What is a reasonable rehoming fee?

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Question by Lover: What is a reasonable rehoming fee?
(sorry if it’s long)
I have had my amazing dog, Mya, for close to 3 years. She’s AKC German Shepherd, will be 3 on the 1st.
She’s housetrained and will ring a bell, bark, whine, scratch the door, or squeak a toy–whichever method you prefer–when she needs to go.
She’s crate trained, and will go to her crate when instructed.
She is spayed, current on vaccinations, and has vet records. She also tested negative for lyme, heartworm, and a few other things. I had her screened(CERF, OFA, TVD, etc) because I was lightly considering breeding her, but then had her spayed.
She knows all the basic commands, like “up”, “down”, “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “jump”, “potty”, as well as a few others like “drop it”, “heel”, “go”, “calm”, “crate”, “outside”, “inside”, “look(eye contact with handler)”, “speak”, “right”, “left”, and “play dead”.
I have handled her excessively through the years, and she doesn’t mind me looking at her ears, eyes, nose, paws, tail, etc.. and if I give her the command, “still” or “pose” , she will allow me to adjust the way her paws\head\neck\etc sit, and will hold them that way until I give the command “alright” or “good”, then she gets a treat.
She has no health conditions, and gets a check up twice a year, but at one time she had very dry\cracked paw pads. So usually after a long walk on cement or gravel, I will use a ointment(inexpensive, get it at pet stores) and gauze her paws for awhile. You wouldn’t have to do so, I just try to so she doesn’t get irritated and cracked.
She doesn’t mind having her teeth brushes, ears cleaned, nails clipped or getting baths. She loves being brushed.
Excessive barking or nipping has never been a problem.
She’s been socialized with people and animals since a very young age, and does wonderfully with my two pekingese.
If she were a male, “gentleman” would describe her very well. She’s polite and friendly, but she doesn’t slobber or jump on people.
She’s not allowed on the furniture, and she sleeps in her crate at night. She’s very good about it. She is an indoor dog, but the second year of her life she lived outside during the fall, and then again for awhile in the spring. So she would be happy either way.

Unfortunately, due to my job, I’m being transferred. I have to move into a much larger town with a much higher cost of living. I will need to live in an aparment for awhile, plus work many extra hours. Mya is used to having an acre of fenced in yard to roam freely in(pet door) as she pleases. She’s also used to 2 walks a day. And, because of a recent disability I have encountered that makes it close to impossible for me to provide exercise for her, I will not be able to do her justice.
While she’s by no means rowdy, she needs her exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She’s not a dog fit for apartment life. I’m looking for a family who can provide a fenced in yard or at least daily walks for her. She is a wonderful dog, and deserves a good home!

I, as aforementioned, have two pekingese.. but they are on a different diet and have different belongings. My pekingese will be staying with me, and I will hire a dogwalker. They don’t require as much space, time, or exercise, so I will see how things go and if I can provide the right lifestyle for them.
To whomever her new owner is, I will send everything of Myas.
Which means, 2 nail clippers, 3 brushes(a furminator, a doublesided, and a slicker), two regular food\water bowls, two automatic feeder\waterer bowls, two harnesses, a pink collar with name tag, a retractable leash, two regular leashes, a large wire crate, a large plastic crate, two medium sized bags of dog food, nine squeaker toys, three discs, a tug of war rope, and–silly as it sounds–some clothes… two XXL jackets, three pairs of “booties”, and several bandanas.
(Explnation;I live in a very cold area, so when I would walk her in the winter, her feet would crack\be cold, as well as

All I want is a good home for her, and hopefully I will be contacting her owners a few months after she’s settled in. I have heard many people tell me I should include a fee to make sure no one just buys her to get the items, then resells her carelessly…or that no one buys her as a dog fighter.
When I find the right home for her, the accessories will just be to make her feel more comfortable. I did spend quite a bit of money on them, like close to $ 100 for each crate, and the furminator was $ 50, but I don’t want to charge someone for those items. I’m just concerned for my dog getting a good home. So should I charge a rehoming fee? And if yes, what’s a reasonable digit that won’t tu
(ETA)
My “disability” really isn’t a disability.
My parents , aunts , some cousins and most of my siblings have had arthritis.
I have had a small touch of it for a few years, but with medication I have been able to keep it down to liveable.
Unfortunately it has recently (last couple weeks) been flaring up quite badly and my doc says it is only going to progress(get worse).
So, as of now, due to pain, I am unable to walk Mya everyday.

It’s not such a huge deal as we have a very large yard and she plays with her “sisters”(pekingese) most of the day.. but when we move, she will be stuck in a matchbox apt. with no yard.
****won’t turned possible owners away, but will ensure her a safe home?****
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Answer by Kate
With all the stuff and the dog I would go for about 250-300 Your dog is older and Spayed which takes the price down but since she is AKC I would go for that.

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2 comments on “What is a reasonable rehoming fee?

  1. I think you should charge a couple hundred dollars and donate the profit to a local shelter.

    That was you can show that you are not in it for the money, just looking for a good home for your dog.

    People show that they value things by paying for them, you want to make sure the new owner values your dog.

    You may want to contact a local rescue to see if they have any homes lined up. Your dog would be a great candidate for re-homing & the rescue would screen the new owners & have a binding contract to help ensure your dogs safety.

  2. “I’m just concerned for my dog getting a good home. So should I charge a rehoming fee? And if yes, what’s a reasonable digit that won’t tu”

    $ 50 at the least (but maybe $ 100 at most) if all you care about is finding a good home for her, you don’t care about making a profit, and you are only doing the rehoming fee as reassurance that she won’t be donated to a lab and will be adopted by someone who really wants her. I assume, you’ll also do heavy screening of potential owner(s) so I wont go into too much detail about that….

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    “I think you should charge a couple hundred dollars and donate the profit to a local shelter. ”

    you can do that but you will just deter people as not very many people would believe you will donate it. Plus, not very many people would pay hundreds for an older dog..especially if its not a Champion. you’re better off meeting the potential owners yourself, doing intense screening yourself, and setting up a reasonable rehoming price. That shows more concern than turning it over to a rescue or shelter. And here’s a little known (?) secret. Rescues can make up all the contracts they want. Once the dog is sold, an owner can pretty much do what they want as the dog is now *their* property…do yourself and dog a favor and screen people yourself.

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