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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 10:53 AM


we need your input.

I belong to a small humane society group (not affiliated with any national organization) in North Platte, Nebraska. (city pop. about 25,000).

I'm trying to gather information to help our group work with the city to bring about changes in the way the city handles adoptions, s/n, etc.

Presently our shelter has a very low euthanization rate, probably the lowest in the state for any city-run shelter. However, part of that is achieved by letting anyone adopt a dog who comes in with the $30 adoption fee, even if they have been known to not be responsible owners in the past. Our group is horrified by this.

Also, they allow rural residents to adopt any and all cats for $1 a cat. I hear some people are regulars to do this. To us this means the cats are put out to fend for themselves and after they run off or are killed by dogs or coyotes, the people come back for more cats. Anyone else has to pay $20 to adopt a cat.

Our group recently was the beneficiary of a bequest. It started out at $3 million (!) but was contested by the family and so we settled for $600,000, rather than battle it in court for years. This means we now have the money to do more than we have in the past.

Our main focus has always been spay/neuter, plus we help pay for a lot of medical bills for pets whose owners can't afford larger bills. We are proposing that all adoptable animals be s/n before they leave the shelter and to raise the adoption rates to around $100 to eliminate those who shouldn't have a dog anyway.

The city does not want to raise the fees. Their focus is to keep that euthanization rate low. Our stand is that euthanization would be more humane than cats being put out to fend for themselves or dogs treated cruelly or neglected.

Do you work with shelters? How do they handle adoptions? Do the shelters have veterinarians come in and do checkups on all animals brought in? Do you have any suggestions for us?

I'm not sure I'm being totally clear about our objectives or the issues, but I'm watching the character count go down quickly so I am limited.

If you could help us with suggestions, we sure would appreciate it. Or perhaps you know of someone at a shelter who would visit with me by phone or e-mail.

To avoid the limit on characters, please e-mail me at

Thanks so much.

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