Monday, June 21, 2010

News Reel - Cat prices cut at shelter

Any time a shelter lowers the cost of adoption fees, there are arguments on both sides. Such is the case in response to this article: Cat prices cut at Fort Garry shelter. The gist of it is that the shelter is overwhelmed by cats (they have 490 at the time the article was written), so to increase adoptions, they have reduced the adoption fee to $25.

There are those who argue that if the person really wanted a cat, they would pay the full amount. That those who adopt at a lower rate either don't want the cat as much or can't afford a cat in the first place.

Then there are those who promote the reduced rates, claiming that it increases adoptions and reduces the need for euthanasia due to space restrictions.

What do you think?


Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I see both sides. One of our cats that we have came about as part of a buy one get one free promotion the Tacoma shelter was having. I knew they were desperate so we just went ahead and added to our little herd. The "freebie" was at her last hour, poor kitty. I made sure to make an extra donation though.

I would rather see folks getting their cats from the shelter, so I know they are fixed, instead of free off an ad on a board and then the cats not being fixed and adding to the population problem... so I like when they lower the rates on one hand. On the other hand, I know it hurts money coming in to take care of the cats.

Fisher and Staff said...

I see both arguments, but will lean toward the "discount" side. It is usually never an argument against the cost of adoption that stops people, it is their individual circumstances. If they can afford less but are dedicated animal lovers - and many are - they should have a pet.

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