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Q: WHats the least I would spend on an adoption?

December 13, 2009 | By Leero | 9 answers | Expired: 1673 days ago

I want small dog. Relatively younger as I have children. I always tell them we will get one but could never afford $200 dollars just to buy one. So I would like to adopt one. My older daughter really wanst one and I miss having dogs as I have had some in my lifetime. Even a kitten as well. My younger daughter is 8 and wants one.

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Ches21
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Dec 20, 2009

A small dog with children isn't always the best option because my mom went out when I was in the 5th grade she brought home a small female rat terrier with her. She thought Skitters would be a good family dog but Skitters picked me out as her favriote person and now we have had her for 12 years and she sleeps in my room and is my dog and not the family dog at all now I am the one who takes care of her. With my grandma's miniture poodle Cricket she will only go potty for my grandma and only eat what my grandma feeds her and is always right behind her. So I would say maybe a lab or pitt bull or even a wiamariener these are dogs at rescues and shelters that might be big but they are good family dogs and they like kids. Plus if you live near longview, WA zip code 98632 we have a rescue here called rescued paws look it up on petfinder. We have a border collie mix female named Sarah she loves everyone even kids and her adoption fee is only $100 dollars I belive plus our cheapest dog at the rescue is $50 dollars oh and Sarah is only knee high on me and I am 22 but I am a short person like 5.1 or something so look at rescued paws is what I recomend.

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Anonymous
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Dec 20, 2009

Amber has an EXCELLENT idea!!!!! I had fostered for a few years and it's very rewarding!!!!

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Kayla L.
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Dec 18, 2009

Good luck. Even if you get a fee for adoption under $200 or you get someone on Craigslist to get you one for "free", there are several costs associated with the aquisition like the shot record not being complete or licensing fees.
I got my cat from the county shelter and they got him up to date on his shots and got him fixed and I only paid $25 for him... but then I had to get his boosters and those put me up another $50 since he needed two.

Lila I did adopt, from a rescue, for $200. Her shot record was incomplete. $12 licensing fee to the county and her rabies for $12 and I think there was one other shot for her.

If you get a puppy from CL or a friend or the classifieds, it's still going to cost up to or over $200 for all vaccinations, heart worm tests, heart worm pills for the year as well as SPAY OR NEUTER.

I got a cat for free. Picked it right up off the stairs on the apartment complex as a stray. She still cost me $50 for setup costs, $80 for all shots and $15 for pain meds with the free voucher I have from the county to get her fixed.

AND THE CATS BOTH WERE SICK WITHIN THE FIRST 3 months. Vet visit alone is anywhere from $50-89 just to see the doc and that doesn't cover treatments. Average out the door cost for a trip to the vet is $125-200 if it's nothing grave.

Amber has a good point about fostering. This could be a good option.

My numbers were at a minimum that I quoted. I look for the most affordable options given in my area. There is a mobile vaccination clinics that did everything I needed except sterilization at discounted rates and without charging an office fee. I'm lucky (but it's sad) that our county has such a bad problem with pet over-population that we have the voucher program to apply for to have the spay/neuter cost covered for the procedure.

Check the humane society. Ours has "lonely hearts" program that reduces the fees for the animals that have been there longer, but they will have all the shots and stuff normally taken care of and my county shelter gave me a free first visit for Tommy at the vet just to get an overall health check.

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Amber
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Dec 17, 2009

everyone here has made excellent points regarding the expense involved in owning a dog, so there's no sense in me repeating it.

i *can*, however, offer a suggestion that might be right up your alley.

you miss having pets in your life, and this is completely understandable. but pets can also be prohibitively expensive, especially in tough economic times. fostering can be a happy medium for those who would like to enjoy an animal companion but can't necessarily afford one. many animal rescue groups and shelters rely heavily upon foster families to provide homeless pets with shelter and human interaction and socialization until they are adopted. different groups handle fostering differently. at a cat rescue in our area, foster families are provided with food, litter, and vet care for the cats they foster, so there's really very little left for the foster family to buy, making fostering with them very affordable. not all shelters will provide *everything*, but generally, at the very least, they cover vet bills. the down side is that eventually, when someone chooses to adopt your foster-critter, you'll have to let them go. but hey, you've gotten to enjoy their companionship without breaking the bank, you've done a good deed, and there will always be more homeless pets who need a foster home.

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Lisa B.
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Dec 15, 2009

I was told that by the time my dog will pass away I will have put out $40,000 minimum during his lifetime. He was given to me by a breeder with papers but he didn't have he proper gait for the breeder to make any money off of him so all I had to do was pay to have him neutered. The love and affection we all get is worth the money, I think.

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Lherbertson
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Dec 15, 2009

Let me give you something to think about. I did a cost breakdown on how much my dog costs me per year.

Food $375
Basic vet care (vaccinations, heartworm, etc) $320
Training $100
Grooming $80
Treats $180
Toys $15 (if he doesn't destroy them)
Boarding $200
County license $25

Total $1295. That's the absolute minimum. If your dog gets sick, add a few hundred dollars to the total. And for a new dog, add the costs of a crate, bedding, bowls, collars, leashes, etc. If this isn't in your budget, then don't get the dog. You won't be doing the dog any favors by bringing him home and having to give him up.

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Vtech505
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Dec 15, 2009

If you cant afford 200$, than i urge you to please not get a dog. Please dont. Wait untill you are more financially stable. It will cost you way more than 200$ if you need to take it to the vet!!

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Lauren P.
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Dec 14, 2009

I've seen adoption fees for dogs ranging anywhere from $50 to $150. It really just depends on the shelter. The adoption fee helps to cover the price of spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and any other care the dog had while it was in the shelter's care.

Some places will even charge more than $200..I know all the Bulldog rescues I looked into charged more than that.

I do agree with kavykeeper, though, in the fact that you need to consider the other costs that are involved with dog ownership. You have to account for food, supplies, shots, and any other unexpected vet visits. I'll use my own dog as an example..she was $1600 and I've already spent close to $500 on vet bills since I had her, and that's with my discount for working at the clinic! This just covers shots, some blood work she's had done, skin biopsies, and various mite dips she's had to have. Soon she'll be getting spayed, which will bump it up to close to $800. So, just keep this in mind!

Good luck on your search for a new dog. :)

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Kavykeeper
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Dec 13, 2009

There are still adoption fees, too, but also keep in mind is that there are a lot of costs associated with owning a pet. Vet visits are really expensive, plus you have the cost of food, shots, license, etc. You should do some research first and calculate what your cost might end up being if money is an issue. A pet illness could end up costing a substantial amount of money.

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