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Old 07-15-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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I guess I'm just coming here to vent a bit. So please bear with me!

My husband and I are looking to adopt a larger dog from a shelter, no breed preferences etc. I am a bit frustrated, because all the shelters I have looked at have adoption prices between $100-$200. I have even seen the prices at over $300. We really wanted an adult dog since most of them are house trained, and I just don't know if I want to go through the puppy stage right now.

When I was in Jr. High my family adopted a dog from a shelter, and he was the best dog we ever had. It really draws me to adoption and an adult dog at that. But it's a bit frustrating to see that adoption is so expensive. I mean, $100 is reasonable, but $300? Really? I know there are expenses for the shelter, and most are non profit, but part of the reason people adopt dogs is becuase full blooded dogs are expensive.

It's just disheartening because we want a rescue dog. Does anyone else get frustrated to see adoption prices so high? Maybe I'm just unrealistic...
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:44 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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I guess I'm just coming here to vent a bit. So please bear with me!

My husband and I are looking to adopt a larger dog from a shelter, no breed preferences etc. I am a bit frustrated, because all the shelters I have looked at have adoption prices between $100-$200. I have even seen the prices at over $300. We really wanted an adult dog since most of them are house trained, and I just don't know if I want to go through the puppy stage right now.

When I was in Jr. High my family adopted a dog from a shelter, and he was the best dog we ever had. It really draws me to adoption and an adult dog at that. But it's a bit frustrating to see that adoption is so expensive. I mean, $100 is reasonable, but $300? Really? I know there are expenses for the shelter, and most are non profit, but part of the reason people adopt dogs is becuase full blooded dogs are expensive.

It's just disheartening because we want a rescue dog. Does anyone else get frustrated to see adoption prices so high? Maybe I'm just unrealistic...
These dogs have most likely been fixed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated, (call a vet for an estimate on getting all that done. Yes, they probably get discounts but it's not free.) They've been treated for illnesses and injuries if needed. They've been given food and shelter, possibly for months. There are labor costs, as there are not enough volunteers to do all jobs. There is cost of owning the building, heating and a/c. If the group has "humane society" in its name, that does NOT mean they get funding from the Humane Society of the United States. They and other national groups like ASPCA do not fund local shelters. Most shelters operate on a shoestring, and many have gone under in this poor economy. Please think through this again.
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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These dogs have most likely been fixed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated, (call a vet for an estimate on getting all that done. Yes, they probably get discounts but it's not free.) They've been treated for illnesses and injuries if needed. They've been given food and shelter, possibly for months. There are labor costs, as there are not enough volunteers to do all jobs. There is cost of owning the building, heating and a/c. If the group has "humane society" in its name, that does NOT mean they get funding from the Humane Society of the United States. They and other national groups like ASPCA do not fund local shelters. Most shelters operate on a shoestring, and many have gone under in this poor economy. Please think through this again.
Yep, it's the cost of doing business.

MrsPink: If it makes you feel better, call it "the cost of saving a life." You'd be doing a VERY good thing.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I know our county (kill) shelter has adoptions for under $100. Do you have a county shelter?
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I've happily paid 200 - 250 bucks in the past for rescue Dobermans from reputable rescues, mainly because I know I'm getting a spayed healthy dog who has been closely observed for the behavioral traits I want (housebroken & sweet/non-aggressive to humans).
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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My vet charged $600 to spay, and over $150 for vaccinations on top of the $500 for the dog from the breeders. You are getting a great deal at even $300.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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bailey was $125 from the shelter 6 years ago... that covered all vaccinations to her age, spaying and microchipping..... same for both of my cats at about the same time.... a BARGAIN if you compare what a private vet will charge....

dave was $150 from the same shelter 2 years ago..... again, he came to me neutered, completely vaccinated, microchipped and had been on monthly heartworm preventative from the time he was old enough..... STILL a bargain, in my book.....

both dogs and both cats are mixed breed mutts..... i imagine a pure-bred could be a bit more expensive simply because in some people's minds, they are more desirable......

i just took both dogs to the vet last week for their annual well-dog exams and vaccinations.... even with the well-dog package, each cost me about $100 ..... and imo, this vet is VERY reasonable........

and if the shelter you get your dog from is a 501c3 non-profit, your adoption fee will likely be tax deductible as a donation.....

win win win all the way around
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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When I was Looking for my Papillion the Breeders wanted $1200!!! I had 2 Saying they take $600 for Older Spayed F they wanted to Retire. Rescues wanted $350 for a Adult Spayed F I really thought that was reasonable! You could Also Check your Local Newspapers...People do Give away dogs all the time! Those puppies that are Mix giveaways Also have parents that maybe the person would love to find a home for! Call them and ask!
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I guess I'm just coming here to vent a bit. So please bear with me!

My husband and I are looking to adopt a larger dog from a shelter, no breed preferences etc. I am a bit frustrated, because all the shelters I have looked at have adoption prices between $100-$200. I have even seen the prices at over $300. We really wanted an adult dog since most of them are house trained, and I just don't know if I want to go through the puppy stage right now.

When I was in Jr. High my family adopted a dog from a shelter, and he was the best dog we ever had. It really draws me to adoption and an adult dog at that. But it's a bit frustrating to see that adoption is so expensive. I mean, $100 is reasonable, but $300? Really? I know there are expenses for the shelter, and most are non profit, but part of the reason people adopt dogs is becuase full blooded dogs are expensive.

It's just disheartening because we want a rescue dog. Does anyone else get frustrated to see adoption prices so high? Maybe I'm just unrealistic...
$300 to save an animal...sounds like a bargain to me.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Default Clarification: What REALLY bothers me

Well, fortunately, we do have a neighboring county shelter, where adoptions (shots, spay/neuter etc.) will be a max of $66 to adopt. I can do that. And as I said, $100 isn't bad. We've been looking at a dog that is $125...actually, I've fallen in love with him! It's a serious possibility.

Let me clarify, that I believe part of my problem with the price some shelters ask is that when I've gone in, the dogs are kept in tight kennels with little room, their dog food is very poor quality, and they don't even have a blanket or towel on the concrete floor. It's completely different when the dogs have plenty of room, or if there is a fenced in field for them to play in. That makes my perception a bit different.

Also, we do have another dog, a 6 year old Pom, so I am aware of veterinary costs and grooming costs. I'm not a first time dog owner, and really, I just feel like I am trying to do something good for a living creature; giving an unwanted dog a loving home.
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