I'll admit it. I have a challenging personality. While it's not always a bad thing, there are times when it is read completely wrong.
I think it is a gift, and can be quite helpful if you are open enough to hearing my rendition. I constantly challenge myself to think of solutions to current problems, ways to avoid problems, and how something can be changed to work more efficiently without losing it's integrity. I like to try and play the devil's advocate so to speak, and ask people to think a little more out of the box. After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. However, you will find that can be a very difficult task for many people. We tend to get stuck in thinking that the only way to eat ice cream is with a spoon. I challenge you to come up with other ways to eat ice cream. You could use a fork, a knife, a straw, your tongue, your finger, your teeth, a spatula, a toothpick, a lid, and the list continues on. So, while a spoon is the first thing that comes to mind and is probably the easiest method, any one of those other items could be used, agree?
How does this all relate to my love of animals? Many ways actually, but I'll give you a couple of ideas. I was talking with a man last week about "rescue dogs" and the difference between them and purebreds. He was telling me about how much money a relative of his paid for this purebred dog in relation to how much a shelter or rescue charges for adoption. "And they're not even purebred!"
I proceeded to explain to him that "rescue dogs are not all bad, out of control, animals. In fact, there are dogs in shelters and rescues that are purebred. Dogs end up homeless due to many different reasons and more time than not it has nothing to do with the dog, but more of it's owner.
As for the reason for the cost for adoption? It is simply vetting of the animal. Most rescues and shelters have all of their adoptable animals current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, possibly tested for heartworm or on a preventative, microchipped, and treated for intestinal parasites. Check with your vet to see what that would cost you to do to an animal. I bet it's more than the adoption fee. I can guarantee you, no one is making money rescuing animals.
The moral to the story is this. Before you jump to conclusions about anything, whether it be a person, animal, organization, or anything else, check it out for yourself. Don't always rely on what you've heard, because we all have our own perception of things.