Chesterfield considers increasing pet adoption fees

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County may up adoption fees from $10 to $60.  The increase in price would cover the cost to spay or neuter pets at area clinics.

Forget the heat, one look at this face could make anyone melt.

"Toby.  He's a 6 1/2 year old Basset. I've had him since he was 10 weeks old," said owner Sarah Harris.  She's paid a pretty price for her four-legged companion- a few hundred dollars plus the cost to have Toby fixed.

"It's totally worth it," she said. "You save an animal that nobody wants.  You give them a good home.  And okay, so you've got to pay a little extra to get him, but it's probably cheaper than having to go spay or neuter them on your own."

If she was in the market for another dog, she says Chesterfield's possible change to it's adoption fees and process would be worth it.

"This is a fantastic deal for people who are looking to adopt a pet because you can go in and for $60 you can get a pet that is already spayed or neutered and has a rabies vaccination," said Susan Kelly with Richmond Animal League.

Right now, pets are adopted out for $10. Owners then pay to have them fixed.
But a new adoption resolution requires a spay/neuter policy.

The Richmond Animal League submitted a bid and according to information on the county's website, the organization was awarded the business, now it just has to be approved by Chesterfield leaders.

"The reason animals are euthanized is because there's literally so many of them that the county doesn't have anywhere to house them."

The spay/neuter policy would cut down on Chesterfield's pet population.

"Shoot that's cheaper than I got him for," said Harris.

The fee increase is dependent on the Board of Supervisors decision which will be made, after a public hearing, set for April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room inside the Government Complex which is off of Iron Bridge Road.

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