💥WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE💥 ‘Why don’t you lower your adoption fees so more animals can get adopted? Or just give them away?’ Because we can’t afford to.
Our cat adoption fee is $50.
Our cost prior to adoption for a HEALTHY cat with us doing everything ourselves other than surgeries and giving rabies vaccinations:
Spay/Neuter - $40-$50
FIV/Felv test - $25
Combo vaccine - $4 each (kittens need 3)
Rabies vaccine - $10
Flea/tick meds - $12
Ear mite meds - $5
Deworming - $4 per dose (kittens need 2-3)
So we spend AT MINIMUM $100-$130 just getting a cat ready for adoption. That doesn’t include what we spend on food, litter, water, electricity, heat/air conditioning, etc while we house them during their time in foster care. On a healthy cat.
That cost doesn’t include cats like Custard. We have no idea what happened to him, but he was found missing 75% of the skin on one of his legs. Not fur. Skin. He has exposed muscle and frankly it’s really gross. He is going to have to spend multiple weeks at the vet because his leg bandage has to be changed every other day by a professional to ensure proper, faster healing. The few of us are volunteers with full time jobs and full time families so we can’t possibly have him in foster and get him to Tupelo every other day. My point being on top of our usual costs, Custard will have 4-5 weeks of daily boarding fees, every other day bandage changes, antibiotics, etc but his adoption fee will still only be $50. Our vet is better to us than we deserve and will give us a significant discount but at the end of the day.. she runs a business. Not a charity.
So don’t complain about our adoption fees. Or say if we won’t give away a cat for free then people are better off just getting one for free out of the newspaper. If you’re a decent pet owner, that “free” kitten will cost you well over $50 on the first vet visit.
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