Animal Rescuers Get Real About Why Shelters Charge People Adoption Fees

If you've ever adopted a pet from your local shelter, you've probably had to pay a small fee before bringing them home. This is completely normal! Even though every shelter calculates its own adoption fees based on an animal's age, species, and level of care, you'll be paying a lot less than backyard breeders charge--and you'll be saving multiple lives by rescuing! As if that's not enough of a reason to adopt, many shelters waive adoption fees several times per year for special events and holidays.

Everyone loves a great deal, but even so, these adoption fees are important to animal shelters. In an informational March 25 TikTok video, @adoptapet explains what these adoption fees are used for and why they're so essential. Take a look for yourself!

All in all, a pet's adoption fees help to pay for the care they receive while in the shelter. It covers costs like food, blankets, and vet care, as well as the payment for shelter staff members. As you may know, however, most humane societies and animal shelters rely on volunteers to run smoothly!

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Even if volunteers don't see any of the money pet owners pay when they adopt, they get to see firsthand exactly where the money goes. Some shelters also have an in-house vet clinic to care for the dogs and cats, while others use money to keep their websites and social media sites running. This may sound like a small detail, but it's an important investment! Most lost dogs are reunited with their families thanks to the Internet, and many new pet adopters meet their fur babies thanks to an online bio.

Needless to say, these adoption fees go to incredibly good use at animal shelters. Generosity saves more and more lives every day, though nothing helps shelter pets more than adopting from your local rescue.

What to Expect When Adopting a Pet

Whether or not you've rescued a pet before, you may not know what exactly you're getting yourself into when you bring a new friend home. It's important to talk to shelter staff before making your final decision, just so you can be sure that you have the right home for this animal.

Not even shelter pros can predict how the adjustment period will go, however, so they created the 3-3-3 rule to help new owners know what to expect. Within the first 3 days, an adopted pet may still be decompressing and learning to feel safe in their new environment. By the 3-week mark, they should be getting used to their new routines, and by the time 3 months roll by, your pet will be feeling right at home.

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