I think I have the entire range of prices in my area and i'm cofused as to what's normal. My local shelter is $10...a half hour away in richmond it's about $70-$100...a couple of the rescues in my area are charging about $200-$250. All of these animals would be altered except for the local shelter. What do you think is a normal or average price??
our shelter charges bout $75. It depends on what you get with the dog. Many shelters are altering dogs before they find homes for them, and that drives the price up. And of course the dogs are vaccinated. $10 to me isn't enough, honestly. If someone's willing ot pay $75 for a dog, to me that shows they're more financially capable of taking care of a dog than if they can shell out all of $10 for one.
We have a wide range of prices where I live as well. Sometimes they even give dogs away if they are older and have been in the shelter for a long time. I think reasonable is upward of 100 dollars. Because they have to pay all the vet bills and fix the dogs and feed them, so I think 100 is fair. I think over 100 is okay only if the dog is purebred and less than 6 months old. I wouldn't pay more than 200 for a dog in a shelter, but that's just me.
I dont think there really is 1 price. I live in arizona and the local humane society charges about $45 for dogs(even though alot of them have ticks or kennel cough). Then there is a no-kill shelter that takes very good care of the dogs and they keep them for years if they have to and they charge $110. So I dont really think there is only 1 certain price for a dog in animal shelters.
usually more care is involved in dogs in rescues. Rescues foster the dogs out to volunteer homes, they work on getting the dogs some basic obedience training, work on getting them housebroken, know whether or not the dog is good with children or other pets, etc. So you get more of your money's worth if it's more expensive.
all of our local humane and spca's charge btw $80-$100 for animals, it varies depending on dog or cat adn sex. i think either males or females are a little bit more to alter? our rescue charges$150 for adults and $200 dfor puppies, but we do fixing, full vetting, utd on shots, a (blood) heartworm test adn preventative, not to mention they are all in foster homes that is at the foster home's expense. the adoption fee barely covers the costs we incur for these dogs. one who needs dental work (common) or is hw pos, can wipe out the funds we have.
it varies here, too. my mutt was $70, which included her spay. the kittens were $85 each. there's a cool program in one of the prisons in canon city colorado where the inmates get a dog to live with them in their cells, 24 hrs. per day, for a couple months to train and take care of and get ready for adoption. those dogs cost $400.
ARF which is around the corner from my houses charges $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. The fee includes spaying/neutering, 6 training classes, care, etc. That is a little high, but those dogs are all great and well worth it.
our town pound charges 25 dollars. if the animal goes to the rescue people that try to adopt the dogs or cats out then the price goes up. independent shelters cahrge roughly 175 dollars to recoup vet costs such as spaying and neutering and vaccinations. specific breed rescues charge anywhere from 2-3 hundred dollars, for basically the same reasons.
Interesting topic you brought up. My rescue was given to me by a family who didn't want her anymore. She was full of infections and her hair was really matted and long. She hadn't been groomed in months so the poor dear was in bad shape. They didn't want any money for her, though I gave them two orchid plants (about USD30).
However, I've shelled out hundreds in vet bills, food, toys, a new bed, grooming, etc. You just can't put a price on love. I'm lucky because my partner is generous with his money and I've had to make some sacrifices. I don't go out as much as I used to, and travel has been cut waaaaaaaay down. But I wouldn't change it and rescue dogs are so utterly loyal. It was challenging at first because she was so skittish, but now that she has settled down, Winnie is just amazing. I've had her for 5 months.
Are you thinking of getting a rescue? If you are, we should chat.
Spaying a dog usually costs more than $100.00. I would take that into account. Local papers often have give away animals, they will go to the pound if no one takes them. They may be in pretty good shape and worth taking a look.
It must vary alot between areas. Our humane society is $75.00 including the spay/neuter, shots, etc. If they have a dog that has been in the shelter for over 6 months, or maybe it's 12, they call it a blue ribbon dog and will waive the fee.
It also cost me 75.00 for the greyhound. It was from the track though, not a rescue. This also included the spay and teeth cleaning, shots, etc.
Our pound is terrible. They charge about 65.00, you have to show proof of a spay within 30 days, but they don't contribute towards it. Most of the dogs are sick. I adopted a cocker spaniel there one time and he had parvo and died before the spay could even be done. No refund. They offered me a new do, ha no way. I feel for the dogs there and they only keep them 3 days, but there is just too much disease there. I don't want to risk the health of my other dogs like that.
Any amount that you are willing to pay. Remember, all that money will recycle to take care of other animals in their care. The more people will spend, the better. Shelters are in desperate need of donations. There's no limit to what those animals are worth.