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The Truth Behind "Free to Good Home" Ads
Most people have good intentions when they advertise a cat or dog as "Free To Good Home". They care what happens to the animal and are not interested in making money. All they want to do is find a nice family that is willing to give the pet a loving, responsible home.
The tragedy occurs when the animal is unwittingly put into a situation where he or she will be neglected, abandoned, abused or kept as an outside-only pet. In the worst case scenarios, cats and dogs may be sold for lab experimentation or used as a bait animal for a dog fighting ring. Sadly, this sort of thing happens thousands of times each day across America and more often than we would like to think here in Western North Carolina. People will tell you what you want to hear, but not all motives and intentions are in the best interest of your pet.
Giving any pet away is misguided. People tend not to value what they don't pay for. If you charge a nominal fee of $35-$45 or more for an animal, the new guardian is more likely to take their commitment to the pet seriously. A free pet is a disposable pet!
Paying a fee for a pet shows good faith on the part of the new guardian and demonstrates their willingness to properly care for the animal. The truth is, there is no such thing as a "free" pet anyway. By the time a cat or dog is checked out by a vet, including shots, worming, health testing, and spay/neuter, a "free" pet will easily cost in excess of $100, and that's just for starters. A responsible person who would properly take care of an animal will understand this and will not be opposed to paying a reasonable fee for a healthy pet, especially if some or all of these health items have already been taken care of.
Still not convinced? Then ask yourself these questions, "If a person cannot afford to pay an adoption fee for a pet, how will they be able to afford the normal expenses of proper pet care? And how will they ever afford vet bills when the pet gets sick?"
If you are uncomfortable with asking a fee for the pet, consider including food, toys,supplies, etc. as an added incentive. The idea is not to make a profit, but to ensure the good intentions of the new guardian. In any event, the animal should be "fixed" and have its "shots" before it is adopted out and these costs alone can easily equal $45 or more. Use the adoption fee to recoup your expenses. Read full article »