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Hero pets available for adoption at Joplin Humane Society

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How much would you pay to bring home a new best friend?. The Joplin Humane Society is offering a new program. For an increased fee, you can bring home a pet. And the best part? It all stays in the shelter.

One by one, they have been finding new homes. The hero pet program is not just a program to find dogs a new home, rather support the cost to maintain current pets at the humane society.

"Some pets come in and they're super highly adoptable. We have people fighting over them, we have people wanting to drive from Kentucky to adopt one, it's crazy. Those pets are actually going to be part of our hero pet program." shelter manager, Lysa Boston says.

"It costs a tremendous amount of money to keep the shelter running. Actually 25 hundred dollars a day to keep this building running and keep the care for the pets. So if you purchase a pet from a breeder, that pet money mostly goes into their checking account. If you adopt an animal from the shelter the adoption fee that you pay, helps the shelter to continue to care for other pets." she says.

The adoption fee increases to $125, which includes vaccinations, a microchip and spaying or neutering. According to Boston, most hero pets  will be puppies or kittens, but that doesn't mean the shelter is forgetting about other animals.

"If an animal is able to because of his or her unique ability to be chosen quickly, and be a more financially valued adoption, they can help us with the other pets." Boston says.

So far, the shelter has taken in two litters of hero pets. But while the number available depends on the litter, they don't expect them to arrive every day.

"We don't anticipate that we will have a large number of hero pets, but our goal is to keep adoption affordable." Boston says.

At last check...the shelter had 5 hero pets ready to be adopted.

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