I have a question. I've never had a puppy, but I've been told that it costs a lot to have one, because of all the shots and medical procedures that need to be taken care of during that portion of the dog's life. So it's always seemed to me that the most cost-effective way to get a dog is to adopt an adult, which is what I've always done. You pay the adoption fee and you're done, except for booster shots, which are ridiculously cheap. My local vet has a free clinic every month where you get the whole panel for $15. But someday, just once in my life, I want a puppy. A dog to call my very own. If I get one from the pound, will it be less expensive, more expensive, or the same as buying one at the pet store? Do some of the shots get taken care of at the pound before you take the dog home? Obviously there's a clear moral advantage to getting a pound dog, but is there any financial advantage?