Why Are Rehoming Fees So High?

Why is the humane society so expensive?

Adoption fees help cover the medical care of the animal while he or she waits for a new home, as well as food and transportation costs.

These fees help to provide care for the other animals in the shelter or rescue group who may have medical bills that are much higher than any possible adoption fee.

How much does it cost to adopt a child in the United States?

A report from Adoptive Families Magazine found that domestic infant adoption costs families an average of $43,000. At American Adoptions, the average total adoption cost for our program ranges from $40,000 to $50,000. Those numbers may seem big, and that’s because they are.

How much is it to adopt a dog at PetSmart?

PetSmart works with animal rescue groups to provide visibility to animals needing adoption. The fees to adopt from those rescues usually run anywhere between $150–350 for a medically vetted, spayed/neutered, vaccinated animal.

How much does it cost to keep a cat per month?

It’s easy to underestimate the cost of keeping a cat. Food for two meals a day is the obvious expense, but there are others too, including vet bills, pet insurance, cat litter and cattery bills for the vacation. On average, a cat will cost you around $500 a year to keep, and twice that much in the first year.

Why you shouldn’t give animals away for free?

Giving any pet away is misguided. People tend not to value what they don’t pay for. By the time a cat or dog is checked out by a vet, including shots, worming, health testing, and spay/neuter, a “free” pet will easily cost in excess of $100, and that’s just for starters.

Why you shouldn’t abandon pets?

Abandoned pets experience hunger and illness. A lot of abandoned pets pollute our society by pooping at places where they shouldn’t be and by spreading germs to us. A lot of diseases and germs that is passed to us are from these animals.