Do you have to pay?
Why do you have to pay if the animals are in need of homes? Do you have waviers for low income families who like to have a pet? We would like a kitten, & a small dog/
on Mar 5th 2008
in Shelters & Rescue
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I can only speak for my own experience with an animal rescue organization. We charged for our animals because we were a conscientious organization who took the animals to the vets to have them checked out and/or fixed. We didn't get the vet care for free. The animals also had to be fed and we seldom got food for free. Since you can't count on donations, we often had to buy things for our fosters to take care of the animals like litter, etc. Fundraisers never raised enough money to pay for the care of the animals. You can find "free" animals in the paper, but sometimes you're getting a whole passel of trouble for "free" also, and if you're a responsible pet owner, you STILL have to take your new animal(s) to the vet's anyway. I would much rather adopt from a shelter or a rescue with a good reputation. So, when you pay a fee for a animal who needs a home, you are actually giving money for MORE animals to be rescued and cared for.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/5/08. Helpful? / 1
Agreeing with Izzie. Animal rescue organizations are not just rolling in the money from their adoption fees. They have lots of animals who need varying degrees of care. Some just need the basics, while others need intense treatment (aka heartworms, FIV, etc.). Unless they have a benefactor who's independently wealthy, they have to charge something to recoup costs.
My vet's office does rescues and adoptions. They only charge $45 which includes bringing the animal up to date on shots AND the spay or neuter. My husband and I found Oscar J. at his office. We took him straight to the vet before taking him home and it cost us over $200 for shots, bloodwork and a neuter. Which is cheaper? The adoption fee or the "free" cat?
Oscar J. Cat answered on 3/5/08. Helpful? / 0
Because the shelter cannot continue to operate if you don't pay. They need money to keep doing what they do. If you're low income, you probably shouldn't get a pet right now. What if an emergency comes up with your pet and it costs a lot of money to correct it?
Tinker Bell 2003-2006 answered on 3/5/08. Helpful? / 0
At our shelter we don't have to pay for any cat that is over a year and a half. That's what I did and now have two cute baby-girls that don't have to be trained.
Cleo (The Queen) answered on 3/5/08. Helpful? / 0
I agree with a point made by Oscar J. Cat. If it would be a burden to pay for the cat or dog right now, then taking proper care of your pet would be a burden. Quality pet food, litter for a cat, and veterinary care can cost a lot of money! Currently, a cat lives in my community and his owners can't really afford to feed him well, and they've never been able to take him to the vet to get shots or be neutered - and it's sad. I know how much you would like a pet now, but it isn't fair to the pet or to yourself to get a pet you can't really afford. When your financial situation is better, then go for it!
William Fluff answered on 3/7/08. Helpful? / 0