SPCA Florida announces the implementation of intake/surrender fees effective April 1, 2018. The care of a surrendered cat costs SPCA Florida on average $210, while a surrendered dog’s care is about $250. This doesn’t include additional amounts spent if the animal is injured or has major health issues. “This is a difficult decision for us, but a necessary one. We want to do everything possible to give these animals the best second chance available and we need the support of the community to do so,” explains Paula Creamer, Director of Marketing & Development.
The new fee policy is designed to offset a portion of the costs SPCA Florida incurs in order to properly take care of and prepare for adoption of such surrendered pets; it also helps pet owners and those who bring in stray animals to better understand the responsibility of caring for their pets. SPCA Florida understands there are a variety of reasons why people can no longer care for their pets, however, our goal with this policy will also guide our community to the understanding that animals are not disposable. “While we never want a person to walk away from an abandoned animal, good samaritans need to realize there is more to helping a stray than just dropping it off at a shelter.” explains Michelle Williams, SPCA Florida Adoption Center Manager.
SPCA Florida anticipates these actions will guide efforts towards creating a county ordinance that regionally addresses and promotes the reunification of pets to owners by designating Polk County Animal Services as the best facility for the intake of strays and reuniting pets with their owners.
The fee scale for pet surrenders effective April 1, 2018 is:
$25.00 Surrender fee with an appointment for each animal up to two animals
$50.00 Surrender fee with an appointment for three to six animals
$40.00 Surrender fee for “walk up” surrenders or those without an appointment
$15.00 Additional fee for unaltered pets (does not apply to litters)
$25.00 “Return” fee for adopted pets returned after two months
$50.00 Fee for repeat surrenders/offenders - these are people who despite guidance and assistance programs, continue to bring pets for surrender.
“We understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances related to surrendering a family pet and we will take all factors into consideration,” explains Michelle Williams.
About SPCA Florida
Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida exists to eliminate animal suffering and engage the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals. SPCA Florida will help and heal 70,000 dogs and cats through its McClurg Animal Medical Center and provide direct care for 6,500 animals through its Adoption Center this year. Ani-Meals, which provides food and medical care for animals of homebound families, helps thousands more dogs and cats each year.
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