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According to the Washington Post, an effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog.

Questions:
1. Why do they do it?
2. How much was spent since 2009 at government-regulated auctions?
3. Why did one golden retriever rescue group turn to the auctions?
4. What are the trends they quote?

Source:
Kavin, K. (2018). Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn. Washington Post, April 13 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/investigations/dog-auction-rescue-groups-donations/?utm_term=.43bc08cb6139)

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