Adoption, reclaim fees increase at animal shelter

The Cortez City Council has passed a new ordinance increasing fees at the Cortez Animal Shelter. Effective, Jan. 1, 2013, the adoption rate for dogs is now $85 plus a mandatory $15 microchip fee. Cats are now $45 plus a mandatory $15 microchip fee. City licenses for pets have increased to $10 for altered animals, and $25 for unaltered animals in the city limits. Fees to reclaim impounded dogs have increased to $50 for the first offense, $60 for the second offense, $75 for a third offense, and $100 for the fourth offense. For more information, call the shelter at 565-4910.