The adoption fees set by the Council go towards the care of the animal while in the pound's care, as well as a number of services including but not limited to desexing and microchipping.
A general breakdown of these fees includes desexing – up to $250 depending on sex and weight – $60 microchipping, registration fees, veterinarian fees, and any additional treatments required, and the general day-to-day running of the facility.
These adoption fees help cover the medical care of the animal while he or she waits for a new home, as well as food and transportation costs.
These fees help to provide care for the other animals in the pound that may have medical bills that are much higher than any possible adoption fee.
These fees are similar to most offered from Council-owned pounds throughout Australia, and allow us to care for these animals and continue the adoption services.
Reducing these fees would place us in a situation where operating costs would increase and essentially jeopardise our adoption practices.