Boone County Animal Control will begin charging people a fee to adopt animals, thanks to legislation approved Wednesday by the Boone County Board.
After the department’s seven-day holding period for rescued animals, a dog can be placed for adoption for $150 and a cat for $85. The fees will help the county recoup some of the cost it incurs for spaying, neutering and inserting a microchip in animals, providing rabies shots and registering the pet.
The department previously called for a promissory note to be signed by the adopter guaranteeing they would seek neutering or spaying, Tobin said, but the revised ordinance does more to restrict the rescued animals from being bred.
The fees will provide a shot in the arm for the department, something a new auxiliary, The Animal Friends Society of Boone County, has aimed to do in recent months.