The Cost of Adopting Your Fur-Ever Friend

Southern pets are like family to us. We come up with very creative names, include our pups on all beach vacations, and make sure that our Christmas photo has at least one shot of Rover in elf ears. But, just as any family member, having a furry friend – be it a dog or cat – comes with a few expenses. If you're a new pet from the shelter, there are some fees that you should anticipate. First of all, most animal shelters have an adoption fee that you will need to pay before taking your fur-ever friend home. Puppies and kittens are generally a little more expensive than older cats and dogs. These fees can range everywhere from $25 to $300, depending on the shelter and the kind of pet that you're adopting. You'll also need to keep in mind spaying or neutering fees. Some shelters include this in their adoption fee, but be sure to ask if this is a separate fee that you'll need to plan for. On average, a spay/neuter fee can be around $200. Some medicals fees may also be covered in the adoption fee – like vaccinations and an overall checkup. Armed with this knowledge from our friends at Coinage, you'll be all set to bring a new member into your household.

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[MUSIC] Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico. Thinking of adopting a new furry friend. Here are some costs to keep in mind before giving a pet a forever home. Almost every shelter will charge an adoption fee. Kittens or puppies generally have a higher cost than older dogs or cats. Once you find a pet that's right for you, expect to pay between $25 and $300 per adoption, some shelters do hold sales where you can find a four legged friend at a reduced cost. Before you pay the adoption fee, be sure to discuss what medical care is covered in the price. Typically, the cost includes the animal being spayed or neutered, a check up, vaccinations, testing, parasite control, and sometimes microchipping Paying out of pocket for your pet to be fixed will cost on average $200. Depending on how the animal arrived at the shelter, they may have minor health or grooming issues. You may have to pay an additional fee to have your new pet bathe, teeth clean, and nails clipped. On average, owners can expect to pay anywhere from 30- $90 depending on the size and type of fur. That the dog you adopted has some obedience issues, you may want to consider training. The American [UNKNOWN] Club reports that customers should expect to pay $340 for the initial training and suppliers. For ongoing training throughout the year, dog owners will pay around $250. [MUSIC] Coinage, Life, well spent. Presented by Geico.
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