How much does it cost to adopt?
We have a "pay it forward" philosophy at TAPS so that the younger, healthier and more popular animals help pay for the medical care for injured, senior and animals that we may have with us longer.
In general adoption fees range between $350-$750 for dogs and $150-$500 for cats, but adoption fees may increase or decrease in certain circumstances (for instance with puppies they may be higher and when donors sponsor all or a portion of an adoption they may be lower).
(P.S. we don’t like putting a “price” on our furry friends because we believe they are all priceless – no matter the size, age, or pedigree.)
All animals are spayed/neutered before they go to their home. This is one of the biggest priorities for TAPS. Spaying and neutering helps keep the pet population under control which decreases needless euthanasia at our shelters. Spaying and neutering can also help prevent cancer in male and female dogs and cats.
• MEDICAL BILLS
Our vet bills for animals we rescue from the shelters, average between $400-$800 dollars. Even though every animal does not have vet bills this high, the adoption fee for one helps cover the vet bills for another. We believe in helping dogs and cats who need just a little extra medical care get out of the shelter when with a small investment, they can enjoy a full life in a loving home.
All dogs and cats are sent home current on age-appropriate vaccinations.
All dogs and cats are microchipped prior to going to their new home. We request that you always leave TAPS as a secondary contact. Having more people to contact is always a good idea if your pet goes missing.
All dogs and cats go home with a collar and ID tag with our contact information. Dogs go home with martingale/clasp collar which is custom made and has a feature which makes it difficult for them to pull out of it if properly fitted (which is very important for dogs who spook easily and those entering a new living situation). Dogs also have a leash that color coordinates with their collars. Cats go home with a break-away collar.
The time and fuel used for multiple trips to the shelter to identify animals and then to spay/neuter clinics (post surgery) is extensive, then add on parking costs and wear and tear on vehicles and it adds up quickly. We try to rely on volunteers for a portion of these tasks, but they are not always available during the days and times we need them.