04-25-2016, 03:22 PM
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Honestly makes sense from a shelter pov to alter early. Need to make sure their animals aren't leaving and later reproducing. Even with contracts, spay/neuter vouchers, refundable deposits, and other systems many animals leave and aren't actually altered. Then there's the added work (additional records, needing to track down people to verify altering, etc.) to already overworked employees...
Anyway, in my area some rescue groups will adopt out puppies with a spay/neuter contract (normally requiring at approx. 6 months) and purchase of a voucher or deposit (refunded with proof of spay/neuter).
Otherwise for a mixed breed puppy you're probably looking at a private rehome...
Someone rehoming a puppy due to a move, allergies, landlord saying no, etc.
Maybe a genuine ''oops litter'' or perhaps a litter by an unclaimed female being helped by a good citizen. In cases like these, personally I would expect a low fee (maybe $50) and if it were me I would probably ask that I pay a vet directly and the funds be used to alter the mom and/or dad. Maybe a donation to a rescue or shelter of the original owners choice. Something like that...