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> Funds raised will go toward covering the costs of spaying and
> neutering cats and dogs
There is no reason that this City-run operation should not operate on a "cost-neutral" basis. That is to say, charge the people who want these sorts of services the cost of those services. This is not rocket-science, it's basic business.
Moreover, it's really not clear why the City is running this service--since it can clearly be performed equally well (if not better) in the private sector.
Time for Palo Alto local government to stop offering this sort of service.
Keep in mind they spay and neuter all animals that come in to be adopted. Who pays for those surgeries, when there is no owner??
Keeping the cost down also means that people are more likely to get their pet altered, thus keeping overpopulation down to a duller roar. Additionally, many people involved in animal rescue use low cost spay/neuter clinics to alter the animals that they rescue as well as many feral cats. Since they either rely on donations or pay out of pocket, having low cost services such as these are crucial for the animal welfare field - & the public at large. We are very, very lucky that this org & PHS do such a good job.
I wish this was posted earlier because many people won't be able to make it last minute. I hope it's a success nevertheless.
> Keep in mind they spay and neuter all animals that come in
> to be adopted.
> Who pays for those surgeries, when there is no owner??
The parties doing the adopting. This argument that the taxpayers have an obligation to cleanup after pet owners is getting to be so very tiring. There are a never-ending stream of people with their tin cups out .. looking for other people to pay their bills. Pet owners are just another special interest group that needs to start acting adult, and paying their own bills.
Well said. And I wish I'd known about this sooner--let's hope it was widely publicized. May many pets find wonderful new homes!
Joe, the pet owners do pay for the altering, retroactively, in the adoption fee. The cool thing also is when people get a pet another way & bring it there to be altered - I've used them for dogs I've fostered AND donated $$ to them, while paying out of pocket for that stray I picked up.
Of course tax dollars should in part pay for these things because humans have domesticated the animals & we're responsible for them. It's very difficult & frustrating to deal w/ignorant and/or stupid people who aren't responsible about their pets or allow pet overpopulation to get out of hand in their neighborhood. I do a lot of education in this area & have to take breaks because I get burnt out.
Pet owners don't have their tin cups out; we're taxpayers like everyone else. We can all kvetch & complain about our tax dollars going to things we don't personally/individually believe in, so I get your complaints, but that doesn't change the need, or the system. Things aren't evenly distributed on the screwed up end of things, creating that need. For example, you might have someone who moves & let's their cat go stray instead of taking it w/them & it has kittens who are feral, etc. But there are many, many responsible pet owners who contribute to the overall economy vis a vis vet visits, pet food, petsitters, groomers AND pay taxes. There are people who do all of that AND are involved in animal rescue work for which they don't receive a dime (such as moi) but it's walking their/my talk.
The bottom line: most pet owners pay their bills & the bills of others via their tax dollars & donations; it doesn't take many irresponsible pet owners to throw things off track due to how quickly & prolifically our pets breed. Sheesh, it's incredible, from cats to rats, from dogs to frogs, from guinea pigs to the pot bellied variety - populations can spiral out of control very quickly.
Most shelters do fundraisers & receive donations in addition to receiving some tax dollars AND when they also have an animal control contract. Part of it is being humane, but a big part of it is also public safety & vector control.
I really like PA Animal Services.
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