Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. Most of us would like to adopt every dog that we meet until we snap back to reality and realize that it’s simply impossible.While most people recognize the existence of animal shelters and their amazing work, we tend to neglect the difficulty of actually trying to run one. The main issue that animal shelters are facing is the amount of money that is being brought into the shelter through funding and donations, compared to the cost of maintaining the shelter. Unfortunately, the amount of money coming in is not equivalent the amount it takes to run the shelter.
Basic Costs We Can All Understand
Animal shelters and rescues are in a constant struggle to obtain funding to continue their operations. These facilities play an important role in every community because they provide a safe place for animals in need to reside. Animal shelters have a diverse population that comes through their doors. Like with anything in life, there is a cost associated with everything no matter how good or bad. Simple expenses like food, water, bowls, toys, and bedding can add up quickly and that’s just the begging. Fortunately, there are loving people that sacrifice a little bit of what they have and venture into their local pet store to donate some of these shelter commodities. If more people were keen on donating to the cause, more shelters could focus on rehabilitation and avoid euthanizing animals that are too expensive to heal and care for.
Basic Expenses They All Face:
When Medical Bills Sneak Up
One of the primary and unfortunate reasons why people return their pup into the shelter is the cost of veterinary bills that may surface. Like humans, dogs get ill and even have genetic defects that require strict diets and consistent trips to the veterinary office. Dogs break limbs or get into accidents and may require surgery and drugs to get them back to normal.
For the 2010 year, the Camden County Animal shelter spent $334,904 on veterinary care for all of their animals. Many animals are put down due to aggression towards people, severe aggression toward other animal and incurable illnesses. The yearly expense of euthanasia supplies of one shelter reported approximately $5,730.
Unavoidable Medical Necessities That All Dogs Get
Regular Day To Day Operations
Like any job site, animal shelters have to utilize technology to keep the operation going. Office expenses such as paper, toner, sticky notes, and other supplies can sneak up on just about any business. Bundle reports that the average cost for office supplies in the United States is $19 per month, with the top 10 percent of spenders paying out as much as $39 per month to buy supplies.
Other Expenses Most Don’t Think About
People Need To Get Paid
Management and office salaries range from $32,000 to $62,000. An on-staff veterinarian can command $84,000 a year. Hourly employee wages range from $9.83 to $13.27, according to Payscale.com. Animal shelter employees have to do a dirty job for not a lot of money. Most are not in it for the money but for the love of the animals. Animal Welfare Society of Camden County total salaries for the year 2006 were $308,377. The shelter not only had to pay the salaries of their workers but also for the benefits that the employees received. The total cost of employee benefits was $19,882, and payroll taxes at $33,443.
Insurance Required By State Law
It’s required by state law for animal shelters to carry liability insurance and workers compensation insurance in case a visitor and or employee gets injured or bitten by an animal. Most noobie prospects have little to no knowledge of dog behavior and find themselves sticking fingers through the cage, resulting in an ugly bite. Insurance for animal shelters can easily cost around $50,000.
Contribute To The Community
It’s imperative that we go out and help these shelters by rescuing animals, donating time and resources, and spread the word to ensure these animals get another chance at life. Wonder into any dog park and you’ll hear the most amazing rescue stories. It brings us all together and will make you feel like you’ve made a difference. Volunteering saves the shelter a ton of money on employees. This is a golden opportunity to spend time with the kids and show them how compassion makes a difference. It will prime their brain to do great work in the future when it’s their time to hold the torch.
If you’re a business owner, contribute some of your profits and document every step of the way. Not only does this benefit the shelter greatly, it will be a great tax write off and powerful PR for the business. Make a commitment to do something special at least once per month. Animal shelters suffer an incredible shortage of funding. The only way we are able to change that, is by raising awareness and coming together to truly make a difference in the community.
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