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Rescue Dogs

How Much Will A Typical Rescue Dog Cost?

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Rachel
May 9 ·
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If you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family, then you should certainly consider going with a rescue. One reason is that the rescue dog cost is the less expensive way to go.

Most people prefer to go through a reputable breeder to get the exact dog breed they want. However, you can still get your next furry friend at an animal shelter or a rescue organization.

There are many benefits to adopting a dog from a rescue. One of them is the cost. For instance, you can get a new furry friend without breaking the bank.

What Is The Average Rescue Dog Cost?

The cost will vary, depending on where you live. Also, every shelter and rescue organization is different.

Not to mention that there are other factors involved in pricing dogs. For example, the dog’s age is a huge factor.

Puppies are often more expensive than adult dogs, while adults are more expensive than seniors.

This pricing is because puppies are more desirable. People find them cuter and want to have them as part of the family for a long time.

Seniors are cheaper to entice people to adopt an older dog. 

Overall, the average of adopting a rescue dog is anywhere between $50 and $350.

Now, most shelters and rescues are non-profit organizations, so why do you need to pay at all? 

What Do The Adoption Fees Include?

Believe it or not, the shelter has already covered some costs for you. For example, the adoption fee includes the following:

  • A general health examination and behavior evaluation from veterinarian staff
  • Spay or neutering surgery
  • Flea, tick, and deworming treatment
  • Vaccinations (such as rabies, distemper, etc.)

Some shelters may even include a microchip, a free bag of dog food, a free collar, and a free ID tag.

In addition, the adoption fees may also include help for the shelter itself. Most shelters run on donations, but the adoption fees may help them buy items the shelter dogs needs. For example:

You can be sure that every penny you spend on adopting your dog was already spent on them, or it will go right back into the shelter to help the dogs who have yet to be adopted. 

Is Rescuing A Dog The Cheapest Option?

Unless you have a friend whose dog has puppies and gives you one for free, rescuing a dog is the cheapest option.

Not only will you save a lot of money, but you’ll know where the dog came from. In addition, the shelter or rescue will be able to give you all the documents you need to see the pup’s overall health and wellbeing.

While there are other costs, you’ll need to take care of them. The shelter will already pay for the bulk of it. In addition, you should receive documents letting you know which vaccines the pup is up to date with. 

What Other Costs Are There?

Even though adopting a dog is cheaper than other options, such as going through an ethical breeder, there are additional costs you’ll need to take care of.

For example, you’ll want to have the necessary supplies already at home before you adopt a dog.

For instance, you’ll want to get general puppy items to protect your house, such as:

  • Puppy training pee pads
  • Cleaning supplies (for accidents)
  • Puppy proofing supplies
  • Food bowl and water bowl
  • Treats (for training and for a snack)
  • Toys
  • A crate
  • Dog bed
  • Leash, harness, and collar

These costs can easily add another hundred or two. So even though rescuing a dog is the cheapest option, you’ll still want to set aside about $1,000 when you initially adopt the pup.

Of course, there are some items you won’t be able to get until after you get the dog. For instance, if you get a small dog breed, you’re not going to need an extra-large harness.

You can always go to your local animal shelter and pick out the dog you want. In some cases, they’ll hold the dog for a day so that you can go home and prepare.

Once you get the dog, you can go shopping at your local pet store before heading back and picking them up.

Finally, there are other costs to consider. For example, if you’re not going to be home much, then you’ll need to consider bringing the dog to doggy daycare or hiring a professional dog walker to check in on them each day.

Also, depending on the dog’s age and how much training they need, you may also need to pay for a professional dog trainer to help you or go to doggy training classes. 

Should You Get A Rescue Dog?

The short answer is yes. If you want to adopt a dog, a great place to start is a rescue organization or animal shelter. A rescue dog cost is one of the cheapest.

The shelter will help you and your new furry friend get settled. Also, you can buy your pup some extra toys with all the money you’ll save.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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