Thursday, December 27, 2012

Shelter & Rescue Dog Cost Calculator

Now that Christmas has passed, there may be many people out there looking to spend their Christmas money on a new addition to their family - a dog. While it is wonderful to adopt homeless pets from rescue organizations or shelters, we should still take into account that dogs cost money. Lots of money in fact. You may have the money to afford a new dog, a trip to the vet, and some accessories right now, but what about 10 years from now?

This calculator was designed to help people who are thinking of adopting shelter and rescue dogs. It's always a very exciting thing when a dog finds a home of his own, but what good does it do if he is returned to the shelter in a matter of months because his new family "couldn't afford him"?



The prices on this calculator are pretty accurate. I do notice one thing on the list that seems to be pretty overpriced from my experience. The microchip is listed at $125, but I have never seen them priced any higher than $40. Of course, it is always better to over-quote something than to under-quote it

Anyways, go ahead and test it out! How much is your dog worth?


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16 comments:

  1. Oh dear...looks like Domeek might have to re-mortgage the house! ;-) I'm adorable and expensive!! (And that doesn't include all my brothers and new sister!)!! Dog Bed - $25, Dog Toys - $50, Dog Food - $400...Freckles - Priceless!!! :-D

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  2. I belive all pets cost money that you don't think about when you first get them,xx Speedy's mum

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  3. I agree with Goose! I am priceless, too :)
    Though here where I lives, my humans paid $150 for me becuz I was microchipped and neutered and got my shots at the shelter, all for the cost of $150, I however was free, but, only to my family I was free, to anybody else, my humans would never sell me, even for a bajillion dollars :D
    Cotton

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  4. Yep peeps need to think of the cost before they go ahead. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. On one side I agree that costs need to be considered..In my case it's one reason I haven't expanded our household with a second dog right now. On the other hand, I'd hate to see cost scare off potential good owners. Not all those costs are applicable for everyone, and with a bit of creativity some can greatly reduced. Just by surfing around Pinterest you can find tons of ideas for homemade toys, treats, dog beds and the like that can save money.

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    1. I agree Gizmo. The creator of the calculator made it because pets kept returning to the shelter because their family's couldn't afford them. Some of the costs on the calculator are on the high end in my opinion. But, as I learned as a vet tech it is ALWAYS better to overquote a client when you're not exactly sure how much something will cost. They can get very angry when their total comes to more than what they were quoted.

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  6. I'm afraid to look at the bottom line! It is what it is. Being Cupcake's mom is PRICELESS!!

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  7. Yes yes yes, I think people always have to think about the cost of a dog in the future.We can't necessarily see the future, and therefor know for sure if we have or haven't fallen on hard times etc. Either way though you should always have a backup plan, for in case these things happen. Or cut the costs down yourself so you can save the emergency fund, such as learn to groom and cut his nails yourself! :) I think if people are dedicated to their dog they will find a way usually no matter what the circumstances are, except in those rare cases where it is completely out of their control.

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  8. Us pets are priceless :)Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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    1. Hey kitties! I did, and hope you guys also have a great New Year!

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  9. Hey it's Jet here. Hi Miss Ann.

    Brilliant idea! Great reminder so the humans can make responsible decisions.

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  10. I think it is all a matter of priorities. You may have to give up some things to have that wonderful companion. I couldn't imagine living without a pet of some sort. Great calculator though. The shelters should have a basic cost to pass out to the people looking at the animals. Take care.

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  11. OMG! I don't want to know! (Actually, I know to the penny.) The annual check-ups in the zoo(7 animals last year) is not an easy amount to swallow. Then we always hope that no one gets sick during the year, but someone always does. Why is it always some animal always gets sick on Sunday when they have to go to the really expensive Emergency Vet? Animals are not inexpensive, however, for me, the amount I get back in love, fun, and licks, out weighs the cost. I like the idea of informing people (they should do this for human babies too) but I am not sure people will really pay attention. Adding a family pet is an action that usually comes from the heart, and the heart doesn't seem to listen to the head (numbers) in most people. The good news is many vets offer low cost services. Thanks for your great post.

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