The Department of Animal Services in Riverside County is offering a special adoption rate for pets that have been homeless for more than a week. The special temporary rate—$20 for dogs and $15 for cats—includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip.
Director Robert Miller believes that because new animals continue to flood the shelter, the special rate may provide an extra incentive.
“We know this continues to be a rough period for many people and fewer people are considering adoption,” Miller says. “This new adoption fee might make it easier for some to consider taking on the responsibility of a new pet and will help us continue our mission of saving as many lives as possible.”
The Department of Animal Services initiated the new fee late last week on a trial basis at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Riverside. In a great success, 32 animals were adopted in a single day.
Miller says that all pets are equally valuable, regardless of the price tag. “Whether someone paid $800 for their pet or adopted it for $50, it has been my view that the animal still gets the same amount of love, and rightly so. We feel that anyone adopting from us—or any similar shelter organization—should feel proud that they are part of a magnificent effort: saving a homeless pet’s life.” —Valerie Lute
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