How Adoption Can Save You Money
By Paris Permenter and John Bigley for The Dog Daily
Adopting a shelter or rescue dog can be the most economical way to find your new best friend. Adoption fees vary by location, but they average about $100 at shelters. (Fees for rescues are a little higher.) Along with mixed breeds, there are many purebreds available for adoption. Statistics show that about a fourth of the dogs in shelters are purebred. Breed-specific rescues are an excellent resource for purebred-dog lovers.
Most adoptable dogs have already received spaying/neutering, age-appropriate immunizations, deworming and microchipping. These are services that, if purchased separately, would total $380 to $480. Some shelters even offer a free first month of pet insurance with adoption.
You can save even more by taking advantage of special discounts. Shelters routinely lower the fee for senior dogs and dogs that have been awaiting adoption for an extended period of time. The savings are not only monetary. Remember: With every adoption, you may also be saving a dog's life.
Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the founders of DogTipper.com and the authors of Barkonomics: Tips
for Frugal Fidos. The husband-and-wife team lives with its two
rescue dogs, Irie and Tiki, in Texas.