When my daughter was four, a family friend offered us a kitten. We hyped her up for the day that Chaos the Kitten would arrive. We were ready with kitten food, a litter box, and lots of toys. At the last second, the family friend changed their mind and decided to keep Chaos. What to do? Well, drive around to every adoption facility in the tri-state to find a kitten, of course.

At the first place we went, they had a whole room full of kittens but one named Travis really sucked up to her big time. He was scroungy with crusty eyes. His adoption fee was over $200. We talked about it being a lifetime commitment so she had to be sure. We looked at 50ish cats that day. Travis had an adoption fee of over $200, while some were in the $20 range.

Guess who she picked... Yep, $200+ ditch kitty. I almost choked when I handed over my credit card.

Adoption fees can be pricey - and don't get me wrong, they are worth every penny. The pets come fully fixed and vetted and your adoption fee goes toward keeping longer residents alive at no-kill shelters. But I still died a little inside the "buy" this crusty-eyed little ditch kitty for a cool $230. You can't put a price on your kid's happiness, right?

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Ditch Kitty on the day we adopted him... photo: ashley s

Thinking of Adopting a Dog?

If you've been looking at adopting a dog, you might want to do it from June 7-9th because you can actually get a refund for your adoption fees from Pedigree in their Love at First Sight Pedigree Adoption Drive. And, the offer is valid at any adoption facility in the US.

From June 7 – 9, 2024, the PEDIGREE® brand is reimbursing dog adoption fees nationwide as part of our Love at First Sight campaign, which stems from the belief that Love at First Sight still exists, and it’s available at your local shelter.
*Limit one dog adoption fee redemption per household, dogs only, max. adoption fee of $200, 50 US & DC only, valid only for adoptions made between 6/7/24-6/9/24; redemptions must be submitted between 06/07/24 and 07/10/24. Must be 18+ years old. Void where prohibited, maximum of $100K in adoption fees available while supplies last.

Thinking about adopting a dog? Here’s how it works:

  • Visit your local shelter or check out Adopt a Pet to search for adoptable dogs in your area.
  • Adopt a dog from any U.S. shelter or rescue between June 7 – 9, 2024.
  • Submit your adoption receipt between June 7 – July 10, 2024.
  • Live out your own Love at First Sight story and share with us by using #PEDIGREEAdopt on social media.
  • See their website for more details. 

There are lots of sweet doggos out there that need a home right now! Check out petfinder.com to see who is available.

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