Dog Rehoming Fees – All You Need To Know

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Dog Rehoming Fees All You Need To KnowDog rehoming fees are rapidly becoming a very controversial subject. Some advocates say that they’re a necessary evil designed to compensate owners for the time spent taking care of the dog. Others say it’s a way to side-step the rules of public selling forums, such as Craigslist, which ban selling animals.

We’re going to present both sides of the argument and let you decide.

What are dog rehoming fees?

Dog rehoming fees are advertised as the price for someone to obtain ownership of an animal from another person or entity. Often times a rehoming fee is seen when a dog is listed on a public marketplace, such as Craiglist or Facebook. These sites explicitly prevent people from selling animals. However, a rehoming fee is allowed because it’s intended use is to reimburse the current dog owner for vaccinations, food, training time, etc.

A rehoming fee assumes that there is going to be no profit made on the transfer of the animal. That’s why 501C3 charities often list their animals as available in lieu of an adoption or rehoming fee. Private sellers have adopted this same verbiage due to it being allowed on public marketplaces. Additionally, there’s a positive spin in saying rehoming fee rather than sales price.

Rehoming fee simply means selling puppies

There’s a strong backing to the belief that rehoming fees are simply another way of saying that you’re selling animals. In order to sell animals, there are strict local and federal regulations and certifications that you have to meet. If you’re rehoming a pet, it’s implying that you tried to bond with the dog, but it’s not a good fit and you’re looking to find the dog a new home. Often times, this is not the case when someone lists their dog as available with a rehoming fee.

If you head to your local Craigslist, you’ll see plenty examples of ‘7 week old male Pit Bull available, up to date on shots, potty trained, $700 rehoming fee’. The post will then go on to explain why the dog didn’t fit in the current household and why it’s a better fit in another household.

In the past, these advertisements would have said ‘7 week old Pit bull for sale, $700′.

After browsing hundreds of listings, we were unable to find a discernable difference between a typical advertisement and a dog rehoming post. They were simply one in the same.

Rehoming fees prevent dog abuse

The other side of the argument is that having a fee prevents dog abusers from getting easy access to free dogs. People who raise puppies, but are unable to care for them properly, want to make sure their dog finds a suitable home. Advertising that you have a free dog will attract some unwanted attention. Additionally, if a prospective owner cannot afford to pay a few hundred $ for a dog that’s fully vaccinated and trained, then will they be able to properly care for the dog?

Additionally, there’s an argument that the current dog owner should be reimbursed for expenses incurred to date, while not charging for their time since it was a sunk cost. If animal rescue organizations are allowed to do it, why can’t private citizens? Include the dog’s crate, bed, blanket, and toys with the dog and that’s a good deal, right?


As always, there are two sides to any argument. The case for or against dog rehoming is a difficult one that’s sure to cause very polarized opinions. There’s one thing that both sides can agree on, and that’s in hoping that the dog goes to a loving home where it’s properly cared for.

Let us know what you think about dog rehoming!