If you’ve been saving up for a new furry friend you may not need too much longer as the City of Toronto’s animal services is lowering its fees temporarily for dog adoptions.
“Toronto Animal Services’ (TAS) will host adoption events when shelter populations become too high or there is an increase in animal length of stay,” said a spokesperson for Toronto Animal Services in an email.
“Some of the dogs currently available for adoption have been at the shelter for more than six months and our goal is to find them a permanent home.”
Starting today until Jan 31, Toronto Animal Services will be reducing adoption fees for dogs to $25. Many of the dogs available for adoption have been at the shelter for a very long time and have been so often overlooked. pic.twitter.com/re4a5jAwXp
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) January 19, 2023
According to the city’s website, the regular adoption fees for male and female dogs are $185 and $215 and are currently down to $25 for a short period, from Thursday, Jan. 19 to Tuesday, Jan. 31, Toronto Animal Services will drop its adoption fees for dogs only.
A 2012 study by the University of Florida raised concerns that low animal adoption fees might “increase risk of poor care or abandonment.”
However, the study found little data to correlate fee payments with adoption success.
“As part of the adoption process, all applicants are required to attend a meet and greet to ensure they are a suitable match,” said the TAS spokesperson.
“TAS also has a standardized adoption application to ensure any potential new owner is equipped and capable of caring for a dog.”