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Dog Adoption Fees Explained




A good shelter will not allow their animals to leave the premise without first being microchipped. Although a lot of pet owners insist that their adopted dog will never get lost, shelters see it happen all the time — whether it be as a result of a natural disaster or an unfortunate accident. The cost for a shelter to microchip an animal is approximately $20. However, the cost to microchip your dog on your own can range anywhere from $45-$60.


Food, Shelter, and Comfort


The cost to feed a dog for a month in an animal shelter can range greatly based on the resources of the shelter, but a general ballpark estimate is round $40-$60. This does not include special diets for dogs that need weight loss food or dog food for specific digestive needs. Then there are toys, treats, bedding, and other necessities that the shelter provides.


Extreme Conditions


If your adopted dog is on anti-anxiety medication, eye drops, or antibiotics, the shelter will try to recuperate the cost through the adoption fees as well. This also includes X-rays, echocardiograms, and other specialized treatments. This means that part of your dog adoption fees will go towards animals that need additional care even if your adopted dog was lucky enough to have a clean bill of health. 




Some animal shelters will provide you with a bag of food to go home with so you can slowly adjust your new dog to the brand you’ve chosen to feed it. Collars, ID tags, and leashes may also be worked into the adoption fees. If you’ve adopted a puppy or a dog that was transferred from one region or shelter to another, the cost for the transportation might be added into your dog adoption fee.


Remember that most of these non-profit organizations do not receive Federal or State funding. The dog adoption fees make caring for the animals in the shelter possible. More often than not the regular day-to-day operations, the cost for animal shelter agents, veterinary staff, etc., gets paid for by the shelter’s ability to fundraise and acquire donations to keep themselves afloat rather than just through adoption fees for animals. Additionally, most adoption centers will explain what their adoption fees include, like the Villalobos Rescue Center or Dachshund Rescue adoption process and fee pages, which give a more anecdotal explanation of their dog adoption fees.


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Originally published on Pet360.com