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“Sell-by Date” Shelter Cats And Dogs — 17 Comments

  1. Purchasing a pet is the cheapest expense when you consider the maintenance and care involved in maintaining that pet throughout its average life-span. For a cat it could mean maintenance for approx 10 to 15 years.Reducing the adoption fee of a cat on death row would be a temporary solution to saving the pets life if the pet owner has financial constraints.A genuine responsible pet owner would adopt a cat irrespective of the adoption fee costs.

    • Agreed but if the person is genuinely incentivised by a $20 reduction in price I wonder if they are the right sort of person to adopt and care for a cat in the first place. In the USA, $20 is hardly anything. In the UK it’s about £12, enough to buy 2 Americano coffees and a biscuit and a cafe near where I live.

  2. It seems just not right, any way that we look at it. The director’s heart is not 100% into it, otherwise he/she would be taking a better approach? Could the director disagree with this opinion? Maybe the shelter managers, board and director, assistant director could ask for more input on how best to handle adoption. Maybe more publicity that is positive, while pleading for help in stopping the euthanasia due to the members of society who do not care about their pets and the strays. Get it out there in to the public’s eye, in the newspapers and television and billboards. Keep attracting attention while our fellows drive their cars to work and such. I think that I am tired of seeing advertisements for politicians. I would like to see more advertisements with an image of a firefighter or police officer or a child who would love to have the responsibility of caring for an animal…

  3. Morally it’s wrong, but practically it’s right because the more animals rehomed, the less who will be killed for lack of a home.
    I know the Cats Protection adoption fee puts some people off adopting and they go elsewhere, buy a kitten from someone’s litter, or through ‘free to good home’ ads.
    If they can’t afford to pay the full adoption fee, can they afford vets bills etc for their new pet?
    There is no answer and no solution and as long as people continue to discard cats like unwanted possessions there never will be.

    • As Dee it says, it is a dilemma. You make a good point again, that a reasonable adoption fee is a way of filtering out people who are not committed to adopting a cat for the lifetime of the cat. If reducing an adoption fee from $50 to $25 attracts a person to adopt a companion animal from a shelter, is the person the right sort of person? Can they afford to look after the companion animal?

      And I do believe that this sort of thing rather subtly and insidiously devalues the companion animal telling him or her into a product on a supermarket shelf.

    • Ruth, you are, as always, in the most privileged position. I trust you. We all do. What, again, do you have to say? [I respect you. We all do.]

    • Morally it’s wrong, but practically it’s right

      Ruth, I think you have summed it up well in that statement. Your statement highlights the difficult moral decisions shelters have to make because what is practical is immoral. That is a dilemma. It also highlights the fact that animal shelters shouldn’t really exist. Their very existence is immoral. Because in a better world every companion animal would be living in a loving home and there will be no need for rescue centres.

  4. I haven’t read the full value of your text, Michael. yet. It sounds to me, from the title, that the director is inept.

  5. I agree. Michael.
    I’ve been so conflicted because I think the entire thing is just wrong. I want something different, but this is the best that’s out there right now. I’m going to go ahead and support it, hoping that it really will save some lives. But, it doesn’t feel good or ethical to me.
    I just wrote a letter to the editor of our newspaper about it. I do that often just to try ringing some bells in peoples’ heads about shelters. They usually publish them, so I’m happy thinking that even one person may really get what’s going on.

    • We think the same way about this. It is both good and bad. It is good for the short-term but bad for the long-term, I believe. It sort of makes sense and people will probably respond to the discount but as I say saving $20 in the modern world is neither here nor there really.

  6. This is a dilemma for me, because there is a petition being circulated to support this concept in Orange County, Florida.
    I always want to support efforts that will save the lives of animals, but it feels so demeaning to me. As Michael pretty much wrote, it’s like marking down an item on a market shelf for clearance, animals at a discount.
    I will, probably, sign it just because there aren’t any better ideas out there.
    Jo, do you have any thoughts on this since you are here in Florida?

    • Dee, the trouble with this idea is that there are some good things about it and some bad things. It is a balanced situation. In the short term and on a practical level it will probably save lives but in the long term I don’t think it is right. I always believe that the best policy is to think in the long term because you can make real change that way.

        • Please keep moving forward and persevering. Simply and honestly. (continue with what you are already doing; that is all that i meant–and I realized as soon as I typed it that it didn’t matter. it was my anxiety again, wanting us all to do the next right thing 😉 )

    • Jo, we, you know, love you. <3 I will back you, as we all will! THANK You, Jo. We love you you! [I expect purrfectionism from you, as well as perfectionism. 🙂 )

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