Just when everyone was getting used to this new website, we have a few more changes to announce. Most of you who follow this website are what we call “Groupies” (and you KNOW who you are!). You find yourself checking the site if not daily then every other day, cheering on the adoptions and feeling sorry for those who are still hanging out in foster care. If you have followed us through yet another year of many hundreds of severely neglected and abused cats flooding into our rescue you know how much we put into these little guys and how much we care. But this care is very expensive, and getting increasingly so. Our vet bills easily exceed $7000 PER MONTH now, partly due to to vets raising their rates as a result of a difficult economy.
Our rescue exists entirely on adoption fees and donations. Like most charities, our donations have dropped off, leaving us to try to do more with less. We do not want to skimp on care our cats need when they come to us, so we will be raising our adoption fees on sliding scale basis, starting DECEMBER 1. Most of you are aware that given what we put into our cats, and how much breeders charge for their cats, our adoption fees are more than reasonable. For example:
Average spay: $100
Feline Leukemia/FIV test: $50
Average cost of a purebred cat from a breeder: $250-$900 depending on breed.
Since our average adult fee has been $150 which includes all of the above, you can see that our fees are very modest. So starting December 1, our adult cats (ages 1-7 years) will be on a sliding scale fee base of $150-$300 depending on breed and specific cat. This will encompass all breeds we serve, and each cat will have its adoption fee clearly stated on each listing. Many will continue to be $150, but others will be a bit more…still a significant bargain. The other adoption fees will stay the same, with special needs and older cats going for $80.
We want to continue to be a strong force in the rescue community for many years to come and to continue to save as many cats as we possibly can. This fee change should help us meet our escalating bills and continue with the care you have all come to expect from us.