Adopting a Dog, Initial Costs? My girlfriend has wanted a dog for a while now, and her birthday is coming up and I am considering getting her a dog from a shelter. So, I come to the crew here to see if I can get an idea of what the costs associated with adopting a dog will be. The cost for adoption is $50 for dogs here. Assume the dog is already neutered/spayed. We have no equipment for a dog, so whatever will be necessary should be included. We live in a 2 bedroom, second story apartment. Also, assume that the dog will be house trained (it will probably be at least 2 years old, is this an unreasonable thing to expect?) So what expenses beyond the $50 fee will I be looking at? Shots? Hardware for taking care of the dog? Also, what amount should I expect to spend on the dog's care?