First off - I would like to stand up and applaud shelters all around the country and the wonderful work that they do. I have in the past, b*tched about the insane adoption fees that shelters charge - some are upwards of $300 or more.
Well - I've been fostering this cute Min Pin and I am the one who takes her to the vet and just got my final bill.
This wasn't anything spectacular either. She had all her initial shots, worming, fecal exam, heartworm exam and meds, spay, extra b/c she was in heat, pain meds for after spay, ear infection meds, eye infection meds....and 2 office visit charges b/c she went for the initial exam on 8/10 and was spayed yesterday.
Can you imagine having to do this for 10 dogs or more? I'm sure they may get a discount but it's probably not significant.
So I stand corrected and apologize for my rant about shelter fees. I literally had NO CLUE how much it cost to care for a stray and get it back to health.
I have been enlightened.
if it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.......
I hear ya... before I participated in rescue I really didn't understand the time, $, & care needed to get animals ready for there new home. I now know it is VERY rare that an animal comes in already up to date on shots, altered, & completely ready for a new home. (We have had 1 in the past 6mos & the beagle needed to be altered)
The majority of the animals that come into our rescue require certain medical attention such as heartworm treatment, spay/netuer, surgery, stiches, behavioral training, boarding, shots, speacial foods if they have allergies... I currently participate in a 501C3 that runs off of volunteers & donations. They do recieve discounts from the vets around town on spay & neuter so that does help out a lot.
Our organization really does consider any legitimate animal rescue effort a good deed as these animals deserve a second chance at finding great forever homes! =)
***Edited By: azynda on 8/16/2007 12:08:10 PM*** Reason: *
Awww, thanks for this post. It sure adds up quickly doesn't it? I had a lady complain about a $300 adoption fee for a Maltese puppy, who we just paid 5K in vet/surgery bills. So that $300 was just a drop in the bucket for us. Many don't understand, the fee is not for the dog they are adopting, it is to continue the cause in saving more of these precious souls.
I totally understand why shelters charge the fees that they do. I don't quite understand why the fees for the smaller dogs is more than the larger dogs. Usually the Vet charges fees according to weight.
Yep...I was told off for having the nerve to ask $200 for a 3 year old Min Pin, who is oure/registered and already UTD on all health, including spay already done. The spay alone costs me $150 and keep in mind these dogs live well into their teens, so 3 is not old by any means. So considering, 200 was still taking a loss yet I still got reemed....lmao.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
LOL, welcome to the world of rescue.... Some rescues get 10% off the bill and thats about it,
Just a bit of info my friend at aarrff (you can google it) just paid out $4000 last month in vet bills and feed, and has another $3000 plus to pay this month for the winter feed just for the farm critters she has rescued. This is a small rescue and they charge $175 adoption fee on every dog, which when it leaves is altered, vaccinated, health check and leaves with a doggy bed, toys, collar and leash and a food sample.
Yep... This is exactly why I offered to pay for the food when we fostered Zoie. They wouldn't let me, said it was donated anyways. She had a spay, heartworm test/pills, anitbiotic, etc.
I ended up getting her on a special diet to put weight on her, so we didn't use the food they gave us to use. I did her special diet out of pocket. I thought that was the least I could do. Honestly, when I first started fostering, I had no idea that the shelter paid for everything! I thought, what's the point? All I'm doing is giving the dog a place to live! Which I know helps... but now I have a renewed interest in supporting the shelter financially and volunteer wise, as well as fostering.
The more people I meet, the more I love my Siberians...