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Our department is looking into charging citizens for dropping off their owned/stray animals with our shelter. Specifically in Texas, do any of your departments currently use this practice and if so, what do you charge, does it also apply in the field, etc, etc.

Any input would be greatly appreciated as I have to respond to our council this pm. (they always want everything as of yesterday)
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We do not collect this fee in the field. At the shelter they ask for a $25.00 donation for surrendering their own animal. Not everyone pays but some do thinking it will better the chances of it getting adopted.
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We have a $20 surrender fee for in County residents and a $40 fee for out of County residents.

If someone doesn't have it or is going through a hardship we either waive the fee or our foundation will cover the intake cost. We never say no to the animal for fear of what people will do when they feel desperate, and we understand they are ready to get rid of the animal if they are at our counter.
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$25 owner surrender fee. We carry a reciept book and a lock bag. receipt books are audited every 2 months. Sorry should have said these are all animals out in the field. We dont have a shelter of our own. Contract with the city. So $25 is partially to off set the amount we get charged to impound.

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We do not charge our citizens to drop off animals at the shelter. Why ask for more work? IF we were to charge them to drop off strays or their owned dogs and cats, they would just turn them out on the street and call in about the stray dog running loose. Then we would end up picking the dog up for free and waste gas and time chasing them.

We do charge to pick up owned dogs from the owner, dead or alive. We charge $17.50, but we make sure we tell them that they can bring it to the shelter for free. Some people will pay just so that they don't have to put the dog in the car and drive with it, some do just turn them loose and we end up picking them up anyway.

If we are out on a problem dog and the owner decides to surrender it, we will usually take than animal for free just to eliminate the problem.

Our shelter is city owned and operated.
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Thank you all! Your information is much appreciated!
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We get $15 for an owner surrender, an adjoing city to me gets $13. We don't charge for strays, thusly every animal brought to us is a "stray", and I cannot collect money in the field.
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We charge $65.00 for owner surrender. No fees for strays. This is if it is dropped off at the shelter. If an ACO is dispatched to pick up and woenr surrender then we add time and mileage. If it is an owner surrender for euthanasia then we also charge a disposal fee dependent on the size of the animal. The disposal runs from $20-65.00.
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Our department is looking into charging citizens for dropping off their owned/stray animals with our shelter
While I understand charging a fee for a surrender. But for strays. I think you would be causing more a problem then anything.

If you charge a fee for the public bringing in stray cats...which they are doing it out of the goodness of their heart. They will simply just stop bringing cats in.

I would say yes to a fee for owner surrender...no fee for public bringing in strays.

Question: Are they considering charging a fee for both, due to people will just say that their pet is a stray...so they won't have to pay the fee. I hate people like that.

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I really don't know what the motivation is or where it is all coming from....

Thanks to all for your input!
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