We are looking to add a dog to our family and checked into some of the local rescues. I was a little shocked when I found out that some of the adoption prices are $400 to $600 for a rescue. I thought it would be cheaper to rescue a dog but found out that it wasn't the case. Why are rescue dogs so expensive? I understand that there are costs involved like vets, shots and food, but I would have thought that some of these services and things are donated.