Adoption Fees
Adoption fees vary. Shelters and rescues use their adoption fees to cover the cost of caring for the dogs, including spay/neuter. In fact, most shelters lose money on adoptions because the adoption fee only covers part of the cost of the animals' care. Disreputable organizations may have very high adoption fees. It's good to be on the alert: if you think a fee is too much, find out from the staff what their fee covers.

Isn't it cheaper to get a "free puppy"?
Sure, if you never intend to take care of it!! Since you have taken the time to do research on PupQuest we know you are trying to do the right thing. Puppies need a series of veterinary visits that include vaccines, deworming, spay/neuter, etc. Vet bills for multiple puppy visits add up. Reputable shelters have relationships with local veterinarians or have vets on staff who provide these services at discounted rates and these savings are passed onto you. Depending upon where you live you will likely save 50% or more on this initial veterinary care!