I am writing in support of the adoption fees charged by the animal shelter. Recently, my family adopted a cat from the animal shelter, and we were not surprised that the adoption fee for our cat was $90. This fee included her spaying and vaccinations. For those who adopt a pet from the shelter, they are paying for spaying or neutering, vaccinations, as well as the adoption fee.
It costs the animal shelter a lot of money to board dogs and cats that are in need of good homes. After 10 days of residence in our animal shelter, volunteers from the Human Society begin looking to transfer animals to other shelters that have available space. Since our shelter began transferring animals, the number of animals euthanized annually has decreased significantly.
As a point of clarification, the fundraiser last weekend was held to support the Humane Society of Moffat County. The Humane Society and the animal shelter are financially separate entities. The adoption fee is paid to the animal shelter, not the Humane Society.
The fee for adopting a dog or a cat is not meant to discriminate. Pet ownership is expensive, and the expense doesn't stop at an adoption fee.