Just what exactly does that cover? Well, you would be suprised that it doesn't cover enough. When I started my business, I started it because of my love of all animals. Once I started getting busy and feeling that my business was a success, I really started to miss my volunteer work, but I just didn't have the time that I used to have to dedicate to it. I decided to start a page called "Lewisville Dog Lovers". Each day, I share a "Dog of the Day" from a shelter or rescue. I started to notice that a lot of rescue pages commenting that the adoption fees were ridiculous. I have realized that people just don't get it. The adoption fees, usually $200 to $400 do not even cover all of the costs of rescuing a shelter pet. Rescues aren't in it to make a profit. Many people in rescue have full time jobs and THEN spend all of their spare time in the rescue. I have to admit, I couldn't do it.
So, what DOES the adoption fee cover? Here is just a partial list:
This list does not include the many other expenses that rescues come across or the blood, sweat and tears they put into rescuing the animal. Rescuing from a shelter requires rescuers to go into shelters frequently to evaluate the pets and decide which ones to pull. Once they pull the pets, they have to go to the vet for a thorough check up. These pets have often come from bad situations and may need a lot more help than just the regular shots and neuter. Many times teeth need work, heartworm treatment is need, etc. Once the animal is all clear, they can go to adoption events. Adoption events often take up a half of the rescuers weekend. All of these responsiblities take up time and gas that the rescuer could have used to just go have fun.
Why bother? It's just a pound puppy right? Aren't they a lot of trouble anyway? Actually, the dogs and cats that I sit for that have come from the shelter are some of the best pets I know! I think they know how much they are loved and appreciate all the help. Sure, some have some training issues, but many learn very quickly and are eager to please.
As the admin of "Lewisville Dog Lovers", I try to network with and share as many rescues and rescue events in the area as I can. I have met many of the rescues in the area and they do such amazing work. I can't thank them enough for all they do. Please remember to thank the animal rescuers you meet. Who knows? They may save your next best friend!