Our sweetie of 12 years died last January and now we are ready for another dog. I've been looking around at the various shelters and I'm shocked to see that they want anywhere from $150-200 for a mut. Puppies are probably closer to the $200 range and it depends on the dog and how old he is and if he's a pure breed or what. I know it's been a long time since we got a dog but.. WOW. I know we paid about $70 for her 12 years ago and she was 2 at the time. She was a collie/shep mix and a total sweetie! sniff sniff.. These are No-Kill shelters and I totally understand they get no assistance from the gov. and only on adoption fees and donations. The dogs are all spayed/neutered and up to date on shots and vet checked. We are going today and hopefully find a dog that wants us for a family. We will pay the fees they want, but wow.. I'm just shocked. I've seen ads in the local paper for pure breed puppies and they really aren't much more. I would much rather give the money to a no-kill shelter for sure and find a real sweetie who already knows where to go potty ;-) Thanks for listening!
Scrap- Most municipal shelters have much smaller fees, if you would be willing to look there. Brit- I think the point is that lots of people would rather donate the money to a shelter instead of supporting a BYB.
What do you get with the dog? A lot of shelters have upped their adoption fees since if you get an animal from them, it has already been spayed/neutered. If the animal you get has been spayed/neutered by the shelter, and you think about it, that alone can add about $120 to the price of adoption.
What happened to the days when you could get a dog or cat for free? My girlfriend wanted a kitten for her daughter and had to go to great lengths and some cost for a cat. No special breed cat, just a cat. She said she blames it on Bob Barker and all his "spay and neuter your pet" speeches. (Just Joking) It must be working because there aren't very many "Free Kittens/Puppies to Good Home" advertisements anymore. Do you remember back in the day when you'd go to the grocery store or any store and there would be someone with a cardboard box full of kittens trying to give them away? I haven't seen that for years.
Free kittens? Maybe sometimes, but the shelter I'm going to get my doggie from also charges $70 for a cat! I do still see listings in the pet section of the newspaper for free cats/kittens to good home. I really hate seeing animals listed as "free to good home" It's always better to put a price tag on an animal IMO. I'm hoping that if we find one that has already been spayed/neutered the adoption fees will be less. I do think that many shelters have agreements with their vets to give discounted services. They may have worked out a deal on shots etc. So even if the adoption fees will cost me $150 I figure it's money well spent that will go to a good cause.
What I meant scrapmamma was that if the animal shelter itself is spaying/neutering the dogs and cats before they ever even will let the animals go up for adoption, that would explain why they cost so much to adopt. Many shelters are doing this now, because some incredibly irrespnosible people would adopt an animal from the shelter that was unaltered, then it'd get pregnant, and they'd end up taking more kittens and puppies to the shelter. The shelter going ahead and spaying/neutering the animals takes care of that, and adds to the adoption price. So actually it's animals that are spayed/neutered are going to cost more to adopt, not less.
i think the rates at the shelters are reasonable considering they give all vaccines, heartworm test the dogs, spay or neuter them. try getting a free dog and take it to your vet and having all that done. it will cost you 2-3 times that amount. my big question regarding the fees are that in every shelter i have seen they charge more for purebred dogs and cats than they do for mixed breeds. that to me is ridiculous. and alot of pounds are not too eager to give rescues purebred dogs because they can get the money for them because alot of people will pick purebreds over mixes. i would say most shelters are rescue friendly but there are alot who are not and it is solely because of money reasons. that makes me sick.these purebreds could be in foster homes instead of kennels.
I think they charge more for purebreds because these are the animals that get adopted the fastest. Shelters generally charge more for any type of dog that will get adopted more quickly (i.e. puppies, small breed dogs, purebreds). Some probably don't give them away to rescues because they know that they will be adopted quickly anyway...not that this is what is best for the dog, but I guess you have to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that as a shelter they are probably limited on space and money.
there are alot of low cost spay/neuter clinics for $20 so the price shouldnt be upped $120 My local shelter gives all dogs pups or adults pure or mixed for $65 and all cats for $60 I still see alot of free kitten ads but not free pups its because people always think they can get money off of it just give them a fance name and there selling like hotcakes to bad people
Britbrit, when you consider that the $120 doesn' t*just* pay for the spay/neuter but also for vaccinations, feeding, and boarding, and post surgery care that the spay/neuter clinics don't have to worry about because the dog goes hone with it's owner, does it make more sense? Besides, I've never heard of any place that gives a spay/neuter clinic for $20. $30 is the cheapest I've ever heard of and that was someone on this game. The cheapset you can get a dog/cat spayed in our town is $40.
our state has a program that if you adopt an animal from a pound that isn't already spayed or neutered you can have it done thru the vets for 20 dollars and it includes a rabies shot. if you are on public assistance the surgery costs 10 dollars. that is what the adopter pays us. we get reimbursed through the state for our regular fees.
