“Why do you charge an adoption fee?”

A common question that is well-answered in a cartoon presented by arfdogs.org

(image by ARF @ arfdogs.org)


Don’t forget microchipping, pull fees, foster supplies until the dog is adopted (food, clothes[for short-haired pups in a colder climate], treats, toys, blankets, beds, leashes, collars, etc), medical care on an ongoing basis, training, and sometimes even doggy daycare.

Also, though dogs in rescues (rather than shelters) are maintained in individual foster homes, Kennelling and Boarding fees may often still apply. Dogs pulled in the nick of time from high-kill shelters often must go into boarding so there is time to locate an appropriate foster family, which does not usually happen overnight.

Rescues charge fees for a reason. On occasion we encounter people who feel the fees are too high, but we are not in the business of “selling” you a dog — we’re in the process of rescuing and rehoming that pup to you and then trying to keep on our feet for the next one, typically without ever slowing down! We are not funded by the government, nor do we take salary from any fees or donations. All of our resources come from adoption fees and donations, and all of this money goes toward the dogs, each and every time.

Keep this mind whenever you hear someone speak negatively about adoption fees. If you can’t foster, adopt or donate, then EDUCATE ♥


From our FAQ:

What do adoption fees cover?

Running an animal rescue comes with a large financial price in many ways. Fees go toward a variety of things for the dogs and only for the dogs — no volunteer is paid any money for their work.

Adoption fees include, but are not limited to, the following costs associated with rescue dogs:

  • Vaccinations
  • Spay / Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Flea treatment
  • Other medical care or testing [Blood panels, necessary dental work, surgery, etc.]
  • Food / Toys / Treats / items for the entire duration of foster care
  • Training
  • Boarding
  • Local transportation, and in some cases…
  • … International transportation and Pull fees [high-kill US shelters]

 Additional bonuses:

  • Free veterinary exam at Alouette Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge [Value: $65]
  • A free in-home training lesson from Positive Behavior [must call to make appt]
  • Free nail trim or 50% of grooming with Maple Meadows Grooming

In the works:

  • 6 weeks complimentary pet insurance with coverage up to $500 for that period of time, and the option to continue with the insurance policy at the end of the trial period. If you continue, a donation is made by PetSecure Pet Insurance back to LEASH Animal Welfare Society.

(note: PetSecure 6-week free trial coming soon but not quite yet available. We do hand out 4-week vouchers when we can, however)

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