Denver CO

The economics of adopting a dog


There are a million reasons to adopt a dog.  Primarily because by adopting you save the life of a dog.  I realize that some people think hard about finances when taking on this kind of commitment.  Well, adopting is cheap!

When you buy a dog from a pet store, you have the cost of the animal to begin with.  A quick check on Google right now for dogs for sale.

I Googled:

Maltese for sale: Prices ranged for $1475 to $2750

Saint Bernard for sale: Prices ranged for $900 to $2000

Golden retriever for sale: Prices ranged for $600 to $4500

Beagle for sale: Prices ranged for $350 to $650



So cost of a dog: Average $1000 or more


Now, these puppies and dogs may not have all their shots and you want to make sure they are safe.  Add $200 bucks for a vet visit and shots.


Collar and leash, $20.


Training is at least $100 bucks for minimal training unless you know what you are doing.  If you don’t and don’t pay for training you and your dog will not be happy.


Someone who is selling you a dog is selling you a product.  The only reason to sell you a dog is to make money.  This makes it few and far between that the person on the other side of this transaction has you and the dog’s best interest in mind.  I will get a ton of email now from reputable and disreputable breeders.  For those of you that care, work with rescues and are truly evangelists of your chosen breed, treat your dogs like family and are trying to produce healthy dogs, get over it.  There are more shysters out there than good breeders.  This is not about you.  For those of you who email me cause you like to make believe you are ethical, tough.



So now let’s look at it from the adoption side


Adoptions cost zero to  few hundred dollars with reputable rescues and shelters


A reputable rescue group or shelter will have already had a vet check, all shots, the dog spayed or neutered and generally taken care of any health issues.


Collar and leash, usually included.


Since rescues generally foster dogs until they find their forever home they normally get some basic training before you eve meet them.  In addition, they are usually lving with people, other pets and/or children and a re well socialized.


I’m not going to say there are not groups that may not be the most ethical out there.  I will say that the majority are looking to get dogs out of their possession in the hands of a family that will take good care of their new friend and not return them.  This means they are looking for a good fit.  You could be turned down for a giant breed when you have small children.  Or maybe just a particular dog.  There may be a dog that is not cat friendly or is too strong for an elderly couple.  But the goal of these group0s is to save lives.  They want the dog out so they can save one more dog.  If you and the dog ar right for each other, they will be all to happy to let you take your next best friend home.  Also, after you are gone, they usually have mail lists or forums to keep in touch, get support if your dog has medical, nutritional or training needs and you need help.


So the bottom line is if you buy a dog you will spend more than $1000 on average.  With the numbers above you could spend $5000 in your first month.  Not including food, toys, doggie bed etc.

You would be hard pressed to spend $1000 to rescue a dog and you might get one for free if you watch for campaigns by shelters or a non-bred (Purebred mutts!) rescue.

Enough about money:

Eight million cats and dogs enter shelters every year.  About half don’t make it out alive.

Rescue One Dog today.

Bark Away!