Great River Rescue Sees Rise in Dog Abandonments, Lowering Dog Adoption Fees

Featured photo: Four of the good dogs and puppies available for adoption at Great River Rescue

Through the end of September, Great River Rescue has reduced its dog adoption fees by more than 50%.

The shelter has too many adoptable dogs, so the adoption fee is only $100.

The shelter has seen a recent reduction in adoption demand while seeing an increase in dog abandonment.

Executive Director Brandon Mustful says these dogs need to come into homes and they don’t belong in a shelter.

There are currently nine dogs up for adoption at the shelter, with around 30 more on the waiting list.

Each animal is examined, vaccinated, microchipped and sterilized before adoption, a value of approximately $600.

Thirteen more dogs are waiting for homes through Great River’s Home-to-Home website, which allows pet owners to directly rehome their pets.

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