I think that some adoption fees are too high. How come it costs $300 to adopt a small maltese mix but $75 to adopt a less attractive dog from the same shelter? Before you jump on my throat I foster dogs on the put to sleep list. I use my own money to feed them, take them to the vet, heartworm preventative etc. Not to mention I have to put the time and effort to housebreak them since most have lived outdoors all their lives. i do it because I love dogs period. The shelter I volunteer for has a set fee $80. It pays for spay/neuter and rabies shot. I think a set fee is more reasonable. Why should one dog cost $300 and another $75 just because one dog looks better?
I just think that when you jack up the price of a shelter animal because her breed is popular you are doing the animal a disservice. The shelter had two different prices for two different dogs only because one was small and cute (maltese mix) and one was a who knows what mix. I love all dogs but not all dogs are cute but all are worth loving If you can adopt out a dog for $75 why would you turn around and charge $300 for another. BTW this adoption fee does not include spay/neuter or shots. My shelter charges $80 for all the dogs and they all go home altered. Some shelters let you take home the dog without being fixed which is messed up. They make you sign some contract saying you will get the dog fixed but who enforces the contract.
Our shelter charges $120 for dogs and $75 for cats. You get a discount if you're a senior citizen or if the dog/cat has been there way too long or if the dog/cat is a "senior". That price includes: Spay/Neuter Vaccinations Rabies Free Vet visit Micro-Chipping Pet ID Tag Puppy Packet w/ food samples and coupons and more handouts on whatever you could imagine than you could ever read!
I like the set prices a lot better too. But...If I had to venture a guess, they are trying to offset costs using the "high demand" animals because they CAN charge more and still adopt them out quite quickly. If you charge $300 for a "low demand" animal...he/she may be there way too long and that's doing a disservice to the animal.
I only commented because I saw a small toy poodle at the petsmart last weekend. Her adoption fee was $300. She is from a no kill shelter. Lots of people were interested in her at first glance but got sticker shock. Why adopt her when they had other dogs there for $75? BTW she did not get adopted that weekend and she could have been. Instead she had to spend yet another dreadful day at the shelter in a cage. She was not a very young dog. I would adopt a dog no matter the price if I fell in love but some people are on a budget. I know it will cost more than $300 to get a dog elsewhere and do the necessary stuff (shots, spay/neuter etc) but some people don't think that way. One reasonable set adoption fee seems better IMO.
I understand the frustration with adoption fees being so i high i currently foster both acats and dogs and when people ask me how much it is to adopt the animal they then turned away from me but after talking to the adoption cordinator about the price on the adoption the purpose of it is to make sure that they will have someone who really wants the pet and not something that is going to be dropped off again and also for all the expence of taking care of the pets while they are under the care of the adoption center there are many cats their due to the fact that they just drop off or they gt out of their kitten stage and now that they are all grown up their not wanted anymore. I had bought my cocker spaniel from a breeder and now he has a heart mumor but i had adopted a lab mix and she end up having alot of obidence problems and was very sick i was half tempted to give her back and found out that if i did she would be put to sleep so I have worked with her for a year and now she is one of the best pets i have ever had because she appreciates us more but i fell that if i have to pay a fee that they should have been the one to do the training not me.
while i have often asked the same question...why in the same shelter are the pure breds more to adopt then the mixes.........i have yet to be given an answer. next time you come across that situation ask. or go to petfinder.org's discussion forum and ask them. the majority of the posters there are involved with shelters and have lots of opinions on lots of various things.
in all honesty....300.00 is not a lot for an adoption fee. if someone cannot pay at least that to adopt an animal... as in the case above with the poodle.....then they do not deserve to have a dog period. sticker shock over a dog =(
$300.00 for an old poodle is not reasonable IMO. Most people will say "I guess I will get the mutt instead." It's also a good dog and only $75 at the same shelter. I can afford to pay $300 that's not much but why pay that when you can get a cute dog for $75 and you are still saving a life
Let me put it in perspective. In my area you can get a purebred puppy with no papers for as low as $100. The poodle at the shelter has no papers either and if she does no one knows. No one knows her health history either. So some families pass on the old pooch -- how sad. If they had a set fee for all dogs then she would have a home instead of living at a shelter still waiting.
Yes, i agree i think all dogs should be the same price. The poor girl would be in a new loving home, instead of a cage becuase the people was to greedy to let her go for $75. Its pretty sad. Like here theres a kill shelter that only holds them for 5 days, they charge $100, when most charge about $50.
***Edited By: Doggie_breath on 9/28/2005 7:20:26 PM*** Reason: ad
BTW that shelter is full and that poodle is taking up room. The shelter is turning away dogs all the time. It has gotten so bad that people tie dogs to the gate because they won't take the dog so I guess the owner thinks "ha now they have no choice but to take him." If they turn away dogs where do you think those dogs end up ... at the pound aka kill shelter.
At the shelter I work for, sometimes the cost of dogs depends on how much work they have had done on them, surguries, meds and things like that can really take toll on a shelter's funds. The price could also depend on how easy the dog is to take care of.
I personally think that shelters charge way to much money, while I realize that they want the pets to go to someone who really wants them, I think when the cost of adopting an older dog (with unknown history, past abuse and possibly bad habits) is equal to purchasing a puppy who you can train from the start, I don't see much incentive to adopt. Of course many people are so compassionate and that is great. However the bottom line is these dogs need a home. Poor people do make good pet owners. Responsibility is not determined by your bank account or real estate. There is a lady here in Nashville who goes to the pound and fosters litters of puppies, then adopts them to qualified people for 35.00. To me that is rescue. She is putting her own time and money in because she cares. I also think people who drop their pets at a rescue/pound should have to pay a fee to put them there. I also think it is kind of fishy that so many people have so much trouble even getting a response from shelters and that they deny people based on reasons like having children. IMO some of them really want you to just give money. As many of you know, I tried to adopt for weeks before buying Tsion. Received no response from any of the local shelters here. Shame on Nashville shelters.
Yeah I think the no children rule is stupid. I have seen so many dogs that I think are adorable and a lot say no children allowed. If you teach a child to be good to dogs they will treat them well no matter the size. A kid can abuse a dog no matter the size.