9. Health Concerns
Whether you adopt a pet from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other medical tests are essential before the animal is brought home. Shelters make it easier on owners by covering a large portion of the costs.
The ASPCA's total medical package includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations, worming, a free medical exam within two weeks of adoption, 30 days of free shelter care health insurance, and a microchip inserted inside the animal for tracking purposes, among other benefits. The organization estimates the cost of these services to be $2,000, but they charge $75 to $125 (depending on whether the animal is an adult or a kitten or puppy). Des Moines ARL offers a similar package for $95, and your local Humane Society probably offers a comparable rate.