Why Do Animal Shelters Charge an Adoption Fee?

Why do shelters charge an adoption fee?

How much does it cost to adopt a cat from a shelter?

The adoption fee can range from $100 to $250. Factors that influence the price are the age and the health of the cat. Kittens are the most expensive, followed by adult cats, seniors and cats with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes) or disabilities generally cost the least.

Why does it cost so much to adopt from a shelter?

Most of us know that animal shelters are at or over capacity, so why do they charge for us to adopt an animal?

Animal shelters are not for profit charities with huge expenses which include pet food, cat litter, disinfection, veterinary fees, medicine, parasite control, electricity, maintenance, staff wages, accounting fees, insurance, property rent or mortgage and council fees.

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Cat Hanging Around-What Should You Do?

Why is a cat hanging around?

There are several reasons a cat may appear at your doorstep. It is lost, it is a stray, or it is a local cat who is exploring the neighbourhood. There are clues to evaluate if the cat has a home or is living on the streets. This can help to determine what to do next.

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Five Steps to Litter Tray Success

At a glance

  1. Choose the right size litter tray
  2. Litter tray location
  3. Type of cat litter
  4. Keeping trays clean
  5. Number of litter trays



One of the many reasons cats are so popular is their cleanliness. When their needs are met, the overwhelming majority of them will use a litter tray and not your new rug. The key to success is creating an environment where the litter tray is the preferred option.

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Helping An Adult Cat Adjust To A New Home

Bringing an adult cat into the home is rewarding for the new family and gives an adult cat a second chance. With low adoption rates considerably lower for adult cats, it is great when a family decides to take on an older cat.

But, sometimes adult cats can take a little longer to adjust to their new home than a kitten, in this article, we look at ways to make the move as smooth and stress-free as possible for your new addition.

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Adopting a Kitten or Cat

A great deal of time and thought must be given to bringing a cat into the home. A cat can live for 15+ years. Have you discussed obtaining a cat with the rest of the family? It is important that everybody should be happy to adopt a new family member.

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Cat Emergencies That Can’t Wait

Cat emergencies that can’t wait at a glance

  • Heatstroke
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poisoning
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Sudden paralysis
  • Venomous bite
  • Trauma (even if the cat appears well)
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Odd-sized pupils
  • Pain
  • Heavy or unexplained bleeding
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Wobbly (drunken) gait

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Feeding Advice For Fussy Cats

Unlike dogs, cats have a reputation for being somewhat fussy when it comes to food. I think this is somewhat of a misnomer. Cats aren’t intentionally fussy, there’s always a reason why a cat becomes fussy over food. This article looks at common causes of food rejection in cats and what you can do to overcome this.

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