in a way... now im not saying I agree with this BUT it is something to think about.... in a way, I can understand shelters having higher prices than in the past. Vet prices have gone up, food, etc. so they should keep the same price when they get a sick litter of pups that need tons of vetting, and give them away from $30 bucks each? Shelters DO have to make money to be able to continue operating. The shelter I work at relies on a LOT of donations to be able to keep going. And if we come short the owner pays for it out of pocket. She's not rich by any means, she makes enough to live.... ALSO don't you agree (now this doesnt apply to everyone, but most people) that with a higher price those dogs are less likely to get tossed away again?? If someone had a free dog who was all kinds of trouble they would say "well it was free, get rid of it" but if they PAYED for this dog they may put an effort into fixing its problems.... that's a way I look at it too.... im not saying that applies for all people, a lot of people just don't give a crap if it was free or not, but some do.