Aug 18, 2003, 7:52 PM
Post #55 of 125
Re: [vicfion] We adopted 2 dogs from SPCA
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Please, I'm not upset at all.... Everybody is entitled to what he/she has to say and I do agree that the adoption fees for some of the doggies are almost as high as the prices of pet shop doggies. We paid RM800 for our Basset Hound and were told that these high price doggies are the ones that actually produce some solid revenue for SPCA's operations. We wish we could adopt more doggies and hope that paying these high adoptions fees will be the alternative way of helping SPCA. Then again, I must admit that we are quite fortunate to be able to afford the doggie.
The way I see it is that, because only a small portion of the doggies are adopted while all the doggies have to be looked after equally, SPCA has no choice but to put some high adoption fees for doggies with high potential for adoption (I know it's an awful way of describing them) in order to sustain the overall cost. I also think that the current situation is creating a vicious cycle of "adoption fees are so high - people don't want to adopt - not many dogs are adopted - adoption fees remain high to sustain the cost". Hopefully, when more and more people begin to adopt dogs from these shelters, they may not have to rely solely on these high price dogs and eventually reduce the adoption fees?
By the way, all the doggies at SPCA are neutered before they are ready for adoption and all the initial necessary vaccinations are given free of charge (excluding annual boosters - that's the owners' responsibility.)
I'm not volunteering at SPCA or anything, I just go there from time to time and donate some stuff, but it's just so disheartening to see all these doggies there and I strongly believe that these guys deserve everything that any other house doggies deserve, or if not more. I just hope that my scribbles here would in any way help increase awareness to these guys there waiting for loving home and unconditional love.