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Q: What is a fair adoption fee?

January 25, 2009 | By Dennis S. | 29 answers | Expired: 2050 days ago

Dennis S.

Reading the Hill's news story about subsidized fees and see several comments that shelter adoption fees are too high what do zootoo'ers think is fair.

Lets work under the basic asumption that the animal would be spayed or neutered, have a heartworm or FIV/leukemia test. innoculations, dewormed, have a flea treatment, microchipped and if sick cared for before adoption.

what would you think a shelter should charge for dog, puppies, cats, and kittens?

Readers' Answers (29)
Corinne B.
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Jan 25, 2009

With what pet stores charge for animals with health problems, etc... I think most shelter/rescue fees are extremely reasonable!

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Bridgett A.
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Jan 25, 2009

I agree that most dog adoptions are reasonably priced around $300. However, this price tag often discourages first time adopters and pet owners because they are unaware how high vet bills will be for them in the future. Shelters must work hard to educate potential adopters before they turn to "cheaper" dogs in the newspaper.

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Jai H.
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Jan 26, 2009

I work for a dog rescue (not a shelter)and our adoption donations/fees run from $200-$350. There are many factors to determining the amount - from age, pure bred or mutt, medical cost. Our dogs are fully vetted, UTD on shots, and healthy when they get homes. What people need to realize is that all fees go to medical expenses for the dogs (we are an all volunterr org - no one gets paid). Also that rescues receive no government money. We only get what we raise through fees, donations and fund raisers. And we still end up in the hole but we keep working at it - saving one dog at a time.

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