There are costs involved in taking care of pets at the shelter and this is the amount that has been determined by law. Many people treat something they get for free just like that, "it is free, I can always get another". We do not want to condone that belief, especially when it comes to pets. We generally incur far more expenses in medical treatment for animals than the adoption fee recovers. That is why donations to the Adoption and Medical fund are important to our ability to send animals home for the nominal price that we charge.