What Are the Costs of Adopting a Dog

Adoption fees from shelters and rescues typically range from $50-$500 depending on the dog's age, health, and demand.  

Adoption Fees

Expect to spend $100-$300 on initial supplies like food bowls, crate, leash, collar, toys, bedding when first adopting.


Initial vet visit, vaccines, preventatives like flea/tick meds average $300-$500. Budget extra if dog needs treatment.

Medical Costs

Quality dog food costs $100-$250 annually for a medium sized dog. Larger or specialty diets cost more. 


Grooming like nail trims, baths and haircuts averages $150-$300 annually depending on coat type.


Kenneling while traveling averages $25-$50 daily. Daycare ranges $15-$30 per dog per day.  


Optional but recommended pet health insurance averages $30-$100 monthly depending on plan, breed, age.

Health Insurance

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