Many stray and surrendered animals have been neglected and need much more than just basic vet care. Most need to be spayed or neutered and a microchip is a must so if they are lost, they have a much better chance of finding their way back home.
Most adoption fees do not cover medical and shelter transportation costs for the animals. Heartworm, which will kill a dog, costs $450.00 and up for treatment. We get many animals with skin conditions that need antibiotics and other medications to get them healthy.