Oliversmom brought up a good point, though. It costs about $85 around here for 6 hour-long sessions (weekly) for basic manners classes. So many times the reason a dog-owner situation fails is lack of simple training/bond. I am not talking about having a trainer on staff, but I think that when a shelter sells a dog, they should up the price by $85 (or the going rate in the area) and give the people a voucher for the classes. The classes are paid for, the people pay for them, meaning that if the dog would have costed $125 to "adopt" now it costs $210 but you not only get a fully vetted, altered, dog, you get six obedience classes at a local trainer. It would be listed on the break down for the dog. People will know what they cost, and if they choose to just eat the cost and not sign up, then that is up to them. But people will be more likely to go if they pay for it.
Take it a step farther and sell life-time dog licenses instead of yearly license. The cost of a lifetime license would be much higher. $10/year for average 9 years, + voucher for spay/neuter $100, + voucher for a set of dog classes $100. So your lifetime license would cost $290 and you could get $100 off if you have evidence that the dog is already spayed or neutered. This would encourage spay/neuter but not demand it, those who want to keep a dog intact would pay an extra fee once -- for the lifetime of the dog, not forever. And if even half the people take the dog to classes, well, it would probably knock down the incidents of people dumping their dogs by maybe 25 - 30%.
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