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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.

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?

Kavin, K. (2018). Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn. Washington Post, April 13 (Retrievable online at