Basic Costs We Can All Understand

Animal 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 rescues 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 rescue commodities.  If more people were keen on donating to the cause, more rescues could focus on rehabilitation.

Basic Expenses We Face...

  • Food: The cost to feed a dog for a month in animal rescue can vary greatly based on the resources of our rescue for that month, but a general ballpark estimate is approximately $40 - $60 dollars per month.

  • Toys: While this may not seem like a big expense, some dogs chew through just about anything. You constantly find yourself investing in toys that get dirty and destroyed. They are essential in keeping control and helping these lonely creatures pass the time while they wait for that miracle called adoption. We can easily spend $100 + per month on toys alone.

  • Bedding: We all need a comfortable place to sleep. Depending on the size of the dog, simple beds with no thrills start at $13 (PetSmart) and can cost as much as $100.

  • Collars/Leashes: Dog apparel helps the dog look their best and find a family sooner.

  • Cleaning Supplies: Dogs love to dirty up and destroy quite quickly. Some animals come from broken homes that never implemented a potty training regimen, resulting in smelly accidents that need immediate attention. Powdered laundry detergent, disinfectant wipes, and other products keep the foster home a desirable place to be. The cleaner the home, the more people will be willing to foster.

  • Other essential items needed in rescue are gas cards for transport, kennels, male wraps, puppy pads. These items alone can cost hundreds of dollars a month.


When Medical Bills Sneak Up...

One of the primary and unfortunate reasons why people return their pup into the shelter or rescue 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.

Unavoidable Medical Necessities 

  • Vaccinations: The average cost for dog vaccinations is in the ballpark of $50. All dogs get vaccinated to prevent deadly and costly health complications. This is a powerful incentive for future dog owners to adopt from a shelter and save hundreds of dollars in essential veterinary costs.

  • Spay/Neuter: Every cat and dog that enters the rescue will be spayed/neutered for obvious reasons. Neutering of male dogs can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. This procedure will run the rescue at about $100.

  • Microchip: Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are no bigger than a grain of rice and they are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much differently than a routine vaccine. Cost $25

  • Initial Exam: Every animal must be inspected to ensure its future owners get the full story and drastically reduce the chances of the dog being put back into a shelter. Like all dog owners, trips to the vet start with the initial exam. This will cost most shelters around $60.

  • Other Medical Expenses: This is where things can get really expensive. Many dogs enter our rescue needing heartworm treatment that can easily cost over $500. Cancers, diseases, and infections can toll this number into the thousands and the same goes for dental procedures which all of our senior dogs need before being adopted out. Sadly, most shelters will not eat the cost and euthanize the animal whereas Ruff Pack Refuge will raise donations and use adoption fees collected on healthier more desirable dogs for these costly procedures. 


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