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post #1421 of 3149 Old 08-22-2012, 07:00 AM
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What a nice kitty! But the adoption fees sure are high. Around here, they are rarely over $30.

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post #1422 of 3149 Old 08-22-2012, 07:19 AM
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Adoption fees are over $100 everywhere I've seen here. Some as high as 400 for a dog. I wouldn't pay that much for a dog ever let alone a rescue. I've seen dogs adoption fees twice that of what I paid for Lizzy.
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post #1424 of 3149 Old 08-22-2012, 07:27 AM
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$200 for a cat is pretty standard here. I think its not too bad because it includes desexing, microchipping and other care which would probably cost you more if you got it done yourself.

Dogs generally cost $400 up for adoption fees although it can vary, I ended up just buying my puppy from a breeder.
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I got two of my three cats from a rescue organisation. I had to pay a donation of 20$ for each. And, when I got a cat for my mother from a shelter, the adoption fee was somewhere around 50$, that included all the vaccinations and neutering. Seems that vet care might be cheaper in Latvia!

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post #1426 of 3149 Old 08-22-2012, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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We get our cats from the RSPCA (rescue) when they were babies. They're the best little things. Millie is part ragoll and is just adorable.

I reckon the best pets are rescues. And crossbreed/"mutt" dogs and cats tend to be healthier.
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ya adoption fees seem pretty high, but not that high considering what you get. Spay/neuter, vaccines, microchipping. Around here its usually $300 for a dog, about $200 for a cat. I think it is very reasonable.

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Every dog we own was a rescue dog. And honestly, I'll probably never buy from a breeder again. The two dogs we have now are probably two of the smartest dogs I've ever worked with, and I put 5 dogs through the 4-H program when I was younger. My dog is an Aussie/huskie mix and smarter than some of my in-laws. My wife's dog is a boxer/pit mix, completely blind and probably the sweetest dog I've ever met. That is, as long as you don't mess with his "pack" he's got vicious looking teeth and a scary bark. Sounds like adoption fees vary greatly depending on location. Both of ours were less than $200, and included desexing, first vet check, and micro-chipping. I'll try to get a picture of my puppies up sometime.
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Honestly I would never pay that much for an animal, I don't care where I'm getting it from. I paid $100 for my little 12lb Pekingese/Chihuahua mix. I got her from a lady who had an accidental litter(she didn't think the mom would have any more pupies since she was 8).

I don't really care what comes with it as I prefer I know the vet doing the procedure not some vet giving discounts because they bring in a lot of animals. I spent a few years working in an animal hospital and I neutered about 15 cats in one day. It literally takes about 5 minutes per cat. Spaying takes a bit longer but still not that long.

After what I went through with Lizzy I'm afraid the rescue left a really bad taste in my mouth and I'm very hesitant to ever adopt again. I don't like how most places are run and when I pay for an animal I expect it to be mine, not a co-owner but mine to do with as I please.
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The RSPCA adopts kittens for $199 and adults for $120 or so. Naturally purebreds are more expensive.

I reckon $200 is pretty good for a vaccinated, desexed and microchipped kitten. And you're helping out the biggest rescue organisation in the country!
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