Though animal rescue shelters usually charge fees for kitten adoptions, they occasionally waive those fees for special events such as adoptathons. Some shelters may also waive the fee in exchange for volunteer hours.
Most shelter fees already come at discounted rates. The average kitten adoption fee is around $75, though the total price of the spaying or neutering, microchip and flea treatments included in the fee averages between $400 and $800, according to Petfinder. If this price is too expensive, consider adopting an older cat, as most shelters charge less for fully grown animals, and they may offer additional discounts for senior animals that are more difficult to re-home.