Why animal shelters charge for adoptions.
I know in years past that you could adopt an animal for $25. Those days have long gone. Today some shelters charge up to $300 for each adoption. I'm referring only to dog adoptions.
For the adoption fee you will get an animal that has been checked by a vet, is spayed or neutered, and has had, at least, it's first set of shots.
This fee also covers the costs of running the shelter, the rent on the building, the cost of electricity, heating in the winter, and cooling in the summer. You fee also covers the cost of hiring a veterinarian, along with medical care, and food for the animals, and advertising to raise funds. Some shelters also chip the animals, and some shelters hire trainers to improve animal behaviour and make the pets more adoptable. And yes, some of the funds go to euthanizing animals who are ill or injured beyond help, and yes, some healthy animals as well. Some of these things are donated, but not all, and not always.
Thanks to hundreds of wonderful volunteers, much of the day to day animal care is done by volunteers. This involves feeding, grooming, exercising, laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning. There are just not enough volunteers, and not enough donations, and so fees are charged for adoptions.
I have two rescued dogs, and my daughter has five. If you are interested in the story of my daughter's five rescued dogs to to:
My two rescued dogs are small, but I put aside $125 a month to feed them good food, their flea meds, their heartwom med, and to see that they have their annual check-ups, their shots, and to take care of any emergencies that arise. And then there are the bed, collars and leashes (some of which will be eaten), and the seemingly endless supply of toys. Some people will say that's too much. It's not. If you do not feed your pets good quality food, they will be ill more often, and that means more vet bills. When one of my dogs was a year old, she needed a complicated surgery which cost five thousand dollars. Some people would have put the dog down, but she is now seven, is healthy, and has a normal life expectancy. It is very costly to care for a dog that becomes ill or is badly injured.
If people cannot afford $300 to save a pets life, how can they possibly afford to give the pet a good forever home.
There is another reason why people should pay for their pets. If you pay for something you value it. Things that are free, are often considered of little value. If pets are given away too cheaply, they can so easily fall into the hands of those who abuse and torture animals. Some pets may never find a home, and may be eutanized. This hurts my heart. But better that than to go free into a home where they too soon realize that there is a fate worse than death.
If you cannot afford an animal, you can sponser one. That means you will pay for the animals care until he/she finds a home. You can be a foster parent to a pet for short periods of time, or you can make a donation to a shelter. You can also donate food, towels, toys, or other needed items.
I don't mean to rant, but I do feel that shelters try their best to find good homes for pets. What they charge is little when you consider it is saving a life.