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September 21, 2010

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Rinalia

Makes a lot of sense.

We're in the process of placing 140 roosters, hens and chicks from a hoarding case. Roosters are difficult to place, so we're waiving the adoption fees and simply asking for a donation to cover the cost of care. So far, everyone who has adopted has donated well in excess the adoption fee. It's been nice to see.

Tiffany S

A shelter I used to volunteer at recently started an adult cat campaign where you name your price (you still have to pay at least the regular adoption fee, but are encouraged to donate more if you wish) and one person donated $500 to adopt their cat. I thought that was so wonderful.

YesBiscuit!

You know how sometimes in the comments section of online articles on shelters you see people pipe up with, "Why do they kill them? Why not just GIVE them away to people instead of killing them?" And then there will be various responses about "Dogfighters will get bait dogs that way" and "You don't realize how much it costs to give shots, neuter, etc." and similar type things scolding the person who asked the question about their dumb idea. Well, put me on Team Dumb.

Brent

Experience shows that when you save them, vs killing them, the public reacts with more in donations because you're doing the right thing to more than offset the costs of shots/neuters/etc.

I will join you on team dumb.

kelly

Sign me up for Team Dumb also!!

Cat Rehomer

I don't agree with giving cats away FREE. I rehome well over 100 cats per year and the only ones I have given away FREE have turned into disasters.

If people cannot afford an adoption fee or offer a donation they are not the sort of homes I want for the cats I rehome!

If they can't afford the adoption fee you have to question whether they can afford the day to day upkeep and veterinary expenses which can be costly.

As a private rescue we would be well and truly out of pocket - it is bad enough receiving reasonable adoption fees given we are usually getting in cats that are not perfectly healthy to begin with and need veterinary treatment.

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