Ask Joe: Why does Humane Society charge a fee to surrender an animal?

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Updated: 8/29/2014 6:23 pm

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a policy at the Nevada Humane Society.

Carolyn called this week, asking why the Nevada Humane Society charges people to surrender animals. She said she dropped off seven kittens, and it cost her $175. She is frustrated and called us to get an answer.


First of all, it is important to keep in mind the Nevada Humane Society relies completely on donations for support. So, they do need to charge for the services they provide.

Joe looked into what it costs to surrender an animal at the Humane Society. It is $50 for a dog or cat that has not been spayed or neutered, and $25 dollars for a pet that has already been spayed or neutered, or "altered," as they call it.

Why the fees? When you surrender your dog or cat, the Humane Society makes sure the animal is spayed or neutered, as well as micro-chipped and vaccinated. They also get whatever medical care they may need. It all costs money and they simply cannot provide these services without charging a fee.

Kimberly Chandler is in charge of Communications at the Humane Society. She said they do their best to work with customers in any way they can, and in some cases, they do offer reduced fees for their services.
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Stevie18 - 9/1/2014 7:12 AM
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The standard adoption fee at the Humane Society is $50. Many times there are special adoption promotions which reduce the fee further. Fifty dollars does not come close to covering the cost of getting a pet ready for adoption which includes spay/neuter, vaccines and a microchip.

sierra11 - 8/31/2014 10:53 PM
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O.K. regardless of the money! If people could see these animals burned like cord wood like I have, they would take better care of their pets! Or not have any!

Bubbles - 8/31/2014 10:27 AM
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If the slime that have "pets" would have them spayed/neutered they wouldn't be dumping litter after litter of kittens. If the slime that have "pets" didn't treat them as disposable piles of manure they wouldn't be discarding them like garbage. If the low life bangers and ghetto rats would be responsible enough to have a pet there wouldn't be a need for animal control to be killing them. So put the blame where it BELONGS, with stupid, lazy irresponsible pet owners.

angeloschild - 8/31/2014 12:41 AM
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There are people in reduced circumstances who can't afford this exorbitant fee ($50 is a lot for many people), so if they have to move and can't take the animal, they just abandon it, and yet, the Humane Society says they care about animals. Right.

angeloschild - 8/31/2014 12:37 AM
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Not everyone can afford to pay fees like that, so if they have to leave town and move, and cannot take the animal with them, they just abandon it. Yes, the Humane Society really cares about animals.

sierra11 - 8/30/2014 1:46 PM
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This is b.s.! Ever since the Humane Society moved to the new location and teamed up with Washoe Animal control they aren't worth a damn!

donlar - 8/30/2014 11:27 AM
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They forgot to mention the fact that when someone adopts a pet from them, they also charge an outrageous "adoption fee" which, is supposed to cover those same procedures! So, they are "double-dipping" with their fees! If they reduced or did not charge a "drop off fee", there would be far less numbers of strays and abandoned animals roaming the streets! I once found a nice doggy (with a collar) running down the street. I "rescued" it and took him to the shelter. They would not accept him unless I paid the fee!

arcticbabe2006 - 8/30/2014 10:34 AM
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If she fixed her cat, she wouldn't have to worry about being charged $175 for dumping off kittens.

sybersnot - 8/30/2014 7:25 AM
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$50.00 isn't a lot to insure that your beloved pet gets another good home:) I appreciate all that the Humane Society does to protect animal welfare. For all those who choose not to spend a penny to on their "pet" there is always Washoe County Animal Control who you can surrender them to for free where they will most likely be put to death.

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