WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)-- This week's Pet Pause segment focused on the cost of having a pet.
Dolores Glytas, from Wisconsin Federated, joined us to share some insight on what you can expect to pay.
Purchasing VS. adoption charges:
Getting a dog- first check out your local shelter or go to petfinder.com if you are looking for a specific type of dog.
For example, if you want a yellow Labrador many shelters do have pure breeds or go to a Lab rescue site. Your price would probably be 1/3 the price of a Breeder, and in most cases these dogs are already spayed/neutered.
Another example, at Portage County Humane Society the adoption cost for a dog is $105. The dog is spayed/neutered, micro chipped and has current shots.
A breeder may charge a minimum of $300.
Here's a breakdown of common costs to take into account:
Food - can range from $500 to $1000 or more per yr.
Carriers/crates, bedding, toys, collars lashes, etc.
Boarding or in home sitters - from $9 to $25 per day