Because the humane society (or any shelter) survives on charitable donations. It costs money to care for the animals they take into their care. It not a business for profit. When they relinquish a pet to a new home, they only want back what they have spent, so they can continue to care for others. It's a vicious cycle of scape up money, spend money on animal care, and then scrape again.
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Last edited at 12:57PM on 3/28/2012
The animal shelter has to make some money too. They are taking care of the animal while it is waiting to be saved. If you cannot afford to rescue a dog, then you cannot afford any animal! They are cheap at a shelter! It will be about 50-100 a month for an animal and that is if they are healthy...mine is on monthly medication that start at 15.00 a month and go up from there. You have to make sure you are ready for a pet. Just because you want one does not mean you should get one. If you cannot afford to take care of them like they are family then DONT get one!!!
The cost of adopting a pet from a shelter covers: shots, spaying/neutering, deworming, and a rabies shot. When I took my dog to the vet to have all of this done he presented me with a $198.00 bill. Adopting a dog from a shelter usually costs $80.00 and a cat $50.00. WHAT A BARGAIN! Your shelter pet will love you unconditionally for the rest of its life.
They really are not that expensive when you think about all that they have done. When I got my dog she was fixed, had all her shots expect for rabies, micro chipped, and when I got her they changed the chip to all my info for free. If you got a dog from a pet store it would be a lot more plus you would have to pay for everything else out of your own pocket.