More than 23,000 animals come through Animal Humane Society’s doors every year. Each has a different story to tell. Some were found as strays, while others were surrendered by owners who were no longer able to care for them. Hundreds are rescued from animal cruelty cases, and even more have traveled hundreds of miles from under-resourced shelters for a second chance.
But no matter how they got here or where they came from, they’re provided with basic needs, individualized medical treatment, behavioral rehabilitation when necessary, protection, and most importantly love.
The total cost of caring for and rehoming these animals amounted to more than $10 million in FY16. Adoption fees help offset these costs, covering just 32 percent of the total. We rely on private donations and our own fundraising abilities to fill in the gap.
Canine and feline adoption fees include:
Rabbit, ferret, and chinchilla adoption fees include:
Rodent and bird adoption fees include:
At AHS, we use a variable fee schedule to assign adoption fees. This fee schedule takes into account the animal’s age, breed, and size.
Some types of dogs and cats are less common and have a higher demand, so their fee might be higher. Other types of dogs and cats are more common, are older, or have special needs. A variable fee structure that assigns higher fees to certain high-demand animals ensures we have the funds to provide for other animals that have special needs and/or a more difficult time finding a new home.
An administrative fee — ranging between $5 and $20 — and Minnesota sales tax is applied to all adoptions. This fee covers some of the cost associated with processing adoptions and provides revenue that supports the animal adoption program and new initiatives at AHS.