Every animal shelter at some point has been asked this question:
“If you are so dedicated to finding homes for adoption animals, why do you charge an adoption fee?”
Relatively speaking, we are lucky in Marin. Because the demand for adoptable animals is so high, the Marin Humane Society is able to partner with dozens of overcrowded shelters in Northern California to bring nearly 1,500 animals each year to Marin to find new homes.
The success of our Pet Partnership Program coupled with healthy adoption numbers (more than 2,500 so far this year) indicate that many people in our community are willing to pay adoption fees with little or no hesitation. Even so, and especially in this challenging economic climate, it’s not surprising that we are questioned about our adoption fees from time to time.
See the rest of the story here: Tails of Marin: Making dollars — and sense — out of pet adoption fees – Marin Independent Journal.