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Q: What is a fair adoption fee?

January 25, 2009 | By Dennis S. | 29 answers | Expired: 2052 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?

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Mary W.
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Jan 29, 2009

I don't know if there is a fair adoption fee. It is always less expensive to adopt from a shelter than a store. It should allow a shelter to recoup some of their vet coststo spay and neuter the pet.

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Sarah S.
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Jan 26, 2009

I don't think that we should give our assumptions based on what was done to an animal as far as shots, and being spayed or neutered goes. I think that what the humane shelters or any other organization give as a price is about fair. Though the animals even if they don't have all their shots are still worth it all and perhaps more only because they deserve to be rescued and have Great Homes, Healthy Environments, and a Loving Person, and/or Family taking care of them. So I simply won't give a number about what is a fair price, to Me Their all worth whatever price you pick no matter if is below $100.00 or above $500.00 or in between. Thats My answer

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kATHY C.
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Jan 26, 2009

We charge $60 for cats and $90 for kittens. This helps us cover the spay/neuter cost and vaccinations. It does not begin to cover ill pets, but makes pet ownership affordable. We figure that donations will help cover the rest. Most of our people are volunteers anyway. We also have a senior program where a senior can adopt a cat over 5 years old for any donation.

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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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Phil B.
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Jan 26, 2009

Well, it all depends on the local area. In my area of South-Western New York, most vets charge between $100.00-400.00 for spay/neuter fees depending on the size. We charge an adoption fee of $60 for adult cats, $70 for adult dogs and kittens, $75 for puppies. All are vaccinated, wormed, tested for FIV/FeLv, dogs are microchipped, and includes spay/neuter. Adoption fees seem to be best near or just below the vet's costs. However, if you can get more and include everything, great! More money for the next animal that needs it.

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Dstrykr
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Jan 26, 2009

Our shelter charges at cost which includes everything from testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The cost per animal runs between $100.00 for older dogs and cats to about $120.00 for kittens and puppies. Of course there are medical expenses such as de-wormers, parvo test kits, antibiotics, vet visits and much more and that is all considered in the final price which is $135.00 for adult cats and dogs to $150.00 for kittens and puppies.

I personally think that is a great deal. Getting a "free" dog off the streets or paying a breeder or pet store would cost someone twice as much at a regular vet office. In Georgia it cost a minimum of $135.00 just to have a pet fixed at a vet, let alone micro-chipped, vaccinated and tested!

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Nikki S.
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Jan 26, 2009

For dogs the average is between $100 and $400, depending of course on where you're getting the dog from and if they're UTD on shots, and the breed and age are also a huge factor, older dogs tend to cost less.

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Marilyn M.
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Jan 26, 2009

I think between $125 and $200 for cats and $150 to $300 for dogs. This covers the cost of caring for most pets until their adoption and leaves a little to put toward those animals who make the shelter a long-time home.

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Bella C.
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Jan 25, 2009

Umm it depends. I got my horse for roughly 2,000. But she is now worth over 24,000. So it depends.

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Sasha S.
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Jan 25, 2009

We paid $250 for adoption to get our Aussie from a rescue in Tennessee plus $150 for the transport. Our local Aussie rescue said it was too high and it should be in the range of $100.

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