Why do rescues charge an adoption fee?
Adoption fees help cover the medical care of the animal while he or she waits for a new home, as well as any training and transportation costs. These fees help to provide care for the other animals in the rescue group who may have medical and/or training bills that are much higher than any possible adoption fee. The money also acts as a tax-deductible donation to help support the organization as a whole, allowing the group to continue its efforts to rescue and rehome pets.
An adoption fee can end up saving you money! Shelters and rescue groups usually cover initial veterinary costs to prepare the pet for a new home. Adoption fees often include:
TOTAL: $425-$880 (This does not include any acute medical or emergency care the animal may have received as well)
Free pets usually come with no medical care, so while you may initially save on an adoption fee, the medical costs will add up quickly.
Pets acquired from other methods may not be spayed or neutered and may not have a full set of vaccinations, adding to the expense.