Dogs and cats bring a lot of joy into their owners’ lives. If you are considering getting a pet, you may be surprised by how expensive adoption can be. Besides processing fees at a shelter, you may end up paying for medications, and of course food and toys that animals need to be happy in your home. It is possible if you plan ahead to save money when you adopt.
What are some ways to save money when you adopt a pet?
First Thing’s First: Adopting is Cheaper than Buying from a Breeder
Jill Caren, owner of CharityPaws says “First it is important to remember that adopting across the board is much cheaper than buying a dog from either a breeder or pet store – so by adopting you are really saving money — and lives.” Shelters rescue dogs and cats that have been abandoned. When you adopt from a shelter, you are also potentially saving a cat or dog’s life.
Look for a Shelter that Spays/Neuters Prior to Adoption
Spaying and neutering your pet can be expensive. Many shelters spay and neuter pets prior to adoption. Jill added this “Many (adoption) groups will take care of this and incur the cost – so the adopter does not have to.” You may see this cost reflected in the adoption fee, but “Even if your adoption fee is $200, remember the rescue or shelter often gets discounted rates with their partners and vets for the medical care the animal gets. If you were to do spay/neuter or medical exams on your own – it is safe to say you would pay probably double that cost in medical fees, so there is a huge value in adopting.”
Look for Shelters that Offer “Starter Kits” for New Pet Owners
“Some groups do offer “starter kits” with this adoptions. A bag of food, cat boxes etc. See if you can locate a group that does offer this and it can be worth a few dollars!” Jill tells us. This is a great way to save on the “start up” cost of owning a pet.
When you adopt a pet, you are making a long-term commitment. That commitment will yield years of benefits in your own personal sense of well being as you and your pet become best friends. Just remember that adopting your new friend doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg (or a paw.)