mn article mb source News18 title Adoption fees for pets up to a year old are rising in Australia article Posted April 13, 2019 08:01:59A recent study has found that Australian pets over the age of two are being priced out of the market due to high adoption fees.
According to data provided by a property consultancy, the average adoption fee is around $9,000 for a two-year-old dog and $13,000 a year for a four-year old puppy.
“The majority of the costs associated with raising a new pet have been pushed aside,” said the study’s author, Dr. David Tulloch.
In Australia, there is a range of reasons for the adoption price increase.
A number of factors have come into place in the last decade, including an increase in the cost of childcare and the cost to care for a pet.
The cost of keeping a pet for long periods is also higher, the study said.
Some Australian municipalities have introduced a new tax for pets, which is expected to boost the adoption fee, but the cost could also be driven up by increased welfare payments.
However, Dr Tullough said the adoption rate is expected increase by about 20 per cent over the next five years.
Many people in Australia are still looking for dogs and puppies, he said.
“A lot of people want to have a dog or a puppy and they are still willing to pay a bit more to get that dog or puppy,” Dr Tully said.
The research, conducted by Australian property firm Harkness, surveyed a representative sample of 3,100 pet owners in the Australian capital, Canberra.
Of those surveyed, 7.9 per cent said they had a pet in their household, up from 6.5 per cent in the previous year.
Those who said they did not have a pet were less likely to own a pet at all, and were also more likely to live with their pets.
Dr Tully also found that a large proportion of people were adopting pets because of welfare payments, as well as the rising cost of raising a pet, with the average pet cost rising by $2,700.
When asked if they believed the adoption fees were necessary, almost half of those surveyed said they believed so.
Another quarter of respondents said they would be willing to change their pets if they were offered a cheaper pet, while two thirds of those who said their pets were not as good were also willing to consider alternatives.
Harkness said the research showed that there was still a lack of awareness about pet ownership in Australia.
“There are still a lot of misconceptions about owning a pet,” Dr. Tully told ABC Radio Canberra.
“When you get to a certain age you start to realise there are some problems with having a pet.”
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