The Saginaw County Animal Care Center will be trying out new, higher adoption fees during a cat and dog adoption event this weekend at Birch Run Expo Center's Fall RV and Camper Show.
Saginaw County Controller Marc McGill said the event will serve as a pilot project.
“It's a test case to see if animal control is going to change its adoption policies,” McGill said.
Saginaw County Commissioners approved the temporary fee adjustments at the board's meeting Tuesday night, after a motion to do so was made by Commissioner Michael Hanley.
The motion and sheet detailing the temporary adoption fees and the costs they are meant to cover.
During the weekend adoption event, the normal $10 adoption fee will temporarily be increased to cover the cost of spaying, neutering and other veterinary care costs.
The temporary adoption fees will be as follows:
Puppies and purebred dogs — $175
Dogs under the age of six months — $165
Dogs six months and older — $155
All cats and kittens — $90
Instead of requiring people adopting pets to place a deposit and take the animal to a veterinarian for spaying and neutering, the animals adopted out this weekend will have already been spayed or neutered.
The animals receive a number of vaccinations including distemper, parvo, bordatella and rabies. Cats will receive a Felv/FIV test and two-paw declawing. Dogs also will receive a heartworm test and deworming service.
Deidre MacDonald is a member of the Saginaw County Animal Control Advisory Board and has recently advocated policy changes at the shelter. MacDonald spoke to commissioners Tuesday, advocating the new fee structure.