I don't get how anybody could knock what shelters charge for a dog. I adopted a dog from a friend who was about to put her in a shelter. I gave her a hundred dollars. (she was going to give me the dog for free) Next I had to get her updated on her shots and a physical, have her spayed and her hernia repaired. 600 dollars later, my "free" dog wasn't such a bargain. Had I gotten her from the local shelter, I would have paid 175 dollars and had everything done that I had paid for. 175 doesn't sound so bad now, does it?
***Edited By: lalayla on 2/22/2005 10:56:45 PM*** Reason: sp
I have no problem with what shelters charge. I look at the fact that some dogs are problem free, and others need thousands of dollars of surgery to be well again. 200-300 Canadian is the fairly standard range around where I live, But the Toronto humane society charges less. 200 barely covers the essentials of a healthy dog to be adopted, let alone trying to recoup some of the cost of an unwell one.
I look at all the sad faces on petfinder, and want to foster now...
Lalayla, I agree. So many people complain that the shelters charge too much. And then these same people complain when shelters have to put animals to sleep because they don't have enough money to support all the animals. You're right-getting a pet from a shelter is quite a bargain, considering that they normally will be updated on shots and be spayed/neutered. When you add up the cost for food, shelter, medical care...
I agree also...besides if they weren't to charge us a dime..then how could they possibly even take care of the poor pooches that come in there?
Boxerbabe..I think Layla's topic was reading as if someone was saying..."Why do they charge so much" and then Layla saying back.."UT UN..WHY DO THEY CHARGE SO LITTLE?!?!?!" but I could be wrong. If that makes sense.
I think shelters should offer some sort of discount for a senior pet. I do think the dog I rescued from the shelter who is 10, blind, hard of hearing,severe gum disease,looked like hell would have stayed in the shelter longer than the month he was there because of his $300.00 adoption fee. Oh and by the way he was feed hard food because they could not afford soft and clearly should have been feed soft.His needs were not being met. So maybe they should have dropped his adoption fee to find him a suitable home for his special needs.