bad intentions away. However, this fee should be a reasonable amount.
Many people search for rescue dogs in hopes of saving a life but also to avoid the high fees that are common with dogs from pet stores or breeders.
With fees this high you would expect to receive a happy, healthy fully vetted dog, but this is not always the case. There have been times when puppies arrive to their new homes still in need of more vaccines, adult dogs who tested positive for heartworms or other medical needs not disclosed or treated.
If you have or are planning on applying to adopt a dog from Doggedly, be prepared to be judged. A normal part of their process is to first look up the applicants value on their home. It is not uncommon for applicants to be denied immediately if they reside in a small or older home and mobile homes are highly frowned upon. Adoptions are not allowed in Texas (unless a friend of Barbara) or any area in the PNW that is not considered ”Rich”.
Occupations are also a big deciding factor in Doggedly’s adoption process. Celebrities, CEOs, Social Media Influencers are almost always approved. If the dog that the said applicant applied for has been adopted, Doggedly will go out of their way to find them a home. Bragging about how rich or famous their adopters are is something that happens frequently, behind the scene and on social media.