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Carla Lane Animals in Need

Cost of Adoption

3 Spurriers Lane, Melling, Liverpool, L31 1BA.  Tel: 0151 549 0959


Cost of Adoption

We try to balance covering our costs with charging an affordable and reasonable amount. This fee includes neutering, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping, an identity disc for dogs, a veterinary health check, and one month’s free pet insurance with Petplan.

The adoption fee for an adult cat is usually £135, and kittens are £150 upwards. Some may be less, particularly if they are elderly or have health issues, and some fancy breeds may be more. This variable pricing system allows us to balance our expenses, and still help some of the needier animals who are less easy to home.

The cost of a dog similarly varies depending on age, health, and breed. Mostly the dogs are £300 to £450, with puppies at the higher end.

You may wonder why we charge adoption fees, but the main reason is to cover veterinary costs, and ensure each animal is given the best possible chance for a good future. This fee does NOT include the treatment costs for any additional health issues (for example, if the animal was sick, injured, or badly neglected before they came to us). Some cats or dogs receive hundreds or even thousands of pounds in vet care before they’re ready for adoption, but we do not pass these expenses along to you. A puppy who arrives at the rescue with parvovirus will need intensive and expensive care before they’re fit for adoption, but their fee will not be higher than the puppies who arrive with no problems.

Besides this, we have to find enough money to keep the rescue itself running: staff wages, electricity, heating and water bills, telephones and internet, insurance, cleaning materials, costs of maintaining our vans, etc. 

This is why we rely so heavily on the generosity of our fabulous supporters and fundraisers.