Are dog adoptions free?
Are dog adoptions free? If not, how much do they usually cost?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No. Usually they cost between $50-$150, depending on what part of the country you go to and the type of rescue. You'll have to ask at a local shelter to find out the price in your area.
The money pays for registration of the dog, vaccines, spay/neuter, etc. There are definitely a lot of costs associated with it.
- 1 decade ago
There is almost always an adoption fee of anywhere from 50 -200 dollars or more in rare cases. The reason is because most shelters run off of these fees and donations and they also have to pay for the expenses of treating the dog if it had an illness and they have to feed it and train it and all of that stuff. Also, a dog that was hit by a car or had a life saving surgery would cost more because of the medical expenses.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
There are a lot of websites that let people post ads for pets they're trying to re-home. For whatever reason, these people are no longer able to care for their pets or are no longer willing to keep them and must find them new homes. Spend some time browsing these ads and you'll see that most people will ask for an adoption fee - and that just doesn't sit right for some of the prospective new families!
However, offering a pet "free to a good home", even with good intentions, is not the right thing to do when rehoming a pet. And for people looking to adopt a new pet, there are many reasons why a rehoming fee should be charged for the best interests of the pet.
Arguments Against an Adoption Fee
"If you're just going to put your pet down or bring it to the shelter, why would you charge someone a fee to take it home? You'd rather see your pet die than give it away free?"
This comment, or some variation of it, is often seen on forums that allow pet ads. The reasoning is that the pet is no longer wanted, so why not give it to someone who does want it and would give it a good home?
Many people feel that it's unethical to charge an adoption fee for an animal that's homeless (or soon to be homeless). The fee implies that the person is "in it for the money", rather than being concerned that his pet goes to the best possible home.
"That's not an adoption fee, you're selling your pet!"
Another common concern is a "high" adoption fee. Some people believe that a small fee of $20 or $50 is more acceptable than one that's $200, for example. The higher the fee, the more likely readers are to believe that the person re-homing the pet is trying to make a profit - something that is often frowned upon, especially when it appears to be at the expense of the animal's true well-being.
Reasons FOR Charging an Adoption Fee
Most people are decent people. The sad reality though, is that some people are not - and charging an adoption fee helps to protect animals who need re-homing.
Here's an example... it's no secret that labs experiment on animals. It's also no secret that dog fighting rings still exist today, and use animals as "bait" to train their fighting dogs. Giving away a free animal makes them easy targets for this type of situation, where the animal's life has no monetary value. If you charge an adoption fee, it's less likely that someone will be able to turn around and sell the dog to a lab or as bait. It's less likely that it will be profitable for them, so they just won't bother.
Pet ownership is a privilege and requires a committed owner. "Free to a good home" ads encourage casual pet owners who don't take it seriously. Free pets can also end up abandoned, turned into animal shelters, neglected and ignored, re-sold to anyone who happens to walk by with a few bucks, or used for breeding if it hasn't already been spayed or neutered. There are many people who don't value what they get for free.
Sometimes you'll hear outcry that adoption fees discriminate against poor families who don't necessarily have the money to pay the adoption fee, but who will do whatever is necessary to make sure their new pet is happy and healthy - including bringing the pet in for medical care whenever it's needed. It's true, families from all economic backgrounds are completely devoted to their pets and will care for them properly and with love.
Unfortunately, a free pet is often considered a disposable pet. It is a devastating experience to have to give up a pet. In a perfect world, pets would have permanent homes. And of course, the goal is to try to make sure pets have loving and permanent homes! But sometimes life circumstances mean that a family can no longer care for its pets. Think of a family who is dealing with a severe or even terminal illness, and no longer has the time to give a pet the attention it deserves. That is only one example.
For families that are in this unfortunate situation, a meeting with a prospective new home and a couple of conversations helps to ease their minds that their pets are going to a good home - but they'll probably still worry. Having a pet is a very big financial responsibility. Beyond the usual food, grooming, and other day-to-day expenses, there are also regular vet check-ups and vaccines... and the significantly more costly vet visits for emergencies or illness. Remember, the pet owner doesn't know the potential new family - and a new family's willingness to pay an adoption fee helps to demonstrate that they're financially able and willing to provide proper care for the pet.
What Could Adoption Fees Be Used For?
Shelters and rescue organizations always charge an adoption fee. Most people don't seem to mind, in fact, they expect it. They know that rescues need to cover operating expenses, pet care, medical bills, and so forth.
I am aussie, most are around 290 for puppies. but it does vary!
- 1 decade ago
No. I adopted a dog from the Humane Society last Sept. It was a $75 adoption fee.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
There is no such thing as a free dog or puppy. Even if you can find a dog/ puppy to adopt for no fee, you will need to take it to the vet and have it checked out and have shots administered. Then there is food and maintenance for the house, inevitably a dog will damage something sooner or later in your house. Almost forgot you need to have dog licensed as well, that costs money too.
Dogs require alot more then just love, they require care all of there lives.Source(s): Raising dogs for thirty years.
- mrsllriffelLv 41 decade ago
No adoption fees are not free. You will be charged whatever the humane society charges. All my dogs have been adopted by me from 3 different states and i paid 40.00 for each of them. The money they get from the adoptions help the shelters keep running and they also accept donations like dog food,toys,feeding and watering dishes and cat items to and other animals toys and food and things.Source(s): love my doggies
- 1 decade ago
It depends. If you get it from the pound then yes. but it you adopt from someone they will charge you.
it also depends on the kind of dog you want
bigger dogs will be around $100 to $300 roughly.
Smaller dogs will be less.
i adopted a german shepherd puppy for $280.
- 1 decade ago
Check out your local humane society or shelter.
If you don't have $$ to adopt you can perhaps get one from a classified ad.
It's best to buy from a shelter, because they will have had all they're shots, and fixed. Compared to getting a free dog, and having to pay for a vet to do that.
- be happy (:Lv 51 decade ago
If you get them from a shelter there is a small fee, depending wether or not the dog is spayed or neutered. If you get it from a shelter, you will have a high adoption fee, usually you'll get money back after you spay/neuter the pet.
Ex: we got our dog from an in home shelter. We payed 250.00 and got 100 back after she was fixed.
- 1 decade ago
No, but it is a great choice to adopt! You can go to Petfinder.com and find a perfect buddy for you. Different shelters have different prices so just look around till you find the right dog and shelter to adopt from.