Sunday, April 14, 2013

Did You Know?

Walton Animal Guild, like most other rescues, does NOT get free vet services for our rescue animals. We pay the spay/neuter prices as other low-cost spay/neuter clinic clients. We purchase heartworm tests and other vaccinations in bulk for cost savings. We take our rescue animals to the veterinarian for rabies vaccinations just like other pet owners. Our emergency vet visits are billed as any other client. Many people assume we have "connections" for free services and our adoption fee is purely profit, but unfortunately the answer to that is No.

Our adoptable dogs receive regular dewormings with Pyrantel and Panacur, at least two (2) DHPP (distemper/parvo)vaccine, rabies vaccine, are spayed/neutered, heartworm tested and receive monthly heartworm preventive and flea treatment. Our adoptable cats are tested for Feline AIDS and leukemia, dewormed, vaccinated with at least (2) FVRCP vaccines, rabies vaccine, spayed/neutered and receive monthly flea treatment. Puppies and kittens usually have a minimum of four (4) DHPP and FVRCP vaccinations. Food and boarding aren't factored in, but are certainly costs we bear.

Our adoption fees remain the same regardless of how much medical expense the dog has incurred. A recent parvo case in an adult dog resulted in an $800 veterinary bill, yet that dog was later adopted at our normal $175 adoption fee for an adult dog.

In other words, we take the words "non-profit" very seriously. 

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