...and forget about the people on craigslist! I started browsing some shelter websites looking at dogs. I would like to adopt in the next few months, but I want to wait until I meet the perfect dog. I will most likely stick with the shelter that is partnered with my vet school, but it is still fun to browse other sites. I'm just floored by the amount some "shelters" ask for their animals. I think an adoption fee of $300-$350 is ludicrous! I've worked with some awesome shelters who were more than able to operate with lower adoption fees and still found great homes for their animals. While I truly believe a person needs to be financially prepared to own an animal, I don't think a higher adoption fee proves anything. I know I would personally rather put that extra $150-$200 towards an insurance plan or monthly preventatives. The other thing that irks me are the people on craigslist looking to "rehome" their dogs, are asking huge fees, and have not bothered to spay or neuter. I just saw an ad for a "purebred" pitbull that had not been neutered because he is purebred, and the owner was asking $400 but needs to get rid of him ASAP. I just don't understand people! I will eventually find a perfect match for me I'm sure, but this is almost as bad as horse shopping! Lol!