Originally Posted by KJ67
...I don't think I can buy a crate right now ...
Look on FreeCycle or CraigsList for used / pre-owned crates -
on average, U save 1/2 the new-retail price by buying used, & many ppl give them away after "my pup is housetrained".
I'd also urge U to get a shipping crate, not a welded-wire 'show' crate.
An airline-approved shipping crate is the gold standard for safe transport, whether in a car, on a plane, wherever; they are burst-tested to so many pounds per square inch B4 they fail. They're also virtually escape proof [which wire crates definitely are not].
Shipping crates have solid bottoms that protect the dog from drafts, while the upper half has vents or windows, so ventilation is excellent. They protect the floor & carpet from leaks, spilled food / water / diarrhea / vomit, etc, & the dog can't pee THRU the 'walls', which they can in a wire crate.
The shallow trays in wire crates bend
when the dog walks or stands, & that 'pop' can fling all kinds of nasty stuff around the room.
Plus pee or poop gets splattered thru the 'walls' when the dog walks around or re-positions, & the trays themselves *will
* crack, bend, warp, rust, peel paint, etc, depending on whether they're made of plastic or painted steel.
Solid floors & bottoms mean shippers do none of that - plus they give dogs a sense of security & privacy, when they lie down in a shipping crate, they are hidden, & the only place with a clear line of sight is the crate door.
Wire crates are meant to expose the dog on all sides, inescapably - that's why they're used at shows. Passersby can see the dog from all angles - there's zero privacy, U are trapped in the open.
If U're not in the USA, there are loads of classified-ad websites - PreLoved & GumTree in the UK, e-Bay all over, etc.
Put up a WANTED ad for a cheap crate! - she's a 12# dog, a large cat-carrier sized airline crate will fit her. https://www.pettravelstore.com/petma...o-crate-small/
brand-new on Amazon, this 21 x 15 x 16 air-legal shipper is $45 -
used, it would run about $22 to $25. https://www.amazon.com/Petmate-Kenne.../dp/B003WQTT1A
here's the same size for $40 with free shipping, brand-new: http://tinyurl.com/y7nz6fnb
Boston CraigsList, next size up, USED ONCE for air-flight - $30. https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pe...406300166.html
Check around - i think U'll be surprised.
The local shelter in Hampton, VA, sold used cat-carriers for $5.