Have Shelters Always Adopted Out(sold) Intact Dogs?

For some reason I always thought that shelters would spay/neuter a dog before they adopted it out.
Found out that wasn’t the case for my county’s shelter. The adoption fee for intact dogs are $132 for males and $157 for females. Dogs who are spayed/neutered are $52. (The fee for intact dogs includes a spay/neuter voucher though).
Just wondering have shelters always done this? (I’ve been working with rescues for the best few years so I haven’t really worked/had interact myself with shelters).

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6 Responses to “Have Shelters Always Adopted Out(sold) Intact Dogs?”

  1. rescue member says:

    Depends on the shelter and what they have available in the way of funding or available vets.
    Our county shelter adopted out intact cats and dogs, they charged more for them but gave a refund of part of the fee once the adopter neutered or spayed them – in other words, they strongly encourged spay/neuter. They did not have the funds or available vets to do the spay/neuter.
    As of about a year ago, a low cost spay/neuter clinic in the are (Petluv) did spay/neuter for the shelter if they had time to bring the animals in.
    As of 2 months ago, more money was allocated to the overpopulation problem and a full time vet was hired, so they now do inhouse spay/neuter — which is the ideal — before adopting animals out.
    Not every shelter has the funding from the county to do this, but it is certainly what should be done.
    Rescues about always spay/neuter their animals before adopting them out, our breed rescue always has, vetting is what we use the adoption fees for, everything else is donated by the foster homes.

  2. . says:

    For the puppies at my shelter, most of them are intact (the ones that are too young to get fixed).
    You do need to pay a refundable fee of $75 if they are not intact.
    When you bring the dog back to get fixed, then we give the $75 back.
    However, all of the older puppies and adult/senior dogs are all fixed. If dogs that come to our shelter are still intact, we would fix them before putting them out on the adoption floor.

  3. ? says:

    Woah! The 2 shelters near me always adopt out altered dogs for $80… Puppies are altered, too, and are about $150. They also microchip, vaccinate, de-flea, de-worm, etc.
    I have seen some shelters give out unaltered dogs. Terrible. That’s almost a fail for a shelter…
    Bottom line. The shelters near me will fix them first, and that does not ever increase the adoption fee.

  4. Who aren't you? says:

    I haven’t heard of anything like that in my area. Generally the shelters would automatically spay/neuter, just because overpopulation is enough of a problem already.

  5. Alisha says:

    Just in case anyone was wondering: I have a problem – a really big problem – with shelters that send dogs home intact.

  6. Jennifer says:

    It sounds like they fix them before you take them home. That is why they cost more.

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