We have a somewhat new very enthusiastic board member who moved down to Florida from the Midwest. He recently found out that the costs of animals, ie medical, spay, neutering etc, is not covered by our lower adoption fees. He feels we need to raise our prices in order to cover the costs and that saving as many animals from euthanasia and finding homes for as many as possible is not as important as making the money. Our mission is to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized in our county and surrounding areas. We pull from our local shelters and other counties. We work closely with our county shelter. I will attach below what he wrote to me. My first instinct was to fly off the handle and respond right away but I have chosen to seek help from you all to help me word my reply. I know what I want to say but could use some professional help. PS we are a non profit without government funding. We did over 1100 adoptions last year and project more for this year unless this board member gets his wish. See below:
An employee in my office just adopted a beautiful young dog from a shelter (I believe in Leesburg, S of Ocala). Came with all free Vet services (shots, spay/neuter, etc.). I asked how much the adoption was from the shelter, expecting to hear something close to what we charge. He said $379. I responded with something like "Oh....really....", then said nothing more.
I respectfully disagree with Maddie's suggestion of lowering cat prices to get more turnover. I don't simply want "more turnover"...I want more adoptions by families that can and will take care of the adopted animals. If people really want to adopt the animal, they'll pay the higher fee (especially if shown to be much lower than paying a Vet themselves for the services). In my view, lowering fees risks more adoptions by people who probably shouldn't be adopting, leading to more returns. Am I incorrect (it happens)? If they can't afford the fee, how are they going to afford Vet services if the animal gets sick??? How will they afford food and monthly flea/tick treatments (hundreds of dollars) ?