Giving up a pet for adoption is not an easy decision for pet owners who are no longer in a position to care for their beloved pet. It is easier to give a pet away for free, as you will literally have people queuing up to take your pet off your hands. But rather than give a pet away for free, many choose to charge a pet adoption fee. What are some of the benefits of charging a pet adoption fee?
Charging a Pet Adoption Fee Protects the Animal from Cruelty
Of course, there is no absolute guarantee that charging a pet adoption fee will protect the animal from cruelty, but the chances are that charging a fee will help to root out individuals who are likely to use and abuse your pet.
Giving pets away for free increases the risk that the pets will be used by unscrupulous individuals in laboratories to test products or as “bait” to train fighting dogs. A pet adoption fee puts a value on the pet’s life, which will help you to find genuine pet lovers who will lovingly care for the animal’s welfare.
Pet Ownership is a Privilege Rather Than a Right
Charging a pet adoption fee makes it clear that pet ownership is a privilege, rather than an automatic right. The “free to a good home” advertisements may seem like a quick and easy way to find your pet a new home. However, these advertisements often attract casual pet owners, many of whom do not take pet ownership seriously.
Pets that are adopted for free are more likely to be neglected, given away by the new pet owners, abandoned or sold on for a profit than pets that are taken in by families who have paid a pet adoption fee.
Free Pets Are Often Viewed as Disposable
Pet adoption fees serve the interests and well-being of pets by protecting them from pet owners who see free pets as disposable pieces of property and nothing more. Charging a fee can also give pet owners the peace of mind of knowing that their beloved pet is going to a family that is willing and able to meet the financial responsibility of pet ownership, including vaccinations, regular health check-ups, and other necessary expenses.
Pet adoption fees vary and will depend on several factors. Fees are unpopular with many who see them as a money-making enterprise for pet. However, charging a pet adoption fee can actually protect the interests of the pet. A new family’s willingness to pay a pet adoption fee demonstrates that they are more likely to meet the pet’s basic needs and care for the pet, rather than neglect or abuse their new pet.