Local animal shelters are highly motivated to rehome puppies and dogs and often offer adoption fees at less than $100. Most animal shelters also participate in animal adoption events where sponsors award funds to participating shelters to lower or waive the adoption fees for dogs in specific age groups.
National nonprofit animal organizations and national corporations, such as the Animal Foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PetSmart and Purina often hold special adoption events that usually take place a few times a year. In some of the special programs, the adoption fees for dogs age one year and older, are reduced by a significant amount. While the dogs are no longer puppies, they are still young in terms of age. Sometimes, the adoption fees are waived for dogs five years and older.