Great River Rescue seeing increase in dog surrenders, reducing dog adoption fees

Featured photo: Four of the Good Dogs and Puppies available for adoption at Great River Rescue

Through the end of September, Great River Rescue has lowered its dog adoption fee by more than 50 percent.

The shelter has too many adoptable dogs, so the adoption fees are only $100.

The shelter has seen a recent reduction in adoption demand while seeing an increase in dog surrenders.

Executive Director Brandon Mustful says these dogs need to get into homes and they don’t belong in a shelter.

There are currently nine dogs up for adoption at the shelter, with about 30 more on the intake waiting list.

Each animal is examined, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered before adoption, a value of about $600.

Thirteen more dogs are waiting for homes through Great River’s Home-to-Home website, which allows pet owners to rehome their pets directly.


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