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    Adoption Fee

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    I was wondering what is a normal adoption fee in the states?
    I was looking through the NC Boston Rescue shelters and found a little lady who sounds like a perfect match to our little Boston mix.
    Her adoption fee is $175 + $135 for transportation when we can not pick her up.
    I as a German I did not thought about the price because in Germany it is normal to pay an adoption fee around 200Euro. My pooch is from Spain and with everything I needed to pay like shipping, chipping and the passport I was by 350Euro + whatever you wanna donate..So I paid 450Euro including the donation.. I never thought about it would be to much or not normal because I knew this fee goes to the shelters in Spain and they can need every cent they can get.

    DH says it is to much for a rescue and I guess now Im just wondering what you all think and what the normal fee is
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    My MIL got hers for like $25 I think but then my boss got her two for like $250 each so I think it depends where you go.
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    It can range from under $50 to several hundred - just depends on the group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Grey Mare View Post
    It can range from under $50 to several hundred - just depends on the group.


    I got my 2 cats for 80$ from a shelter. They had a "Adopt 1 Get 1 Free" special.
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    It depends on a lot of factors. Shelters try to keep the fees low here because a lot of people have the mentality that they could/should get an animal for free especially if they're getting a non baby animal or a mixed breed. Free kittens especially are easy to find, and so shelters tend to keep their cat fees very low because it's hard to convince people to pay for a cat, especially an older one. At the shelter I volunteered at and adopted my first dog from, dogs were $100.00 no matter what kind/age of dog. I think cats were $50. Both fees were much less than was spent on each animal in vet care and food and the difference was made up with donations.

    Our second dog we got for $150 from a shelter here that had fees ranging from $50-250. I'm not sure if the prices were decided based on adoptability (for instance a young purebred lab would probably have a lot of interest and people would be willing to pay the higher fee) or if it was based on if the animal had needed extra vet care. I was always curious. I suspect it's the former, because our dog was a nine month old mutt...semi desirable because he was young and medium sized but not highly desirable because he wasn't a baby or a specific breed.

    Basically it's just because the attitude towards pets here is not always the greatest.
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    Fee sounds pretty reasonable, I'm not sure about the "transport" fee as I've never had to deal with those. The humane society around here generally charges $150. It can be less if it gets sponsored by a local group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Grey Mare View Post
    It can range from under $50 to several hundred - just depends on the group.
    I've seen everything.

    Most common, the younger the more expensive, to encourage people to give adopting an older animal a chance. Pure bred, especially pure bred that they have proof (registration paperwork) can be extremely expensive. I have also seen fees for animals that were rescued and needed significant medical attention have a bit of a higher fee.

    Personally, I support fees. I support the rescues and shelters making sure the animals being adopted are UTD on vaccines and preventatives, altered and I support the thought that if you can't afford the adoption fee, how are you going to afford vetting and food?

    I think the price you found is very affordable, particularly the transportation fee.
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    She would be a mixed breed not a pure breed.
    I called a few shelters in the are because I wondered and the fee was always somewhere between $25 and $50 also they have military special like half price and so. DH said all of his dogs they never paid more than $50..
    For me it was not even a question that it was to much.. seems like we have to talk about her because I think she is a perfect match
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    I've seen everything.

    Most common, the younger the more expensive, to encourage people to give adopting an older animal a chance. Pure bred, especially pure bred that they have proof (registration paperwork) can be extremely expensive. I have also seen fees for animals that were rescued and needed significant medical attention have a bit of a higher fee.

    Personally, I support fees. I support the rescues and shelters making sure the animals being adopted are UTD on vaccines and preventatives, altered and I support the thought that if you can't afford the adoption fee, how are you going to afford vetting and food?

    I think the price you found is very affordable, particularly the transportation fee.
    This is exactly what I am thinking too. Also a lot of organization working on a volunteer basis and the fee you pay goes back to their expenses.
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    Breed rescues (regardless of the paper status of the animal and/or whether it really is the breed; ie a Westie at a Scottie rescue) are higher. I think the organizations tend to more aggressively vet potential parents, and they are more likely to transport breeds long distances.
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