Local animal shelters and rescue groups may give miniature pinscher puppies away for adoption, especially if the shelter has insufficient room for new dogs. While some puppies in shelters are given away for free, an adoption fee usually applies, especially if the dog is adopted from an animal rescue group.
Adopting a puppy from a rescue group or a shelter is considered free because the puppy itself does not cost anything. The adoption fee covers the cost of spaying and neutering, vaccinations and medical expenses. In some cases, rescue groups open up a fostering program where they allow dogs, such as miniature pinscher puppies, to be placed temporarily or permanently in a foster home. The foster home pays for the food of the dog, while the rescue group pays for the crates and medical expenses.
Some organizations, such as Maddie's Fund, arrange annual adoption events that encouraged people to adopt pets by waiving off the regular adoption fees. Maddie's Fund is a family foundation dedicated to helping local shelters and rescue groups to treat and save more animals through the Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, a two-day animal adoption event advocating the adoption of shelter animals. Maddie's Pet Adoption Days take place in several counties in California, including the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara. The foundation also has participating shelters in Washoe County in Nevada and Dane County in Wisconsin. The list of participating counties may vary from time to time.