Questions to Ask at an Animal Shelter Before Adopting

What’s included in the adoption fee?

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A rabbit sits in a cage after being dropped off at the animal shelter.

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For example, is the animal fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed/neutered before adoption? All of these procedures cost money if they aren’t done by the shelter beforehand — and that doesn’t take into account all of the supplies you’ll need.

“The first year of owning a pet can come with an unexpected price tag. From the start of acquiring a pet, you must purchase all the basics — crate, collar, leash, food, treats, and more depending on the animal,” Natalie Buxton, the director of marketing and communications at Operation Kindness, a shelter in Carrollton, Texas, told Insider.

“They may seem like minor expenses now, but they can add up very quickly, especially for maintenance items like food,

cat litter

, vet care, vaccinations, and more.”

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