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Some Kent County Animal Shelter fees to increase

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Adopting a pet in Kent County just got more expensive. The Board of Commissioners approved fee increases for the county animal shelter Thursday

The Kent County Animal Sheltersays the new fees are necessary to better align with operating costs. It is the first time fees have been raised since 2013.

“And it really was time to evaluate where our fee schedule was and how we can better align it with other organizations in the community.”

Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead says the increased fees are expected to bring in just under $11,000 annually.

“It’s not really much about the revenue source when it comes to our fee increase. A lot of it really was just keeping up with the cost for our care for the animals.”

Adoption fees for cats ages four months and older will increase from $5 to $20, while surrendering a pet to the shelter would increase from $25 to $35.

Other changes include a new livestock category for adopting animals like pigs and goats, as well as a flat rate for spaying and neutering services for more traditional pets.

Hollinshead doesn’t think the new fees will dissuade potential pet owners from adopting a furry friend.

“Our cat adoption fees with the increase to the $20 is still the least expensive adoption fee compared to most area organizations.”

The new fees go into effect March 1st.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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