Otis wrote:That's not much to spend on a pet at all-if people are getting animals because they are free that's a scary thought. No better then setting a box of free puppies outside of walmart.
Except the person giving away puppies outside Walmart doesn't check with your landlord, call your vet for references and do a home visit.
If the adoption fee should be a non-issue, why not get rid of it? It's proven over and over again that the money people spend on an animal has no bearing on how well they care for it. Why would it be scary to give animals away for free? The scary part is not doing any screening.
Reducing/eliminating adoption fees doesn't generally get people to adopt who weren't already considering it. Most of the people will tell you that they were thinking about it anyway and the reduced fees made it seem like now was a good time. This is exactly the kind of adopter you want to attract: Someone who was already considering it and needed a little push to get them in the door at an opportune time for your rescue.