Why do we require an adoption fee?
The Butler County Humane Society is a small, non-profit organization that relies on the donations from generous community members to keep our doors open. We do not receive any type of federal funding. We are also a no-kill facility, which means that we do not euthanize to create space. Therefore, when we pledge to care for an animal at our shelter, it very well may be for their entire life. When we take in a healthy pet that costs a minimal amount to care for in terms of medical bills, the profit from that animal's adoption is applied to the costs of the many others who are not as fortunate.
When an animal arrives at the shelter, funds must be spent on neutering and spaying, vaccinations, and various other screenings and medical procedures.
Veterinary expenses on a healthy animal can run as high as $175.00, and can be even more depending on the breed and animal. The truth is the majority of found/stray/rescues DO require additional veterinary care. Here at the BCHS we do whatever is necessary to help the animals in our care, and it can often take several months to return an animal to good health. It is not unusual for the cost of this care to run from $450.00-$1,000.00 per pet.
All of this does not include general finances for caring for the animals, such as feeding them and making sure they have clean beds to sleep on and plenty of toys to play with!
In short, our shelter relies on adoption fees, just as we rely on any other donation in order to provide the care we do for the animals at the shelter. Even our highest adoption fee, $175, is a very small amount when you compare it to the cost of caring for an animal for what can often be years.