After this, sometimes one or more of our fosters will come down with upper respritory infections, urinary tract infections, etc. Some of them come out of the shelter with them. We try to save the ones that are starting to get sick so they arent put down. This means we inherit a sick animal and its our job to work on getting them better. This too can be pricey. Amoxicillin is inexpensive (down in TN we get it for free at Kroger as well as cephalexin) so it is helpful! But Clavamox is approx 25.00 per bottle. sometimes we need more than one bottle to treat a tough infection. Deworming comes in all price tags. Drontal can be pricey. Panacur, albom, safeguard etc. Check those prices out online and you can see how expensive it can get.
So breaking down just the standard vetting:
Spay -30.00 (at one clinic) 70.00 (up north in the NJ clinic)
Combo shots - 9.00( we buy trays of 25. for 90.00 so it breaks down to 4.50 per shot X 2 shots = 9.00)
Rabies shot - 10.00
FIV/FELV test - 25.00
So that's 74.00 in TN or 108.00 in NJ per female cat. Males are 5.00 cheaper in TN so 69.00
add to that deworming, flea treatments, ear mite treatment if needed, antibiotics (usually needed)
Subtract the 50.00 adoption fee and we still come out in the red.
So why do we do it this way? Why don't we charge 150.00 for a cat or kitten?
The reason is simple. There are so many cats dying every day in the shelters. Yesterday i went to pull a beautiful torti main coon that i saw two days prior. She had a sniffle. I arrived with a crate and she had already been euthanized. Why? She was sick. Her being sick would spread to others being sick....so she was euthanized to stop the spread.
This is why we take the sick ones out as soon as we have an open foster home. So they do not die because they have a cold. what 10- 25.00 of antibiotics can cure cost that girl her life.
Cats get stressed, they get sick. That is a death sentence. So we pull them, get them better, get them homes, so we can save another cat. Keeping our adoption fees low, saves more lives.
It makes us have to work harder to raise funds. It makes us have to roll up our sleeves and nurse sick cats back to health. But it saves lives. It gives incentive to take both of the adorable cats you see basking in the cat room instead of just the one.