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Adopt a Pup on Shelter Sunday? Here's How to Get the $200 Adoption Fee Back

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AirPods, TVs, and toys aren't the only discounts we saw on Black Friday weekend. Through Pedigree's Shelter Sunday event, you could also get your dog adoption fees covered — up to $200! If you added a new furry member to your family, here's how you can get reimbursed for the adoption fees, courtesy of Pedigree.

In their mission to find every dog a loving home, Pedigree is covering dog adoption costs for dogs that were adopted from a shelter on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. In a day they've deemed Shelter Sunday, they wanted to help re-home the 6 million dogs who find themselves in shelters each year.

I adopted my two rescue dogs in 2011 and 2015 and it's the best thing I've ever done. They're senior ladies now, enjoying their retirement snoozing on the couch. The average pet adoption fee in 2023 is between $50 - $300, and having $200 of the up-front cost covered leaves wiggle room to buy other pet essentials like beds, dog food, toys, and — my dogs' personal faves — Greenies and Pup-Peroni.

Here are the simple steps to getting $200 back to spend on your new bestie from Pedigree. And text HACKS to 57299 for more money-saving tips and events.

1. Pedigree Shelter Sunday happened on Nov. 26, 2023.

persons hand holding a dogs paw

Shelter Sunday fell on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, and the Pedigree Foundation promises to reimburse your adoption fees from any local shelter or rescue organization up to $200. So after you paid the fee at the shelter, Pedigree will pay you back. But this is only if you adopted your new pup on Nov. 26, 2023.

The Shelter Sunday reimbursement is for dogs only and there is a limit of one dog per household. The Pedigree Foundation will cover costs while supplies last up to $300,000 (which could aid 1500 adoptions if each costs the max of $200).

2. Submit your adoption receipt between Nov. 28 - Dec. 22, 2023.

a small dog laying next to a laptop displaying the Pedigree webpage for Shelter Sunday

Now that your new fur baby is home, you have until Dec. 22, 2023 to submit your adoption receipt for reimbursement. Pedigree will cover up to $200, but any amount over $200 will be at your own expense.

Keep in mind that while Pedigree says you can submit your receipt as early as Nov. 28, their fine print also says the redemption form won't be available until Dec. 1, 2023. So, if you don't see the form immediately following your pet adoption on Nov. 28, make sure to check back for that form on the Pedigree website on Dec. 1.

To learn more and to find the reimbursement form after Shelter Sunday, visit PEDIGREE.com/ShelterSunday.

3. The average annual cost of caring for a dog can run anywhere from $600 - $3500 when you factor in all expenses.

We would never try to talk anyone out of giving a dog a loving home, however there are expenses to consider in the long term. On average in 2023, it can cost anywhere from $600 - $3500 a year to care for one of these animals. And humans aren't the only ones affected by inflation. Surveyed pet parents have noticed a near 15% increase in pet necessities in the past year alone. That's looking at food, pet insurance, medical care, and "extras" (like toys, beds, etc.). Something to keep in mind beyond adoption fees.

4. Check out all these resources to give your new family member the best care.

     

While adopting a dog feels like one of the biggest decisions you'll make, it doesn't stop once you bring the new family member home. Here are some resources to help you navigate your new pet.

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