Scout1, our shelter has the same program, but people still weren't getting their pets spayed/neutered. I know a coworker got her dog from them, when the dog was a year old and went into heat, she got bred and had 10 freakin puppies.. 9 of which ended up back at the humane society. The dog is spayed now but it just really pissed me off, and I totally understand why shelters don't want any dogs that they adopt out to go without already being spayed/neutered.
i totally agree with spaying and neutering animals before they leave the shelters for that very reason. the only exception to that rule would be the pediatric surgeries. i really believe animals need those hormones for proper development and growth. all the vets i worked for will not do them that young for those reasons and i have to agree. one rescue league we work with will actually pay for the surgeries for some adopters if they cannot afford it. they will also pay for some surgeries even if the people didn't adopt from them but can prove they are indigent. of course that doesn't stop some people. friends of ours got a kitten and it wound up having 3 litters before they got her spayed and all the boys neutered. they don't have any cats now which is a blessing !!!!!
I agree - SOME so-called rescue groups are just outrageous. I have had two bad experiences with attempting to "rescue" a homeless dog that I finally gave up. My family drove 2 hours to go to a rescue shelter that advertises on the web. I had printed out pictures of at least 12 dogs that I wanted to see. We were so excited and brought a travel kennel, leash, collar, toys - couldn't wait to meet our new family member. When we got there, we had to fill out a form (okay - no problem) and then we were told that only one dog would work for us - a mutt - and he was $250.00. The other 11 we wanted to see were there but - too bad. I tried to pet one of the cute little dogs and the "rescue" worker told me not to touch him because he is a biter. WHAT? And you are trying to place this dog for $200+. They made a big deal about being "no-kill" and that some of the dogs had been there for 7 years. Is this a life for a dog? Another rescue place had several ads on the web with pictures and bios. I sent an email (application) and followed up with phone calls regarding a litter of Silky (mix) pups. After several weeks and several calls-emails, I finally gave up. That was months ago and I never heard from them. Anyone else have not so great stories about "rescue groups?"
don't forget the shelters have to pay a staff and maintain a building and grounds, and advertise to get the word out that they are there, and pay for meds for animals that get sick while they are there. i really wouldn't mind paying $200 for a dog. part of the fee goes to supporting the shelter.
Different shelters charge different prices. If you go to one of the larger ones in a lower income area, they are more apt to have lower prices. They have a larger amount of dogs coming in. I paid $28 for my terrier mix. The same for my sister min poodle there in Carson(actually Gardena) then my min poodle was about $90 from the city of Seacca, near Downey. most rescues charge $150 for adults and $200 for pups. They just want to recover their spay and neuter and vet costs. With the shelters it is part of the fee. Oh plus the rescuers try to recover some of the shelter fees too.
It's for their own benefit. THey need to replace at least SOME of the money they spend on the nimal so they have it to spend on others. I suggest if you want a really good dog, go through a shelter or rescue that fosters or go to a local shelter and walk through until one just really stands out to you. And one will! *xoxo, FrostyGirl* http://xsorbit1.com/users5/inthepit http://xsorbit1.com/users5/furkid
After reading this it occurs to me it may depend on where you live. Where I live the local humane society charges $65.00 to adopt any dog, this includes all vacinations and the dog has to be spayed/neutered there at the facility before it can leave. No extra charge. I paid an additional $100.00 to have my golden treated because he had heartworms. That's a bargain. I don't know about the cats. The dogs that have been there for over six months without being adopted can usually have the fee waived. There is no additional charge for purebreds or anything. This shelter also runs solely on adoptions and donations. The pound here is a different story. Not only are the animals kept in horrible filthy conditions, they give you a discount at the vet, not much, for neutering and there is no health check since they don't have a vet on staff. I adopted a cocker spaniel there years ago and he died of parvo within a month after I got him. Basically they said too bad, no refund, no new dog. I will never go there again. So, after thinking about this I'm wondering if y'all will list where you live and the cost to adopt. I'm in Corpus Christi, TX $65.00